Morro Bay welcomed surfers for a challenging contest on the water Presidents' Day Weekend.
The "Big, Bad and Ugly" Surf Contest kicked off early Saturday morning at Morro Bay Rock.
The contest is supported by the Coalition of Surf Clubs which is made up of surfers from San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Diego and other California cities.
The "Ugly" is one of the most difficult surfing events on the Coalition of Surfing Clubs' schedule. This contest aims to connect surfers from different teams.
Contestants from all over California will compete in longboard, shortboard and stand-up paddle divisions during the two day event.
Proceeds will benefit the Morro Bay High School Surf Team and the "Surfing for Hope" Foundation based in southern San Luis Obispo County.
"It's the endless summer, to just enjoy the ocean and that's really what the whole surfing lifestyle and everything is about," said Timothy Kennedy, director of "Big, Bad and Ugly" Surf Contest. "You can see the lifestyle that's here on the beach today and we just happen to live in one of the prettiest places in California."
The Estero Bay Surf Club is hosting a dinner with a raffle and music for competitors Saturday night at the Veteran's Hall.
Surfers will take on more waves Sunday, February 16th.