The Boost Mobile Pro Presented By Hurley Wildcard Trials To Be Held At The U.S. Open Of Surfing

Boost Mobile Pro Trials to take place in Huntington Beach, CA on July 24th and 25th

IRVINE and COSTA MESA, Calif. – Boost Mobile and Hurley today announced the names of the trialists invited to compete for the coveted wildcard entry into the 2008 Boost Mobile Pro Presented by Hurley, the only ASP World Tour event held on mainland U.S. The trials feature eight high performance surfers, including 2000 ASP World Champion, Sunny Garcia, who was unable to participate in last year’s trials but was granted a wildcard spot.

“I am super happy to be competing in this year’s trials.  I am looking forward to getting one of the two open wildcard spots,” says Sunny Garcia. “With my wedding a few hours after the trials it would be great to win a wildcard spot before I head off to get married but win or lose it is still going to be a great day.”

The remaining seven trialists include Corey Lopez, Ian Walsh, Kolohe Andino, Brett Simpson, Tamoroa McComb, Evan Geiselman and Yadin Nicol.  Boost Mobile and Hurley team rider Rob Machado is receiving an automatic Wild Card spot at the Boost Mobile Pro of Surf presented by Hurley.

The Boost Mobile Pro trials will take place during the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, on Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25.  The trials will run two, thirty minute four-man heats, with the top two winners of each heat competing in the final.  The top two scorers in the final will each secure a wildcard spot to compete at this year’s Boost Mobile Pro of Surf presented by Hurley.

The Boost Mobile Pro Presented by Hurley Wildcard Trials are as follows:

Heat 1: July 24, 4:00pm: Sunny Garcia, Kolohe Andino, Brett Simpson and Tamoroa McComb
Heat 2: July 24, 4:30pm: Evan Geiselman, Ian Walsh, Yadin Nicol and Corey Lopez
Finals: July 25, 3:50pm: Top 2 Winners from Heat 1 and Top 2 Winners from Heat 2

“The U.S. Open is the perfect stage for these exciting young competitors to showcase their talent,” says Jeff Belizaire, Boost Mobile Event Marketing Manager.  “We take great pride in advancing the life experiences of young people and giving promising locals like Brett Simpson, proven talents like Sunny Garcia, and grom phenom Kolohe Andino the chance to win a spot to go up against the world’s best at Trestles in September is a great way to do just that.”

“This is an important time for these surfers to experience what it takes to excel at this level” says Pat O’Connell, Hurley Surf Marketing Manager.  “Each athlete hopes to get the chance to take on the world’s best, but they will have to make it through difficult conditions at Huntington Beach in front of thousands of spectators first.”

The seventh of eleven stops on the ASP World Tour, the Boost Mobile Pro Presented by Hurley’s full schedule of events and media registration can be found at www.boostmobilepro.com . Check back for a live webcast of the main event at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, September 7-13, 2008.

About Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile is a lifestyle brand and division of Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) that offers wireless phones and services with no contracts, credit checks or activation fees.  Boost is among the most popular prepaid wireless brands in the U.S. and now has 4.4 million customers – the majority of which are 18 to 34 years old. Boost-branded wireless phones with its exclusive Boost Walkie-Talkie service are available nationwide at approximately 17,500 major retail and independent wireless dealer locations; with Re-Boost available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the U.S. Purchase and experience Boost on the web at MySpace, Facebook, and www.boostmobile.com.

About Hurley
Hurley is a leading global youth brand with strong roots in surf, skate, art and music.  Hurley develops world-class products for guys, girls, and kids, including sportswear, footwear, eyewear, accessories, girl’s swimwear and wetsuits.  A wholly-owned, independently run subsidiary of Nike, Inc., Hurley is located in Costa Mesa, CA, with international offices in Tokyo, Sydney and Barcelona.

About ASP
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing.  Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP Men’s World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.  These regions manage all their respective domestic affairs under the guidance of ASP International, which is located on the Gold Coast of Australia.  ASP International and ASP North America are committed to the progression of surfing and are dedicated to continuing excellent relationships with their surfers, event operators, sponsors and media.  For more information log onto www.aspworldtour.com.

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