Be on board July 12 for Switchfoot Bro-Am


The 10th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert returns Saturday, July 12, to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

The free daylong event features activities including a charity surf contest (7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), a nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats, the Rob Machado Bro Junior, and live music from Switchfoot, The Future’s League, Run River North, and Cody Lovaas on the beach (noon-5 p.m.).

The evening will round out with a 7 p.m. screening of Switchfoot’s documentary, “Fading West,” and a performance from Switchfoot at La Paloma Theatre. Tickets are $35, which includes a signed copy of “Fading West”; or $50 VIP, which includes a signed copy of Fading West, reserved seating, and meet-and-greet with Switchfoot.

Bro-Am weekend kicks off on Friday, July 11, with an auction night and wine and food tasting at a private Olivenhain estate. Tickets are $175, or $250 for VIP, which includes a pre-event meet-and-greet reception with Switchfoot and best-selling graffiti artist Erik Wahl.

An annual event dear to Switchfoot’s heart, the Bro-Am was created to give back to the San Diego community while benefiting local children’s charities through funds raised at the auction night, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, corporate surf team entries, and sponsorships. Since it began in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than $900,000.

The members of Switchfoot recently created the Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation to continue their mission of supporting local at-risk, homeless and street kids. This year, the band will partner with SIMA, and a portion of this year’s Bro-Am proceeds will benefit SIMA’s 2014 Humanitarian Fund, which raises money to support surf- or boardsport-related social and humanitarian nonprofits.

Tickets for all events are available at