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2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 18-20 HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER (SOUTH SIDE) **Strong southwest swell on the way for Westerns**

THE 2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: RUSTY, BODY GLOVE, SURFING/BODYBOARDING/SURFING GIRL MAGAZINES, HUNTINGTON SURF AND SPORT, REEF, KGRIP SKATE.

(May 12) – The National Scholastic Surfing Association will present the 2001 Western Championships on May18-20. The competition will be held on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Over 400 of the west coast’stop surfers from the NSSA’s Southwest and Gold Coast Conferences are scheduled to compete. The WesternChampionships is a six star rated event which serves as a qualifier for invitation to the 2001 NSSA NationalChampionships at Lower Trestles June 26-June 30. The Western Championships will comprise two separateevents – the Open Championships and the Explorer Championships. The Open Championships includes thehighest level of competition and is the most prestigious of the NSSA competitive divisions. The OpenChampionships is a student only division which includes Mens (16&up), Juniors (13-15), Boys (12&under), MiniGroms (10&under), Womens (all ages) and Bodyboard (all ages). The Explorer Championships includescompetition in a wide range of student and non student categories. Explorer divisions include Mens (all ages),Juniors (15-17), Boys (13-14), Menehuene (12&under), Womens (all ages), Masters (25&up), Seniors (35&up),Super Seniors (45&up), Longboard (all ages) and Bodyboard (all ages).

SURF ALERT! ? Each year the NSSA Western Championships catches a pumping south swell and the forecastis looking incredible for 2001. The Surfline forecast is calling for a strong southwest swell scheduled to arrive onthe 17th with sets near the double overhead range at the top breaks! That swell is back up by another one for theweekend! For more information on the approaching Southern Hemi swells make sure to check out Swell.com andSurfline.com. Top rated surfers competing at the NSSA Western Championships are #1 Open Mens seed and 2001 SouthwestOpen Mens and Explorer Juniors Champion Dane Johnson of Carlsbad, defending 2000 Western Open MensChampion Kyle Knox of Imperial Beach, #2 Open Mens and #1 Gold Coast Explorer Junior Nathaniel Curran ofOxnard, 2001 Southwest and defending 2000 Western Open Juniors Champion Dane Reynolds of Ventura, 2000National Open Junior Champion Travis Mellem of San Clemente, 2001 Southwest Open Champion Holly Beck ofSan Diego, 2001 Southwest Open Boys and Explorer Menehuene Champion Tanner Gudauskas of San Clemente,Gold Coast Menehuene Champion Kellen Ellison of Ventura (Kellen took the most wins (13) in the 2000/01Open/Explorer seasons) and 2001 National Explorer Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen of Coronado. Othertop seeds competing are 2001 Southwest Conference Open Champions Kyle Kennelly of Huntington Beach (MiniGroms) and Joshua Kast of Carlsbad (Bodyboard). Top seeded 2001 Southwest Conference ExplorerChampions include Ian Rotgans of San Diego (Mens), Alex Gray of Rancho Palos Verdes (Boys), Darren Brilhartof Huntington Beach (Masters), Chas Wickwire of Seal Beach (Seniors), Amber Puha of Oceanside (Womens)and Tyler Wiemann of Del Mar (Bodyboard). Top seeded 2001 Gold Coast Conference Explorer Championsinclude Bart Templeman of Ojai (Mens), Nicholas Argyropoulos of Montecito (Boys) and Sean MacDonald ofWestlake Village (Masters), Travis Karian of Long Beach (Longboard), Anastasia Ashley of San Clemente (Womens). 2000 Western Champions who will be going forback to back titles are Kyle Knox of Imperial Beach, Dane Reynolds of Ventura, Chris Waring of Seal Beach,Sean Walker of Redondo Beach, Travis Mellem of San Clemente, Kilian Garland of Santa Barbara, Scott Daley ofManhatten Beach, Scott Lewis of Los Angeles, Holly Beck of San Diego.

TOP HB LOCALS COMPETING ? High ranking Huntington Beach local residents competing in the 2001Western Championships a #2 Explorer Mens and # 11 Open Mens Shaun Ward, #12 Open Mens BrandonGuilmette, #10 Open Boys Logan Strook, #1 Open Mini Groms Kyle Kennelly, #6 Open Mini Groms JesseSteelman, #4 Open Bodyboard Darren Moody, #10 Explorer Mens Todd Hutton, #17 Explorer Juniors BradEttinger, #6 Explorer Boys Ian Ekberg, #8 Explorer Boys Kory LaPoint, #1 Explorer Masters Darren Brilhart, #9Explorer Seniors and #8 Super Seniors Peter Townend, #8 Explorer Longboard Dodger Kremel, #4 ExplorerWomens Liz Kampen.

O’NEILL SMAS-NSSA DIVISION WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS ? The top 18 rated surfers from the2001 O’Neill Surfing Magazine Airshow Series (SMAS) Southwest Conference Open division will be competingin the O’Neill SMAS Western Championships. The airshow prelims will be held on Saturday May 19. Theairshow finals will be held on Sunday, May 20. The top six finishers will be invited to compete in the NSSAO’Neill SMAS National Championships on June 23 at Salt Creek. The top six west coast aerialists will meet upwith the top six from Hawaii and the top six from the east coast at the Airshow Nationals.

