SIMA Signs On As Presenting Sponsor OfSurfing America USA Championships

The Surfing America USA Championships presented by SIMA is slated to ring in
Independence Day Weekend in Huntington Beach, CA—
Surf City USA„¢

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — April 18, 2005 — Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Surfing in the United States, today announced that the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (“SIMA) has signed on as Presenting Sponsor of the 2005 USA Championships and USA Surf Team Selection event.

The 2005 Surfing America USA Championships presented by SIMA will run from Monday, June 27th — Saturday, July 2nd on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

“This is a major development for Surfing America and its National Governing Body program, said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director. “We’re very pleased SIMA has seized this high profile opportunity to showcase its support. While we have several major surf brands onboard as Official Sponsors, SIMA’s involvement as Presenting Sponsor of the USA Championships brings industry-wide endorsement and creates an opportunity for some of the smaller brands to get involved. We look forward to maintaining a close relationship with SIMA as we continue to build the future of American surfing.

“SIMA has been the major supporter of Surfing America since its inception and since acquiring the NGB a year ago, Surfing America’s credibility has grown significantly, said Dick Baker, SIMA president and president of apparel maker Op. “We see the USA Championships —in Surf City USATM during 4th of July week—as a tremendous platform for the surf industry to show their collective support of the development of young competitive surfers in America. SIMA is proud of the progress Surfing America and the USA Surf Team have made since last spring and we look forward to supporting this prestigious event for years to come.

After being appointed NGB last spring, Surfing America held its first USA Championship event in Huntington Beach last summer. The resultant USA Surf Team then went to Tahiti in December for the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships and made a strong statement to the international surfing community by bringing home the Silver Medal.

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The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships, held annually, will come to the USA this October 8 -16 and will be hosted by Surfing America in Huntington Beach.

“We’ve come along way in a year, said Scott Daley, Surfing America’s President. “And SIMA has been behind the effort since day one. The Surfing America USA Championships presented by SIMA takes the program to a whole new level. It sends the message that Surfing America is on solid ground and sets the stage for future success. We’d like to thank Surfing America’s Member Organizations: ESA, HASA, NSSA, TGSA, and WSA for their hard work and collective efforts on behalf of the sport and its athletes. Also, we truly appreciate the support we’ve received from the City of Huntington Beach and we look forward to a growing relationship with Surf City, USATM.

Surfing America is recognized as National Governing Body for surfing and body boarding by the International Surfing Association (ISA). ISA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for surfing. Surfing America is also the North American Regional Office of the Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP) and administrates the Surfing America Pro Tour—ASP’s North American World Qualifying Series of Pro Surfing events.

Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization. All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one.

Contact:
Mike Gerard or Meg Bernardo
Surfing America
714-848-8851
http://surfingamerica.org http://usasurfteam.org

Surfing America Recognized Organizations

Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)
http://surfesa.org
Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (HASA)
http://hasasurf.org
National Scholastic Surfing Association
http://nssa.org
Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA)
http://tgsa.org
Western Surfing Association (WSA)
http://westernsurfingassociation.org

Surfing America Affiliations

Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. http://isasurf.org

Surfing America is the North America Regional Office of the Association of Surfing Professionals. http://www.aspworldtour.com

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