The Delaware Surfrider Foundation announces the First Annual Diamond State Surf Classic

July 13, 2016 • News


static1.squarespaceCoordinated by The Delaware Surfrider Foundation, the event brings back competitive surfing to Delaware.

Indian River Inlet, DE – Coming this fall, at Northside of the Indian River inlet, the Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is celebrating Delaware’s surfing community by inaugurating the First Annual Diamond State Surf Classic (DSSC). This friendly surf contest is designed to bring our surf community together in a festival like atmosphere centered around a paired competitive format to celebrate our Delaware surfing pastime. Two random surfers will be teamed together and compete through an advancing bracket system. Participants will range from ages 10 to 60+.

Delaware’s Surfing community is one of the most dedicated and driven groups of individuals who endure great changes to our beaches. This band of surfers has been hardened by the harsh elements of the environment and the politics of shoreline management to evolve into one of the most surf-obsessed groups. “We’re a family,” says Kevin Chandler, the event’s co-organizer and Vice Chair for the Delaware Chapter. “We’ve all gone through the same highs and lows with the evolving coastline and it’s conditions. We’ve all used one too many sick days chasing waves! This is a chance for the community of beach goers to get together and really have some fun.”

The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation wants to celebrate the Delaware surf scene and is putting on a unique event open to everyone.

“We really represent everyone who loves Delaware Beaches and Waterways,” says John Doerfler, Chair of the Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. “It was important to all of us to create a contest that involves every kind of skill level. It was especially important to me since my skills are so subpar that this gives me a fighting chance to win a surf trophy!”

Men, Women, and children are all welcome to compete. Short-boards, Longboards, and Fun-boards are all welcome to compete; only stand-up paddleboards excluded. A maximum of 50 teams of 100 surfers will be assembled, so space is limited. This surf contest is unique in that anyone with any experience can win the Surf Classic. Grab your family, kids, and the dog…this is an event in Delaware that you surely do not want to miss!

Please visit our website to register at

About Surfrider

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit

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