The 9th Annual Nixon Surf Challenge Presented By Vans

HOSSEGOR, FRANCE- Converging on the shores of Playa Zurriola in San Sebastian, Spain, for the ninth consecutive year, world-class surfers from Australia, Europe, North and South America will once again come together for the annual Nixon Surf Challenge. A far cry from high-stress competitions, the peer-judged and scoring format of the Nixon Surf Challenge regularly draws top talent from around the world year after year. With a non-traditional scoring system, the event is uniquely relaxed with an emphasis on free-surfing and style. The Nixon Surf Challenge creates an ideal environment for participants to showcase their skills and creativity and has become a favorite stop along the tour circuit for many.

According to Nixon Europe's Marketing Director, Henning Erlandsen, San Sebastian is an exceptional host city for the contest from the fun waves, to the beaches, to the locals. Said Erlandsen, "The Surf Challenge could not be in a better location. The community of San Sebastian has been welcoming the Nixon crew to their city for years." He continued, "Having Vans come on board this year as a partner has only added to the strength and level of the event. We look forward to them joining in the excitement of this year's Surf Challenge and more to come."

The 24 invited riders at this year's contest will be vying for a 10,000 euro prize purse, the largest award in the event's nine year history. Two–time Surf Challenge winner, Tiago Pires, will return to the Basque shores to defend his 2007 victory.

Previous Nixon Surf Challenge winners include:
Tiago Pires (2007, Portugal), Dylan Graves (2006, Puerto Rico), Josh Kerr (2005, Australia), Tiago Pires (2004, Portugal), Micky Picon (2003, France), Fredo Robin (2002, France), Jonathan Gonzales (2001, Canary Islands), and Eric McHenry (2000, USA).
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About Nixon:
Founded in 1997 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium accessories company for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon's line of watches and accessories can be found globally in specialty surf, skate, snow and fashion retailers. For more information visit

About Vans:
Vans supports and promotes surfing through a full line of surf footwear and apparel, events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing™ and through sponsorship of many of the world's top surfers such as Joel Tudor, Timmy Reyes, Karina Petroni and Nathan Fletcher. For more information on Vans' surf happenings plus footwear and apparel, visit