Surfing America Prime Series Heads East To Montauk

Surfing America Prime – East Coast Launches This Weekend In Montauk, New York.

East Coast Leg Of The Surfing America Prime Series Presented By Got Milk Kicks Off This Weekend In Montauk, New York

surfing americaHigh Caliber event celebrates the best Under-18 surfers in the Eastern USA and includes a Special Montauk Surf Movie Night presented by ESM

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – October 20, 2009 – Surfing America, the National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce that the first East Coast event of the highly successful Surfing America Prime Series will take place this Saturday and Sunday, October 24 & 25 at Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY.

Surfing America Prime is an invitation-only series that offers a high standard of competition for aspiring surfers in the following age divisions:
Boys Under 18
Boys Under 16
Boys Under 14
Girls Under 18
Girls Under 16

Currently, Surfing America Prime only operates on the East and West Coast of the Mainland US. Entry into the Series is by invitation only; and all competitors must be members in good standing of one or more of the Surfing America Member Organizations on the East or West Coast of the Mainland US. (ESA, WSA, or NSSA).

For the East Coast Series, invitations have been sent to the best under 18-year-old shortboarders in the East based on ESA ratings after Easterns and NSSA current season ratings. Surfing America Prime events feature 4-man/20 minute heats, ASP Judges judging to ASP criteria, BeachByte Computer Scoring, and professional announcing. This series will determine who gets the coveted invites to the Surfing America USA Championships presented by Verizon Wireless at Lower Trestles next June.

The Surfing America Prime East Series consists of three stops at top breaks on the East Coast:

Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY – October 24 – 25, 2009
Sebastian Inlet, FL – March 6 – 7, 2010
Outer Banks, NC – April 24 – 25, 2010

While the Texas Gulf and Hawaii regions do not include Prime events this season, Surfing America hopes to bring the Prime Series to them in the future. In the meantime, these regions’ highly valued Member Organizations, Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA) and the Hawaii Surfing Association (HSA) will have the opportunity to slot their best Prime-aged athletes directly into the USA Championships event.

As a sign of Surfing America’s commitment to developing young talent on the East Coast, PacSun USA Surf Team Coach, Ian “Kanga” Cairns, will be on hand this Friday and all weekend to work with the kids who are competing in the event. Also, Dave Stanfield, “The voice of the Triple Crown of Surfing”, will be announcing the event.

As a special treat, Eastern Surf Magazine is hosting a free movie night for competitors, their families, and friends at Montauk Movies on Saturday, October 24 at 6:30 PM. This event will feature the highly acclaimed film, “Bustin’ Down the Door”, introduced in person by Ian Cairns. The film will be followed by a special presentation entitled “How to Talk to the Media” by Dave Stanfield. In addition, Surfing America and ESM are proud to host a premiere of Billabong’s brand new film, “Still Filthy” to round out the evening. The general public will be allowed into this event for free, also, once all competitors and their families have been seated.

The Surfing America Prime East Series consists of three stops at top breaks on the East Coast:

Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY – October 24 – 25, 2009
Sebastian Inlet, FL – March 6 – 7, 2010
Outer Banks, NC – April 24 – 25, 2010

Ratings, based on the top two event scores, will determine invites for the Surfing America USA Championships presented by Verizon Wireless at Lower Trestles in June 2010. The PacSun USA Surf Team will be selected after the USA Championships.

Surfing America Prime presented by Got Milk? is proud to be sponsored by the California Milk Processor Board, PacSun, Billabong, Hurley, New Era, O’Neill, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Verizon Wireless, Surfer, Surfing, TransWorld SURF,, Fuel TV, and Eastern Surf Magazine.

Surfing America Mission Statement
The Mission of Surfing America is to promote the growth, competitive success, and positive image of surfing in the USA and to provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing, and administrating the sport–while producing champions.

In keeping with the spirit of this Mission Statement, Surfing America hopes to expand the Prime Series to all of its member organizations and regions in the near future. With regard to the Age Divisions to which Surfing America Prime applies, the diagram below shows the true nationally organized Competition Structure, inclusive of all recognized organizations, that Surfing America desires to achieve:

About Surfing America, Inc.
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sport’s World Governing Authority.

Created by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) to develop the sport from the ground up, Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization and an industry-wide initiative. Key projects include: improving competition standards, hosting national championship events, and selecting and fielding the official United States Surf Team to compete internationally. With its primary emphasis on youth development, Surfing America is a critical element to successfully growing the sport, and business, of surfing on a global basis.

All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, 33157 Camino Capistrano Suite B San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one.