The National Surf league, Inc. kicks off the first ever High School Cup April 21st with 8 High Schools from Orange County and San Diego. The goal of the NSL’s High School Cup is to generate an entirely new way to think about surfing at the high school level and to look at surfing with pride and passion through community.
The High School Cup will showcase the best surfers from both regions with over a month of events to identify which high school has the deepest talent. With a 5 week season taking place the teams from each high school will fight it out for the coveted High School Cup! The season will end with a bang when the championship game between the winners of the Orange County and San Diego divisions play each other at the Huntington Beach Pier in conjunction with the 2nd annual Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam.
“The kids are fired up to participate in the Game format. After watching the pros compete in the California Cup and X Games the past 3 years, these high schools now have a chance to showcase their talents in a team format that makes perfect sense for high school surfing exclaims NSL Commissioner Brad Gerlach. San Clemente Head Coach John Dowell adds, “With the athletes surfing together as a team, the Game format is a great fit on the scholastic tier. The Game format teaches the kids many important values that are learned through traditional team sports like football, baseball and basketball. Mentoring, Sportsmanship, camaraderie and teamwork are all integral parts of the Game and are important principles for the surfers to recognize.
Veteran NSL event participants have shown their support for the format by coming on board and helping the kids learn the intricacies of the Game. Orange County Octopus standout Mike Losness, in addition to San Diego Sea Lions’ Austin Ware, Jeremy Sherwin and Layne Harrison have all been practicing with the surfers and coaching the teams in preparation for the season. “The enthusiasm shown by the pro’s is a real testament to their love of the Game Say Gerlach, these guys have careers of their own to focus on and to see them helping the next generation is incredibly rewarding for us.
All regular season Games will take place on Friday afternoons just like a Friday night high school football game. Families and friends are encouraged to come down and support their team and cheer on the hometown heroes. The Games will average 2.5 hours and are guaranteed to drum up serious rivalry that will be highly debated until the teams come back next year for another stab at the coveted High School Cup.
The NSL is also proud to announce its partnership with Red Bull for the inaugural high school cup. “Red Bull is known for their creative approach and involvement in sports. Having them onboard for our innovative format is the perfect fit, says Brad Gerlach.
The NSL is a revolutionary professional surfing league dedicated to the pursuit of surfing excellence, generating consumer awareness for the sport of surfing while creating a unique format for all types of competitive surfers.
For more information go to www.nslgame.com or contact: Jeff Cutler firstname.lastname@example.org / 310 940 5923.
Schools (as seeded for the event):
1.San Clemente High School
2.Huntington Beach High School
3.Edison High School
4.Newport harbor High School
1.San Dieguito Academy
2.Carlsbad High School
3.Torrey Pines High School
4.Point Loma High School
NSL’s High School Cup Dates:
Huntington High vs. Edison
Friday 4/21 at HB Pier
Carlsbad vs. Torrey Pines
Friday 5/5 at Ponto
San Dieguito vs. Point Loma
Friday 5/12 at Seaside Reef
San Clemente vs. Newport Harbor
Friday 6/2 at San Clemente Pier
Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4 at North side San Clemente Pier
Semi Finals 1 Sat June 3, 9am
Semi Finals 2 Sunday June 4, 9am
Championships Huntinggton Beach Pier June 10th
Saturday 8am Saturday June 10 — before Celebrity Surf Jam