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11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am + Rob Machado Bro Junior

                                             Switchfoot Bro-Am Auction Night Soiree

When: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Where: Private Olivenhain Estate
Culinary Partners: Pacific Coast Grill, Bull Taco, Pacifica Del Mar, So Rich Chocolates, Yummy Cupcakes, Daphne’s California Greek, SusieCakes, Lobster West, Bernini’s Bistro, Pizza Port Brewing Co., & more
Enjoy: Silent & live auctions, opportunity drawings, signature tastes from leading local restaurants, live performance by Switchfoot, and more.
Tickets: $185 each; $260 VIP, which include VIP meet & greet reception with Switchfoot. Tickets available now

11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am + Rob Machado Bro Junior


When: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Where: Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA
Surf contest: 7am-3:30pm
Concert: 12pm-5pm featuring: Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, Drew Holcomb, and Colony House
*A free event featuring a surf contest, concert, beach vendors, and more!
(Encinitas, CA) — The 11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert, presented by iHeart Media San Diego and Hurley, returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on July 11, 2015. An annual event near and dear to Switchfoot's heart, the Bro-Am was created to give back to the San Diego community while benefiting local children’s charities through funds raised at a pre-event auction night soiree, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, corporate surf team entries, and sponsorships. Since its inception in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than $1,150,000 for San Diego-based children’s charities. The members of Switchfoot recently created the Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation to continue their mission of giving back to our local community through music, surfing, and youth development programs. For the first time in Bro-Am history, an online auction will allow fans around the world to bid for unique items.

Prior to the big beach day, the Bro-Am kicks off with an auction night soiree on Wednesday, July 8, at a local private estate at which guests will savor signature dishes from the area’s leading restaurants. The evening will also include a live music performance by Switchfoot, stellar silent and live auctions, opportunity drawings, and more.
The 11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am beach day on July 11 will feature a surf contest, live music performances, engaging vendors, and a nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats. This year's event will welcome back the 4th annual Rob Machado Bro Junior. Open to youngsters ages 16 and under, the Rob Machado Bro Junior places a premium on the competitor having the most fun. Kids sign up to enter at the Solana Beach Surf Ride location, compete on one of Rob Machado’s boards, and stick around for the day’s festivities. Rather than a financial donation, entrants bring gently-used surf clothes to the beach on competition day as their entry fee.
“The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in ’05,” notes Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman. “To see our hometown come together to help out a deserving group of kids is an incredible experience — surfing, music, and the San Diego scene at its best.”
Four-person corporate surf teams secure their participation via sponsorship donation to the Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation. This year's contest includes riders representing Hurley, Rip Curl, Surf Ride, Fish 101, Rusty North America, Shaper Studios, ViaSat, and others, as well as surf legend Rob Machado and members of Switchfoot. A free concert on the beach rounds out the beach day festivities. This year's concert features Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, Drew Holcomb, and Colony House.
BMW Encinitas is the exclusive vehicle sponsor of the event. Surf Ride is the official retail partner of the Bro-Am. Beach vendors also secure their participation via sponsorship donation to the Foundation. This year's event includes Tea of a Kind, Fish 101, Wahoo's, Clif Bar, Rita's, Sun Bum, Pizza Port, Daphne's California Greek, Suja, July Nine, Perfect Bar, WaxTrak, Surfside Dermatology, Lil Biggs Bakery, INT Softboards, and more.

Thanks to Bro-Am's relationship with Hurley H2O, the Bro-Am beach experience is a “single-use plastic water bottle-free event.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a re-usable water bottle to fill up at the H2O station for free, and Hurley H2O provides stainless steel bottles with funds raised supporting nonprofit partners like The Ecology Center.
Continuing its eco-friendly efforts, the Switchfoot Bro-Am works with San Diego-based Alternative Power Productions to offer cutting-edge solar-powered sound and staging. Alternative Power Productions utilizes the renewable energy sources of the sun to deliver pollution-free concerts. By using solar power rather than a diesel generator or grid power, the Bro-Am will avoid emitting approximately 1,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere (the equivalent of not driving your car approximately 1,100 miles or the annual sequestration of 66 trees).
The Rob Machado Foundation, dedicated to teaching youth about their impact on the environment, will once again team up with the Solana Center to have a team of surfers and environmentalists managing waste at Bro-Am. The Green Team of volunteers will ensure that as much waste as possible is diverted from the landfill. The team will educate attendees on proper sorting of trash and recyclables as well as tabulating the total landfill diversion rate. The ultimate goal is to empower attendees to reduce their trash footprint beyond the event.
For those not able to make it to the Bro-Am, the event will offer a live Web cast to stream the surf contest/concert at Moonlight Beach, allowing supporters from around the US and world to tune in and catch the Bro-Am action live.
To continue to help ease the traffic in the neighboring areas, the Switchfoot Bro-Am will again offer parking and traffic solutions, which include a free shuttle from San Dieguito Academy. Attendees are also encouraged to utilize the parking lot at City Hall, located at the corner of Vulcan Avenue and E Street, or to take the Coaster.
- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

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