Iron Mike Festival
to Aug 16

Iron Mike Festival

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Surf and Paddle Communities Race for a Cause

Ocean enthusiasts from across San Diego will gather for this year’s Iron Mike Festival, a community fundraiser on Sunday, August 18th, 2019, at Fletcher Cove Park.  The day is presented by surfboard recycling company, Rerip, the City of Solana Beach and the Solana Beach Lifeguard Association.

Activities include:

5 Mile Paddle Race (SUP or prone)

The Grom-O-Rama - Youth Surf Contest

sponsored by Rushall, Reital & Randall Accountancy. 

Water events start at 8am, but get there early to participate in the morning Beach Yoga by @yogasurflove or Beach Clean up by Daana Blue or try out a new stick with demos by Firewire Surfboards

This all-ages event will feature the Surfride Board Swap, Elliptigo bike demos, and a silent auction and raffle sponsored by Swell Property, including an Isle SUP, Firewire surfboard and top quality gear from Quiksilver, Pelagic San Diego, and James and Joseph Spearfishing.  Vendor booths will include Pilates Del Mar, and ocean fine artist, Wade Koniakowsky, will be painting live as Limpet (acoustic) and Lost Monarchs (jam rock) take stage from 10am-1p.

Don’t forget to enjoy a few at The Lost Abbey beer garden as you meet old and new friends celebrating Mike, the Lifeguard who passed away before his time in a back country skiing avalanche.  All proceeds raised help fund scholarships in his name for youth entering life-saving careers. 

Lifeguard and longtime participant Lisa Randall comments, “the day is just such a warm gathering of all of the best people I know.”  Rerip encourages you to carpool, bring an old board to donate, and remember your reusable cup as you get your festival on!


Celebrating Mike’s memory and good vibe started in 2009 when three Solana Beach Lifeguards paddled from San Onofre to Solana Beach in his honor.   After a few years figuring out how to make Mike's paddle an annual event, the Lifeguards teamed up with Rerip, who normally planned “The Future of Surfing” event, a celebration of sustainability in surfing, around the same time.  The two organizations fused their purposes together and are now presenting the 6th Iron Mike Festival.




Limpet-Acoustic Neighborhood Vibes

Lost Monarchs—SoCal Rock Jamband

Awesome Raffle Prizes from our amazing Sponsors and Friends throughout.


7a Park open for volunteers and vendor set up

8a Water Events Kick Off

-5 Mile Prone and Stand Up Paddle Race

-Grom-o-Rama: Surf contest for kids

9a Vendor Booths Open, Board Swap, Silent Auction Begin

10a Music Starts and Contest Winners Announced during breaks

11a Beer Garden Opens

1230 Raffle Grand Prize Winner Announced

1 Event ends unless the beer and good vibes are flowing…

*Subject to changes

Glimpses from Year’s Past

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Art Walk San Diego
to Apr 28

Art Walk San Diego

Connecting Creative Communities: Mission Federal ArtWalk

April 27 & 28, 2019, 11am to 6pm, Little Italy, San Diego, FREE to Attend

Art is not a luxury, it is a necessity…We believe art has the power to connect communities, cultivate new artistic talent and create a better quality of life for all through cultural enrichment.  Our mission is to make the opportunity of collecting original artwork accessible to everyone.”  

The April Artwalk San Diego is the longest-running and largest fine art festival in Southern California. For 35 years, Mission Federal ArtWalk has celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego and the festival attracts artists and art enthusiasts from around the world. 16 blocks fill up with thousands of attendees who come to view and purchase artwork, enjoy music and dance performances, and participate in interactive art experiences.  Artist applications are currently being accepted for all three festivals for both new and returning artists.  Visit the Artwalk San Diego website for applications and to learn more about this incredible event:

Call to Artists:  Special Project Featuring Surfboard Art-Surfboard Art Auction for ArtReach

The festival is partnering with Rerip to create an art project that will be a fundraiser for artists and the community and a fundraiser for ArtReach, a not-for-profit partner that delivers art education in K-8 schools Countywide, focusing on Title One schools.   Rerip is providing 35 upcycled surfboards and more than 25 artists are transforming surfboards into original artwork.

Well-known musician Jason Mraz is just one of these artists taking part in the surfboard fundraiser.  San Diego artist Jeremy Sicile-Kira, an artist with autism and synesthesia—the ability to see letters, words and emotions in color, is painting a surfboard.   For his surfboard, Sicile-Kira will be painting ‘the colors’ of Mraz’s “Have It All” song from his latest album.

Rerip’s unique mission of keeping surfboards out of landfills makes the idea of turning boards into works of art something we can all be proud of.  “We are beyond thrilled to partner with Rerip this year to benefit ArtReach and support the San Diego art community,” said Sandi Cottrell, director of ArtWalk San Diego. “With Rerip’s generous donation, artists are able to express themselves creatively while helping ArtReach achieve its mission of providing free art classes to students who don’t have access to art programs in San Diego County!”

The boards will be displayed during Mission Federal ArtWalk at the Piazza della Famiglia (India and Date Streets) and will be available via a silent auction.  The Surfboard Art Auction bidding will open online in mid-April and continue throughout the two-day event. Art lovers who want to bid can register online now and view the surfboards on both the Mission Federal ArtWalk and ArtReach websites, as well as attending at the event in and bidding in person.

If you are an artist and you wish to participate in the program, please see the Call to Artists, and return your Application to us.  To learn more about ArtReach visit:

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Primo Seeds Campaign
to Apr 22

Primo Seeds Campaign

San Diego’s Primo Wind partners with nonprofit Rerip to offer clean energy to powerless.

As you order online, fill up for gas, or turn on the heater this Holiday Season, please remember that, as of November 22nd, there are still 2.5 million people in Puerto Rico alone without power who were affected by the devastating hurricanes this past fall.

Primo Wind, a clean energy equipment supplier, has teamed up with Rerip, a 501c3 nonprofit, to put an end to this statistic via the “Primo Seeds” Campaign, and we need your help.   

Starting today, those who make donations to Primo Seeds via Rerip, will support the gifting of Primo Wind’s EnergiTree, a wind, solar, and battery system, to those schools, businesses, or homes that are still dark from the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean early this year. The EnergiTree provides enough power to completely run an average Caribbean home on 100% wind and solar.

“We couldn’t be more excited to participate with Primo Wind in the Primo Seeds campaign. Their innovative designs are just what the Caribbean needs right now to help get people’s basic needs met.  It is hard to talk about recycling surfboards when people don’t even have power.” said Meghan Dambacher co-founder and President of Rerip, a San Diego nonprofit company known for keeping surfboards out of landfills and advocating for clean energy.  


About Primo Wind

Primo Wind designs and builds patented micro wind turbine and hybrid wind/solar products. Primo Wind’s design creates accelerated wind flow and mimics wing and sail design. The systems provide efficient, quiet, clean, reliable renewable power with a small footprint and environmentally friendly designs that allow for seamless integration into the surrounding environment. Primo Wind’s Force Micro Turbines are perfectly suited as stand alone for off grid installations or for micro grid solutions and they don’t kill birds.

About Rerip

Rerip is a San Diego 501c3 organization striving to keep surfboards out of landfills while advocating for a cleaner surf industry.  Run by a team of volunteers, Rerip sets up locations for people to drop off their unwanted boards, fins and wetsuits. Always advocating for clean energy via innovation and collaboration, Rerip also hosts local events and awareness campaigns for surf and environmental education.  For more information about finding a surfboard recycling location in your area, what we do, or how you can help, please visit

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