Registration for the to be held Oct. 21 began Thursday.
more than 150 surfers particiated across , from children ages 11 and under, to adults 50 and older.
Now in its ninth year, there is a new award: the king or queen of the Dempsey.
The person with the highest score in the Open Mens/Womens, Open Longboard, or Open Stand-Up Paddle will be named the king or queen of the Dempsey.
Click here to visit's WiLDCOAST's site and register or donate to sponsor a young surfer.
Money raised at the competition and ocean festival goes toward environmental conservation efforts.
Editors Note: WiLDCOAST's Executive Director Serge Dedina writes a weekly column published by Imperial Beach Patch called .