The American Pro Surfing Series announced Thursday the debut of a three-event series for Huntington Beach, Calif.
The first event is scheduled for late April on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The others competitions, also scheduled for HP Pier, will be held in late September and early November.
The series is an opportunity for domestic surfers to hone their skills without leaving the country, event organizers said in a news release. All surfers are eligible except the ASP's top 34 title competitors.
Here is a prepared statement from APSS spokesman Scott Waring:
"Through more than 25 years of organized surfing experience, I've had the opportunity to watch many of today's premier young athletes grow into some
of the most talented and inspiring young men and women in the surfing
community. It was with this in mind the idea of producing a homegrown platform to support American surfers that the APSS was born."
A prize purse of $10,000 is being offered for the men, $2,000 for women.
The contest will include four-man heats with 50 per cent elimination,
starting with 64 men and 16 women.
Some of the big names expected to compete include former world champion Sunny
Garcia and Mason Ho of Hawaii, Timmy Curran of Ventura, Chris Waring of Seal Beach, Killian Garland of Santa Barbara, Chris Ward of San Clemente and Colin Moran of Costa Mesa. In the women's division, Sarah Taylor and Jenna Balester of Huntington Beach and Demi Boelsterli of Santa Barbara are registered.
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