Competition begins on August 19th in Huntington Beach, California
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – August 12, 2008 – Surfing America, the national governing body for surfing in the USA, is gearing up for the annual SIMA Surfing America USA Championships presented by PacSun on the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. The event, which decides the undisputed USA surfing champions by pooling top talent from the ESA, HSA, NSSA, TGSA, and WSA, also names the 2008/2009 PacSun USA Surf Team.
A stellar list of entrants is confirmed for this year, including Boys Under 14 Champion Kolohe Andino and defending Boys Under 16 Champion Andrew Doheny.
"The talent coming forward to compete this year in incredible," said Surfing America Executive Director Mike Gerard. "We look forward to the best, most competitive USA Championships to date, plus we'll conclude with the announcement of the 2008/2009 USA Surf Team."
In 2007, the USA Championships were noted as the premier event in American junior surfing, thanks to a WCT/WQS panel of judges, live scoring and four-person, twenty-minute heats. Although, the event is youth focused, it still holds divisions for elder surfers as well.
The schedule of events is as follows:
All Youth Shortboard Divisions
The final heat draw and schedule will be posted by Saturday, August 16th at www.SurfingAmerica.org. There will also be a live webcast of the event on August 22-44 at www.SurfingAmerica.org.
Surfline, the Official Forecaster of the SIMA Surfing America USA Championships, is calling for waist-high surf to start off the six day event, with a decent pulse of south swell later in the week. Although, the potential exists for the tropics to flare up next week as well. Surfline will be providing updates as conditions develop further.
Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), knowing the importance of this national championship event, returns as the event's title sponsor.
"SIMA is proud to return as the title sponsor of the Surfing America USA Championships on behalf of our 200 member companies," said Dick Baker, SIMA's Chairman Emeritus. "These championships are an important opportunity for SIMA to show its support of up-and-coming surf talent and we're excited to be part of an event that showcases our country's young surfers."
USA Surf Team title sponsor, PacSun, has elevated their commitment to the Surfing America program by joining as the presenting sponsor of the event.
"Surfing America has done an amazing job of organizing the sport of surfing in the United States and PacSun is proud to support its efforts in getting these young, passionate athletes to the next level in their careers," said Stacie Perry, PacSun Action Sports Marketing Manager. "The SIMA USA Surfing Championships will ensure that the PacSun USA Surf Team features the premiere talent in the nation, and PacSun is thrilled to be involved as the presenting sponsor."
At the conclusion of Sunday's finals top finishers in Under 18 Boys, Under 16 Boys and Under 18 Girls will be named to the 2008/2009 PacSun USA Surf Team which will compete for the United States in the 2009 Quiksilver/ISA World Junior Surfing Championships next March in Ecuador.