The O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro Presented by Ron Jon is the biggest and most prestigious surfing contest on the US East Coast and one of the top three on mainland North America. The tournament will feature a field of more than 200 surfers from more than a dozen countries.
The 2009 O'Neill SI Pro will be a 4-star rated mens event offering a cash purse of $85,000.00 and valuable points leading to a berth on the Association of Surfing Professionals' elite World Championship Tour.
The O'Neill SI Pro will once again kick off the world's professional surfing season and will be run from January 11-18, 2009.
Sebastian Inlet's first, second and third peaks were a regular contest venue for such past events as the The Florida Pro, The Stubbies Classic and the Bud Pro Tour. The 2005 Sebastian Inlet Pro marked the return of high-level professional surfing to Florida's most famous surfing break.
The O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro attracts many of the best and best emerging surfers in the world. Past competitors include Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Shane Beschen, Josh Kerr, Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Ben Bourgeois, Timmy Curran, Nathaniel Curran, Pat Gudauskas, Ola Eleogram, Kai Barger and Clay Marzo.
The O'Neill SI Pro also includes the Red Bull Tow-At, a specialty event that features a field of 10 hand-picked surfers. Utilizing a Sea-Doo Personal Watercraft, these surfers are whipped into waves at speeds of up to 20 miles-per-hour leading to deep gouging carves and big aerial maneuvers. The 2005 SI Pro was the birthplace of professional Tow-At surfing competition. Similar events are now often held in other parts of the world and are always a crowd favorite.
The O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro Presented by Ron Jon is owned and produced by Board Sports Management, the surfing world's leading athlete and event management firm.
It is a 4-star rated event sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals.
A 4-star-rated World Qualifying Series event, The O'Neill Seb