SAN CLEMENTE, CA— March 31, 2008 — Ocean Minded¿ team rider Shaun Ward turned in a remarkable performance to win the 3rd Annual Vans Pier Classic in Huntington Beach, on Sunday March 30th. Right behind him was fellow Ocean Minded¿ team rider Jason Miller, who surfed his way into Semi Finals and narrowly missed joining Ward in the Final.
“We have seen consistent surfing from Shaun in the past few years and it’s great to see him get his first World Qualifying Series (WQS) win in his backyard,” stated Frankie D’Andrea, Ocean Minded’s team manager. “This is a great start to the North American tour and will put Shaun closer to his goal of making the ASP World Tour.”
After five days of tough competition, Ward dominated the Final against Austin Ware, Brad Ettinger, and Dylan Graves with a score of 15.25. Ward’s high performance surfing set him apart from his fellow finalists, as he claimed his first WQS win. The fact that Huntington Beach is Ward’s hometown makes the win even sweeter for him.
“It is a dream come true to win a contest right here at home in Huntington Beach! I have been trying to win for a while, and this provides the confidence I need going into the next event,” said Ward.
Jason Miller finished the Pier Classic in fifth place, and his talent shone throughout the whole contest. Miller won four heats in a row and goes into his next event with significant momentum.
“I’m happy with this contest’s results and excited to get some practice for the contest at Lower Trestles in April,” said Miller. “I’m stoked for my teammate Shaun. He performed well throughout the whole event and it’s awesome for him to win at home.”
About Ocean Minded
The Ocean Minded¿ brand was established in 1996 by Gary Ward, built on the principles of protecting beaches, respecting the environment and an overall love for life. Ocean Minded is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality leather and EVA-based sandals primarily targeted at the beach, adventure and action sports markets.
The Ocean Minded¿ brand was acquired by Crocs, Inc. in 2007. Today, Ocean Minded operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Crocs, Inc. and its founders continue to live the Ocean Minded lifestyle by actively leading beach clean-ups, and supporting and educating customers on the importance of leaving the ocean and all waterways in better condition than when they were found.