Huntington Beach: home of the Californian surfing style

The American Pro Surfing Series (APSS), a homegrown California three-event surf series, will hold its inaugural event between April 28-29, on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

The series will host its second event in late September and the third and final event in early November. Created by industry veteran Scott Waring, the events are an opportunity for domestic surfers to hone their competitive mettle without leaving the country.

Further, a tempting prize purse and a mountain of bragging rights will ensure a healthy mix of established progressive surfers, as well as, a slew of California legends. All surfers, except the ASP Top 34 World Title athletes, are welcome to enter.

Huntington Beach, south of the Pier, will serve as the venue for the series. With a five-day holding period, each event is scheduled to run over two days.

The second event's holding period is scheduled for September 20-26, and the final event's window is October 31 to November 7. Organizers will determine the best two days for competition the week prior to each event.

A prize purse of $10,000 is on the line for the men and $2,000 for women. The contest format will be four-man heats with 50 percent elimination, starting with 64 men and 16 women.

Top athletes are registered including Sunny Garcia, Gabe Kling, Jesse Mendes, Jesse Merle Jones, Chris Waring, Killian Garland, Chris Ward and Colin Moran in the men's division. Lisa Andersen, Erica Hosseini, Anastasia Ashley, Sarah Taylor, Demi Boelsterli, and Jenna Balester will surf the women's division.

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