For more than 20 years, thousands of the nation’s best amateur surfers have shelved their schoolbooks for surfboards and made names for themselves at the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Nationals.
From this most prestigious of U.S.-based amateur events, surf fans have watched the emergence of numerous stars, including Tom Curren, Kelly Slater and C.J. Hobgood — who, between them, have won 10 professional world titles.
Now, the fan base is about to expand. DynoComm Sports celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation’s leading producer of core sports TV programming by announcing that it is videotaping the 2002 NSSA Nationals for summer broadcast on ESPN2.
The 2002 NSSA Nationals will be held June 25-29 at Lower Trestles, one of the world’s finest summer surf spots. It is located just south of San Clemente, Calif. The event is sponsored by Hurley International.
“It is great to be tied in with the NSSA Nationals once again,” said Alan Gibby, executive producer of DynoComm Sports. “The high level of NSSA competition, coupled with the performance waves of California’s premier surfing break, will make for a solid TV special that will show millions of viewers just how important the NSSA is to the future of these young surfers.”
“I’m really excited about our association with DynoComm,” added Janice Aragon, executive director of the NSSA. “The Nationals is such a sensational event with regards to both the performances of the hottest young surfers in the nation and the event itself. There are some heavy hitters this year, so if the waves are pumping, these kids will be giving some mindblowing performances.”
Part of the NSSA Nationals’ allure and legacy is the promise that the top finishers are very likely to become tomorrow’s stars. The event’s list of past champions reads right into the current upper echelon of American surfing ñ?current world tour leader Andy Irons, 2001 world champion C.J. Hobgood, veterans Taylor Knox and Kalani Robb, and emerging international stars Damien Hobgood, Fred Patacchia and Bruce Irons are among the alumni.
Now, the DynoComm crew trains its cameras on the next generation of stars ñ?giving viewers a look at both the faces and styles that will define surfing for the rest of this decade.
“Lowers is one of the best summer waves in the nation, if not the world, so it is a perfect place to crown National Champions,” Aragon added. “At the Nationals, you will find out who the hottest young surfers are in America.”
ESPN2 reaches into 80+ million TV households in the USA.
For more information on the event, the TV program or satellite news feeds, call the NSSA Office at 714-536-0445 or DynoComm Sports at 949-361-2063.