Industry News 5/1/2007

Dates Announced for SIMA Surfing America USA Championships

Dates Announced for SIMA Surfing America USA Championships

Nation’s best surfers return to Huntington Beach on October 22- 28, 2007

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – April 27, 2007 – Surfing America, the national governing body for surfing in the USA, is excited to announce the dates for the 2007 SIMA Surfing America USA Championships.  The event, which decides the undisputed USA Surfing Champions by pooling top talent from the ESA, HSA, NSSA, TGSA, and WSA, will return to Huntington Beach during October in hopes for optimal swell and weather conditions.

“Surfing America is proud to be bringing the USA Championships back to Surf City USA,” said Surfing America Executive Director Mike Gerard.  “The new dates in October provide a better swell window so that all of our competitors get a chance to go head to head in the best conditions possible.”

In 2006, 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:

October 22-23
Masters
Seniors
Legends
Junior Longboard
Mens Longboard
Senior Longboard
Girls Longboard
Womens Longboard
Mens Bodyboard
Womens Bodyboard

October 24-28
All Youth Shortboard Divisions

This year, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) has elevated itself to the burgeoning event’s Title Sponsor role after having been Presenting Sponsor since 2004.

“On behalf of our members and the industry, SIMA is proud to step up to the title sponsor position for the USA Championships,” said Dick Baker, president of SIMA. “SIMA has been a major supporter of Surfing America since its inception, and we feel it is important to support this great event to help promote the young surf talent in the U.S. and provide a platform for them to further develop and demonstrate their skills.”

Top finishers in Under 18 Boys, Under 16 Boys and Under 18 Girls will be included in the trials for the 2008 PacSun USA Surf Team which will compete for the United States in the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

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 World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.  Surfing America is the IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization responsible for selecting and fielding the official USA Surf Team.

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.

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.   
http://isasurf.org

Surfing America Recognized Organizations

About the ESA
The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), the largest amateur surfing association in the world established in 1967, is 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, dedicated to promote and preserve the spirit of surfing through their regional programs and 26 district on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and Puerto Rico.  For more information about the ESA, please visit
www.surfesa.org

The 2007 Championship Surfing Season is proudly sponsored by the ESA National Sponsors: Analog, Transworld SURF, SoBe, Few-New Zealand, Spy, Seasoned Surfboards, Fortress, FCS, Sharkinetics, Surfco Hawaii, Chums and Liquid Vision.

About HASA
Formed in the early 60's as the "Hawaii Surfing Association", the original grouping of amateur and professional surfers from throughout the island state was organized under this HAS banner for competition and recognition by the other worldwide associations. The structure of the HSA was to promote sport and surfing contests at different locales.  We produce 11 amateur surfing competitions on Oahu every year. Our associate organizations produce five amateur surfing events a year on each of the following neighbor islands: Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. We sponsor the majority of the amateur surfing competitions in the state of Hawaii. Our events feature shortboarding, longboarding, bodyboarding and kneeboarding.

About NSSA
The National Scholastic Surfing Association is the highest profile amateur competitive surfing association in the United States. The NSSA is divided into nine conferences nation wide. The Hawaii conference covers the island chain of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. The Southwest conference, Gold Coast conference, Northwest Conference and the NSSA Junior novice program are based in California. The east coast is represented by the Northeast, Southeast, Southeast/North and Florida Gulf conferences. With a special emphasis on student surfers, the NSSA membership is open to anyone who wants to surf competitively as an amateur.

About TGSA
Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA) is a member of Surfing America as well as the South Texas AAU and Gulf AAU.  Competitors in TGSA may qualify for the Texas State Surfing Championships, which is a regional qualifying event for the SIMA Surfing America USA Championships and the USA Team Trials.  The USA Team Trials determines the official USA Surf Team for international competition.

About WSA
The Western Surfing Association (WSA) is the oldest amateur surfing association in the world. The WSA, established in 1959, is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions. For more information on the WSA, please visit
www.SurfWSA.org.  WSA is the official West Coast member organization of Surfing America.  WSA members can earn entry in the Surfing America US Championships and Team Trials.