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Carlsbad Beach Fest is an annual community event that promotes beach and ocean stewardship through education, public outreach and recreational athletic activities. Many local individuals, businesses and corporations, along with the California State Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Carlsbad Beach Preservation Committee collaborate to help sustain and grow Carlsbad Beach Fest every year. We had the opportunity to discover the ins and outs of the highly anticipated event from Tammy Urie, Executive Director of the event. From Frazee Beach at Pine Avenue to Tamarack Beach at Tamarack Avenue, the Carlsbad Beach Foundation and all those involved with the planning have quite a lineup up in store for the day. Whether it’s the beach and water activities, entertainment, cuisine or the beach cleanup, there is something for everyone. Growing from 850 people in 2008 to over 9,000 in 2012, the event has become one of Carlsbad’s most important events of the year! Mark your calendar for June 15 and head to the beach!


June 15, 2013  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. • www.carlsbadbeachfest.com










What is the history behind the Carlsbad Beach Foundation?

The foundation was established in 2011 as a 501(c) (3) public charity after identifying the need to bring the community’s attention to its local beaches and ocean. As a coastal community, the responsibility to protect and enhance our Carlsbad beaches becomes more challenging when climate change and loss of support continue to threaten sustainability. In an effort to meet these challenges we work to cultivate and promote environmental stewardship through education programs, events and activities. We are committed to supplement coastal improvement projects by securing public and private resources and funding.

How did the Foundation become involved with hosting the Annual Carlsbad Beach Fest?

It became a project of ours in 2011 when the event was expanded on a one mile stretch of sand from Frazee Beach to Tamarack as an experiment to prove its desirability and value to the community. With the assistance of a volunteer steering committee, the event’s then director and now the Foundation’s president, collaborated with CA State Parks to plan and orchestrate the event on a grand scale in an effort to promote conservation and stewardship to the masses of people attending. In addition to a beach clean-up and interpretive booths, the festival provided a variety of fun beach and water activities. The event’s motto was also born, Celebrating Our Recreational Paradise through Good Beach Stewardship, and for the first time its mission encouraged local corporations and businesses to provide funding in order to help sustain and grow it as a Carlsbad legacy event to be enjoyed for years to come.

What is your role as president and executive director of the Carlsbad Beach Foundation?t.f.-1882

I have many roles, however one of the most important is to ensure that the foundation’s mission is being communicated successfully and that our efforts are measurable and will make a positive difference for the coastal community.

What is your primary role in putting on the event?

To ensure that our recruited core team of volunteers have the resources to successfully produce a professionally orchestrated community event while communicating and maintaining our environmental mission.

The event this year marks its 6th year. What is the most exciting thing that is in store this year? 

Witnessing the linking of hands on the venue’s one mile of coastline for the first time since this ritual was established in 2011! With the help of Kids for Peace located mid-beach and signaling with air horns at 12 noon, we’re hoping the public will feel the excitement and participate.

What is new this year that is different from years past?

The Beach Triathlon which was introduced last year has morphed into the Carlsbad CRAWL Beach Tri this year. To the locals, the Carlsbad CRAWL refers to visiting the multiple pubs and restaurants the village offers. But at Beach Fest, whether you’re on water or sand, this CRAWL makes for an exciting event to watch and is an endurance driven competition for anyone willing to take on its challenge, which includes a ¼ ocean swim, followed by a run/obstacle course of nets and sand hills and ending with a one-mile paddleboard race.

How is the event funded?

It is free to the public with the exception of the registration fees required to participate in the sporting events. The entry fees for these competitions help offset the event’s production costs as well as exhibitor booth fees. We also have the support from business sponsorships and grants.

How do you ensure safety aspects during the event?

We partner and work closely with CA State Parks which provides lifeguard resources and enforces safety procedures while the public enjoys the festival.

t.f.-1861The mission of the event is to highlight Carlsbad’s coastal playground and raise community awareness by promoting environmental stewardship. How is this mission going to be fulfilled on the day of the event?

There are several ways to accomplish our mission on event day.

We collaborate with San Diego Coastkeeper to provide two shifts of beach clean-up.

We invite other non-profit environmentally centered organizations to participate where they offer hands-on activities at their booth areas.

Stewardship cards are provided at the event to encourage athletes and festival goers to stop by these interpretive booths; their visiting efforts are rewarded with a commemorative button printed with the event’s motto.

Community service hours and recognition are offered to students and military who participate in the beach clean-up and help with event duties.

