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Alejo Muniz named 10th all star surfer at US Open

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Alejo Muniz Voted By Fans As 10th All Star, Joins Top Surfers Including Kelly Slater

Surfersvillage Global Surf News
, 30 June, 2011 : - - The 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing announced today that Alejo Muniz is the tenth and final member of this year’s WPS All Star roster, joining a group of fan favorites who will be honored in front of the largest crowd in surfing.  In its third year, organizers invited over 50 international media to vote for their top surfers. 


Eight made the cut from these votes along with an honorary spot designated to the late Andy Irons.  The tenth and final spot was left to the fans, as they voted via Facebook and through the US Open of Surfing website. The Brazilian rookie Muniz received 15% of more than 12,000 votes earning the coveted spot. The WPS All Stars will be recognized at the US Open of Surfing during an all-out Expression Session.

“Being named as a US Open All Star is something very special to me,” says current World No. 26 Alejo Muniz. “Being chosen by surf fans on the Internet makes it even better. I can’t wait to get to Huntington and represent them well!”


"When I compete at Huntington, I channel my memories from when I was kid watching the event," adds 10-time world champion Kelly Slater, this year's top vote-getter. "It's a strange feeling to be in the water with 20,000 pairs of eyes on you. It used to make me nervous -- now it just gets me excited and makes me want to surf better."

This year’s WPS All Stars include:  Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson, Rob Machado, Andy Irons (Honorary Spot), and Alejo Muniz

US Open of Surfing Background
The 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing will run from July 30 to August 7. With more than 500,000 people in attendance along a 14-acre stretch of sand on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier, the Nike US Open of Surfing showcases the best in surf, skate, BMX, music, fashion and art. All events at the US Open of Surfing are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Live webcast of all the events can be viewed daily at usopenofsurfing.com.


Anchored by the world’s largest professional surfing competition, the $460,000 US Open is a pivotal point on the ASP World Tour for both the men and women. The men’s competition will feature a North America ASP Men’s Prime event with valuable points on the line right before the coveted ASP Top 34 rotation. For the women, the US Open of Surfing will host the final event of the 2011 ASP World Title Tour and will potentially crown a women’s world champion in Surf City this summer. In addition to the high-stakes mens and womens divisions, the US Open will feature an ASP Grade Four men’s and women’s Junior Pro as well as the Pacifico Nose Riding Invitational – always a crowd favorite.

The action doesn’t stop at the shoreline. On the beach, Converse Coastal Carnage will once again host the most talented and diverse crew of riders from across the globe as they skate in a state-of-the-art skate bowl. And, a stellar crew of BMX riders will push the realm of possibility at the Nike 6.0 HB BMX Pro. The runway will be busy on Thursday, August 4 as five of the nation’s top high schools will compete for $25,000 in the Hurley Walk the Walk National Championship – the ultimate youth fashion competition.


Combined with one-of-a-kind retail and brand experiences, more than 100 interactive exhibits, autograph signings, DJs and giveaways, and you have another summer to remember at the Nike US Open of Surfing. The Nike US Open of Surfing is proudly sponsored by Casio G-Shock, Skullcandy, Pacifico, Red Bull, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, Invisalign Teen and Transworld Media.

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