(Aug. 8, 2014) The Ocean City Surf Club will host its end-of-summer bash, a potluck open to members, family and friends, this Sunday, Aug. 10 at Assateague State Park.
The bring-your-own food and drink celebration is a chance to socialize with other members and learn more about the club, said OCSC Vice President Brad Hoffman.
“We’ve done a lot to build membership this summer. This is more of a relaxed, casual event for everybody to come let down their hair and relax with their family,” he said.
Starting this year and gaining its official non-profit status in the spring, the OCSC has already grown to nearly 400 members, Hoffman said. Its goal is to celebrate the local ocean community and its heritage and future through fundraising, philanthropy and camaraderie.
“We don’t want to just build good surfers; we want to build good people,” Hoffman said.
The club has already hosted beach cleanups along Ocean City’s bays and St. Martins Neck as well as a longboard surfing competition in June, beach cleanups during the Dew Tour and surf lessons for Junior Beach Patrol campers. Members raised money to give three local high school seniors scholarships at the end of the school year.
In addition, members have met for a surf movie night at the Globe in Berlin, a mixer at the Longbord Café on 67th Street and other social events. The OCSC has even launched a retail program to help spread the word, Hoffman said.
“We’ve really been successful in getting members involved locally, regionally, nationally and even a few internationally,” he said. “In a short time, (we’ve) really accomplished a lot.”
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the OCSC or joining the club is invited to attend the potluck Sunday, where there will be scavenger hunts, relay races and cornhole tournaments; surfing, swimming and paddle boarding; and a camp fire and music.
The beach bash will be an annual, end-of-summer event, Hoffman said.
Join the celebration this Sunday, Aug. 10, from 4-10 p.m. in Assateague State Park. Attendees should bring their own food and drinks. The regular $3 entry fee to the state park applies, but the festivities are free.
In case of rain, the beach bash will take place next Sunday, Aug. 17.
Ocean City Surf Club membership costs $25 a year. Visit www.oceancitysurfclub.org to learn more about the club.