With the 2005 Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Qualifying Series now officially over, sights are set on the tour’s inaugural 2006 event, the. The contest returns to Florida’s premier surfing venue from January 5 – 12, 2006, after a triumphant run in January of this year.
The 4-Star World Qualifying Series event is expected to host more than 200 professional athletes competing for $75,000 in prize money and points leading to a berth on the prestigious 2007 World Championship Tour.
The tournament will once again feature the Red Bull Tow-At, an invite-only event where surfers are sling-shot into waves while being towed behind a Sea Doo personal watercraft at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The contest features dramatic aerial and power surfing not possible through traditional surfing. The winner of the invited 10-man Red Bull Tow-At field will win a 2006 Sea-Doo personal watercraft.
New to the event for 2006 is the Longdogger “Big Dog” award of $1,000.00 given to the surfer who chalks up the highest scoring heat of the event.
Athletes expected to compete in the main event include 2001 world champion C.J. Hobgood, Damien Hobgood, Ben Bourgeouis, Tim Curran, 2005 winner Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Aaron Cormican, and three-time world champion Tom Curren. Also on tap will be emerging stars like Nathaniel Curran, Ola Eleogram, Alex Gray, Clay Marzo, Brian Toth and Adam Wickwire.
“Globe has been involved with the surf community since its inception but in the last year we’ve really dedicated ourselves to serving the East Coast, as exemplified in our sponsorship of the ESA and the Hobgood’s as our marquee athletes,” said Michael Marckx, Globe’s Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment. “This sponsorship is the perfect opportunity to extend our commitment, and the decision for Globe to become naming rights sponsor of this preeminent Right Coast event is also consistent with our strategy of continuing to invest heavily in supporting our brand when the right opportunities arise.”
The Globe Sebastian Inlet Pro Presented by Ron Jon is produced by Boardsports Management, the surfing world’s leading athlete and event and management firm.
“Last year’s event exceeded all expectations and demonstrated the popularity of pro surfing in Central Florida,” said Boardsports Management President Mitch Varnes, “I want to specifically thank Globe, Ron Jon, Red Bull, Surf Expo and all of the other sponsors who have enabled this event to get where it is today.”
For more information about the Globe Sebastian Inlet Pro Presented by Ron Jon, visit www.globesipro.com