Ventura, CA – The third event of the 2000 Professional Surfing Tour of America, the PSTA Ventura open Presented by Paul Mitchell, took place at C-Street in consistent 2-5’surf. Three time world champion Tom Curren lead the field with the highest scoring heat of the competition, a 20.25. In the final it was Chris Drummy, with 19.35 points and a check for $2000, using a tactical strategy to best the champion and take the win, he won three of four rounds of competition. Dino Andino, close on Drummy’s heels managed an 18.05 with Sommerville scoring 16.30 and Curren 15.00.
In the women’s short boarding division it was Jayme Gee of San Clemente, winning every heat and consistently out scoring the rest of the field. With the absence of Holly Beck, Julia Christian and Jodie Nelson the door was open for 2nd place Mindy De Armond (new point leader), 3rd place Liz Motshagen, and 4th place Kyla Langen to tighten the overall point race.
The Men’s longboarding division Featured a mixed bag of talent including upcoming young athletes and legends of the surfing industry., in the end it was Josh Baxter taking his first PSTA pro win and a check for $1000, 2nd place was Eric Mehlbergh , 3rd Benji Lemke and 4th Travis Northy. The PSTA also welcomed Buttons and Dougy Tanaka to the tour along with other notable’s, Josh Constable, Ryan Mata, Jed Morouse, Brendan White and Benji Lemke.
The PSTA also featured its second airshow of the tour, competitors scrapped to find a launch ramp in the 3-4′ surf with Josh Sleigh taking the win. In 2nd place, Tyson Armstrong, 34d Benji Severson, 4th Chad Wells and =5th to Chipper Jones and Hugh Soderquist
The 2000 PSTA has enjoyed great waves and good weather for all previous tour stops! Contests have been held at San Clemente (July 99), Cardiff (August 99), Oceanside (September 99), and Morro Bay (October 99). The event at Morro Bay was pounded by a huge Northwest ground swell with wave faces as high as thirty feet! Morro Bay was a good cold-water tune-up for what is expected at San Francisco (November 99), then entering the millenium with stops at the San Clemente Pier (April 2000), Oceanside Pier (May 2000) and most recently Ventura’s C-Street (August 2000). Upcoming events include Morro Bay on September 29-October 1 with the Tour Championships scheduled for Ocean Beach in San Francisco on October 20-22. Complete info on each tour event, including photos, and press releases available on the award winning PSTA web site at: www.prosurfingtour.com.
Each event of the 1999/2000 PSTA is televised nationally on Outdoor Life Network, with the programs reaching nearly thirty million highly-targeted households. Each TV program is produced by DynoComm Sports, the leader in extreme sports television production. The San Clemente and Cardiff contest programs have already aired several times, receiving excellent reviews. A list of airing dates for the remaining contests can be found on the PSTA web site.
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Professional Surfing Tour of America Ventura Pro August 27, 2000 Final Results $8000 purse
Mens Pro Final
1st place Chris Drummy 19.35
2nd place Dino Andino 18.05
3rd place Jeremy Sommerville 16.30
4th place Tom Curren 15.00
Womens Pro Final
1st place Jayme Gee 20.25
2nd place Mindy De Armond 13.15
3rd place Liz Motshagen 1110.50.70
4th place Kyla Langen
Men Longboard Pro Final
1st placeJosh Baxter 21.65 $1000
2nd place Eric Mehlbergh 17.90
3rd placeBenji Lemke 14.65
4th placeTravis Northy 144.65
PSTA Aerial 2000
1st place Josh Sleigh
2nd place Tyson Armstrong
3rd place Benji Severson
4th place Chad Wells
=5th place Chipper Jones
=5th place Hugh Soderquist