San Clemente Ocean Festival
The San Clemente Ocean Festival is all about that cool, fun, hip California beach, surf and swimming scene… and has been for more than 40 years! This is one of the originals.
The San Clemente Ocean Festival takes place just south of Los Angeles, California and is packed with incredible family, friendly fun!
The festival offers a variety of events in this beautiful California town, with the most popular being the one mile ocean swim! There are about 650 athletes that register over the two-day multi-sport weekend. Races and events include: One Mile Ocean Swim, Biathlon (1k Swim, 5k Run), Run-Swim-Run, Surf Lifesaving races (dory, surf ski, paddleboard), Surfing contests (SUP & Kids), Paddleboard races (1k, 10k), Kid’s events/races – swim, paddle, surf.
For the swim races, swimmers start on the beach, navigate the surf zone and race around a one-mile marked ocean course. Swimmers, then navigate their way back through the surfline and finish on the beach.
You could start your day off right with the City Lifeguard Pancake Breakfast then head over to the 26th Annual Woody Car Exhibit? If you’re looking for some competition, try out the SUP surfing championships, the lifeguard competition, or the 5 km beach run. All kinds of fun!
The SCOF is known to draw a crowd and can count on visitors from near by counties such as Orange, San Diego, Riverside, LA, and San Bernardino. The SCOF also hosts visitors from as far away as Hawaii and Australia. If competition is not your thing and you want to participate by cheering and enjoying the beach there are many activities to choose from. The non-athletic festivities include amazing concerts, a sand sculpting competition, a fishing derby, and much, much more!
For more information about all the exciting activities, check out the SCOF’s Youth & Family Events webpage.
Impressively, the SCOF is entirely volunteer run and operates as a non profit organization. The SCOF supports many local groups and organizations through grants and assisting programs. Scholarships are also part of the SCOF’s mandate, supporting graduating high school students with an emphasis on marine safety, service and education.
This ocean festival is the real deal, and there is something for everyone. If you like sun, swim & surf, you’re going to love this classic California Festival!