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Florida State Pro/Am Surfing Championships

We are rescheduling the State Championships that were to be held at the Jacksonville Pier in Jacksonville Beach, Florida due to the poor surf conditions.  We are very pleased to announce that the City of Jacksonville Beach has once again been a huge supporter of the community programs and has graciously granted us a “waiting period”.  “This is really exciting” says Paul West, Director of the Florida Surfing Association.  “You typically only see this in Hawaii or maybe the big wave challenge at Mavericks in California.  What this means is that we will greatly increase the odds of having good surf for the event!”  Every Wednesday evening between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM we will make the call for the weekend.  All the wave forecast gurus will put their collective efforts into forecasting the surf for the weekend and the contest organizer will make the call as to “Go or NO GO” status.  Considering this is the first time Jacksonville has hosted the State Championships this will make a huge statement to other areas as to what Jacksonville Beach can do.  Because it is not the typical beach season and there are no other events scheduled during January this will allow us to have a “floating contest” to help insure the best athletes in the State of Florida will have the best conditions possible to surf.  This has never been done at this level for a contest on the East Coast, certainly in Florida. 

The State Championships will be crowing Champions in 19 divisions total.  Four of which, are professional divisions as follows: Taco Lu Men’s Pro with first place champion receiving $1,000 in cash, the Natural Fiji Women Pro with $500 for first place, the Drew’s Surf Stick Junior Pro champion receiving $500 and the Wavemasters Longboard champion also receiving $500.  In addition, there are amateur divisions including shortboard and longboard with age brackets from 9 and younger of age to 50 and over.  This is truly a comprehensive surfing championships and is steeped with historical significance.  The event was held in the 60’s in Daytona and in New Smyrna around 2004, now it is Jacksonville’s turn to host the event.  “This truly is a natural fit” stated Paul West, “North Florida has become the leader in the surfing world here in Florida.  With the strong program administered by Mitch Kaufmann and the Eastern Surfing Association for the past ten years, we are now seeing a groundswell of youth that have been surfing for many years that are not only very talented but have a great deal of experience. North Florida, specifically, Jacksonville Beach is turning out champions!” With athletes coming from all over the State of Florida to compete in this prestigious event we are excited about the opportunity the City has given us to provide the best conditions possible for the athletes. 

The forecast and updates for the weekend will be posted every Wednesday at www.surfjaxpier.com and www.911surfreport.com.

You can get more information about FSA programs the this event by visiting www.floridasurfing.org or email at info@floridasurfing.org 

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