NSSA Ready For West Region Chamionships

2002 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPSMAY 17-19 HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER (SOUTH SIDE)SURF CITY-HERE WE COME!

THE NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ALL OF THE 2002 NSSA CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: HURLEY INTERNATIONAL, BODY GLOVE, SURFING/BODYBOARDING/SURFING GIRL, HUNTINGTON SURF AND SPORT, REEF AND O-SMAS (O’NEILL SURFING MAGAZINE AIRSHOW SERIES).

(May 14) – The National Scholastic Surfing Association will present the 2002 Western Championships on May 17-19. For the sixth consecutive year, the NSSA Westerns will be held at legendary “Surf City.” The competition will be held on the south side of the pier. Over 400 of the west coast’s top surfers from the NSSA?s Southwest and Gold Coast Conferences are scheduled to compete. The Western Championships is a six star rated event which serves as a qualifier for invitation to the 2002 NSSA National Championships at Lower Trestles June 25-June 29. The Western Championships will comprise three separate events-the Open Championships, Explorer Championships and the O-SMAS (O’Neill Surfing Magazine Airshow Series) Championships. The Open Championships includes the highest level of competition and is the most prestigious of the NSSA competitive divisions. The Open Championships is a student only division, which includes Mens (16&up), Juniors (13-15), Boys (12&under), Mini Groms (10&under), Womens (all ages) and Bodyboard (all ages). The Explorer Championships includes competition in a wide range of student and non-student categories. Explorer divisions include Mens (all ages), Juniors (15-17), Boys (13-14), Menehuene (12&under), Womens (all ages), Masters (25&up), Seniors (35&up), Super Seniors (45&up), Longboard (all ages) and Bodyboard (all ages). The O-SMAS Championships will feature the top 16 rated aerialists from the Southwest Conference and the top 8 aerialists from the Gold Coast Conference.

SURF FORECAST-The Surfline forecast is calling for a mix of SSE, SW and NW swell to hold throughout the three-day event. That means good peaks on the south side! For more information on the surf forecast make sure to check out www.surfline.com.
Top rated surfers competing at the NSSA Western Championships are #1 Open Mens seed and 2002 Southwest Open Mens and Explorer Juniors Champion Travis Mellem of San Clemente, #2 Open Mens Nathaniel Curran of Oxnard, 2002 Southwest Open Juniors Champion Alex Gray of Palos Verdes, 2002 Southwest Open and Explorer Womens Champion Anastasia Ashley of San Clemente, 2002 Southwest Open Boys and Gold Coast Explorer Menehuene Champion Cory Arrambide of Ventura, 2002 Gold Coast Explorer Juniors Champion Bud Freitas of Santa Cruz, 2001 National Open Junior Champion Patrick Gudauskas of San Clemente, 2001 Western Open and Explorer Juniors Champion Dane Reynolds of Ventura, 2001 defending Western and National Seniors Champion Chas Wickwire of Seal Beach, 2001 defending Western Masters Champion Barry Deffenbaugh of Huntington Beach, 2001 defending Western Longboard Champion Mike Gillard of Imperial Beach and defending 2001 Western Super Seniors Champion Steve Weaver of San Clemente. Other top seeds competing are 2002 Southwest Conference Open Champions Dane Zaun of Hollyglen (Mini Groms) and Kris Espinoza of Huntington Beach (Bodyboard). Top seeded 2002 Southwest Conference Explorer Champions include Jason Franco of Carlsbad (Mens), Chris Waring of Seal Beach (Boys), Taylor Jensen of Coronado (Longboard), Patrick Schlick of La Mirada (Super Seniors) and Josh Singh of San Clemente (Bodyboard). Top seeded 2002 Gold Coast Conference Explorer Champions include Blake Howard of Carpenteria (Mens), Chad Compton of Ventura (Boys) and Arro Young of Ventura (Masters), Travis Karian of Long Beach (Longboard) and Beth Engel of Oxnard (Womens).

O-SMAS NSSA DIVISION WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS-The top 16 rated aerialists from the 2002 O-SMAS/NSSA Southwest Conference Open division and the top 8 aerialists from the 200O-SMAS/NSSA Gold Coast Conference division. The air ace of the event is certainly Josh Montgomery. Josh is the defending National and Western OSMAS champion and he also finished first in the Southwest OSMAS division this season. The airshow prelims will be held on Saturday May 18. The O-SMAS finals will be held on Sunday, May 19. The top six finalists will be invited to compete in the O-SMAS/NSSA National Championships on June 22-23 at Salt Creek. The top six west coast aerialists will meet up with the top six from Hawaii and the top six from the east coast at the O-SMAS Nationals.

