The Solento Surf Festival will take over Seaside on September 16th, 2023 with a free, open-to-the community event!

This will not be your average beach day. We are hosting a unique and inclusive surf contest, with multiple categories for surfers and spectators to enjoy.

The fun doesn’t stop when the contest ends - join us at the beach bar and stage for live music and special surprises from our partners. (See events times below). Come hungry - and thirsty- your favorite local vendors will be serving food and drinks.

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Countdown Cup contest starts

On the beach


Bump Coffee and Mikuna smoothies open

On the beach


Sun Bum, Yeti, Alila Marea, ALOHA Collection, and Dark Arts Surf Open

In the Main Zone



Fire Vs Water contest starts

On the beach



Board and Brew, Pavilions, Rudy's, Aloha Ice Co., Topo Chico open

At the Picnic Area



Solento Tequila, Kove, and Sierra Nevada open

At Beach Bar




At Beach Stage




On the beach



Emily Afton (DJ Set)

At Beach Stage



Jack Shields

At Beach Stage



Bueste (ft. members of Boostive)

At Beach Stage

Countdown Cup

The Countdown Cup (Men's and Women's Divisions) will challenge surfers to showcase their diverse abilities on 4 different fin set-ups.


Round 1: All surfers will ride a quad of their choosing and will only be allowed to catch one wave.
The top 16 scores will progress.


Round 2: Surfers will ride a thruster of their choosing and will only be allowed to catch one wave.
The top 8 scores will progress.


Semifinal: Surfers will ride a twin fin of their choosing in a 30 minute heat with no wave limit.
The top 4 single wave scores will progress.


Final: The final 4 surfers will ride a single fin of their choosing in a 30 minute heat with no wave limit. The top single wave score will be crowned the winner of the Countdown Cup.


No need to worry if you do not have a surfboard with each fin set up. Our partner Dark Arts will be at the contest with a variety of top of the line boards you can use, just make sure to bring your ID.

Fire Vs Water

presented by mIkuna

The best surfers from North County’s Lifeguard and Fire Departments go head-to-head in a tag team competition. The action starts at 10:15am, come down and support our first responders!


The Gromathon is a fun and friendly contest that combines a beach run, a paddle, and a wave.


This is a free contest for ages 13 and under. The Gromathan will start at 1:30pm. You must check in at the beach marshall by 1:00pm to compete. BYO soft top.

Logistics, Parking, and Transporation

Seaside Reef is located at 2504 S Coast Hwy, Solana Beach.


State Parks Pass accepted or on-site paid parking will be available. Limited spots.


Rideshare pick-up and drop-off designated area at the Seaside parking lot.


Ride your bike down and enjoy our complimentary valet provided by Electra.


Enjoy complmentary shuttles from Alce 101 provided by Moke.



MPB, ALOHA Collection, Sun Bum

Yeti, Mikuna, Alila Marea, Dark Arts Surf

Electra, Sunday Golf, Hume Supernatural, Holy Sits

Kove, Sierra Nevada

Pavilions, Topo Chico, Moke

Bump Coffee, Board and Brew, Rudy's Taco


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