This August, spend a week in Redondo Beach celebrating everything that Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach has to offer.


This year represents the 56th year of the International Surf Festival. Event participants range from 8 years old to the late 80’s. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness. The three signature events for the festival are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-Person Volleyball Tournament. Other events include a surfing contest, bodysurfing contest, beach run, sand soccer, paddleboard race, dory race, and youth events.


The International Surf Festival (ISF) was formed in 1962 to organize a beach festival for the beach cities. Prior to 1962, each of the beaches had their own individual beach festivals which often competed with each other.


In 1978, after severe budget cuts, ISF became funded by commercial sponsorships, such as Daily Breeze, and each city’s chamber of commerce. At this time, Manhattan Beach chose to have their Recreation Department run the 6-Person Volleyball Tournament, named after Charlie Saikley, and the Sand Castle contest. The city of Torrance, which had joined the ISF by this time, decided to have their recreation department put together a 2-mile beach run at Torrance Beach.  


When the Daily Breeze dropped out as title sponsor, they were replaced by the Beach Cities Health District.  When the Beach Cities Health District dropped their sponsorship, the ISF was sponsored by Scott Hubbell’s company, Beachsport, who remains the title sponsor today.


Each year, the ISF coordinators are responsible for making sure that any and all permits and safety regulations are met. This includes beach permits and securing life guards for all beach events.


The cities involved and the numerous coordinators who put their heart and soul into this event are confident that this the International Surf Festival will succeed for many years to come. It’s a great opportunity for the beach cities, beach chambers, and County of Los Angeles to work together on a wonderful community event.


The event takes place August 1st through the 5th at Redondo Beach. A full schedule is listed below:


Wednesday, August 1

  • 5:30 p.m. King Harbor Youth Sailing Event - King Harbor Yacht Club.

  • 6:00 p.m. Los Angeles County Lifeguard Medal of Valor Dinner - Redondo Beach - Seaside Lagoon.


Friday, August 3

  • 9:00 a.m. Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament - Manhattan Beach Pier 6-Man / 6-Woman.

  • 7:30 p.m. LA County Lifeguard Championships - Hermosa Beach Pier, L.A. County Lifeguard Rescue Demo, 6-Lifeguard Run Relay, Bud Stevenson Intracrew MedleyRelay.


Saturday, August 4

  • 6:45 a.m. International Bodysurfing Championship - Manhattan Beach Pier, North side.

  • 7:30 a.m. Surfing Championships - Manhattan Beach Pier, South Side.

  • 8:00 a.m. R-10 Paddleboard Race - Torrance Beach.

  • 8:00 a.m. Dick Fitzgerald Two-Mile Beach Run - Hermosa Beach Pier, North side.

  • 9:00 a.m. Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament - Manhattan Beach Pier 6-Man / 6-Woman (continues).

  • 9:00 a.m. California Beach Volleyball - Hermosa Beach Pier.

  • 7:30 p.m. So Calif. Lifeguard Championship Events - Hermosa Beach Pier, L.A. County Lifeguard Rescue Demo, J Junior Lifeguard Taplin, Lifeguard Beach Flags, Judge Taplin Three-Mile Lifeguard Medley Relay.


Sunday, August 5

  • 7:30 a.m. Velzy-Stevens Pier-to-Pier Paddleboard Championship - Manhattan Beach Pier, North Side.

  • 7:30 a.m. Sand Castle Design Contest - South side Manhattan Beach Pier

  • 9:00 a.m. California Beach Volleyball - Hermosa Beach Pier (continues).

  • 9:00 a.m. Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim - Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier, no Race Day entries,

  • 9:00 a.m. Jr. 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament (boys & girls 12-18) - Manhattan Beach Pier, South side.

  • 9:30 a.m. Paul Matthies Dory Race - Hermosa Pier (8:30 am check-in).

  • 1:00 p.m. South Bay Youth Swims and Paddles - Hermosa Beach Pier, North side