Note: The OB is an independent event not officially associated with the Santa Cruz Body Surfing Association. For more information, email

Registration for The OB has closed.

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Hear ye, hear ye. The OB will be held in waves of significant size at Ocean Beach in the great city of San Francisco on a single day between Oct. 15 and Dec. 1, 2019.

Eric Gustafson in the sweet spot on a meaty one. (Photo: Bruce Topp)

Eric Gustafson in the sweet spot on a meaty one. (Photo: Bruce Topp)

The Call

The OB will go down when waves enter the double-overhead-plus range with calm, contestable wind conditions. Once the call is made, competitors will have 48 hours or more to reach Ocean Beach.

A specific OB break for the contest, identified by street name, will be decided the morning of the event and texted to participants.

The Format

Four 45-minute heats will be followed by a one-hour final. Top two surfers from each heat advances. Bodysurfers may catch as many waves as they wish.

The event will be judged by a quorum consisting of: 1) Bodysurfers in the water; and 2) Contestants and spectators on the beach.


Bodysurfers will compete for little more than the love of big OB. Champion will hoist something that resembles a trophy.

Registration for The OB has closed.



The OB is in no way sanctioned by any governing body. All contestants must sign a waiver stating he or she understands the competition is just an extended freesurf in big waves followed by a bonfire party on the beach with live music and food or whatever.