ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure To Be Highest Rated ASP Pro Jr. In North America

Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure presented by Jack’s Surfboards
ASP Grade-4 Pro Junior
Event No. 5 on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series (Men)
Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
June 29 – 30, 2008

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Monday, June 23, 2008) – The Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure presented by Jack’s returns to South Huntington Beach Pier for two days, June 29-30, 2008. The event has upgraded considerably this season to an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 event, making it the highest rated ASP Pro Junior ever in North America.

As an ASP Grade-4, the Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure presented by Jack’s boasts a $20,000 prize purse and ample points up for grabs, ensuring the event will have a major impact on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior ratings. First place will receive $3,500 and 1,500 points, which is the equivalent to winning three ASP Grade-2 events.

“Pier Pressure reflects Nike 6.0′s mission to elevate the next generation,” Jason Kenworthy, Nike 6.0 Surf Mentor said. “This event provides a great opportunity and stepping stone for young surfers in North America.”

The field of 80 competitors includes 2007 ASP North America Pro Junior Champion Adam Wickwire (Satellite Beach, FL) in the top seed position, followed by current ratings leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), Travis Beckman (Vero Beach, FL), and 2006 ASP North America Junior Champion Eric Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), who will all begin their run for the Pier Pressure title from the round of 32.

Also gracing this year’s event will be west coast standouts Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA), Brent Reilly (Carlsbad, CA), Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA) and Riley Metcalf (San Clemente, CA).

A Hawaiian contingent, including Nike 6.0 wildcards Kai Barger (Haiku, HI) and Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), as well as Keanu Asing (Oahu, HI) and Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), will add to the already-incredible talent pool. International superstar Julian Wilson (Coolum Beach, QLD) will lead the overseas invasion.

In conjunction with the event, title sponsor Nike 6.0 will be working closely with presenting sponsor Jack’s to launch a new collaboration with punk band Alkaline Trio. The limited-edition shoe and messenger bag will be available exclusively at Jack’s from June 27 to July 11, after which the product will be distributed nationally.

The live event webcast will air at Nike6PierPressure.com and will feature all the daily surfing action, blow-by-blow live scoring and drop ins by special surprise guests. The webcast will be hosted by industry icons Dave Stansfield, big-wave surfer Pete Mel, former ASP World Tour great Pat O’Connell and Surfer Magazine Editor Chris Mauro.

The Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure presented by Jack’s is supported by Nike 6.0, Jack’s Surfboards, Hurley, Red Bull, Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine and WaveWatch.com. Look for complete event details, a live webcast, daily updates, online giveaway and results at Nike6PierPressure.com.

For more information, log onto ASPWorldTour.com and ASPNorthAmerica.org.

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