“Hands across the Beach,” provides everyone the opportunity to show support of our mission by linking hands on the shoreline at 12 noon.

We collaborate with San Diego Adaptive Sports which provides wheelchair access to the sand and water’s edge for the physically challenged so they might enjoy their coastal playground and show their community how much this beautiful natural resource means to them.

We collaborate with a Carlsbad student based non-profit organization known as New Ocean Blue, which inspires their peers to participate in the event’s beach clean-up. We connect with many other youth clubs such as the Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs and high school Key Clubs, to name a few, which help provide mentor and engage younger children at the event.

For the first time visitor to the event, what would you recommend the day consist of?

A complete walk of the event to enjoy the sports competitions, watch the sandcastle building, visit the booth areas and collect a commemorative button, dance to the live music, lend a set of hands to the mile link at the water’s edge at noon, have a lemonade and taco all while relaxing in the sun on a beach towel.t.f.-1920

Tell us details on how to participate in the beach cleanup.

Arrive on event day at Tamarack Beach. Check in at the Beach Clean-Up tent and sign in with SD Coastkeeper. You’ll be given everything you need to participate. The beach clean-up shifts are: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

The event is supported by hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors. How can one go about helping out or become part of it all?

Visit our websites www.CarlsbadBeachFest.com and www.CarlsbadBeachFoundation.org for full details.

By the time this story reaches the readers, the event will be right around the corner. Can people register up until the day of the event? How do you go about registering? What’s the cost?

One can register for a sporting event either online until June 12 by going to our website or by arriving on event day. Event day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Sports entry fees vary based on the sport and age of the competitor. The Kids Fun Run is open to all children 11 years and under and while it requires registration – it is free!

Please tell us the top three or four reasons a community member should come out to the event this year.

  1. Support an event working to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and preservation of your ocean and local beaches.
  2. Take advantage of the “give back” opportunities provided to you at Beach Fest such as the beach clean-up.
  3. Compete against amateurs and pros in the many sporting events offered.
  4. Enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach and take home a t-shirt!
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Full Name: Carlsbad Beach Fest – a Project of the Carlsbad Beach        Foundation, Inc.

Location: Tamarack State Beach to Frazee State Beach, Carlsbad

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; After Party 7 p.m.

Websites: www.carlsbadbeachfest.com; www.carlsbadbeachfoundation.org

Email: info@CarlsbadBeachFest.com

Phone: 760-529-2479

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarlsbadBeachFest

Founding Sponsors: Life Technologies & NRG Energy

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8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pro & Amateur Surf Contest presented by Surf Ride 

Tower 35


8 a.m. – all day

Face painting, kite flying and competition, Frisbee 

Tower 36


8 a.m. – all day

Giant Sand Sculpture building by Team Archisand 

Tower 37


8 a.m. – all day

Exhibit Booths & Environmental Stewardship Booths

From Tower 37 to Tower 35


8 a.m.

5K Low Tide Beach Run/Walk 

Tower 35


8:10 a.m.

1-Mile Ocean Swim

North of Tower 35


9:15 a.m.

6-Mile Paddleboard Race  

North of Tower 35


9:45 a.m.

Kids 1-Mile Fun Run

Free! Kids 11 & under only

Tower 35


10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 3 p.m.

Beach Clean-up

Check-in near Tower 35 at SD Coastkeeper tent


10:30 a.m.

1-Mile Paddleboard Race

North of Tower 35


11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Zumba Dance fitness on the sand  

Tower 36


11:45 a.m.

Beach Duathlons (Swim/Run OR Run/Paddle)  

Tower 35


12 Noon

Carlsbad CRAWL Beach Triathlon Swim, Run/Obstacle, Paddle (SUP or Prone) 

Tower 35


12 Noon

Hands Across the Beach

From Tower 37 to Tower 35

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9 – 10 a.m.

School of Rock

Main Stage at Tower 37


10 – 11:45 a.m.

That’s Right 

Main Stage at Tower 37


10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ibra Fall People World Drum Group 

North of Tower 35


12 – 2 p.m.

Jerome Dawson & Wazabe Blue

Main Stage at Tower 37


12 p.m.

Naruwan Taiko Drum Group

Green Lawn at Pine Ave.


12 – 3 p.m.


Tower 35


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Varua Tahiti e’ Polynesian Drum & Dance

Main Stage at Tower 37


7 p.m.

After Party

Dini’s by the Sea

3290 Carlsbad Blvd.

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