Robert August hosts 'Surf n Turf'
Endless Summer star Robert August traveled the world scouting out waves, sharing stories of exotic surf breaks with eager surfers back home who hoped to one day hop on a plane and see the foreign waves for themselves.
During his travels, the longtime Huntington Beach surfer fell in love with one of the spots he discovered called "Witch's Rock" near the now-developed Tamarindo in Costa Rica – a place he was so fond of that he recently packed his bags and retired at the lush, tropical spot.
August is inviting those who want to share in the Endless Summer dream to come for a weekend of fun at an event he's put on for more than 10 years called the "Robert August Surf & Turf," a fundraiser that combines surf and golf for participants who fly in from around the world.
More than a decade ago, August and son Sam hosted a small surf contest for the young Costa Rican groms. Then, the pair got the idea to invite enough people to raise money and have an impact on the community.
"It started with just my dad and a few friends and me, down there playing golf, surfing and eating dinners. Maybe some fishing if there are no waves," Sam said. "We morphed that into a fundraiser."
Each year, anywhere from 50 to 80 people show up for three days, with this year's event from March 16 to 18. They team up with a local organization called Cepia, which distributes funds raised into the local community to help with camps for kids, transporting students to school, and helping an orphanage get necessities like clean water and air conditioning.
"It makes a huge difference down there," Sam said.
On Friday night, everyone registers for the events at a meet and greet dinner to get to know the others at the event. Teams of four are formed for the competitions. The golf tournament starts Saturday morning, and a fundraiser dinner is that night. Sunday morning the same teams compete in the surf contest, where they try to catch as many waves as possible within 20 minutes, with the best two scores calculated.
The team with the highest cumulative points wins, and there's also prizes for fun awards like "best wipeout" or "best surfing maneuvers."
"It's a really simple, yet fun, rewarding event," Sam said. "It's just something that has morphed into such a great event."
Those who join the event have the freedom to stay where they want, the cost is $200 to join in the golf and surf contests, and that also includes goody bags, lunch and competition jersey.
The event raises about $20,000 – $25,000 a year through registration, donations and a silent auction that runs through the weekend. During the past decade, they have raised about $250,000.
During the weekend, some participants volunteer in the community, or for those arriving early or staying later, there's an overnight surf trip put on by Costa Rica Surf Charters.
For Robert August fans who are wondering what he's been up to lately, Sam says he's been living the semi-retired life in Costa Rica, and is shaping boards at the Witch's Rock Surf Camp.
"It's the final chapter of his Endless Summer," Sam said.
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