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).
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.