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Coast to Coast Surf-Grip Championships

San Diego, CA January 12, 2010- Sick Performance Concepts is excited to officially announce the schedule for upcoming Surf-Grip bodysurfing competitions in 2010. Competitions will be held from coast to coast and include the East Coast Surf-Grip Championship (April 3-4th), at the Cocoa Beach Easter Surf Festival, and the West Coast Surf-Grip Championship (June 4-6th), held in accordance with the Professional Longboard Association’s Huntington Beach event.

Surf-Grip was a featured demonstration at the 2009 Easter Surf Festival and has been welcomed back to join in the lineup of competitions for 2010. “Easter Surf Festival is an event for the whole family and now encompasses almost every beach sport out there. People are into trying the latest sports or new maneuvers in the water, so adding a Surf-Grip competition seemed like a good fit for our event,” said Dick Catri. This year’s Easter Surf Festival, the 46th annual event held in Cocoa Beach April 2-4th, will feature the East Coast Surf-Grip Championship in addition to the surf, skim and paddle events on April 3-4th.  Heats will run similar to traditional bodysurfing competitions but competitors will use either one or two Surf-Grip paddles to ride waves. Competitors will receive a pair of Surf-Grips, an event t-shirt and finalists will receive a cash prize.

New partnerships have also developed with the Professional Longboard Association and they are pleased to host the West Coast Surf-Grip Competition. The West Coast Competition will take place as part of the PLA Huntington Beach 6-star event June 4-6th.

“We’re thrilled about the new things lined up for the 2010 Professional Longboard Association events and the new partnerships with the Sick Performance Concepts and the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals)”, said Jeff Stoner, Executive Director of the PLA. “The Huntington Beach event will be PLA’s 1st 6-star event, and these new partnerships turn it into a whole beach festival.”

Michael Sick, President of Sick Performance Concepts and Surf-Grip, says “We’re excited to be involved with two respected and high-profile organizations on the east and west coasts and introducing more people to Surf-Grip”

2010 Surf-Grip Competitions:

April 3-4             Easter Surf Festival/Cocoa Beach, FL

June 4-6           PLA Huntington Beach, CA

 Registration information can be found on the competition page

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Easter Surfing Festival 2009
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 April 11, 2009

Hayes a boy among men

BY BRIAN McCALLUM
FLORIDA TODAY

When surfers arrived at the Cocoa Beach Pier on Friday, they found the 45th Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival behind schedule, but that didn't last.

Consider Logan Hayes ahead of schedule. The Vero Beach resident has been surfing competitively for about seven years, but he was in the men's open shortboard on Friday and advanced from his first heat.

That's ahead of schedule because Hayes' seven-year-career started when he was 5.

"I knew I'd have a son or a daughter at least introduced to surfing," said his father, Toby, "but I didn't know I'd have one competing against adults when he was 12 years old."

Hayes was in the open category for fun, but he will be more serious today when competing in the Steven G. Casanova $500 Boys Amateur Shortboard 14-and-under. That will begin at 8 a.m., back at the Cocoa Beach Pier.

As there was Friday and will be Sunday, there is also surfing at Shepard Park.

The men's shortboard will resume Sunday. Hayes failed to advance from the second round to the quarterfinals, but Cocoa Beach's David Aubrey will be there. Aubrey, 24, doesn't surf many contests these days, but he's hoping to make a little extra money this weekend.

He needs to make it through one more round to reach that goal.

"I just hope for the best and hope to catch a few waves," he said. "There's some guys that can surf the really small stuff, but on this, it's just mostly about your equipment."

Hayes picked up his love for surfing from dad, who has been surfing "since the Nixon administration." Logan surfs about five days a week now that his family has moved from Winter Park to the beach.

The sixth-grader has also traveled for the sport, including six trips to Costa Rica.

"It's a really cool place," he said. "I've got a lot of friends there. Every summer, I go there a couple weeks to surf and fish."

Hayes wowed the crowd with a 360 on Friday in his first heat, a trick he's been working on for three years. His dad taught him to surf first by holding him on his back and then holding him on the board.

Now, he has his own sponsors, including Ron Jon Surf Shop.In addition to the surfing, there was other entertainment on Friday. There was a kiteboarding exhibition and an air show by Rob Holland.

Vendors also lined the pier, including a visitor from San Diego. Mike Sick brought a bodysurfing product he developed, Surf Grip, which resembles a pair of oversized gloves made from buoyant material with a plastic grip inside.

"I would get on my children's body board and it would sink," he said. Now he uses the "floating hands" to ride his own waves.

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Logan Hayes rides a wave during Saturday's 45th annual Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival in Cocoa Beach.

(Craig Bailey, FLORIDA TODAY)

 
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