The Southern California pro motocross and surf communities came together earlier this week during this summer's 2019 Surfercross contest. The two-day event allows athletes and industry professionals to trade places for a day, and try out each other's respective sport. Day 1 is spent racing, in a traditional two-moto (race) format at Milestone Motocross Park. Competitors swap their bikes for surfboards on day 2, competing in an elimination-style heat format at Trail Six inside San Onofre State Beach.
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“Really the whole goal is to make it fun,” says Jeremy Albrecht, who started the event while living and working inside the motorcycle industry in Southern California. Fast-forward to today and he’s based from North Carolina and team manager of Joe Gibbs Racing. “It’s cool to watch surfers that have never ridden. They love motorcycles and hopefully it gives them a reason to go out and buy a bike. Same thing for the dirt bike guys. They have a surf, enjoy it, and go buy a surfboard.”
The 21st running of Surfercross was dedicated to former Surfercross champ and world-class surfer Sunny Garcia. Little is known about the exact condition of the 49-year-old surfer, having been hospitalized since May, after a failed suicide attempt. The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is currently accepting donations to help offset medical costs incurred by the Garcia family.
Check out some of our favorite photos from this year’s event. Interested in competing next year? Sign-up occurs on the first day of the event. Bring your bike, surfboard, cooler, and sunscreen! See you next year.