The Sea Dog Skim Challenge PMMC fundraiser takes place at Aliso Beach on Oct 7 at 8 a.m.

The Sea Dog Skim Challenge is a one-day skimboarding event held to raise funds for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and its patients. The competition is held in a single elimination format.

For the second time, Sam Stinnett, four-time Skimboarding World Champion, will host the Challenge, which this year takes place on Oct 7, starting promptly at 8 a.m. at Aliso Beach.

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Sam Stinnett

This year, Poler Laguna will be hosting the awards ceremony and fundraiser. All contestants will have free entry, and non-contestants will be asked to make an optional $5 donation at the door. A raffle will offer items from Vissla, Catch Surf, Sector 9, The Ranch, and many more.

There’ll also be a special performance by favorite local band Soulag Vibrations. Anyone who purchases a raffle ticket or makes a donation will get a wristband, which will allow them free entry and one free drink at The Sandpiper Lounge after the event (21+).

All net profits from the contest, awards ceremony, and individual donations go directly to PMMC. The contest is open to Amateur and Professional skimboarders of all ages and genders.

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Sam Stinnett, four-time Skimboarding World Champion

Last year’s event was a big success. The Sea Dog Skim Challenge raised over $3,500 for the PMMC, and this year, the organizers hope to raise even more. 

Residents are asked to join in the fundraiser, either by signing up to compete, coming to the awards ceremony, donating directly to the PMMC, or simply enjoying a fun-filled day at the beach. 

To sign up and/or donate, or for more information about the event and sponsors, visit and follow along at @theseadogskimchallenge on Instagram.

For further information on PMMC, visit