For those old enough to remember the 80’s, the Bud Tour was a domestic contest series that provided a platform and starting point for surfers with dreams of making it to the international tour. The tour held a number of contests all over California that would draw some of the best talent in the country. It even had a stop in Pismo Beach. After the Bud Tour went away there were a few attempts to revive a domestic professional tour with little success. As a result, most aspiring California pros have to hit the road on a relentless travel schedule to lower-level events in pursuit of points to build a high-enough seed to someday enter the events that offer enough points for qualification. It’s no easy task, especially when you add travel costs to the equation—so a lot of talented Californian’s never even give it a shot.
Andy seems like a natural fit to take on such an endeavor. He owns a business in downtown Pismo (Surfside Donuts) and is a former competitor himself. He knows what a successful event held in Pismo Beach could mean for California’s QS warriors, as well as for the city of Pismo Beach. But most of all, Andy is just a surfing fan. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen him running down the street in his wetsuit, board under arm on his way to go surfing. If you happen to stop by Surfside Donuts while a WSL contest is live, there is a good chance it will be streaming on the shop TV. Andy says, “I just love surfing, and I’d love to see more Californians on tour. I always cheer for Californians—so if I can help make that happen that would be great.”
The Pismo Beach Open will be held November 17-19, 2017 at the Pismo Beach Pier. It will be a World Surf League Qualifying Series 1000 event and will be broadcast live via webcast. Andy is still looking for help with sponsorship, so if you or your business is interested in partnering to make the Pismo Beach Open a success, go to www.pismobeachopen.com to learn more.
Daniel Hamlin is an author, speaker, and surfer from the Central Coast of California. He’s worked with Walking On Water ministries, Christian Surfers International, as well as a number of mission’s organizations. He’s appeared in many surfing publications including Surfer, The Surfers Journal, and The Surfers Path.