American Pro Surfing Series rekindles U.S. competition
United States Updates
Homegrown surf series attracts some big names with it's debut 2012 event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 June, 2012 : - - The American Pro Surfing Series, also known as the APSS, will bring together some of the country’s most esteemed surfers to Huntington Beach, California for this non-ASP domestic surf trifecta. Held on the South Side of the Pier, the contest harkens back to the time when homegrown surf series reigned supreme in the US.
“I’ve been judging and working events for more than 25 years,” says Scott Waring, frontman for the series, “and I’m thrilled to be putting this event together. The APSS is a great opportunity for young pros and amateurs to compete in their own country, have some fun, and display some progressive surfing.
The APSS Kicks Off 2012 Season at Huntington Beach Pier and saw Erica Hosseini and Chris Ward take top honors.
Many competitors agreed that the new APSS event is a great way to keep their competitive skills sharp, with few other pro contests in North America for mid-level athletes. “I think it’s insane, this is what we need for surfing in America. It gives everyone a chance to be able to compete along the coast, you see all your buddies you used to surf with, it’s a great opportunity for the sport and surfers,” said Ward.
The former World Tour surfer took a break from competitions last year, and this year is working his way back to earn point so he can enter more competitions. In the meantime, events like this allow him to get into spotlight, keeping sponsors happy and a chance to earn a bit of cash. He wasn’t the only big name out in the water. Florda’s Gabe Kling showed up to throw down some of his power surfing, and ended nabbing the only perfect 10 score of the event, eventually ending up in the finals with Ward, Torrey Meister, and Killian Garland.
“The more contests we can have in the states, the better. For all the young guys who can’t get into the big contests, or for any of us to get the chance to get out there and win some money and show what you can do, it’s great,” Kling said, who will be surfing the Nike Lowers Pro this week at Trestles. “It was good to get some heats out of the way and get on a roll. And hopefully it will carry over to the next event.”
Author: Scott Waring / Jeffrey Grell
Tags: American Pro Surfing Series, Huntington Beach, Domestic, Pro Surf Series