Stab Magazine | Vissla's Cosmic Creek Retro Shred Festival Is This Weekend

Live now: How Surfers Get Paid, Season Finale


Vissla’s Cosmic Creek Retro Shred Festival Is This Weekend

…And You Should Be Going!

news // Jun 2, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

For the 20th year going, this weekend Salt Creek will be inundated with single and twin fins, vintage bonzers, stingers, swallows, and stubbies (“more than 50 original single and twin fin sleds from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s”) for Vissla’s Cosmic Creek Retro Shred Fest.

According to Vissla, “the event will feature four divisions including Locals, Creators & Innovators, Pros, and new to this year is a Body Surf Expression Session brought to you by DaFiN. 

“Surfers “draw cards” prior to their heat for priority on board selection. It truly comes down to the luck of the draw as to which board you will surf in your heat as Vissla will supply original 70’s and 80’s Single and Twin fin options for competitors to choose from.”

Equal parts lighthearted luddite competition and loose and lively surf festival, on top of a full weekend of competition and the chance to fondle some antiquated but often surprisingly functional, equipment, the once-high performance relics from several bygone eras, there will be performances Saturday evening from Quebecois pop quintet TOPS, as well as Seattle psych rock outfit, Night Beats (listen to both below). 

D’Blanc will host the free concert Saturday night at the Salt Creek Bluff Park Stage (just above the contest site), with Night Beats and TOPS, while SeacliffThe Alive and Hypnosis will be play the Beach Stage during the day Saturday and Sunday.

Music gets started at 6PM.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Cosmic Creek,” says Vissla’s Eric Mehlberg. “Always known as a community event, it was great to have world renowned artist Thomas Campbell of Dana Point create the artwork and design concepts around the event site. Also, incredible to see a modern event site with NO EZ-UP’s, wrapped/branded vehicles, plastic-free, shaping bay & live music on the sand. There is truly nothing quite like it. 

“The boards are the greatest equalizer of the event and what makes it so fun for all competitors of all skill levels. The best surfer may have the worst board and really even the playing field. Sometimes you pick a board that looks amazing then you stand up on it and realize its a total dog and you still have to ride it for your 20 min heat! 

“All of the boards are owned and warehoused by Vissla. Over the years the quiver has changed with additions from Eric Diamond, Bobby Lockhart, and Craigslist finds by Eric Mehlberg. [Vissla founder and longtime Surf Industry head] Paul Naude is the true historian and collector of the Cosmic quiver and knows the history of each and every board.” 

If you’re in Southern California this weekend, we can think of worse ways to spend a weekend afternoon than at Salt Creek for the annual freak show—we’ll see you there.






Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Long Read: Pete Beachy Is No Bore 

The life and times of an off-the-grid Alaskan surf pioneer who claims to cure cancer.

Mar 26, 2023

Watch: ‘Haiku’

Scenes From a Remote Reality, by Vans & Karina Rozunko

Mar 25, 2023

Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band

What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?

Mar 25, 2023

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6

An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer

Mar 23, 2023


Caity Simmers — Extreme Competitive Surf Vlogger

Cool is chemical.

Mar 23, 2023

Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game

…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.

Mar 22, 2023

Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing

But will surf final CT event at Bells.

Mar 22, 2023


Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?

Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.

Mar 22, 2023

João Chianca Spent Seven Years On The QS Without A Sponsor

And look where he is now.

Mar 22, 2023

Take Stab’s 2023 Audience Survey, Win A 3-Board Quiver

Stab towels and Premium subscriptions also up or grabs.

Mar 21, 2023

Jessi Miley Dyer On The New Challenger Series Schedule And More

Did you know that you could miss the mid-year cut and still theoretically win the…

Mar 20, 2023


Don’t Miss The Last Wave Of The First 2023 SEOTY Entry

Jacob Willcox's ‘Into Dust’ just set the bar.

Mar 20, 2023

Warren Smith on New Welcome Rivers Range and Buying Jaguars on Facebook Marketplace  

Now available in the Antipodes...

Mar 20, 2023


Wavegarden Spills How The Sausage Is Made

BTS of their global air wave rollout ft. Yago Dora, Dion Agius, Reef Heazlewood and…

Mar 18, 2023

Minds, Machines, And The Magic Of Hands

How modern shapers split their time between designing files and hand-finishing boards.

Mar 18, 2023


Are Hectic Lefts The Final Finless Frontier?

William Aliotti is on the right-foot-forward fringes.

Mar 17, 2023

Watch: Luke + Eddie

A mostly unknown, on-duty lifeguard won the most prestigious big-wave event in history. How Luke…

Mar 17, 2023


A Pipe Master, Ryan Burch, And Some Pickle Forks On The Eastern Seaboard

This one ticks a lot of boxes

Mar 16, 2023