Young surfers to compete at Otter Rock and Roll

The 11th annual Otter Rock and Roll youth surf contest starts Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 a.m., followed by heats at 9 a.m. At least 70 entrants are expected. (Courtesy photo)

OTTER ROCK — Young surfers will catch waves Saturday, June 15, in one of the most exciting surf contests at the Oregon Coast.

The Otter Rock and Roll is a youth surf contest sponsored by Newport Surfrider, a group that advocates for clean oceans and beaches. Held annually on International Surfing Day, surfers 18 and under come from all over Oregon and beyond to surf with friends and family in a fun, competitive setting.

It’s just a bonus that some of the entrants will be learning to surf under the eye of a tutor, according to Surfrider spokesman Mike Harrington. At least 70 kids are expected to participate.

“Not just a surfing contest, Otter Rock and Roll provides an opportunity to impart the importance of active stewardship of our shared beaches, waves and ocean to the next generation,” Harrington said. “Plus, it's a fun way to welcome summer.”

This year’s 11th annual event starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by heats at 9 a.m. There are three age groups with girls’ and boys’ divisions. For the younger groms, there is a “Child with Parent” division. For beginners, there is a division that includes use of a surfboard wet suit and a one-on-one coach.

“None of this could happen without the generous support of ORR sponsors,” Harrington concluded.

He said credit for the event goes to Eon Graphics, Mo’s, Windermere Realty, Reef, Quicksilver, Dakine, Hyperflex, Xcel, Cascade Solar, Rainbow Sandals, Cliffside Coffee and Sweets and Columbia Sportswear. Local surf shops providing gear and other support include Lincoln City Surf, Moment, Ossies, Pura Vida, and Zugh. Surfboard makers Ryan LeBoss, Dan Murdy, Ocean Pulse, and Rob Russo are also behind the contest.

The event occurs at Otter Rock State Park six miles north of Newport on Cape Foulweather. For more information, go to http://otterrockandroll.com.

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