Bud Light Lime Surf Series

May 27 to 29 @ Church San Onofre State Beach 



“The Bud Tour played a monumental role in the development of surf talent in the United States in the 1990s, providing future legends a platform to hone and exhibit their skills throughout the California coast. The surfing industry was very responsive to the Bud Tour format, and the Bud Light Lime Surf Series has taken the best elements of its predecessor to create an experience truly unique for competitors and fans.” – Mike Thompson, Director, Sports Marketing, Anheuser-Busch.

The Bud Light Lime Surf Series will consist of two new events along the California coast in 2011, bringing together 32 top men and eight women to compete for more than $100,000 in total prize purse. The events will be held at Church in San Onofre State Beach on Memorial Day weekend, and the Point in Ventura on Labor Day Weekend.

In addition, the Bud Light Lime Surf Series will partner with The Mauli Ola Foundation which introduces surfing as a natural treatment to people with genetics disorders, and the San Onofre Foundation whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches. Through the series event organizers hope to increase awareness and donations for the foundations.



To find Old Man’s and Trails, exit 5 FWY at Basilone Road and head south. The entrance to the San Onofre State Surfing Beach (Old Man’s) is a turnout on the right before reaching the Power Plant. Continue south past the Power Plant to reach the San Onofre State Beach campground entrance (Trails). The rangers at either of these gates can direct you to a parking area and provide information about availability, regulations, fees and current conditions. To get to Trestles, first-timers are advised to park at Old Man’s and walk north up the beach.

A more direct but rather adventurous route to Trestles begins at the parking area near the Carl’s Jr. restaurant on the east side of the freeway at the Christianitos exit. From here, walk, skate or bike down the paved path leading west to the beach on the north side of the San Mateo river mouth (Uppers), or follow the abandoned frontage road to an unmarked but well-used dirt path leading to the south side of the river mouth



People have died in attempts to use the railroad trestle over the creek as a shortcut between Uppers and Lowers; don’t be tempted to try it yourself. It’s usually an easy matter to wade across through the sea near the shoreline.


San Onofre State Beach Campground has 380 sites for RV’s or tent camping. There are bathrooms, picnic tables and fire rings but no utility hookups. No overnight camping is allowed at San Onofre State Surfing Beach, but there are bathrooms, showers and lifeguards. For camping information and reservations call park headquarters at 949-492-4872 or Reserve America at 800-444-7275. For beach info call 949-366-8500.

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