The city of San Clemente's most famous event is coming up in a few days! The San Clemente Ocean Festival is celebrating 42 years. Come see the thrilling competitions of many ironman water and land events including the ever-popular dory boat races, 5K beach run, and one-mile ocean swim. Register early for all events, FREE beach concert, Sand Sculpting Contest, Great Rubber Duck Race, Woody Car Exhibits, Ocean Art Show .

  • When: July 21-22 2018
  • Where:San Clemente Pier
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  • City Lifeguard Pancake Breakfast Saturday & Sunday, 7-11 a.m. Behind Marine Safety Headquarters (clock tower)
  • 26th Annual Woody Car Exhibit Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 a.m-2:45 p.m.
  • Ocean Art Show Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Family Beach Party & Free beach concert featuring MoonShine band, 6-8 p.m.
  • Sand Sculpting Competition Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Teams of up to 10 people each (space available) can compete in the following categories: Castles and Things, Creatures, Family or Open on Sunday.
  • Great Rubber Duck Race Sunday, 4 p.m.
  • Fishing Derby (all ages) & Children's Fishing Clinic Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Dolphin Dash Saturday, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
  • Groms Rule Surf Contest Saturday
  • Body Surfing Clinic Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • SUP Surfing Championships
  • Lifeguard Competition: California lifesavers and ocean athletes compete for overall points and prize money in the San Clemente Ocean Festival Lifeguard Competition.
  • Surf Race
  • Rescue Relay
  • Surf Ski
  • National Doryman's Association #1
  • International Ironman
  • Paddle Board Rescue Relay
  • National Doryman's Association #2
  • 10'6" Paddleboard Sprint
  • Paddleboard Sprint
  • Paddleboard Rescue Relay International Ironman & American Ironman
  • Surf Ski Race - lifeguard spec.
  • Dory - NDA spec.
  • Dolphin Dash
  • Groms Rule Surf Contest
  • Biathlon (1K Swim/ 5K Run)
  • Open Ocean Paddle (Approximately 5.5 mile course)
  • The One Mile Ocean Swim
  • 5K Beach Run
  • Biathlon
  • One Mile Ocean Swim
  • Run - Swim - Run (200m, 300m, 200m)
  • Open Ocean Paddle
  • SUP Surf Sprint Race
  • Splash & Dash Relay (Runners 100m / Swimmers 300m)
  • Open Ocean Paddle SUP
  • 5K Beach Run: only event of its kind in Southern California. Participants get a chance to run or walk at the water's edge
  • Marine Raider Boat Challenge: Teams will race against each other to paddle out past the surf, broach (flip) the boat and paddle back ashore. Invitation Only 


    Free Parking & Shuttle from San Clemente High School - 700 Avenida Pico, SC 92672
    Saturday 6:30a.m. - 8:30p.m. Sunday 6:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. I-5 to Ave. Pico; go 1/4 mile inland to San Clemente High School on the right. Limited parking is available near the pier.

    Directions to San Clemente Pier: From I-5 Southbound, exit Avenida Palizada, turn right to El Camino Real, turn left to Avenida Del Mar, turn right and follow to beach. From I-5 Northbound, exit Presidio, turn left to El Camino Real, turn right to Avenida Del Mar, turn left and follow to beach.

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