About the Surf 'N Slam
For the past 33 years, the Surf ‘N Slam Hoop Classic has been a popular event for high school basketball teams from across the country. It offers beautiful scenery and tough competition, making it a memorable experience for thousands of athletes and coaches who have joined us in the last week of December. The tournament takes place in San Diego, a wonderful tourist destination and perfect spot for a holiday trip with your team. With 70 miles of sandy beaches, plenty of sunshine, and endless sightseeing opportunities, your team will have plenty to do when they’re not on the court. Interested in bringing your team to San Diego? Check out our 2024 Tournament Guide or get in touch.
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San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
The Surf ‘N Slam is based in the heart of San Diego at the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel. The Marriott Mission Valley is the ideal hotel for experiencing the best of San Diego. Enjoy easy access to San Diego State University, SDSU Mission Valley, and the new Snapdragon Stadium from the hotel. Hop on the Rio Vista Trolley and explore Mission Bay, Sea World, Old Town, and Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Gather in refreshed meeting spaces, including an event lawn ideal for memorable outdoor gatherings. Enjoy a host of amenities and services, from views and casual dining at DEN to their fully equipped fitness center and outdoor pool with a waterfall. Well appointed hotel rooms and suites offer 55 SMART TVs, high speed Internet, and balconies, perfect for teams and families visiting San Diego. Explore the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.
The Springhill Suites are a brand new hotel within walking distance of the Surf ‘N Slam host hotel (Mission Valley Marriott).
- Guests understands that a one-night room and tax will be charged to the individual guests’ credit card on file for any no shows.
- Guests understands that all reservations are subject to an early departure fee of one-night room and tax to the credit card on file. Guests understands that they must make Hotel aware of early departure at least 24-hours (by 12:00 PM of new departure date) in advance to avoid penalty.
- Overnight self-parking fee applies; $25.00 per night. May vary based on membership level.
- Rates include complimentary hot breakfast buffet and WIFI
San Diego, the nation’s seventh-largest city, offers even more than its relaxed resort. This sparkling waterfront city pulses with a new urban sophistication. Downtown has evolved into an exciting urban center with new hotels, major shopping complexes (Horton Plaza and the Paladion), and continuing renewal in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. A renovated cruise ship terminal welcomes cruise ships from many destinations. The harbor bustles with restaurants, shops, and sightseeing excursions. Enjoy the year-round sunshine, 70 miles of beaches, and unlimited outdoor activities. The dazzling array of attractions include Balboa Park, Sea World, Seaport Village, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and San Diego Wild Animal Park. Also enjoy unique shopping, spectator and participant sports, and the lure of nearby Mexico. The city is fast making a name for itself as an important and diverse cultural center as well, offering a kaleidoscope of opera, ballet, museums, and world-class, Tony Award-winning theatre. Whether the agenda calls for deep-sea fishing and boating along the coastline, ballooning or golfing in North County, shopping in Mission Valley, exploring East County’s mountains and deserts, or doing it up downtown, San Diego is the perfect destination!
Additional San Diego Attractions and Events
- California Adventure
- La Jolla
- USS Midway
- Holiday Bowl Football game
- Balboa Park
The 2023 Surf ‘N Slam is sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (Click Here)
Where do I fly into?
San Diego International Airport also known as Lindbergh Field.
What is the weather like?
Usually sunny and temperatures range from 65-75 degrees. Cools down to the high 40’s to low 50’s in the evening.
How many games would we play?
Each team is guaranteed 3 games over 3 days (1 game per day) Dec. 27, 28, and 30.
When will the brackets be released?
To avoid multiple bracket versions floating around, we typically release the brackets in November. Please keep in mind that it is very typical for teams to add or drop last minute, causing a shift in bracketing.
How many brackets are there and which will we play in?
The number of total boys’ and girls’ brackets depends on how many total teams sign up. Each team is asked to fill out a questionnaire to best help us determine which bracket they should play in.
Will we be able to practice?
No practices are provided. If you are able to find a court to practice on, you are responsible for getting there and back.
Do we need to bring balls?
No, but please bring BOTH sets of uniforms. Home and away teams will be assigned when brackets are released.
Where will the games be played?
We use multiple host sites each year. This year, our sites are Helix Charter School, Christian High School, and La Jolla Country Day School.
Are there special rules to be aware of?
The tournament is sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation.
What is there to do when we are not playing?
See the “Things To Do” section for ideas. We suggest making a plan for activities ahead of time and checking with tournament staff so that your plans do not interfere with game times
Can we stay for less than 5 nights?
We strongly suggest arriving on Dec. 26 and departing on Dec. 31, You never know what travel complications may delay your team’s arrival. Additionally, check-ins are not guaranteed until 3:00 p.m. MST. If your team plays in the later games on Dec. 30 and chooses to depart that same night, you will be subject to late check out fees to hold onto your rooms. If you must depart on Dec. 30, aim for a departure time no earlier than 11 p.m. MST.
What other costs should we budget for?
Each participant receives 3 breakfast coupons per person. You should have a plan for all lunches and dinners. Team activities and laundry are also costs to keep in mind.
How does laundry work?
There are a few options at the hotel.
How does transportation work?
We provide team airport transfers and game transportation. Anything outside that (laundry, dinners, activities, etc.) must be organized on your own.