BELMAR, New Jersey — More than 200 of America’s top professional surfers are descending upon Belmar, New Jersey for the second annual $25,000 O’Neill Pro. The two-star, World Qualifying Series (WQS)-rated event is being held September 9 to 12 in what could be epic post-hurricane conditions.
WQS stars Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Roy Powers (Kauai), battling to qualify for the elite World Championship Tour (WCT), headline an impressive lineup that includes East Coast legends Jesse Hines, Jeff Myers, and Alek Parker trying to keep the title from leaving the ‘right’ coast. National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) champions Pat Gudauskas (2003) and Dane Gudauskas (2004) are ready to butt heads with the pros. California’s Brett Simpson brings his 360 aerial maneuvers while Hawaiian charger Nathan Carroll makes the trip to Belmar for a shot at catching some hurricane bombs.
The O’Neill Pro also features a series of promotions at area restaurants where surf fans can meet some of the sport’s biggest stars in person. Show up to the Boathouse on Friday, Sept. 10th for a ‘Meet and Greet’ with the pros. It’s from 5-7pm, but $2 Coors Lights will be happening all day! D’Jais presents the official O’Neill Belmar Pro party with Coors Light, Saturday the 11th at 5:00 p.m. with Barry & the Penetrators. Proceeds will benefit EASTERN LINES’ Wild Bill Simone. The inside venue is 21 and older but the outside porch will be open to all ages for the premiere of O’Neill’s new film “The O’Neill Kids Are Alright.
The O’Neill Pro follows the wildly successful Honda U.S. Open of Surfing Presented by O’Neill and precedes the Mainland season-ending $100,000 O’Neill Cold Water Classic (four-star WQS men and women), Oct. 22-26 in Santa Cruz, Calif. To cap off a year of unprecedented support for domestic professional surfing, O’Neill recently sponsored the grand finale of the 2004 WQS season and the second jewel in the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the $125,000 O’Neill World Cup of Surfing (six-star men), held Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
“O’Neill Clothing continues to expand its presence on the East Coast and in Hawaii,” said O’Neill Sports Marketing Director Garth Tarlow. “O’Neill believes in the investment in events like the U.S. Open of Surfing, Belmar Pro, Cold Water Classic and the World Cup of Surfing for the future of competitive surfing in America. We are interested in seeing more young Americans potentially competing for future world titles.”
O’Neill is the world’s original surf brand and manufacturers the number one branded wetsuit worldwide. The family-owned and operated company distributes its products to 85 countries, including more than 2,000 specialty wetsuit and clothing retailers in the U.S.