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First SunKiss beach festival in Coronado brings you "half way to Dinah"

(This article was originally published HERE in SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)

Those wishing that Spring Break in Palm Springs was just around the corner have a special treat in store, when the women of SunKiss Events bring “a little Dinah” to our own shores.

The inaugural “SunKiss Weekend” takes place on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. near the Silver Strand State Beach south of Coronado. The event is being hosted in conjunction with Loews Coronado Bay Hotel and Resort, located at 4000 Coronado Bay Rd., adjacent to Silver Strand Boulevard and the Coronado Cays.

Originally conceived as the “half way to Dinah party,” the idea first started a few years ago with a small gathering of friends celebrating the end of summer at a local, backyard pool.

That party “got a little out of hand, in a good way,” Founder Alina said, and SunKiss was born.

This new women’s event, planned to occur annually, takes the traditional pool party a step further and brings it to the beach. The daylong event will include music, dancing, drinks, water sports, and celebrities in order to keep lesbians from all over the world, entertained.

“I am thrilled and we are all so excited to do something for the women’s community,” Alina said.

From morning until sunset, organizers said women will jam to popular DJs, dance in the sand, play in the ocean, or take advantage of the water-sport activities available through Loews. Loews Resort will also be providing bar staff and service specifically for this event, something that is generally controlled on San Diego beaches.

When Alina and more than a dozen friends decided to launch SunKiss, she said they searched for the right location for weeks before joining forces with the San Diego Concierge, a local online hospitality reservation specialist who brought Loews to the table.

Next, they reached out to investors and mostly were on the lookout for promotional partners, which Alina said they received with the Human Rights Campaign, Gossip Grill, ThatsSoGayLive, Wildfire Dances, FlawLes, Club Skirts Presents The Dinah, and many others.

“I expected a little push back from some, due to competition,” Alina said, but Club Skirts The Dinah actually gave us the confidence to move forward.”

SunKiss has also identified three organizations as benefactors of the event: San Diego Ambassadors of The Trevor Project, the San Diego LGBT Center, and North Park’s Missiongathering Church LGBT Outreach project.

In addition to dancing in the sand, Alina said attendees will also be able to rent powerboats, surfboards, kayaks and bikes from Active Sports or take a gondola ride through the Coronado Cays.

Organizers encourage everyone to bring their own beach balls, volleyball equipment and other beach fun. Limited quantities of “floaties” and pink flamingos from Mo’s Universe will be made available at the event, as well.

To soothe hunger pangs, the “Super Q” food truck – known for their unique “mac-n-cheese” sandwiches and barbeque food ­– will be on hand all day.

Once the sun goes down, Alina said the party will continue with SunKiss After Dark, with DJs still spinning tunes, but bonfires along the beach to add to the festivities. Last call will be at 9:45 p.m. and tickets for daytime activities are good for the evening activities, as well.

Scheduled to entertain are Gossip Grill’s regular music-maker, DJ Dida; DJ Gigi, the official female DJ of the San Diego Chargers; and the ever-popular DJ dirty Kurty. Each of the women will spin up to four hours each for the 12-hour event, with a dozen local go-go dancers spicing up the sand.

Big news of the weekend is the participation of women from Showtime’s popular “The Real L Word” series. Rose Garcia (from season one/Los Angeles), Romi Klinger (season two and three/L.A.), and Somer Bingham and her partner Donna (season three/New York City) will all be in attendance.

“I’m super excited for this event,” Rose Garcia said. “San Diego is a beautiful city with beautiful women. I’m so glad this event is bringing visibility to San Diego’s vibrant [and] diverse lesbian community. L.A. ladies, along with many others from different cities are making the trip to experience their first lesbian beach party event.”

Klinger, who has recently been vocal about the backlash she has received from friends and the community since “coming out” as bisexual, said she is also looking forward to the event. She offered this quote, from John Dryden: “Love is not in our choice but in our fate.”

Discounted pre-sale tickets for the event are $48 and will close on Monday, Sept. 10. After that, access will be cash only at the door. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15. “Arrive early for early-bird discounts on admission [and] merchandise,” Alina said, adding there would likely be free items given away.

For more information about SunKiss Weekend, the host hotel, directions, or to buy tickets, click HERE.

Morgan M. Hurley is Contributing Editor of SDGLN, Editor of San Diego Downtown News and Assistant Editor of Gay San Diego and San Diego Uptown News.