PSTA Gets Set For Morro Bay

Body Glove Central Coast Proat Morro Bay Set for October 11-14

MORRO BAY, CA (September 26, 2001) ¿ Top surfers from the West Coast willmeet the best surfers from across the nation during the Body Glove CentralCoast Pro at Morro Bay, presented by Paul Mitchell and Chevrolet Trucks, onOctober 11-14, 2001, a 1-Star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event and thefifth stop on the 2001 Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA) schedule.

The Body Glove Central Coast Pro will offer beach-goers the opportunity tosee America’s best compete in the high performance beach break at MorroRock. In this year’s previous events–the Quiksilver Pro at Lower Trestles,Op Pro at Oceanside Pier, Vans Off the Wall Pro at San Clemente Pier and RipCurl Pro at Newport Beach–the PSTA has attracted the world’s elite prosurfers as well as the hottest rookies from California and beyond.

“Body Glove has a history of sponsoring events at Trestles and other topvenues dating back to the PSAA and the Bud Pro Tour, and we want to be apart of the PSTA this year and in the future,” said Body Glove MarketingDirector Scott Daley. “We believe in and support the aspiring young surfersin the USA and want to help them achieve their goals.”

The Body Glove Central Coast Pro includes Men’s Shortboard Pro/Am, Women’sShortboard Pro/Am, and Men’s Longboarding Pro/Am divisions. The WQS formatfeatures heats of four surfers competing against each other, with the besttwo advancing. Top competitors include Ryan Simmons (Seal Beach, CA),current Men’s Shortboard points leader; Julia Christian (Carlsbad, CA),current Women’s Shortboard points leader; Josh Mohr (Huntington Beach, CA),current Men’s Longboard points leader; and Dino Andino, defending PSTA MorroBay champion.

“As PSTA closes in on the finish of its first ASP-WQS season we are verypleased with the support we have received from the surf industry,” Said AlanGibby, PSTA Executive Director. “We thank Body Glove for making the MorroBay event possible and we look forward to some exciting competition.”Surfing trials begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 11 in the shadow ofthe famous Morro Rock. It was here during the PSTA event two years ago thatthe most exciting surfing competition the Central Coast has ever seen tookplace, thanks to a huge fall swell and perfect weather conditions. TheRock’s powerful beach break promises to be a challenging venue for Americansurfing’s best and brightest.

The Body Glove Central Coast Pro is open to a limited number of amateur andprofessional competitors. To pre-register, call (831) 728-9001. The eventcontinues through Sunday, Oct. 14 with the finals scheduled for 12 noon.

All action will be televised by Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Show times forthe Body Glove Central Coast Pro are December 3 at 6:30 p.m., and December 4at 9:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Event sponsors include Body Glove, PaulMitchell Salon Haircare, Chevrolet Trucks, Havaianas, and Poorboy. The PSTAculminates the 2001 season in Ventura on November 1-4.

All events are open to the public and admission is free. For moreinformation, contact Dori Payne at (949) 488-2233, or visit the PSTA on-linewww.prosurfingtour.com. Assignment editors may also contact PSTA mediacoordinator Gary Taylor at (760) 753-0957.

PSTA 2001 Current Standings:
Men’s Shortboard
1. Ryan Simmons 2790
2. Dean Randazzo 2324
3. Pat O’Connell 2240
4. David Pinto 2029
5. Jeff Deffenbaugh 1859
6. Bron Heussenstamm 1837
7. Mike Todd 1713
8. Chris Ward 1597
9. Benjamin Severson 1572
10. Jeremy Sommerville 1486

Women’s Shortboard
1. Julia Christian 2810
2. Holly Beck 2366
3. Amber Puha 1986
4. Jodie Nelson 1962
5. Nicole Grodesky 1872
6. Liz Motshagen 1798
7. Jayme Gee 1790
8. Kyla Langen 1711