San Clemente surf contest doubles as a beachfront toy drive for Marine Corps families – Orange County Register

Surfers from Orange County, and from up and down the coast, hit the waves at the San Clemente Pier recently – enjoying a weekend of sizable surf while helping Marine Corps families enjoy a nicer Christmas at Camp Pendleton.

The waves were at times were big and crunchy, other times small and gentle, during the competition over the weekend, Dec. 2 and 3, the fifth stop on the Western Surfing Association’s 10-event 2017-18 tour. Meanwhile, the WSA conducted a Toys for Tots drive from a booth on the beach.

The association filled more than eight Toys for Tots collection boxes, Andrea Swayne, beach marshal, said via e-mail. Anyone who brought a toy got a competition T-shirt.

Out in the surf, Orange County athletes won 13 of the contest’s 24 divisions. Nine division winners were from San Clemente, two from Dana Point and one each from Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.

Dana Point’s Bella Kenworthy won two divisions. Other winners included Petey Romaniuk of Huntington Beach, Tess Booth of Laguna Beach and San Clemente surfers Aidan Sautner, Pedro Todaro, Kai McPhillips, Jeff Jesse, Philippe Chagas, Jack Hopkins, Indie Hoffman, Makai Bray and Mia McLeish.

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