Ocean Beach in San Diego is a special place. It’s a beach town that still hasn’t been gentrified into losing its core identity like so many others. It’s a place where surfers, skaters, hippies, bikers, families and college students all coexist to make up a very interesting beach community. Surrounded by Sunset Cliffs to the south and Dog Beach Jetty to the North, it’s also a place with a wide variety of waves. So, when some local companies band together to bring you the Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic, it makes sense that the contest has as much variety as the town it was based in.
The Third Annual Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic was held on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at the Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego, CA. Started in 2016 by AWOL Productions and Hodad’s to unite the community, the contest has grown in popularity with over 130 surfers competing this year. The contest divisions include women’s and men’s, several age groups, longboard, shortboard and a family division. The family division is where two family members surf together as a team against other families. Of all the divisions, the family division shows the true spirit of what this contest is to the local community. I have never witnessed such a massive turnout and awesome production for a locally based surf contest. Forget the scaffolding that every contest has—the OB Classic has blocks of vendor booths with people giving away free stuff. Free Burgers from Hodads, the legendary DJ Product was spinning tunes, art, local bands, and more cool stuff to check out than the OP Pro in 1986.