2009 Stuart Singlefin Showdown

TREASURE Coast surfers will have an opportunity to support United Way of Martin County by entering the inaugural Stuart Singlefin Showdown March 14 and 15 at Stuart Beach.

Presented by the City of Stuart and Ohana Surf Shop, the Stuart Singlefin Showdown will be a family-friendly surf contest open to everyone, with all proceeds benefiting UWMC's 2008-09 campaign fund.

"My event planning committee of Jordan and Tara Schwartz and Jeremy Carr have been kicking this idea around for a long time, just waiting for the right cause to come along," co-event organizer Justin Beard said.

"By entering or sponsoring this surf contest, participants will help United Way provide funds to all sorts of local nonprofit agencies whose needs have increased greatly during these tough financial times."

Surf competitors need not worry about bringing their own surfboards to ride, as an authentic 70s singlefin will be provided and to make it more challenging, competitors who advance into later rounds will have to ride a different singlefin during each heat.

"This is going to be a fun contest where surfers who normally rip on their modern tri-fin shortboard will have to adjust to surfing with a totally different style," Beard said.

A Banshee Bungee skimboard contest, where skimboarders will launch themselves into the shore break with a giant rubber band-like device, is also planned.

The event will conclude during an awards ceremony with live music at Ohana Surf Shop, 660 N.E Ocean Blvd., Stuart.

Surf entry fee is $25, skim entry fee is $15 or $35 for both, with an additional $5 charge for beach-entry.

Call Justin Beard at (772) 539-2654 or Ohana Surf Shop at (772) 287-0041 for more information or to sponsor this event.