The stoked celebrate International Surfing Day

If the office was empty Wednesday, it might have been because of International Surfing Day.

The surfing conditions were meager — waves were only about a foot high at some spots in Newport Beach — but the dedicated took time out of their day.

Celebrations were simple: "We're just surfing at River Jetties," said Frog House surf shop clerk Joe Huebner.

The Newport Beach and Huntington Beach chapters of the Surfrider Foundation are planning a beach cleanup and other events Saturday morning at Huntington City Beach, in front of Huntington Street. Parking is free before 10 a.m. if visitors mention the Surfrider event.

Surfrider Chief Executive Jim Moriarty penned a form letter online giving people an excuse to call in sick.

But Duke Edukas, owner of Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa, said nobody had submitted the letter by late Wednesday morning.

"It would be cool if they did, though," he said.

—Mike Reicher

Twitter: @mreicher