Competition will start at 6:30 a.m. each day. All finals will be held on Sunday May 20. For more informationregarding the Western Championships or local area competitors, please contact Janice Aragon at (714) 536-0445or jaragon@nssa.org.

The 2001 Western Championships Schedule of Events is as follows: NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER FRIDAY ? MAY 18, 2001 ORDER OF EVENTS

FRIDAY 5 EXPLORER MENS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 6:30-7:45

4 EXPLORER MASTERS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 7:45-8:45

5 EXPLORER WOMENS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 8:45-10:00

3 EXPLORER MENS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:00-10:45

2 EXPLORER MASTERS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:45-11:15

13 EXPLORER JUNIORS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 11:15-2:30

3 EXPLORER WOMENS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 2:30-3:15

1 EXPLORER MENS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 3:15-3:30

7 EXPLORER JUNIORS RND TWO HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 3:30-5:15

1 EXPLORER WOMENS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 5:15-5:30

NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER SATURDAY ? MAY 19, 2001 ORDER OF EVENTS

SATURDAY 6 OPEN MENS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 6:30-8:00

6 OPEN JUNIORS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 8:00-9:30

3 OPEN MENS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 9:30-10:15

3 OPEN JUNIORS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:15-11:00

2 OPEN BOYS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:00-11:30

2 OPEN WOMENS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:30-12:00

NSSA O’NEILL-SMAS AIR SHOW PRELIMS @ 60 MIN 12:00-1:00

4 EXPLORER LONGBOARD QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 1:00-2:00

2 EXPLORER BODYBOARD SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 2:00-2:30

8 EXPLORER BOYS RND ONE HEATS @ 15 MIN EA 2:30-4:30

4 EXPLORER JUNIORS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 4:30-5:30

4 EXPLORER BOYS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 5:30-6:30

NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER SUNDAY ? MAY 20, 2001 ORDER OF EVENTS

SUNDAY 3 EXPLORER SENIORS QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 6:30-7:15

3 EXPLORER MENEHUENE QUARTERFINALS @ 15 MIN EA 7:15-8:00

2 EXPLORER JUNIORS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 8:00-8:30

2 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 8:30-9:00

2 EXPLORER LONGBOARD SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 9:00-9:30

1 OPEN JUNIORS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 9:30-9:45

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 9:45-10:00

1 EXPLORER SENIORS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 10:00-10:15

1 OPEN MENS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 10:15-10:30

2 EXPLORER BOYS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:30-11:00

2 OPEN MINI GROMS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:00-11:30

NSSA O’NEILL-SMAS AIRSHOW FINAL @ 25 MIN 11:30-11:55

NSSA WESTERN OPEN AND EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS BEGIN 1 OPEN BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 11:55-12:15

1 OPEN BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:15-12:35

1 OPEN JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:35-12:55

1 OPEN MINI GROM FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:55-1:15

1 OPEN WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:15-1:35

1 OPEN MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:35-1:55

1 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:55-2:15

1 EXPLORER LONGBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:15-2:35

1 EXPLORER WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:35-2:55

1 EXPLORER MASTERS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:55-3:15

1 EXPLORER BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:15-3:35

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:35-3:55

1 EXPLORER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:55-4:15

1 EXPLORER BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:15-4:35

1 EXPLORER JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:35-4:55

1 EXPLORER MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:55-5:15

2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS CEREMONY — 5:25PM>1 OPEN JUNIORS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 9:30-9:45

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 9:45-10:00

1 EXPLORER SENIORS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 10:00-10:15

1 OPEN MENS REPERCHARGE @ 15 MIN EA 10:15-10:30

2 EXPLORER BOYS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 10:30-11:00

2 OPEN MINI GROMS SEMI-FINALS @ 15 MIN EA 11:00-11:30

NSSA O’NEILL-SMAS AIRSHOW FINAL @ 25 MIN 11:30-11:55

NSSA WESTERN OPEN AND EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS BEGIN 1 OPEN BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 11:55-12:15

1 OPEN BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:15-12:35

1 OPEN JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:35-12:55

1 OPEN MINI GROM FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 12:55-1:15

1 OPEN WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:15-1:35

1 OPEN MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:35-1:55

1 EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 1:55-2:15

1 EXPLORER LONGBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:15-2:35

1 EXPLORER WOMENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:35-2:55

1 EXPLORER MASTERS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 2:55-3:15

1 EXPLORER BODYBOARD FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:15-3:35

1 EXPLORER MENEHUENE FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:35-3:55

1 EXPLORER SENIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 3:55-4:15

1 EXPLORER BOYS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:15-4:35

1 EXPLORER JUNIORS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:35-4:55

1 EXPLORER MENS FINAL @ 20 MIN EA 4:55-5:15

2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS CEREMONY — 5:25PM