9:Fish And Black Surfing Association Announce 5th Annual Soul Surf Classic Amateur Surf Competition


April 8th, 2008 (Santa Monica, CA) – 9:Fish Surfboards, the makers of “Neo-Retro” fish-style surfboards that catch more waves, and the Black Surfing Association (BSA), promoters of inner city and minority surfing have teamed up to organize the 5th annual soul surf amateur competition and “Fam Jam” starting Sunday May 4th, 2008 at 7:00am sharp at Leo Carillo State Beach (Secos) in Malibu, CA. 

A new part of this year’s contest is a “Twin Fin Fish” event for surfers to showcase their skills outside the traditional long and short board standard events.   “9:Fish boards don’t fit the conventional mold, so of course we are excited to put on a non-conventional surf contest,” said Wes Negus, Co-Founder of 9:fish Surfboards.  “We are really pleased to work with the BSA to organize such a positive event.”  The BSA has long been promoting surfing among youth and inner city kids in order to bring attention to minorities within the sport and to help prepare surfers to eventually compete at the pro level. 

The competition will display the talents of over 60 contestants with around 400 spectators.  The registration fee is $25 in advance and $35 day-of.  Throughout the day, various twin fin fish, long and short board heats will last 15 minutes each, with 20 minute final rounds. Food, music and various sponsor tents will also be at the beach, creating a fun environment for spectators.

Important Links: 
Visual – http://9fishsurf.com/Contest_Release.pdf 
Signup Form – http://www.9fishsurf.com/Soul_Surf_Signup.pdf 

About 9:Fish Surfboards 
The 9:Fish Surfboard movement was started by Wes Negus and Sunny Trinh, two surfing engineers who combined their knowledge of surfing and engineering to design “Neo-Retro” fish-style surfboards that flat out catch more waves.  9:Fish’s boards, each named for a different fish (Seared Ahi, Yellowtail, Clownfish, Hammerhead) can be found at Val Surf, Santa Monica Surf Shop and other distinguished surf retailers worldwide.  www.9fishsurf.com 

About the Black Surfing Association 
To expose and encourage people of African ancestry to witness, experience, participate and enjoy the ancient oceanic activity of surfing throughout the oceans and seas of the world. And, with this exposure and participation, the BSA will demonstrate, educate, and help to implement aquatic skills, ecological awareness and activism, and overall athleticism. Ultimately, it is the BSA’s goal to expose and advance the sport and activities of wave-riding in the Black communities while generating well-being, harmony, and heightened awareness amongst surfing individuals, clubs, organizations, businesses, and related media interest groups. We also encourage and support our members to compete and represent Black people and the Black Surfing Association with good sportsmanlike conduct and ethnic ambassatorism.  www.blacksurfingassociation.com/home.html 

Wesley Negus ( 9:Fish) 310.266.4248 – wnegus@9fishsurf.com 
Will Lamar ( BSA ) 323.428.1396 – w.lamar@sbcglobal.net