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Surf School Holds Block Party for Scholarship Program

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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iSurf School, the Central Coast’s only women’s surf school, has announced the launch of its Watergirl Fund, a program that will provide scholarships for surf instruction to girls ages 5-15 and introduce surfing to those who otherwise couldn’t afford access to the sport.

iSurf has partnered with numerous area businesses to make the Block Party a reality. “We are completely humbled by the support of the community to make this event a major success,” said iSurf owner Alelia Parenteau. “It’s amazing to see how many people think this cause is important and see the value of this program and of surfing in general to the young girls in our community.”

The event, which will be hosted by the Valley Project and Pali Wine Co., will include a silent auction, raffle, music, a pig roast, and beer and wine. iSurf hopes to raise $15,000 to provide scholarships for up to 30 girls to attend the after-school program.


iSurf School’s Block Party is on Sunday, August 17, 5-9 p.m., at Pali Wine Co. (116 E. Yanonali St.). Tickets are $30 in advance/$40 at the door — entry includes dinner and two drink tickets.


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I know it is hip to surf but where is everybody going to surf everyday after school?I see lots of empty tennis courts,or great roads to cycle on or even pool based aquatics.But I guess it's more fun to have a surfing based non-profit .

garfish (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2014 at 5:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Especially when there's no waves...

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It doesn't take instruction to surf. The ocean is free and open 24-7. The best way to learn to surf is to get in the ocean. Body surf, then boogie board. And when you feel the need to stand up, borrow a surfboard, or pick a clunker up for $20.

It's dumb to act like you need donations to help people surf. Surf schools are for tourists so they can show up and get a picture standing up on a wave on the first day. This trick is accomplished by using a very large board.

If you really want to learn to surf, and to surf well, start on your belly.
You have to learn to crawl before you can walk.

random_kook (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 9:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bravo kook-
none of these schools would even be possible without the advent of the made in China Costco kook board.I am nostalgic(read bitter) of the days surfing was viewed as derelict by our parents and we had to do it all on our own.

garfish (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Handshaped boards, a threatened art in itself.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Surfing back in the day (1980-1990) was a recreational pastime for me, I made some greenbacks working part time and kept improving my board till I had a ripping cool wave-knife, Dude!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 9:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My GOD you guys are negative! They're just trying to create something empowering and positive for our youth to do... How is that a bad thing exactly?
Newsflash: Surfing is not part of a lot of people's culture. Many interested kids wouldn't know where to start and their families couldn't afford the necessary "stuff". This is a great way for kids like that to gain access. Don't like it? Don't support it, but don't poo poo their efforts.

Inspired805 (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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