Thursday, March 16, 2006

Christian Rock Band to Cause Cardiff Beach Riots?

The Hansen/Machado Surf Classic & Cardiff Beach Fair has "wiped out" (thank you North County Times for yet another weak surf pun).

NCT link

Jim Clark, the event's organizer and president of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday that the chamber's board voted earlier this week to cancel its participation in the contest.

However, a state official and the contest's founders said they are looking for a way to continue the event.

Clark said that in recent weeks state parks officials have increased fees and placed "outrageous" restrictions ---- such as no alcohol and no concert stage ---- on the event.


Park officials say rock music from the stage and alcohol from the beer garden can create an unsafe mix in such a large crowd.

Last year, with less than one day's notice, the band Switchfoot agreed to play. State officials said the sudden appearance of the popular act caused problems.

Switchfoot is a group of wholesome local surfer/muscians who are having success. They are famous for being the first band to break through the "Christian Rock" barrier. Cardiff should be wary if not terrified of these youngsters with electrified instruments. Here is a sample of some of the lyrics that will probably send dozens of 12 year old girls into a violent mob:

Oh Lord, why did you forsake me?
Oh Lord, don't be far away away
Storm clouds gathering beside me
Please Lord, don't look the other way

Be afraid, be very afraid.

What is it about mellow wholesome family friendly music that makes people from Encinitas go nutty? Remember when laid back crooner Jack Johnson played that free show at Lou's and 2,000 people shut down the coast highway? Maybe if Jimmy Buffet would come to San Diego more often if would quench our thirst for standing with our hands in our pockets, looking down at the floor and nodding along with the beat.

The concert ---- and, for that matter, the entire contest ---- went off without any problems, Clark said.

"We've had riots before," Stoufer said, referring to a surfing contest in Huntington Beach. "Rock music and alcohol ---- it's easy for it to get out of control."

In 1986 the Op Pro held at Huntington pier erupted into a riot because of an out of control bikini contest that was being held nearby. There has never been a bikini contest at the Machado event.

I encourage you to slam dance to this next song I wrote about world peace.

Rob Machado represents family values in modern surfing and is well respected around the globe but apparently that hair of his is a little close to Osama Bin Laden's so Rob's popular annual beach event must be canceled.


  1. Out with spoil sportsMarch 17, 2006 1:04 AM

    More people letting fear, in this case of riots, which have never happened, control their decisions. People, please, can we try to live and let live, live by the golden rule.

    Don't let the spoil sports speak for the rest of us.

  2. According to the state beach honcho the local surfers didn't like their spot being taken over for the week-end....sounds pretty lame since many of the locals were in the contest.

  3. People don't like it when their local spot is taken over by outsiders holding a pro contest but the Machado event is surfed by all the Cardiff locals and those who don't surf in the contest always help out. The Thought Police are in full effect, they want us to stay home and watch teevee 24/7 I guess.

  4. "in this case of riots, which have never happened,"

    H.B. Ocean Pacific Pro Event went completely mayhem riot one year.


  6. Very interesting...thanks for sharing!!

    --RC of

  7. this is sad, like the OP riots in 1986 have anything relevance now. I'm sure the cash strapped park system is just trying to capitalize on a popular event by upping the fees. They can fund re-staffing the booth at Cardiff. I know Rob is tied to Encinitas but maybe it can be moved to Carlsbad, a city that is a slut for anything that might bring in revenue. Oh, wait, all our beaches are under State Park control too. The Bear: "we'll be livin' under the booted heel of the lifeguard state.."

    hey what is the deal on fees at Cardiff, are you supposed to pay to park there? I never know since the guard station is empty.

  8. Happy St. Paddy's Day!March 17, 2006 2:10 PM

    There once was a scared man named Grover
    Who sought to find a four leaf clover;
    He searched high and low,
    Above and below;
    Wised up, planted sage, won’t roll over.

  9. Change begins withinMarch 18, 2006 9:53 PM

    Yeah, the young people are rioting in France right now.

    Without the French, we would not have won the Revolutionary War, by, for and of the People, to begin this nation, based on revolution, liberty, and freedom, what a concept, for all, not acting like baaaaaing sheeple, cow-towing to, cowering before the likes of Snidely Sabine and Bossypants Guerin, or incompetent Bush, leading us into increasing debt, increasing war on nations, on those who question authority, stand up for privacy, freedom, at home.

    Thou shalt not kill.

  10. Oh man, without the Classic the board build off won't happen, which has got to be the best thing that ever happened to a contest.

    JP, where was the Moonlight entry last year, or did I miss it, and will there be a bonzer this year?

  11. I say you down size the contest and get rid of the alcohol. The Machado contest is a picnic compared to the OP PRO in HB. The only problem I have with Rob's contest is lack of parking, other than that it's a great event for everybody.

  12. hey we need a good riot, it's been a while. it shows the rest of the world that were not pussies and we get riled up everyonce in a while.

  13. We provide house cleaning services, house cleaning Darr

  14. Dude... you guys crack me up. This editorial was classic! It's so typical to have a spokesperson for the city trying to ban something that is positive for the entire community of the city. I've seen in in every city I've lived in in the past 7 years (San Diego, Carlsbad, Oceanside), and now Cardiff... When are people going to realize the impact of their ignorance???

    - David Falkenau
    Teacher, Army and Navy Academy, Carlsbad / Shaper, Falkenau Surfboards


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