Vans El Ponto Loco Presented By Sun Diego Kicks Off Sep 3 At Carlsbad’s Ponto Beach

The inaugural surf event brings the ASP Tour back to San Diego with a Men’s WQS 2-Star Vans Pro and Men’s Grade 2 Billabong Pro Junior

Cypress, CA (August 28, 2008) – The inaugural Vans El Ponto Loco presented by Sun Diego takes over the new Ponto Jetty in Carlsbad Wednesday, September 3 through Saturday, September 6, marking the first ASP event in San Diego since the early 90’s.  The event will be the 8th stop on the 2008 ASP North American Tour and consists of the Men’s WQS 2-Star Vans Pro and a Men’s Grade 2 event, the Billabong Pro Junior.  The contests will feature some of the world’s top surfers vying for a piece of the $35,000 purse and valuable ratings points.

Those that can’t make it out to Ponto Beach can catch live webcasts and plenty of photos and daily live up-dates of the entire event at vans.com.

Surfers confirmed to compete among the 200 men draw include John John Florence, Jason ‘Ratboy’ Collins, Ben Bourgeois and So-Cal natives Andrew Doheny and Kyle Knox.

Contest Schedule

Wednesday, Sept 3
8:00a – 1:20p       Vans Pro Men’s        Round 1
1:20p – 4:00p       Vans Pro Men’s        Round 2

Thursday, Sept 4
8:00a – 10:40a       Vans Pro Men’s        Rnd 2 Cont
10:40a – 4:00p       Vans Pro Men’s        Round 3

Friday, Sept 5
8:00a – 10:40a        Vans Pro Men’s        Round 4
10:40a – 1:20p       Billabong Pro JR        Round 1
1:20p – 4:00p         Billabong Pro JR        Round 2
1:20p – 4:00p         Billabong Pro JR        Round 3

Saturday, Sept 6
8:00a – 9:20a         Billabong Pro JR        Rnd 3 Cont
9:20a – 10:40a       Billabong Pro JR        Quarterfinals
10:40a – 12:00p     Vans Pro Men’s       Quarterfinals
12:00p – 12:40p     Billabong Pro JR        Semi-Finals
12:40p – 1:20p       Vans Pro Men’s        Semi-Finals
1:20p – 1:45p         Billabong Pro JR        Finals
1:45p – 2:10p         Vans Pro Men’s        Finals
2:30pm – Awards Presentation

Vans El Ponto Loco presented by Sun Diego is made possible by the support of Billabong, Spy Optic, Rockstar, Surfline.com, Action Sports Retailer and ASP North America.

About Vans
Vans supports and promotes surfing through a full line of surf footwear and apparel, events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing™ and through sponsorship of many of the world’s top surfers such as Joel Tudor, Timmy Reyes, Karina Petroni and Nathan Fletcher.

About the 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 aspworldtour.com or aspnorthamerica.org.

For more information on Vans and El Ponto Loco, visit vanssurf.com/ponto.