7th Annual Vans Pier Classic Info

Vans Pier Classic
The Vans Pier Classic Presented By Jack's Surfboards And Hydrated By Vitaminwater; Kicks Off March 28 At Huntington Beach Pier And On The Web

Cypress, CA (March 8, 2012) – The 7th Annual Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack's Surfboards and hydrated by vitaminwater returns to iconic Huntington Beach pier Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 1 with surfing's top names competing for valuable ratings points and part of a $115,000 total purse! Upgraded to an ASP 4-Star last year, the Vans Pier Classic will once again host a handful of rising talent including Vans surfers Tanner Gudauskas (men’s top seed), Jason "Ratboy" Collins, Nathan Florence, Andrew Doheny, Ivan Florence and Brogie Panesi. The Vans Pier Classic is the first ASP North America Men's event of the year and the Vans Pro Junior is the second ASP North America Pro Junior contest of 2012.

Running in conjunction with the men's main event will be the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro Junior, drawing some of the nation's best under-21 competitors looking for qualification points toward the ASP World Junior Tour. San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino took a clean sweep of both Vans Pier Classic and the Vans Pro Junior in 2011, as he kicked off a season that saw him win several other contests and secure a rookie spot on the ASP World Tour.

“Working with Jack’s to build this contest over the past seven years has provided American professional and junior surfers with valuable ratings points close to home,” says Vans’ VP of Marketing Doug Palladini. “It’s an honor for heritage surfing brands such as Vans and Jack’s to give back like this.”

Those who can’t make it to the contest can watch a live webcast of the entire event at vans.com/pierclassic. The live HD webcast will feature daily highlights, professional commentary along with photos and contest updates.

The Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack's Surfboards and hydrated by vitaminwater is made possible by the support of Skull Candy, Body Glove, Oakley, Clif Bar and Verizon.

For more information on Vans and the Vans Pier Classic, visit vans.com/pierclassic

About Vans:
Vans supports and promotes surfing and surfers through a full line of footwear and apparel and events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the ASP 4-Stars Vans Pier Classic at Huntington Beach and Vans Pro at the East Coast Surfing Championships and the progressive longboard Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational contests. The Vans Surf team is led by a talented group of riders including Nathan Fletcher, John Florence, Joel Tudor, Dane Reynolds, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, Ivan and Nathan Florence, Alex Knost, Andrew Doheny, Dylan Graves, Kalani Chapman, Wade Goodall and Leila Hurst.

About Jack's Surfboards:
Jack’s Surfboards reached a milestone in 2007 celebrating its 50th year in business. Since 1957, Jack’s has built a reputation as an icon in surf retail. It has been the place to go for surf fans around the world to find the newest surf products and clothing labels. Offering a huge selection of surfboards, wetsuits, skateboards, snowboards, apparel and accessories, Jack’s is Orange County’s premier surf shop.

About ASP:
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing's undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women's World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America. For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org.