Competition will start at 6:30 a.m. each day. All finals will be held on Sunday May 19.

Further information:Janice Aragon, NSSA Executive Director(714)536-0445jaragon@nssa.org.

The 2002 Western Championships Schedule of Events is as follows:
NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS
HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER
FRIDAY-MAY 17, 2002
ORDER OF EVENTS

FRIDAY 6 EXPLORER MENS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 6:30-8:00

3 EXPLORER MASTERS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 8:00-8:45

14 EXPLORER JUNIORS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 8:45-12:15

3 EXPLORER WOMENS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 12:15-1:00

3 EXPLORER MENS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 1:00-1:45

1 EXPLORER WOMENS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 1:45-2:00

7 EXPLORER JUNIORS RND TWO HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 2:00-3:45

1 EXPLORER MASTERS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 3:45-4:00

2 EXPLORER BODYBOARD SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 4:00-4:30

1 EXPLORER MENS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 4:30-4:45

4 EXPLORER JUNIORS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 4:45-5:45

NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS
HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER
SATURDAY-MAY 18, 2002
ORDER OF EVENTS

SATURDAY8 OPEN MENS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 6:30-8:30

6 OPEN JUNIORS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 8:30-10:00

4 OPEN MENS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:00-11:00

3 OPEN JUNIORS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:00-11:45

2 OPEN BOYS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:45-12:15

NSSA O-SMAS AIR SHOW PRELIMS @ 60 MIN 12:15-1:15

2 OPEN WOMENS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 1:15-1:45

7 EXPLORER BOYS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 1:45-3:30

4 EXPLORER LONGBOARD QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 3:30-4:30

4 EXPLORER BOYS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 4:30-5:30

2 EXPLORER LONGBOARD SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 5:30-6:00

2 EXPLORER BOYS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 6:00-6:30

NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS
HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER
SUNDAY-MAY 19, 2002
ORDER OF EVENTS

SUNDAY
3 EXPLORER SENIORS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 6:30-7:15

5 EXPLORER MENEHUENE RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 7:15-8:30

2 OPEN MENS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 8:30-9:00

1 OPEN JUNIORS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 9:00-9:15

3 EXPLORER MENEHUENE QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 9:15-10:00

2 EXPLORER JUNIORS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:00-10:30

1 EXPLORER SENIORS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 10:30-10:45

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 10:45-11:00

NSSA O-SMAS AIR SHOW SEMI-FINALS @ 30 MIN 11:00-11:30

2 OPEN MINI GROMS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:30-12:00

2 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 12:00-12:30

NSSA O-SMAS AIRSHOW FINAL @ 20 MIN 12:30-12:50

NSSA WESTERN OPEN AND EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS
FINALS BEGIN
1 OPEN BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:50-1:10

1 OPEN BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:10-1:30

1 OPEN JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:30-1:50

1 OPEN MINI GROM FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:50-2:10

1 OPEN WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:10-2:30

1 OPEN MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:30-2:50

1 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:50-3:10

1 EXPLORER LONGBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:10-3:30

1 EXPLORER WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:30-3:50

1 EXPLORER MASTERS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:50-4:10

1 EXPLORER BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:10-4:30

1 EXPLORER MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:30-4:50

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:50-5:10

1 EXPLORER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 5:10-5:30

1 EXPLORER BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 5:30-5:50

1 EXPLORER JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 5:50-6:10

2002 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS CEREMONY ¿ 6:20PM
11:00-11:30

2 OPEN MINI GROMS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:30-12:00

2 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 12:00-12:30

NSSA O-SMAS AIRSHOW FINAL @ 20 MIN 12:30-12:50

NSSA WESTERN OPEN AND EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS
FINALS BEGIN
1 OPEN BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:50-1:10

1 OPEN BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:10-1:30

1 OPEN JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:30-1:50

1 OPEN MINI GROM FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:50-2:10

1 OPEN WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:10-2:30

1 OPEN MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:30-2:50

1 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:50-3:10

1 EXPLORER LONGBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:10-3:30

1 EXPLORER WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:30-3:50

1 EXPLORER MASTERS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:50-4:10

1 EXPLORER BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:10-4:30

1 EXPLORER MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:30-4:50

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:50-5:10

1 EXPLORER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 5:10-5:30

1 EXPLORER BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 5:30-5:50

1 EXPLORER JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 5:50-6:10

2002 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS CEREMONY ¿ 6:20PM