The Surf Rodeo team strives to bring you a creative, interactive, relaxed event where fun always comes first. If our tasty vendor treats and our wild bucking bull on the beach don’t catch your eye, our nationally recognized musical lineup and quirky contest divisions are sure to lasso you in. From the crazy kids corral to the belly’s full of beer in our designated gardens, we’re confident there is something for each member of the family to enjoy.
The Surf Rodeo spirit is something quite genuine and can only be captured first hand. So ladies and gentlemen, please don’t drag your spurs. Come down to the Ventura Pier for a weekend of salty skin and sandy toes and experience what we are truly about.
(Ventura, Calif.) – This summer, Surf Rodeo will bring together thousands of people at the iconic Ventura Pier for some classic summer excitement. Upholding a 10 year tradition, Surf Rodeo is a 2-day surf and music festival for everyone to enjoy California’s relaxed and positive vibes where fun always comes first.
In the spirit of celebrating fun, Surf Rodeo will feature competitions, rodeo games and a full-on music festival as well as a kid’s corral and an outdoor street fair for all ages to enjoy. Whether drawn by the surf, by the sounds or by the overall spectacle, Surf Rodeo has something for everyone.
The Music – Surf Rodeo is proud to showcase 25 very talented bands and performers on three ocean-side stages.
The Surfing – All contestants draw straws to determine which vintage board they will ride.
The Rodeo – Whether a spectator or participant, the Surf Rodeo’s assortment of crazy competitions are sure to entertain all. From mechanical bull riding and the cornhole competition to the "greased pig" paddle contest and the hay bale obstacle race, contestants will battle it out for the coveted “Surf Rodeo Grand Champion” title and bragging rights.
The Unique Atmosphere – Adding to the fascinating juxtaposition of surfers and cowboys, Surf Rodeo will feature a general waterhole for Surf Rodeo merchandise. Also gracing Ventura’s Pier entrance will be a quirky 10-foot horseshoe that will make for a perfect photo-op for attendees.
The philanthropy – There will be live auctions and a benefit drawing at Surf Rodeo with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Ventura and a variety of non-profit organizations.
Great Food and Drinks – Between the beachside restaurants just off of South Seaward and the event-only food trucks, surfers and cowboys alike will enjoy an exciting variety of delicious foods. Plus, with two beer/wine gardens on the sand, there will be plenty to wash it all down with for those old enough to partake.
The Bikini Cowgirl Roundup – For the ladies who may be interested in a crown that involves less surf, there is the chance to be crowned Surf Rodeo’s reigning queen in this family-friendly bikini competition. Prizes include cash, swimwear, photo shoots and more.
The street fair – The outdoor street fair will feature nearly 100 vendors showcasing their local wares, craft goods and surf supplies. The possibilities are endless!
Family Fun – Surf Rodeo believes that fun is for all ages. Here, nobody has to miss out on the fun and there will even be a special Kids Corral section where children can get their faces painted and bounce around in a jumper to experience Surf Rodeo in ways that only kids can.
Children 10 & under are always free.
About Surf Rodeo
Surf Rodeo started as a passion project for Ventura entrepreneur, John Drury, lovingly known as JD to most of the Ventura community. Drury’s mission for Surf Rodeo was to bring the highly competitive, cut-throat, serious atmosphere of today’s surf competitions back to its relaxed roots, where fun always comes first.
"We try and remind ourselves we are all out for the same thing, to just have fun,” said John Drury, founder of Surf Rodeo. “Let's laugh at ourselves a little and bring us together through music and surfing.”