Surfing, music and giving came together at the 13th annual Bro-Am Festival in Encinitas Saturday. The concert and surf competition, hosted annually by San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot, raises money for homeless and at-risk youth.
“Getting out with the kids and pushing them into waves and riding waves ... [and] pushing them ... beyond their boundaries and just seeing the smiles and the excitement makes it all worthwhile,” San Diego surfing legend Rob Machado told NBC 7.
The free festival usually attracts around 17,000 fans, according to organizers.
“It’s good to know that people care about kids like us,” challenged athlete William Thompson said.
The band signed autographs and met with fans before catching some waves.
And it’s not just Switchfoot that got in on the action. Six nonprofits teamed up with the stars to raise funds for local San Diego organizations already making a difference in the community.