Mike Losness Wins The 2009 Vans Pier Classic

The Vans Pier Classic Presented By Jack’s Surfboards Kicks Off March 25 At Huntington Beach Pier And On The Web

Vans Pier Classic

Watch The Event Live All Week At www.vans.com/pierclassic

The Second Stop of the 2009 World Qualifying Series Tour includes a Men’s WQS 2-Star Vans Pro and Men’s Grade 2 Ezekiel Pro Junior

Cypress, CA (March 18, 2009) – The 4th Annual Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards takes over the Huntington Beach pier Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29. The event, which will be the second stop of the ASP North American Tour and first event of the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, consists of a Men’s WQS 2-Star Vans Pro and a Men’s Grade 2 Ezekiel Pro Junior. The contest will feature many of the best young surfers in the world vying for title honors and part of the $35,000 up for grabs.

Those that can’t make it out to the pier can catch live webcasts of the entire event at www.vans.com. Also look for plenty of photos and daily live up-dates.

Surfers confirmed to compete among the 230 men draw include 2008 Pier Classic champ Shaun Ward as well as Hank Gaskell, John John Florence, Andrew Doheny, Jason ‘Ratboy’ Collins and Dylan Perillo.

Contest Schedule:

Wednesday, March 25
8:00a – 1:20p Vans Pro Men’s Round 1
1:20p – 4:00p Vans Pro Men’s Round 2
Thursday, March 26
8:00a – 10:40a Vans Pro Men’s Rnd 2 Cont.
10:40a – 4:00p Vans Pro Men’s Round 3
Friday, March 27
8:00a – 1:20p Vans Pro Men’s Round 4
1:20p – 2:40p Ezekiel Pro JR Round 1
2:40p – 4:00p Ezekiel Pro JR Round 2
Saturday, March 28
8:00a – 9:20a Ezekiel Pro JR Rnd 2 Cont.
9:20a – 12:00p Vans Pro Men’s Round 5
12:00p – 2:40p Ezekiel Pro JR Round 3
2:40p – 4:00p Ezekiel Pro JR Round 4
Sunday, March 29
8:00a – 9:20a Ezekiel Pro JR Rnd 4 Cont.
9:20a – 10:40a Ezekiel Pro JR Quarterfinals
10:40a – 12:00p Vans Pro Men’s Quarterfinals
12:00p – 12:50p Ezekiel Pro JR Semi-Finals
12:50p – 1:40p Vans Pro Men’s Semi-Finals
1:40p – 2:10p Ezekiel Pro JR FINALS
2:10p – 2:40p Vans Pro Men’s FINALS
3:00p – Awards Presentation

The Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards is made possible by the support of Ezekiel, Rockstar, Anon Optics, Xcel, Freestyle, TransWorld SURF and Surfline.

For more information on Vans and the Vans Pier Classic, visit www.vans.com.

About Vans:
Vans, the leading surf/skate lifestyle brand, 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 Jack’s Surfboards:

Jack’s Surfboards reached a milestone in 2007 celebrating it’s 50th year in business. Since 1957, Jack’s has built a reputation as an icon in surf retail. It has been the place to go for surf fans around the world to find the newest surf products and clothing labels. Offering a huge selection of surfboards, wetsuits, skateboards, snowboards, apparel and accessories, Jack’s is Orange County’s premier surf shop. Go to www.jackssurfboards.com

About Ezekiel:

For over 15 years Ezekiel has consistently introduced progressive fashion to the market. Our strength lies in our ability to adapt to change, while consistently offering our customers fresh looks and trend right product.” www.ezekielusa.com

About Xcel:
Founded in 1982, Xcel International, Inc. (Xcel) is a global wetsuit brand distributed throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. Headquartered on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Xcel’s core wetsuit business focuses on the cutting edge of material and design development. Xcel’s primary markets include surf, dive, wakeboard, paddle, and sun (UV protection). In addition to its North Shore office, Xcel operates two retail stores on Oahu and a warehouse/repair facility in California. To learn more about Xcel, please visit www.xcelwetsuits.com.

About Freestyle:

Founded in 1981, Freestyle is a leading action sports watch Manufacturer. The Freestyle watch collection includes a full line of Performance and lifestyle watches for men, women and youth, all styles are water resistant to 100 meters or more and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. With roots firmly planted in surf, Freestyle proudly sponsors a team of highly respected surfers including Bede Durbidge, Shane Dorian, Cory Lopez, Anthony Walsh as well as junior standouts Nat Young, Andrew Doheny and Sage Erickson. For more information, visit www.freestyleusa.com.

About Anon Optics:
Anon Optics is a manufacturer of premium quality and high performance Sunglasses and goggles. Anon combines the dynamic worlds of boardsports and high fashion, offering a unique mix of optic solutions and products. Driven by a team of snow, surf and skate athletes, anon combines its creative influences and individual styles to become an industry leader in the market for premium branded sunglasses and goggles. www.anonoptics.com

About Rockstar:
“ROCKSTAR is the world’s most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles – from athletes to rock stars.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in eleven amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, and Roasted Light Vanilla. ROCKSTAR ENERGY SHOTS are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, and throughout the United Kingdom.”

About TransWorld SURF:
Since its inception in 1999, TransWorld SURF has become the embodiment of youth, progression and innovation. Through its print and online properties, TransWorld SURF is the fastest growing surf media brand in the industry. Found online at transworldsurf.com, TransWorld SURF is based in Carlsbad, California and published monthly by the Bonnier Corporation.

Bonnier Corporation (www.bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related Web properties; television, cable, radio, VOD and mobile content; live events; and branded products.

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 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. For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org.

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