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Surf the Border Surf Contest Postponement Announcement

Nov 08, 2016 10:07AM ● By Paul Spear

The Surfrider Foundation of SD & No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) decided to postpone the Surf the Border Surf Contest Due to Dangerously High Surf and Flooding of Monument Road

Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter
November 5 at 3:15pm
Surf the Border Surf Contest Postponement Announcement 

Due to dangerously high surf and flooding of Monument Road from a sewage flow, the Surfrider Foundation of San Diego’ No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) has decided to postpone the Surf the Border Surf Contest. We have yet to determine a postponement date, but will be deciding this in the coming weeks. We apologize for any inconveniences due to this last minute decision. 

The surf contest location, Border Field State Park, is a beach break that is unable to hold high surf. Contest organizers from Revolt as well as Imperial Beach lifeguards reported consistent closeout waves with 10ft+ faces as of 10am this morning (11/5). Additionally, they also noticed a strong south current which could potentially push contestants across the border into Mexico. Finally, Surfline forecasts are predicting even larger surf tomorrow. Thus, in order to ensure contestant’s safety, Surfrider has decided to postpone the contest until further notice. 

The sewage flow ads another logistical complexity to the surf contest as it is currently flooding the road to the contest location. Unfortunately, sewage spills are common in the Tijuana River Valley, subsequently threatening ocean water quality, estuary eco-systems, and human health. It is the mission of Surfrider’s NoBS Committee to address and eliminate the sewage, trash, sediment and chemical waste that plagues our ocean, waves and beaches in the border region. The sewage flow currently flooding Monument Road is part of a long list of incidents that exemplify the urgency of pollution related issues in the Tijuana River Valley. For an overview of the issues, please watch our video . 

Thank you for time and understanding. Surfrider will be sending updates regarding postponement dates in the coming weeks.

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