Dane Zaun Switchfoot Bro Am

Dane Zaun. Photo: David Gray

Props to the boys at Switchfoot and those who organized the 5th Annual Switchfoot Bro Am! It was the funnest day ever and all for a good cause, see you all next year! Photo: Andy Barron

(Encinitas, CA)   A record-breaking 7,000+ attendees gathered for the fifth-annual Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert, which returned to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday, June 27, 2009. An event near and dear to Switchfoot's hearts, the Bro-Am was created to give back to the San Diego community while also benefiting a local children's charity. Funds were raised at a pre-event auction night, as well as from vendors on the beach, sponsorships, and an after-party at the Belly Up Tavern.

Switchfoot Bro Am

Switchfoot plays to a packer house…err, beach. Photo: Andy Barron

This year's event once again benefited the San Diego and Oceanside branches of StandUp For Kids. This national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization started right here in San Diego and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids. While final numbers are still being tallied, it is estimated that this year's event has grossed approximately $93,000 to support the local chapters of StandUp For Kids.  (www.standupforkids.org)

Switchfoot's Jon Foreman reflects, "The Switchfoot Bro-am began six years ago as an implausible dream: a dream that three of our favorite things (surfing, music, and the local community) could collide for a day in a way that gives back to the town that has given us so much. This year's Bro-Am far exceeded anyone's expectations. The surfing and music communities