25th Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic
Doheny Longboard Surfing Association
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California
27 September 2014
DLSA celebrates the life and influence of Dale Velzy
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 September, 2014 - The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association’s (DLSA) annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau is set Saturday for Sep. 27th, 2014. Each year hundreds of surfers and their families gather at Doheny State Beach to honor one of surfing’s most iconic figures. Dale Velzy’s influence on surfing is wide-spread and full of colorful stories.
In Malcolm Gault-Williams’ website information on Velzy he quotes several surf legend remembrances: "Without Velzy," said surfboard shaper, Donald Takayama, "there wouldn't be a modern day longboard. Basically what the shortboard people are making with the wider tails and the abruptly pulled in noses are just a takeoff on Dale's bump boards."
"We were all kamikaze pilots, going on our last mission and Velzy ran the airport." said, Henry Ford about the gremmies that grew up to be legends, who apprenticed under Velzy. Velzy passed away in 2005 and is a very special person in the hearts of many surfers; this is especially true to the Doheny Longboard Club. The Club has been honored to host this venue for 25 years. Dale enjoyed many things in life but mostly having fun with friends and family. It is in this spirit that the DLSA holds this annual event. The open venue has many aspects to enjoy; everything from the classic surf contest, Velzy’s classic cars, Woodies & Street Rods, to the Luau and the Polynesian review with dancing under the stars as the Soul Surfers play into the night.
Everything is in place to make the 25th celebration of this event a memorable way to close out the summer. This year’s program is presented by Bud Light Beach featuring surfing, entertainment, awesome food that includes BBQ Tri Tip & mouth watering Pulled Pork for a very special Luau indeed. “We are all hoping for good waves and weather to round out the festivities.” said, Mark Gale, DLSA President.
This year’s event kicks off with the surf contest at 6:30 a.m. The Luau festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. (BYOB) followed closely by the Polynesian review, awards ceremony, surfboard raffles from Danai, R World, Charile’s, Dave’s, The Velzy Board and Hobie Surf Shops and then on to the dancing. It’s great fun for everyone.