Paul Mitchell Pro – Oceanside May 30 – June 2


SANTA CRUZ, CA (May 20, 2002) ¿ John Paul Mitchell Systems continues its support of US professional surfing with the Paul Mitchell Pro, held May 30-June 2 at Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, CA. The Paul Mitchell Pro is the second stop on the Professional Surfing Tour of America’s (PSTA) 2002 season.

California’s best professional and amateur surfers will be competing in Men’s Shortboard, Women’s Shortboard and Longboard events just north of the Oceanside Pier. The public is encouraged to attend all events. Surfing trials begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 and continue to the finals on Sunday, June 2. The contest format features heats of four surfers with the top two advancing. Heats run continuously from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 500 p.m. every day.

Top competitors scheduled to appear include 2001 PSTA Tour Champions Ryan Simmons (Seal Beach, CA), Julia Christian (Carlsbad, CA), and Josh Mohr (Huntington Beach, CA). Points leaders in each division don special Paul Mitchell Black Jerseys signifying the number one ranking in their respective divisions.

“We are fortunate to have Paul Mitchell as a long-term partner,” said Jeff Grell, executive producer of the PSTA. “Paul Mitchell has been a major factor in development of a strong professional surfing presence in America. Without their generous support, sports like surfing wouldn’t have the opportunities for growth and success that they do today.” “Surfing is the quintessential lifestyle sport,” added Julie Solwold, vice president of sports marketing for John Paul Mitchell Systems. “It’s been setting fashion trends and influencing our culture for decades, without even trying. It’s all about style, technique, passion and pure fun – which frankly, is what Paul Mitchell has always been about. Our partnership with the PSTA continues to reflect that philosophy – we ARE where our customers play!”

The PSTA fills a vital space in professional surfing in the United States, not only by helping to fulfill the dreams of young surfers who are seeking success on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, but also by serving as a tour unto its own. The PSTA provides a strong competitive venue for surfers throughout the United States without leaving American shores.Official product sponsors include the New Subaru Baja, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, Balance Bar, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner (1-800-USA-RAIL), YM Magazine, and Outdoor Life Network. Industry sponsors include Havaianas, Surf One, Mountain High Resort, Sticky Bumps, Transworld Surf Magazine, Cut 4 Media, Mandero Sports Products, Peak Sunscreen, and Surf Quest Media.

The Paul Mitchell Pro is scheduled to air on Outdoor Life Network on July 15 at 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Fans can access Outdoor Life Network TV air dates and times for their specific region by checking out

For more information, contact Jeff Grell at (831) 728-9001 or log onto: