Sommerville Wins At Imperial Beach Foster’s Pro Event

Jeremy Sommerville is not a patient man. In deed, when he had to surf thefinals of the Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour in Imperial Beach Saturday, hethought he would go crazy competing in the 30 minute final heat.

“I’m used to 20 minutes,” the Solana Beach Surfer said after winning themen’s championship final. “30 minutes is way too long. I don’t likewaiting.”

But despite Sommerville’s impatience, he managed to pull out the win afterscoring on two waves in the last couple of minutes of competition.

While conditions were less than perfect with waves from one to three feet,there still was plenty of contestable waves offering competitors some decentlefts and an occasional rights.

“My plan was the same as the semifinals. I wanted to stay close to thepier. Conditions were not that good, but there were still some waves thatgave me a chance to score some points,” Sommerville said.

The Fifth stop of the Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour the two-day contest was partof the Elmore Toyota Surf Series.

Newport Beach’s David Giddings, who earlier won the Master’s final, tooksecond, Ryan Simmons of Seal Beach was third and Shawn Sutton of Hawaii wasfourth.

Sommerville’s efforts got him $2,500 in prize money.

“It’s great to come out here and win. It’s also great to have Foster’s comein as a sponsor. They’re going to be great for the sport,” Sommervillesaid.

Mike Johnson, brand director of Foster’s U.S., was on hand, joiningspectators watching the day’s event from the sand and the pier.

“I’m still in awe watching these athletes compete,” Johnson said. “Itreminds me of the NHL. These athletes are so versitle and can do someamazing things in the water. And since Foster’s is from Australia, it seemslike such a natural fit to be part of this.”

In other events of the day, Danny Estes of Melbourne Beach, Fla., won thejunior competition and Kyla Langen of Santa Cruz won the women’s event.

Next stop of the Foster’s Pro Surfing Tour will be the U.S. Open inHuntington Beach, starting July 27. The sixth stop of the Foster’s tour, theevent is one of surfing?s biggest events. The nine day event will not onlyfeature the world’s top men and women pro and armature surfers, but a beachfestival extravaganza that includes live music, booths, skateboarding andBMX exhibitions, and of course the famous Foster’s after hour parties.