The 19th Annual Switchfoot BroAM was a huge success as more than 45 volunteers assisted in the event as members of Surfers Unite Rotarians Fellowship as well as Rotarians, Rotaract members and friends in the surf community.  The crew also registered dozens of potential members for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and as volunteers served on set-up, trash, selling raffle tickets, selling merchandise in the booth Rotarians met folks who had participated in RYLA in the past, were involved in Rotaract while in college and even one lady Wendy Lyn gave an impromptu interview stating, "Rotary changed my life when they awarded me an ambassadorial scholarship in New Zealand in 1987." Time to convert some of these wonderful prospects by officially inviting them to join the family of Rotary.  Fortunately we have leaders in our District such as Ranjan Lahiri and Dianne Crawford to follow-up on these valuable leads and work with local clubs to invite folks to join for a visit.
The early birds, some arriving before sunrise included District Governor Elect Don Fipps and other Lifetime members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship
Here is a brief recap of the BroAM:
  • Over 17,000 in attendance at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas.
  • Over $225k raised for local charities including A Step Beyond, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Monarch School and Save the Music Foundation.
  • Over 50 vendors at the event.
  • Event included surf contests, CAF demonstration with adaptive athletes and surf jousting...always a crowd pleaser.
  • Bands included performances by Arlie, Alix Page, Sands and of course Switchfoot with special performances with Rob Machado, Keith Tutt and Madison High School.
The Surfers Unite booth was rocking in the surf zone.
Surf Jousting is an epic malay event...might make a great End Polio fundraising event in the future...who's in?
Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle Past President's Ron Kohl & Brett Morey hang out with Past President of La Mesa Sunrise Ivan Alba  Photo credit: Scott James
Brett & Karla Morey enjoy the 90 minute performance of Switchfoot with Surfers Unite members Jim & Kim Frost and friends from Del Mar
There are many ways to kick off a Summer of fun, but we cannot think of a better way other than being a part of the Switchfoot BroAM with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship.  Do not miss their other upcoming events.  Next up: Life Rolls On taking disabled children and adults surfing in Huntington Beach and La Jolla Shores, the 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring, the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside with the top women athletes in professional surfing and City2Surf taking inner city kids surfing in Del Mar.  If you consider yourself a beach enthusiast, know anyone who likes to surf, StandUp Paddle Board, put their toes in the sand, do beach clean ups or enjoys helping at-risk youth simply text "SURF" to 858-602-2532 or visit: and get "on board."  After all, June is Rotary Fellowships month.