NSSA 2009 

The NSSA is excited to announce its 2009 Championship Series Schedule.  A series of nine championship events are slated to run from March to October including the prestigious NSSA National Championships, the highest profile youth surfing event in America.

The 2009 NSSA National Championships is confirmed to run June 17-27 at Salt Creek and Lower Trestles.  The first leg of the National Championships will run June 17-20 at Salt Creek and will feature the National Interscholastic Team competition with the top Colleges, High Schools and Middle Schools competing for coveted National titles. 

The competition at Salt Creek will also include the National Explorer Championships preliminary rounds and finals of all the non-scholastic categories, plus the National Airshow Championships.  The second leg of the National Championships will move to pristine Lower Trestles and run from June 23-27.  This segment of the championships, the premier National Open Championships, will showcase the top amateurs in the country. 

The ninth annual Governor’s Cup is scheduled to run in conjunction with the National Open Men’s and Open Women’s divisions.  The National Championships marks the culmination of the 2008-09 NSSA competition season where competitors from each of the eight NSSA regional conferences compete in their regular seasons for a chance at qualifying for the Nationals.

The NSSA National Championships lays claim to an impressive history of past champions including many current ASP World Tour surfers such as Kelly Slater, Bobby Martinez, Andy and Bruce Irons, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Fred Patacchia, Chris Ward, Taylor Knox, Melanie Bartels, Megan Abubo and most recently Nathaniel Curran and Kekoa Bacalso who will join the elite World Tour in 2009. 

As tradition has it, the 2009 NSSA Championship Series will open up on the West Coast with the Interscholastic State Championships March 6-8 at the Church surf break in the San Onofre State Park.  College, High School and Middle School teams throughout the state of California will have the opportunity to compete for State Championship titles and qualify for the 2009 National Interscholastic Championships.  In addition, Fox College Sports will provide nationwide coverage of the 2009 NSSA National Collegiate Championships.

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Gosford

A surfer has drowned on the New South Wales central coast, in Australia.

Stuart Harvey, from the Surf Life Saving Central Coast, said the man had either hit a rock shelf or a sand bar.

NSW lifesavers pulled the man, 40, from the surf at The Entrance.

The Ambulance Services said lifeguards conducted CPR on the man before transferring him to a nearby park where an ambulance helicopter with a doctor was waiting.

Lifesavers involved were a bit distressed.

All beachgoers should make sure they check the beach signs that provide information on conditions.

Surfers should wear helmets near reef or rocky surf points.

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2009 ASP Women's World Tour 

The best female surfers in the world are locked in and the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour looks to be one for the record books.

Eleven ASP Women’s World Titles will be represented over four competitors in reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, and returning 2005 ASP Women’s World Champion and 2009 ASP Dream Tour wildcard Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 25.

“After a three-tier process including surfer, ASP technical committee and ASP Board votes, Chelsea Hedges has been ed as the 2009 ASP Wildcard,” Brooke Farris, ASP Women’s World Tour Manager, said. “The former ASP Women’s World Champion will bring experience, a solid backhand attack and a baby to the 2009 ASP Dream Tour. After finishing 8th in 2007, Chelsea took a year off to give birth to her daughter Mieka. With her undeniable talent and past results, Hedges was a strong ion.”

Despite announcing 2008 as her last season as a full-time member of the ASP Women’s World Tour, Beachley will also return to competition for events.

“Announcing her retirement from full-time ASP World Tour competition last October, Layne Beachley will be using her ASP World No. 4 seed to surf at some of her favorite Dream Tour locations,” Beachley said. “Hunting her 30th career win, I suspect we will see Layne surfing at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and her own event the Beachley Classic at Manly.”

In addition to the slew of returning champions, the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour will also boast the arrival of a new guard in women’s surfing, led by 2008 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) Winner Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18.

“With five fresh new faces onboard, the line-up for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour is incredibly exciting,” Farris said. “It will be interesting to see how quickly the rookies adapt to life on the ASP Dream Tour and who will really try to shake two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Steph Gilmore off the podium.”

Fitzgibbons will be joined by fellow newcomers Bruna Schmitz (BRA), 18, Paige Hareb (NZL), 18, Alana Blanchard (HAW), 18, and Coco Ho (HAW), 17.

Next season’s ASP Women’s World Tour will be comprised of eight Australians, three Hawaiians, three Brazilians, one Peruvian, one South African and one New Zealander, and will take the ASP Top 17 to Australia, Brazil, Peru, “Somewhere” and Hawaii over eight events.

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