Upcoming event with the Gudauskas brothers at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center focuses on how to maximize the good vibrations in our local lineups.

By Jake Howard

With summer in full swing, it’s time to fire up the froth and max out the stoke meter. On Saturday, July 20, the fabulous Gudauskas brothers will be leading a lecture at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center that is aptly entitled “Let’s All Share the Stoke!”

Celebrating all the good vibes that accompany the beach lifestyle, topics of the evening will include hot tips on surfing etiquette—why sharing the lineup is good and bullying is bad.

“It’s going to be an epic night; we’re so psyched to be a part of it,” Dane Gudauskas told San Clemente Times. “It’s really rad that we can get the tribe together, rap out about what’s going on in our lineups, and how we can all make this a better world through surfing and the beach.”

Leading the conversation will be San Clemente resident and distinguished Orange County Register journalist Laylan Connelly. A regular at San Onofre, along with her husband and young family, she always brings a great, well-informed perspective to any conversation. Sharing the stage with the Gudauskas brothers will be rising star Crosby Colapinto, who’s in the midst of a break-out career and whose brother is already competing at the most elite level on the WSL Championship Tour.

“It means a lot to represent San Clemente. There’s such a long legacy, that there’s a lot to live up to and a responsibility to keep that tradition going,” Colapinto said in an interview after winning the national title at the U.S.A. Surfing Championship last month.

Pat Gudauskas and friend keeping the vibe alive at a Stoke-O-Rama contest last summer. Photo: Jimmy Wilson / Vans
Pat Gudauskas and friend keeping the vibe alive at a Stoke-O-Rama contest last summer. Photo: Jimmy Wilson / Vans

Local super groms Sierra Downer, Tyrone Fomenko and Nate Pierce, surfer/paddleboarder Jaysea DeVoe and high school Surfrider Foundation representative Zach Meyler will also be on hand.

As part of the evening’s entertainment, the Gudauskas boys will be screening their most recent film, Can’t Steal Our Vibes. Released last year, the documentary film details the surfboard drive the brothers ran through their Positive Vibe Warrior Foundation. Benefiting groups in South Africa that are using the lessons of surfing to change the lives of impoverished youth, thanks to the outpouring of support in San Clemente, Dana Point and beach communities up and down the East and West Coasts, they were flooded with donations of surfboards and surf gear. Loading nearly 800 surfboards into a Matson container bound for South Africa, the Gudauskas brothers made the trip to Cape Town and Durban to personally connect with organizations Surfers Not Street Children and Waves For Change to experience just how profound riding a few waves can change somebody’s life.

“It’s as pure of an experience as it gets. It’s not just the act of giving; it’s something that touches you all the way down to your soul,” says Gudauskas. “The difference that a surfboard can make, not just for these kids, but for anybody. It’s transformative.”

The second installment in the partnership with the SHACC and the San Clemente Junior Lifeguard Foundation, “Let’s All Share the Stoke!” starts at 5:30 p.m. Entry is free for anyone 18-and-under, $10 for adults and . . . “everyone gets free pizza and drinks!”

Last week, SHACC opened its newest exhibit, “60 Years of Bing: A Reflection.” Dedicated to the artistry and craftsmanship of Bing Copeland, the exhibit features boards, artifacts, memorabilia and more from Copeland’s 60 years of shaping and contributions to surfing. On July 25, SHACC will host the world premiere of the new documentary film, Think Bing.

In August, SHACC will be launching a new, interactive exhibit entitled “Temples of Stoke,” which will feature 25 of the most historic and distinguished surf shops from up and down California.

So much stoke in such a short amount of time; hopefully, your nervous system can

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