SAN CLEMENTE, CA – The Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA) and Surfline have joined forces. Starting this spring PSTA contest information will be on Surfline.com, Swell.com, Wavefax, and The Surfline phone service (976-SURF), giving surfers everywhere up-to-date PSTA contest information and links to event schedules, contest previews, post-event coverage, and more.
“We are excited to work with the PSTA and Alan Gibby,” says Sean Collins, surf forecaster with Surfline. “We very much support this tour and think it’s going to be great for American surfing.”
[IMAGE 1]In addition to placing PSTA information on the Surfline.com and Swell.com Web sites, Wavefax surf fax information and on the 976-SURF phone service, Surfline will also provide surf forecasts for each contest. “We’ll be giving the PSTA exposure as well as the surf forecasting service to help them coordinate the events,” explains Collins. Surfline.com and Swell.com receive 650,000 unique visitors a month, while 976-surf and Wavefax reach another million people per year, according to Collins. Surfline also features 50 live, streaming surf cams at many premiere surf spots and beaches around the world, which will include the PSTA events.
“We are very pleased to have surfing’s premier forecaster and webcam service onboard with the PSTA,” says Alan Gibby, executive producer of the PSTA. “Sean Collins and I go way back. No one is more accurate than Sean on conditions forecasting.”
Collins has provided DynoComm (majority owner of the PSTA and surfing’s premiere TV production company) with critical forecast reports over the past 15 years for events including the Op Pro Surfing Championship, the U.S. Open of Surfing, the Hawai’ian Triple Crown, other Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and World Qualifying Series (WQS) events, along with numerous productions in the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Australia. According to Gibby, Collins’ reports have been critical in helping DynoComm plan its productions and equipment needs, and will be a huge benefit to the PSTA.
The six-stop PSTA tour is sanctioned by the ASP, providing surfers with WQS points, which gives them the opportunity to qualify for the ASP World Championship Tour. The schedule is: April 24-28 – Quiksilver Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, CA; May 30-June 3 in Oceanside, CA; June 20-24- the Vans Off the Wall Pro in San Clemente; September 4-9 – Rip Curl Pro 4-star WQS at Newport Beach; October 10-14 in Morro Bay, CA; and finishes up October 31-November 4 in Santa Cruz. Surfline will provide full coverage of each tour stop.
Surfline was created in 1985 as a basic surf report and forecast in Southern California through 976-SURF, eventually expanding throughout the country, including Hawaii, the West and East Coasts and the Caribbean. Wavefax was launched in the early ’90’s, followed by Surfline.com in 1995.
Fans can also access TV air dates and times for their specific region by checking out www.psta.tv. PSTA contests will air nationally on Outdoor Life Network and on KCAL TV in LA throughout the Tour season. DynoComm Sports and the PSTA are located at 930-C Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673. For more information contact Craig Southwick (949) 361-2063. Editors may also contact Horizon Communications at (805) 773-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.