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Central Coast Living: Still Frothy celebrates 10 years of surfing, giving back to the community

Posted at 9:32 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 16:44:17-04

A local charity is hitting the decade mark for its work both on and off the surfboard.

"I think for surfing, when you harness that wave and catch it and you're riding on mother nature, that's just the coolest thing in the world," Guy Jones said, the Still Frothy scholarship director.

The Pacific Ocean swells are set to shoot curls this weekend at the 10th Annual Still Frothy Surf Festival at Pismo Beach.

"Each year it's gotten smoother, bigger and better. Everyone loves doing it and donating time," Jones said.

The non-profit, started by Walter Cerny, aims to give back to the community. Over the years it has raised funds for different causes, from beach cleanups to families in need of financial help for medical expenses.

"It's been really exciting to be part of something that has grown," Ryan Allshouse said, a Still Frothy boardmember. "It's definitely a homegrown organization."

In the last five years, still frothy has given out $25,000 worth of scholarship money to 37 students.

"It's really cool because the last year or two we've had some that have finished school and they are excited to help out with us which is really cool," Jones said.

This year, Drift Ocean Designs is teaming up with the beach cleanup contest with the prize of giveaway bags stuffed with gear.

"We're super stoked and honored to do this with Walt," Lisa Smith said. "He does so much for the community, the surf community and the overall 805 community so we're just pumped that we're able to bring this to the contest this year."

Not to mention the three day event will include plenty of high-flying, dazzling moments from kids and professionals.

Fletcher Smith says his favorite part of the event is "surfing with my friends and seeing Austin Neumann do big air."

Meanwhile, the future of the non-profit is poised to be "all-time."

"I definitely see more tie-ins to the community," Allshouse said. "Other non-profits that we can support and come up along side of and just greater community reach."

The event begins on Friday with live music at the Cool Cat Cafe in Pismo Beach. On Saturday, surfers will hit big air with the Tow-At Challnege, where a jet ski will pull the surfer into the waves.

Sunday wraps up the festival with both pro-am and junior competition.

You can learn more about the non-profit group Still Frothy by visiting its website.