Santa Cruz, CA– O’Neill is proud to present the 2nd annual Rat Boy’s Rodent Rampage surf contest. This year the Rodent Rampage will take place at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on June 9th 2012. The competition consists of two divisions, Mouse belly’s (14 and under) and Mice (17 and under). The Rodent Rampage will be held in a non-traditional contest format, designed to encourage kids to compete in surf contests and to meet their peers with out all of the pressures of a “normal” surf contest. “Sometimes too much pressure while competing can turn kids away from competitive surfing. We want to give kids a chance to associate surf comps with a good time,” said Jason “Rat Boy” Collins, when asked about the format of the “Rampage”. This unique format is based on the air show format of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, which Rat Boy dominated. Each competitor will get to surf in two qualifying heats, so even if they have a shocker (bad result), they can still pull out their bag of tricks in the next heat and advance into the semi-finals.
Last years event consisted of 65 young competitors surfing 26th Avenue to determine whom “The King of the Rodents” would be. All of the kids had a great time and attracted a crowd of around 200 spectators through out the day. “This was the coolest surf comp I have ever done! Even though I lost in my first heat, I was still able to surf again and actually win,” said Wyatt Barrabee, the winner on the Mice division.
Each Competitor will receive a pancake breakfast and pizza lunch at the event location provided by Pleasure Pizza. The After Party and Awards Ceremony will take place immediately after the finals at Steamer Lane. At the After Party/awards ceremy, there will be hotdogs and drinks for all competitors and family members. Any one the age of 18 and under can register at O’Neill Surf Shops for a fee of 20 push-ups and a photo of themselves. Prizes will be given in each division for 1st – 4th place. These prize packages will be an assortment of product from O’Neill and our official sponsors DaKine, Santa Cruz Skateboards and Vans Shoes.
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