June 14, 2011

Quiksilver Signs On As Title Sponsor For the Surfing America 2011 Championships


U.S. Surfers Compete for Top Spots on the 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team; Surfline.com to Distribute Live Webcast Coverage

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – June 14, 2011 – Surfing America is pleased to announce that Quiksilver has signed on for title sponsorship of the USA Championships, the week-long event that brings the top U.S. junior surfing champions to California to compete for a place on the 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team.  This year’s USA Championships will take place at the Huntington Beach Pier, June 18-19 and Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach, June 21-25. The final two days at Lower Trestles will be available to watch via live webcast at Surfline.com.

“Quiksilver is excited to sponsor the USA Championships and support the future of surfing,” said Mike Matey, Quiksilver’s Vice President of Marketing.  “We can’t wait to see this next generation of surfers competing on the high-performance waves at Trestles – we know they’ll put on quite a show and blow our minds.”

The Quiksilver USA Championships are the leading event in North American junior surfing, and decide the undisputed USA surfing champions. Organizations that bring their top athletes into the event include the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA), the Western Surfing Association (WSA) and the Hawaii Surfing Association (HSA).  The event stands above all others due to the level of athletes competing, the world-class venues, high-caliber judging panels, live webcast and exclusive use of four-person, twenty-minute heats. This is also the final event in the Surfing America Prime Series, which determines the 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team. Leading surfers competing in this year’s events on the boy’s side include Kolohe Andino, Ian Crane, Conner Coffin, Parker Coffin, Luke Davis, Jake Halstead, Derek Peters, Taylor Clark, Colin Moran, Kanoa Igarashi, Jacob Davis, Jake Marshall, Skip McCullough, and Trevor Thornton. On the girl’s side, be sure to look out for Lakey Peterson, Kulia Doherty, Nikki Viesins, Quincy Davis, Frankie Harrer, and Jasset Umbel.

Photo: Jeremiah Klein

The 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team, which will represent the United States at the 2012 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, will be formally introduced at a fundraising event in San Clemente after the competition.

“The announcement of the 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team is a significant and exciting event,” said Gary Schoenfeld, CEO of PacSun. “We are proud to continue our support of these athletes and further help the development of surfing,”

“We’re very pleased that Quiksilver has signed on as title sponsor. The USA Championships are the crown jewel of American surfing and the combined involvement of Quiksilver and Surfline will take the event to new unprecedented heights,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s Executive Director.  “And with the very best young surfers in the United States confirmed to compete, we’re sure to see a spectacular display of talent.”

Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach is recognized worldwide as the best surf break in the mainland United States. The Lower Trestles competition dates include June 21 ‘Adult’ and ‘Longboard Divisions’ final rounds, and all rounds for the Under 18 Shortboard Divisions (June 22-25).  The final two days of the event at Lower Trestles will be available to watch via Live Webcast at http://www.surfline.com/quikusachamps, with an expected global audience of 120,000 visitors per day.

“California State Parks is pleased to welcome Surfing America back to San Onofre State Beach – Lower Trestles for the 2011 Quiksilver USA Championships,” said Richard Haydon, SPSIII, South Sector Superintendent of California State Parks Orange Coast District. “Because Trestles routinely produces an outstanding contestable wave and is considered by many to be one of the premier surfing breaks in North America, it is fitting that the very finest in amateur surfing will gather there to compete for this year’s titles.”