9th Annual Donnie Solomon Pro-Am and American Red Cross Memorial Surfing Contest to be held at California Street in Ventura, February 12 & 13, 2005.

CALIFORNIA STREET, VENTURA — California’s best surfers will get a chance to showcase their talent as the 9th Annual Donnie Solomon and American Red Cross Memorial surfing contest returns to California Street, Ventura on February 12 & 13.

The Pro-Am (which will feature some of the top surfers from around the U.S.) will take place all day Feb. 12. With $1,500 for first place and a world class sandbar in place at Pipes, the level of surfing will be taken to whole never level. The WSA amateur divisions will follow immediately following the big boys and continuing into to all day Feb.13th.

The 9th Annual Donnie Solomon Pro-Am and American Red Cross memorial will be offering $5,000 in cash and prizes for California’s top surfers such as 2000 Donnie Solomon Champ and world tour standout Tim Curran (Oxnard), Former World Champion and 2003 Donnie Solomon Champ Tom Curren (Santa Barbara), 2003 CWC Champ Kieran Horn (Santa Cruz), 2003 PSTA Champ Danny Nichols (Huntington Beach), Dane Reynolds (Santa Barbara), Keith & Dan Malloy (Ventura), Che Stang (San Diego), Chris Ward (San Clemente), Mike Parsons (San Clemente), Dylan Slater (Ventura), 2002 US Champ Jesse Merle-Jones (Hawaii) and Sean Hayes (Ventura). Invitations were extended to ASP World Tour competitors — 6 time World Champ Kelly Slater (Florida), Shane Dorian (Hawaii), Ross Williams (Hawaii), Rob Machado (San Diego), 2002 Donnie Solomon Champ Pat O’Connell (Dana Point) Kalani Robb (Hawaii), and Taylor Knox (Carlsbad).

All product donations will be raffled off to the public with benefits going to the American Red Cross of Ventura County—the last 9 years of this event have risen over $40,000 for the American Red Cross Foundation of Ventura County.

Competition will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a paddle-out ceremony at 12:00pm in the afternoon. February 12, and then with WSA amateur divisions following ASAP. More than 20,000 spectators are anticipated for the event. Parking is available along the contest site and directly behind at the Derby club.

All product donations for the raffle should be sent to:
Mary Lou Drummy
320 Avenida Sierra
San Clemente, CA 92672

For information regarding volunteering or participating in 9th Annual Donnie Solomon Memorial, contact Mary Lou Drummy at ussfwr@cox.net or call (949) 369-6677.

About Donnie Solomon:

Donnie Solomon, a top competitive surfer who passed away while surfing Waimea Bay in 1995, continues to have a profound effect on the community. His dedication to the Red Cross lives on as the overriding theme of this WSA event, with more than $40,000 raised in his name since the contest’s inception. Last year, Brent Flatten and the Harold Jones Construction Co. provided a special gift: three palm trees planted along the C-Street boardwalk in memory of Donnie.

Solomon was a supporter of the Red Cross and visited Red Cross facilities throughout the world while he traveled the surfing circuit. He encouraged other surfers and youth to receive safety training in first aid and CPR as well as lifeguard training.