Ron Jon Surf Shop Cocoa Beach To Host Rochelle Ballard’s Surf Camp For Girls

Part Of Proceeds To Benefit Boarding For Breast Cancer

COCOA BEACH, Fla. June 21, 2005 Girls who love to surf will get a chance to learn from the pros when the third annual Rochelle Ballard Signature Surf Camp comes to Cocoa Beach on Aug. 21.

Hosted by Ron Jon Surf Shop and conducted by pro surfer Rochelle Ballard and the Ron Jon Surf School, the O’Neill- and Elle Girl-sponsored daylong clinic starts at 8 a.m. and will be held at Shepard Park Beach.

The camp is tailored for girls, ages 9 through 19, who will be divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups. The cost is $65, which includes entry to the camp, breakfast and lunch, a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a one-year International Women’s Surfing (IWS) membership.

A portion of the camp’s proceeds will be donated to Boarding for Breast Cancer. Registration is limited to the first 60 participants.Ballard, currently ranked No. 4 in the world on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2005 world tour, the winner of the 2002 Surfer Poll Awards and one of the world’s most respected women surfers, co-founded and plays an active role in the camps, which are held in Hawaii, California, New Jersey and Cocoa Beach, Fla.

“It’s great seeing the sport grow and girls surfing together,” said Ballard. “My goal is to provide young female surfers with opportunities that I didn’t have as a kid learning the sport.”

During the camp, instructors will work to improve each rider’s surfing skills. A sit-down session will then explore various aspects of training, including diet, nutrition and forms of exercise such as yoga. Later, Ballard will brief attendees on careers in the surfing profession.

Besides the on-land and in-water training program, the camp will feature surf industry experts and women’s tour professionals who will talk about the origins of surfing, including the influence of the Hawaiian culture on the sport.

Participants must have some surfing experience and must be able to swim. Wetsuits will not be provided, but use of personal suits is permitted. The camp will have surfboards available (if needed) for beginner and intermediate surfers. Advanced surfers must bring their own boards.

Girls interested in attending should visit www.ronjons.com or call (321) 799-8888. Registrations will be accepted online only, through Aug. 12. Consent forms are available with registration and must be received by Ron Jon Surf Shop by the beginning of the camp.

Ron Jon Surf Shop was founded in 1961 when surfing enthusiast Ron DiMenna began selling surfboards at his tiny oceanside shop in Long Beach Island, N.J. The lifestyle-apparel and board-sports-equipment retailer has since opened stores in Cocoa Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando Fla., and Orange, Calif. The company’s flagship store in Cocoa Beach is the world’s largest surf shop. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visit Ron Jon Surf Shop online at www.ronjons.com.