Surf Contest

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Surf Contest Winners 2018 (PDF)
Surf Contest Photos of Winners 2018 (PDF)
Surf Contest Event Photos 2018 (PDF)

Event Description

Hey Surfers and Beach Goers – It’s that time again.  The Redondo Beach Police Department wants you to get in the Line Up! The SURF Line UP.  Enter the surf contest, no matter your skill level or experience. If you don’t surf, come join the festivities and watch some of the South Bay’s best surfers in action and see which team will win the “Golden Donut” trophy.  There could even be some guest appearances by some extra special well known surfers.

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 we gather for this unique Police and Surfer Partnership. We hope you will join us for a great day at the beach supporting Special Olympics, Wounded Heroes of America and the Redondo Beach Police Foundation.  The RBPD Surf Line Up is Not Your Usual Suspects.  It is based on a similar format as the “Jimmy” this unique surf Team competition includes all ability levels of surfers: from first timers to rippers. Our amazing sponsors, will be giving away some great surf stuff while you have a rare opportunity to experience what having fun while giving is all about.


The proceeds from the “Line Up” will benefit three amazing charities that will help further understanding and physical challenges through surfing and ocean-related activities while promoting a partnership with the Redondo Beach Police Department. We are the community – leading the way in law enforcement creating a legacy of love of surfing by sharing the ocean’s power to heal and unite.


Free with a suggested donation to one of our three charities.  Entry includes contest Registration, T-shirt, lunch and chance to win some amazing gifts from local sponsors.

Awards & Photo Ops:

The Coveted “Golden Donut” Trophy will be presented to the winning team.  The final awards will be given out on the beach after the final heat of the day around 2:00pm.


This is a unique team surf contest that brings together surfers, friends, family, Veterans, Special Olympic Athletes, and Police Officers designed to be fun and foster teamwork and friendly competition. Teams will consist a mix of 5 team members from pros to people who have never surfed before.  The Contest Committee will assign the sixth team member who will either be a Wounded Heroes of America Veteran, a Special Olympic Athlete or a Redondo Beach Police Officer.  Competitors will self-rate their ability and the Contest Committee will determine ultimate skill level and make up the teams. Beginners and First Time surfers are encouraged and welcome.  Or if you want to enter as a Team of five, you can do so, we will add your sixth member.


The Redondo Beach Police Foundation (RBPF) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a community partner to the Redondo Beach Police Department to help make Redondo Beach, the most innovative and safest city in the region.  By providing resources and support to the Redondo Beach Police Department, the Foundation plays a critical role in taking public safety beyond what our government tax dollars will allow.  Technology is rapidly evolving and equipment gets worn.  Community policing through innovative and creative programs and initiatives require funding.  The Redondo Beach Police Foundation issues grants to our local police department so our men and women in blue have the best training, equipment and programs to perform at their highest level.

The Redondo Beach Police Foundation (RBPF) is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of business leaders, civic leaders and concerned citizens who are invested in the public safety of Redondo Beach.  As an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Foundation depends entirely on the generosity of corporations, businesses, individuals, foundations, and other philanthropic organizations to support its operations and grant program.  Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  No public tax dollars are accepted for its operations or programming.

Special Olympics Southern California
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Please view the following video to see the full spectrum of our activities.

The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Our vision is to promote acceptance, inclusion, and well-being for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Wounded Heroes of America
Although we usually began our relationships with some measure of financial assistance, the glue that keeps us together is the fellowship we have created among our Combat Wounded Vets.

At Wounded Heroes of America, we like to put the bottom line on top.  Our mission is to help Combat Wounded Vets from Iraq and Afghanistan in whatever ways we can.  We seek to offer:

  • Financial Assistance
  • Help fighting depression and loneliness 
  • Fellowship and sense of belonging.  
  • Gratitude for the sacrifices our heroes have made.  
  • Education about the challenges combat wounded face. 

Contest Rules:

  1. Meet your team members when the teams are announced at 8am on the morning of “The Line Up”.  You can register individually or for your team (up to five people) in advance on our website.  We will assign a Special Olympic Athlete, Veterans Organization or Police Officer to each team. Number of participants are limited.  Advance registration online or in person is REQUIRED.
  2. Heats will be posted in advance on our website.  You should receive an email confirmation with heat time on Friday before the contest.
  3. Check-In and Board Selection: At least 15 minutes before your heat, gather your team members and meet at the Registration Table. Being there 15 minutes before your heat is mandatory for the day to run smoothly. Please know your heat time, gather your team members and please be on time.
  4. Scoring: Each wave will be scored by three judges on a scale of 1 to 10. You can surf a maximum of 3 waves.  Only the highest wave score will count and be added to your Team total.  In relay fashion, there will be 5 bonus points for the first team to finish. 
  5. First Heat:   All teams will meet at their Team Tent.  One person from each team will start and can catch a maximum of 3 waves. They will be scored on their best wave.  Each surfer on the team will be scored with their highest scoring wave counting toward the team total. Six people must have surfed with the allotted time of one hour.  Approximately, 10 minutes per surfer. Teams are encouraged to help each other to ensure that each member gets at least one wave. The top three teams with the higher cumulative team score will advance to the next round.
  6. Listen for the double horn to end the heat.  A single horn indicates 5 minutes left in the heat. Please wait at the water’s edge to paddle out at the start of your turn. At the end of your ride (2 horns), please ride in prone position (to not confuse the judges) to the beach quickly so the next heat can get started.
  7. Return your contest jersey to the proper bin and surfboard to the Team Tent area at the end of your heat.


  • Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
    No:  All ages and skill levels are welcome!
  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
    There is a big parking lot but it can get crowded and please be sure to bring quarters or a credit card for the meters.
  • What can/can’t I bring to the event?
    Please bring a surfboard, wetsuit, sunscreen, towel, snacks and whatever you need for a great day at the beach.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed. NO PETS are allowed on the beach.
  • Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
    Email:  Dinah Lary
    Phone:  310 379-2477 x 2852 
    310 488-3701 cell
  • Do I have to bring my printed Entry Form to the event?
    No.  We will have your name on the list.  SIGNED WAIVERS REQUIRED.
  • What is the refund policy?
    Since the Event is FREE, Donation refunds are available until the day of the event. Have questions about our charities? Please visit these websites: Special Olympics Southern California, Redondo Beach Police Foundation, Wounded Heroes of America