Newps Gets Ready For The Rip Curl Pro

Rip Curl Pro at Newport to Draw Top Surfing Talent Sept. 5-9

SAN CLEMENTE, CA (August 17, 2001) – Riding an unprecedented wave of momentum for Americanprofessional surfing, the Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA) arrives in Newport Beach, Calif. for theRip Curl Pro on Sept. 5-9 and the culmination of the summer surfing season.

A 4-star men’s and 1-star women’s event on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Qualifying Series(WQS), the Rip Curl Pro is expected to attract many of the world’s top pro surfers to the high performance beachbreaks of Newport in California’s Orange County, also considered ground zero for the world’s surfing industry.

Scheduled between ASP World Championship Tour events in South Africa and Portugal, and amidst the industry’smost prominent trade show, the Action Sports Retailer Expo in nearby San Diego, the Rip Curl Pro is sure toprovide plenty of star power in the water and on the beach.

Adding to the energy in Newport that weekend will be stop number six on the Vans/Surfing Magazine AirshowSeries (SMAS), and a two-day amateur surfing contest sponsored by the City of Newport Beach.

“Rip Curl USA is proud to support Surfing America and the PSTA Tour with the Rip Curl Pro at NewportBeach,” said Rip Curl V.P. of Marketing James Sampson. “This is the first time Rip Curl USA has sponsored aWorld Qualifying event on mainland soil and we are simply stoked. With the Men’s 4 star, the Girls 1 star, theAirshow and the Recreational Newport event you can be sure the surfing will be of the highest level and that thevibe will be killer. See you there. “

“Rip Curl was the first surf industry company to step up to this year’s Tour and they did in a big way bysponsoring a 4-star event,” said Alan Gibby, Executive Producer of the PSTA. “It made a clear, forward-thinkingstatement about of the importance of having a qualifying platform for professional surfers here on US soil. ThePSTA is very appreciative of Rip Curl and their on-going commitment to surfing.”

In just three 2001 events, the PSTA already has tallied wins by two former world champions, two pro surfingveterans, and two new challengers poised to enter the elite ranks. This is what the pros have to say about the PSTAthus far: Taylor Knox – “I kept hearing good things about the PSTA. I want to see California get another good tourgoing.” Shane Beschen – “The guys are ripping here. You’d think it would be way less competition than the WCT,but really, everybody surfs so good hereS I was worried if I was going to make it through.” Tom Curren – “It’sgood to see the enthusiasm of the younger surfers. There’s a lot of hungry competitors here.” Holly Beck – “ThePSTA gives California amateur and professional surfers the chance to hone their skills and get some good practiceagainst the higher levels without having to travel too far. I’m really grateful for the opportunity.”

“The tour is entering its second phase of momentum, after a great start with our first three events, the QuiksilverPro, OP Pro and Vans off the Wall,” said PSTA Competition Director Jeff Grell. “Now we are poised for PhaseTwo with three more events to finish out the season and launch us into 2002 with the biggest tour Americansurfing has seen in a decade.”

PSTA CURRENT STANDINGS
Men’s Shortboard
1. Ryan Simmons 2312
2. Dean Randazzo 1976
3. Pat O’Connell 1810
4. Bron Heussenstamm 1652
5. Jeff Deffenbaugh 1630
6. David Pinto 1599
7. Benjamin Severson 1506
8. Mike Todd 1431
9. Chris Ward 1368
10. Jason Senn 1360

Women’s Shortboard
1. Julia Christian 2000
2. Holly Beck 1710
3. Amber Puha 1556
4. Nicole Grodesky 1341
5. Jayme Gee 1312
6. Liz Motshagen 1208
7. Kyla Langen 1180
8. Lizbeth Daiz 1134