The 12th Annual Single Fin Showdown has once again been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Taking place March 14, 2020, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Stuart Beach, The Showdown is the longest running surf contest on the Treasure Coast.
Billed as the largest and most fun surf contest and beach party in Florida, it attracts hundreds of competitors and thousands of festival spectators. This year's contest is longboards only, and the festival will feature music, fun and raffles throughout the day.
The best events across the Southeast United States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing submitted this event for consideration with Ohana Surf Shop, the creator and organizer of this popular event! Created and run by Ohana Surf Shop, the Single Fin Showdown brings the surfing community together. What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights, has evolved into one of the largest one-day amateur surf festivals in Florida.
Designed to build community, this event has always served as a way to give back to various community organizations. "We started The Showdown as a way to give back to our community. Our focus shifted into growing this contest into a larger festival-type event in 2012, when a member of our Ohana family, Brooke Thabit, fractured her neck and immediately suffered paralysis. Now 100% of the proceeds raised go toward Team Brook," said Jordon Schwartz, Owner of Ohana Surf Shop.
The STS Top 20 Events program has highlighted events and festival around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites EscapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.
"We were thrilled that the Single Fin Showdown was once again selected as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast. The Showdown is so much more than a surf event - it really is a family-friendly festival that attracts spectators from all over. Jordon, Tara, and the entire Ohana team put on a fantastic event, getting kids of all ages involved in the activities. And it's always a crowd pleaser watching the competitors ride a vintage single-fin board provided to them at random before each heat," said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director, Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing.
To learn more about this event and how you can be involved, call the Ohana Surf Shop at 772-287-0041.