Competition begins on August 19th in Huntington Beach, California
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – August 12, 2008 – Surfing America, the
national governing body for surfing in the USA, is gearing up for the annual
SIMA Surfing America USA Championships presented by PacSun on the southside
of the Huntington Beach Pier. The event, which decides the undisputed USA
surfing champions by pooling top talent from the ESA, HSA, NSSA, TGSA, and
WSA, also names the 2008/2009 PacSun USA Surf Team.
"The talent coming forward to compete this year in incredible," said Surfing
America Executive Director Mike Gerard. "We look forward to the best, most
competitive USA Championships to date, plus we'll conclude with the
announcement of the 2008/2009 USA Surf Team."
In 2007, the USA Championships were noted as the premier event in American
junior surfing, thanks to a WCT/WQS panel of judges, live scoring and
four-person, twenty-minute heats. Although, the event is youth focused, it
still holds divisions for elder surfers as well.
The schedule of events is as follows:
All Youth Shortboard Divisions
Surfline, the Official Forecaster of the SIMA Surfing America USA
Championships, is calling for waist-high surf to start off the six day
event, with a decent pulse of south swell later in the week. Although, the
potential exists for the tropics to flare up next week as well.
Surfline will be providing updates as conditions develop further.
Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), knowing the importance of
this national championship event, returns as the event's title sponsor.
"SIMA is proud to return as the title sponsor of the Surfing America USA
Championships on behalf of our 200 member companies," said Dick Baker,
SIMA's Chairman Emeritus. "These championships are an important opportunity
for SIMA to show its support of up-and-coming surf talent and we're excited
to be part of an event that showcases our country's young surfers."
USA Surf Team title sponsor, PacSun, has elevated their commitment to the
Surfing America program by joining as the presenting sponsor of the event.
"Surfing America has done an amazing job of organizing the sport of surfing
in the United States and PacSun is proud to support its efforts in getting
these young, passionate athletes to the next level in their careers," said
Stacie Perry, PacSun Action Sports Marketing Manager. "The SIMA USA Surfing
Championships will ensure that the PacSun USA Surf Team features the
premiere talent in the nation, and PacSun is thrilled to be involved as the
At the conclusion of Sunday's finals top finishers in Under 18 Boys, Under
16 Boys and Under 18 Girls will be named to the 2008/2009 PacSun USA Surf
Team which will compete for the United States in the 2009 Quiksilver/ISA World
Junior Surfing Championships next March in Ecuador.