Forget those end-of-summer blues this weekend. Sea Bright’s got some hot beach action lined up, weather forecast be damned.
Hundreds of spectators and competitors from around the country are expected to watch or participate in the sixth annual Sea Bright Skim Bash, a three-day type of fair at the borough beach.
The weekend is centered on the burgeoning sport of skimming, in which contestants run from shore into an incoming wave, mount a small version of a surfboard at the water’s edge and ride waves like traditional surfers.
They compete in three- and four-person heats, and those teams that average staying upright win prizes.
This year, there’s a new wrinkle. Some of the nation’s professional skimboarders will also compete, which is a sign of the annual weekend’s popularity, said Felicia Stratton, chairwoman of Sea Bright’s Recreation Committee.
“It’s really grown year after year, and you can see the evidence of it in this contest,” Stratton said. “There’s nothing else in neighboring towns like it. Sea Bright owns it.”
Here’s what’s scheduled:
Friday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. at the Mad Hatter: Free premiere of Matt Adam’s new “Wunderkind” skimboarding movie. This documentary follows some of the world’s best skimboarders as they journey to mainland Mexico in search of the perfect shore break. Filmed, directed, and edited by Delaware cinematographer Matt Adams. Free admission and food specials.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. behind Donovan’s: Skim Bash registration and competition begins. Bands begin playing at noon. Food/drink specials all day. Free live entertainment will continue until approximately 11 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at Donovan’s: Free Bonfire on the Beach – including live bands and food/drink specials.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. behind Donovan’s
Skim Bash competition continues. Bands begin playing at noon. 50/50 raffle and Skim Bash winners will be announced after the competition, sometime between 4-6 p.m.
WATCH THE 2008 video on FSM TV: CLICK HERE