PSTA Announces Vans Off the Wall Pro

The Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA) celebrates the official start of summer with the “Vans Off the Wall Pro” at San Clemente Pier June 20-24, a one-star men’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) event with a $10,000 prize purse.

Along with the men’s WQS event, a longboard and women’s competition will also take place for PSTA points.

“As a Southern California company for more than 34 years, Vans is stoked to support surfing on the California Coast and beyond,” said Jay Wilson, VP of world marketing for Vans. “Because we actively support surfing it makes sense for us to be a part of the PSTA.”

Continued Alan Gibby, executive producer of the PSTA, “We are very pleased to have another progressive company like Vans as part of 2001 PSTA Tour (other sponsors include Rip Curl and Quiksilver). We have long-admired their understanding of actions sports, and their commitment and willingness to build and support top event packages like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Skateboarding, Snowboarding and more.” (Check out www.vans.com for information on their events.)

This is the second year that the PSTA will host a summer event at San Clemente’s Pier-bowl area, an excellent venue for spectators to watch the contest. Men’s qualifying rounds take place Wednesday June 20 through Friday June 22. Qualifying rounds for the Women’s contest and Longboarding division will take place on Saturday June 23, with semi’s and finals for all divisions on Sunday, June 24.

Contestants will include Vans team riders Christian Fletcher from LA; Dave Post from Newport Beach; Jeff Deffenbaugh of Huntington Beach; Josh Baxter of San Clemente, Geoff Moysa from Newport Beach; Josh Froley from Dana Pt.; Sean Haggar from Cardiff and Gregg Briggs from Irvine.

The contest will air on both Outdoor Life Network (nationally) and KCAL-9 (LA Market) during the summer.