Competitors arrived to an increasing swell during this second day of PSTA competition at the San Clemente Pier; shortboarders were faced with a low tide condition, yet signs of the increasing southwest swell were apparent throughout the round. Stand outs in 4th round competition included veteran competitor Dino Andino taking the days highest shortboarding score with a 14.00; the second highest score taken by another San Clemente local was standout Jason Senn, owner and operator of Endless Summer surf camps which makes its home here throughout the year; a newcomer to the PSTA, Florida?s Eric Taylor upset a number of seasoned pro?s to post the third highest score and advance into Sunday?s quarter final round (12.70). Rounding out the top four is Chris Drummy, adding points on to his run for the PSTA Championships. Other standouts include Ryan Simmon?s; he will come into Sunday?s competition wearing the coveted Paul Mitchell black leaders Jersey. Quarterfinal action is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 16th at 10:00 am following the PSTA Junior and Women?s quarterfinals.
Men’s Shortboard / Quarter Final ( 3rd=9th, 531pts – 4th=13th, 478pts)
Heat 1 Heat 2
Red Ryan Simmons (Seal Beach) Red Eric Taylor (Melbourne, Fla)
White Andrew Gahan (San Clemente) White Bron Heussenstamm (Laguna Beach)
Green Darrell Goodrum (Solana Beach) Green Dane Johnson (Carlsbad)
Blue Adam Virs (Ventura) Blue Geoff Moysa (Newport Beach)
Heat 3 Heat 4
Red Peter Steffen (Encinitas) Red Dino Andino (San Clemente)
White Jason Senn (San Clemente) White Chris Drummy (San Clemente)
Green Ian McPhillips (San Clemente) Green Dane Reynolds (Ventura)
Blue Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach) Blue Jeff Deffenbaugh (Huntington Be)
PSTA sponsors include the New Subaru Baja, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, and the Outdoor Life Network. Industry supporting sponsors include Havaianas, Surf One, Mountain High Resort, Sticky Bumps, Transworld Surf Magazine, Amtrak?s Pacific Surfliner (1-800-USA-RAIL), Cut 4 Media, Mandero Sports Products, Peak Sunscreen, Poor Boy, Beatty Products, MYOC.com, USMC and Surf Quest Media. The event will also support the upcoming big screen production of “Blue Crush”. Local sponsors include, the Fisherman?s restaurant, Cassano?s Pizza, Stuft Pizza, San Clemente Marine safety, Quality Suites and the San Clemente Sunpost.
The PSTA Pro is scheduled to air on Outdoor Life Network this summer. Fans can access Outdoor Life Network TV air dates and times for their specific region by checking out www.prosurfingtour.com
For more information, contact Jeff Grell at (831) 728-9001 or log onto:www.prosurfingtour.com