Industry News 9/18/2006

Trend-Setting Wave House® to Host the Royal Caribbean Surf Series National Championship

Trend-Setting Wave House® to Host the Royal Caribbean Surf Series National Championship

San Diego, Calif., September 13, 2006 – It’s the battle of the boardriders as California hot spot Wave House hosts the Royal Caribbean Surf Series National Championship in San Diego on Saturday, September 23. The two overall winners will receive a seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise vacation and once-in-a lifetime opportunity to ride with action sports’ biggest stars, including the Pipeline Masters Champion, Jamie O’Brien; five-time X-Games Gold Medal winner, Andy MacDonald; and 2006 Olympic Snowboarder Andy Finch, and more.

The competition is a national surf series circuit consisting of 16 city tour stops, where flowboarders and bodyboarders compete for a chance to enter the finals at Wave House in San Diego. Local surf heroes from all over the nation including Texas, Virginia, Hawaii, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida and Missouri will compete to become the national flowboarding hero.

Located at popular Mission Beach and one of the region’s premier destinations for beach culture, youth lifestyle and entertainment, Wave House will host the all-day competition from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with final round action starting at 4 p.m. Flowboarders will vie for titles in divisions that include Junior Men’s Bodyboard, Women’s Bodyboard, Men’s Bodyboard, Drop Knee, Junior Stand Up, Men’s Stand-up, Women’s Stand-up, Open Stand Up with Straps, Bodyboard Super Heat, Stand Up Super Heat and Best Trick.

“The Surf Series gives an unknown boardsports enthusiast, from anywhere in the country, the opportunity to compete against the stars” said Wave House owner Tom Lochtefeld, who also invented the Flowrider and Bruticus Maximus, a 10-feet high barreling wave competitors will need to tame to win the title. “We’re excited to host the final rounds at Wave House and to crown a hero for the 2006 Royal Caribbean Surf Series National Championship.”

Throughout the preliminary rounds of the competition, Royal Caribbean—the title sponsor of the series, ran a general sweepstake open to competitors and attendees alike providing a cruise giveaway at various water parks.  Royal Caribbean features the first-ever shipboard surf park aboard it’s newest ship, Freedom of the Seas, offering guests the chance to “hang-ten” a hundred miles out to sea.
Winners from the various water parks were awarded round-trip tickets by Wave House to compete in the National Championship in San Diego with other tour-stop winners and the top professionals in action sports.

Flowboarding, a combination of surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding with maneuvers taking place on Wave Loch’s simulated machines, has fast become a popular sport among adults and children alike.

The event is open to the public with a cover charge toward the end of day final rounds. Athletes looking to compete in the competition are encouraged to sign-up in advance. To sign-up and for more information, visit www.wavehouse.comand www.wavetheplanet.comor email Wave House is located at 3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach in Belmont Park.