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A richer Vans SMAS 2003 starts 12 Feb at Santa Cruz

Eric McHenry 2002 Champion

2003 Vans SMAS

2003 Airshow Tour

California/Costa Rica

12 Feb. - 27 Oct. 2003

Vans SMAS richer and improved for 2003

Vans SMAS Competitors, Team Manager¹s and Sponsors; Thank you for participating and supporting the 2002 Vans SMAS. As we move into the 2003 Vans SMAS season and 6th year of SMAS, we have made some positive changes improving the unique and progressive nature of the Vans Surfing Magazine Series.

The 2003 Vans SMAS Prize purse has increased from $10,000 to $12,000 per event and $20,000 for the Vans SMAS Championships. The entry fee will remain at $100 per event and $600 for bulk entry (6 events total), beach entries will be $125. The Championships will be held as the last scheduled stop, however, to qualify, you must be rated in the top 30 prior to the event or invited by wild card (i.e. NSSA O-SMAS, International Aishows, Sponsor exemption, TBA).

The Vans SMAS welcomes Kasey Curtis as the new head judge and Pro skater Omar Hassan to the judging panel. As part of our effort to continually refine the judging process, computer scoring will be used in most events with a four-man panel averaging all scores for the total. Where computer scoring is not available, a five-man panel dropping the
high and low judge will be used.

All events will be limited to a maximum of 45 competitors, top 12 competitors from the 2002 end-ratings will be seeded into the main event along with 3 wild cards, main event rounds will be extended to 30 minutes in duration. Competitors ranked 13-30 from 2002 ratings and current ratings will have entering priority into trial heats. Trials will also be
extended to 25-30 minutes depending on conditions.

Entry deadline will be enforced! Entry fee must be received by the deadline (5 days prior to the event you wish to enter) or you will not be placed in a heat and if seeded, you will loose your seed for that event. Any entries received after the deadline will be placed in a heat (if there are openings) on a first come first serve basis, nobody will be allowed to
compete without paying or if you owe from past events.

For more information or to receive an entry form, please call Vans SMAS hotline number @(949) 940-9648 or log onto

Vans SMAS 2003 Schedule

(Subject to change )

NO.01 Billabong Airshow February 12-16 @Steamer lane, Santa Cruz

NO.02 Foster´s/TBA Airshow April 22-26 @Lower Trestles

In-conjunction with the Foster´s Cup WQS 3 star

NO.03 Quiksilver Airshow May 8-11 @Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

In-conjunction with the Quiksilver and Roxy Jackpot Skins

NO.04 Body Glove Airshow June 11-15 @54th St. Newport Beach

NO.05 Op/Smith Airshow September 24-28 @56th St. Newport Beach

NO.06 Vans SMAS Championships Oct 22-27 @Steamer lane, Santa Cruz

In-conjunction with the O´Neill Cold Water Classic

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Darren Brilhart

Vans SMAS Director

(949) 940-9647

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