Oceanside, Calif., June 20, 2006 — The Surfing America USA Championships presented by Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will bring the best surfers, of all ages, from across the United States to Oceanside, California, July 11-19, 2006 to compete for a USA championship title. The nation’s top ranked competitors receive invites to compete in this highly prestigious event from their respective regional member organizations. The event will also help decide who will represent the United States as part of the 2006 USA Surf Team. (The 2006 USA Surf Team will be officially unveiled at a special Surfing America fundraising event benefiting the USA Surf Team at the team’s official home: Huntington Beach, Surf City USATM, on July 27th.)
Hosted by Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of surfing in the United States, and presented by SIMA, the contest expects to draw nearly 400 of the best athletes in America from six member organizations: Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (HASA), National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA), Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA), Western Surfing Association (WSA) and Bodyboarder International Association (BIA).
This year’s contest divisions have expanded to include 10 new divisions rounding out the field and making the format similar to the regional events. Divisions include men’s and women’s shortboard, longboard and bodyboard.
The contest site will be at Oceanside Harbor’s North Jetty. The sand bottom beach break is known to produce consistent, peaky waves. It picks up virtually every swell direction and numerous high profile surfing competitions have been staged there in the past. Plenty of parking and nearby accommodations make this an ideal venue to hold the USA Championships.
“SIMA is proud to return as the presenting sponsor of the Surfing America USA Championships on behalf of our 150 member companies, said Dick Baker, SIMA president and president of apparel maker Op. “These championships are an important opportunity for SIMA to show its support of up-and-coming surf talent and of this country’s national governing body for the sport.
After receiving NGB status by the ISA in March of 2004, Surfing America hosted its inaugural Championships and USA Surf Team selection two years ago, in Huntington Beach. By claiming two ISA medals in the program’s first two years (silver in 2004, bronze in 2005), the highly esteemed USA Surf Team is now being recognized as a world-wide powerhouse. The purpose of the USA Surf Team is to train and develop young, exceptionally talented surfers in the U.S. as well as to assist them in building their portfolio and bridging the gap to a future career as a professional surfer. The USA Surf Team recently announced it had entered into a sponsorship agreement with surf retail giant PacSun, adding even more fuel to the program that serves aspiring young athletes across the nation.
Surfing America aims to grow the sport of surfing in America with the help of the industry and the cooperation of its member organizations. Over the past few years, the organization has created the infrastructure necessary to bring the existing organizations together and to establish a strong USA Surf Team. SIMA has partnered with Surfing America as the presenting sponsor for the Surfing America USA Championships. Additionally, seven major industry brands (and SIMA members) — Billabong, Body Glove, O’Neill, OP, Quiksilver, Reef and Rip Curl — and several surf media partners — Fuel TV, Surfer, Surfing, Surfline.com, and TransWorld Surf — have stepped up in an extraordinary show of unity to support Surfing America, sponsoring the event and the USA Surf Team.
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States and is responsible for holding the official USA Championships and for selecting and fielding the officialSA Surf Team. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.
Surfing America, Inc. is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization. All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Suite B, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one.
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 16 years, the SIMA Environmental Fund has raised more than $2.9 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. SIMA also supports surf-related humanitarian efforts through the newly formed 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund.
About ISA? The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964, and the Junior World Championships since 1980.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of over 50 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided by Fernando Aguerre, first elected in 1994 in Rio, and re-elected five times since. The ISA’s four Vice Presidents are from South Africa, Australia, Hawaii and the USA.
Inspired by the Olympic spirit, ISA events including the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, ISA World Surfing Games, ISA World Masters Surfing Championships and other ISA sanctioned events showcase athletes competing on behalf of their country. The top four finalists are awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. Like in the Olympics, cultural identity, team spirit and moments of great personal triumph are hallmarks of these events. For more information, visit: www.isasurf.org.
About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.
Pacific Sunwear, operating under two distinct retail concepts, is a leading specialty retailer of everyday casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to meet the needs of active teens and young adults. As of February 25, 2006, the Company operated 814 PacSun stores, 96 PacSun Outlet stores and 196 d.e.m.o. stores for a total of 1,106 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico. The Company intends to launch its third concept, One Thousand Steps, in April of 2006. PacSun’s website address is www.pacsun.com and merchandise carried at d.e.m.o. stores can be found at www.demostores.com
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Surfing America Recognized Organizations?
Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)?http://surfesa.org??Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (HASA)?http://hasasurf.org??National Scholastic Surfing Association?http://nssa.org Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA)?http://tgsa.org??Western Surfing Association (WSA)?http://westernsurfingassociation.org Bodyboarder International Association (BIA) http://biatour.comp://nssa.org Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA)?http://tgsa.org??Western Surfing Association (WSA)?http://westernsurfingassociation.org Bodyboarder International Association (BIA) http://biatour.com