Surf Rodeo Gears Up For Its 8th Festival On July 11-12

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Though the California coast is regularly covered with surfers all year-round, Surf Rodeo is the only event to bring together thousands of quirky and fun-loving surf cowboys, 25 world class bands, an outdoor street fair, beers gardens and more to the beach. Surf Rodeo, both a surfing contest and music festival, will take place on July 11 and 12 in Ventura.

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The festival will feature surf competitions, a bikini cowgirl contest and the infamous Cornhole competition, as well as dozens of musical performances, a food court, a street fair with vendors offering craft goods, two beer gardens, a mechanical bull and many more surprises.

Pato Baton and The Aggrolites are confirmed to headline the Surf Rodeo Festival. Other performers include Bob Log III, Wheeland Bros., Rainbow Girls, Groove Session, Brothers Fortune, Jukebox 101, Kane Gang, Dankrupt, The Iron Outlaws, Bird Brain, Jan Michael and the Vincents, Pleasure, Skatanic Rednecks, Inhale, Clean Spill, NaVaNax, Ska Daddyz, Stoneflys, Jackass, Vokab Kompany, Rubberneck Lions, Honey Owl, and of course the local favorites Raging Arb and the Redheads.

“I never thought about Surf Rodeo as being a business,” said John Drury, founder ofSurf Rodeo. “It’s more of a way to keep the waters communal, taking the edge off the territorial surfer thing. By creating a bunch of surf contests, and adding fun contests like the Greased Pig and the Obstacle Race, we lightened the feeling of competition. We try and remind ourselves we are all out for the same thing, to just have fun! Let’s laugh at ourselves a little and bring us together through music and surfing.”

Over the past three years, Surf Rodeo has been raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club by holding a benefit drawing. The prize this year is a fully restored 1965 Volkswagen Bug. Tickets to win the car are $20 and can be purchased at Avenue Thrift Store, located at 222 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001 and at the Surf Rodeoevent on July 11 and 12. Winners must be present to win.

Each year, Surf Rodeo partners with local businesses to rebuild cars that are in need of TLC. The community pitches in and 100% of the proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of greater Ventura. “The community wins,” said Drury. Video of VW Bug progress can be found here: If that isn’t already enough, Surf Rodeo will also be filming footage at the festival this year for the future documentary, Road to the Rodeo.

Discounted tickets and specials to Surf Rodeo are available online now. Ticket prices are $16 for one day and $25 for two days. The Surf Rodeo competition begins at 7:00 a.m. on July 12th and 13th at the Ventura Pierpont Beach, located along Seaward Avenue. The music festival and beer gardens open at 11:00 a.m. on the beach and street festival hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, including tickets, band lineup and more, please visit or call (805) 628-9083. Follow Surf Rodeo on Facebook for up-to-date event information and specials.

About surf rodeo
Surf Rodeo started as a passion project for Ventura entrepreneur, John Drury, lovingly known as JD to most of the Ventura community. Drury’s mission for Surf Rodeo was to bring the highly competitive, cut-throat, serious atmosphere of today’s surf competitions back to its relaxed roots, where fun always comes first.

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