What’s Going Down, Up, And Around In The Surf World

By Ryan Brower
Feb. 29 – Mar.9

February is almost over and it went by in a breeze. And with things underway for the ’08 season of the World Tour over on the Goldie, it’s beginning to feel like spring has sprung. The Quiksilver Pro Event has kicked things off nicely, and the Transworld crew over there is going to keep you up-to-date on all the action as the later rounds begin to unfold. The beginning of spring marks the time when there’s more contests than we know what to do with. So here’s a little look at what’s on the schedule as February fades into the beginning March.

Billabong Pro Jr. Series
Sebastian Inlet
Originally scheduled to kick off the 2008 North America Jr. World Tour this weekend, the contest has been moved to next weekend for possibility of better surf. Once it gets underway, the ‘under-age’ contestants will be competing for an invitation to the Billabong Pro Jr. World Championships. The top four placing men and the top two placing women will gain entries to bring their game up against the world’s top juniors. If you’re in the Florida area check it out next weekend, as the contest will be running March 8-9. For more info check out Billabong.com ASP World Tour.com. There’s also two other Pro Jr. events set to kick off as well at these sites and these dates:    
Pichilemu, Chile February 28-March 3    
Taranaki, New Zealand March 6-8

NSSA Contests    
Southwest Conference
Open-Oceanside (South Jetty) Airshow March 1-2    
College State Championships-San Onofre Church’s March 7-9    
Open/Explorer-Haleiwa/Oahu March 1-2

ESA ’08 Season    
The ’08 season for the ESA is coming up quickly. It’s sure to be another action-packed year of frothing Right Coasters continuing to raise the bar. Once things get going Transworld will be on it. Stay tuned to surfesa.org or transworldsurf.com for constant ESA updates.

WSA Salt Creek Event
The event will be running on Sunday March 2 only, so it’s sure to be a packed day of heats. Possibly some fun swell on tap as well… Check out Surf WSA.org for more info.    

Nat Young Slide Show
On Saturday, March 1, join shortboard trailblazer and five-time world champion Nat Young at the Patagonia Surf Shop in Cardiff, where he will share slide images of pivotal moments from his newly revised book “The Complete History of Surfing: From Water to Snow.”

Following the show, Young will have books available for signing. This is an outdoor event but should the weather look questionable, it will be hosted indoors or on the heated patio. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Phone 760-634-9886 for details.

Other stops include: CHP Surf and Skate in Redondo Beach, March 3;
Santa Monica Surf Shop, March 4
Diesel Books Store, Malibu, March 6
Ventura Surf Shop, March 7.

Steve Boysen Surfboards Showroom Presents ‘Expression’
This Saturday evening, March 1st, the Steve Boysen Showroom will be hosting ‘Expression,’ an art, music, and video outing presenting the artwork of Brian Clinebell. Nato Wolfgang will be performing some tunes and the Clean Cuts DJs will be throwing down some tracks in between sets. There will also be video from Marc Gariss. The show starts at 7 p.m. and runs till around 10 p.m. The SB showroom is located at 1830 p.c.h. in Oceanside. For more info call 760-967-9281.