Lost art of kneeboarding enjoys resurgence
Kneeboard Surfing Titles
Huntington Beach Pier California
18 - 19 January 2012
10th Annual Kneeboard Surfing Titles to be Held at Huntington Beach Pier
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 January, 2013 : - - KSUSA is proud to announce the 2013 Kneeboard Surfing Titles and Kneeboard Festival will return to Huntington Beach, CA, January 18 and 19. This event celebrates the 10th year of continuous KSUSA sponsored kneeboard surfing competition, including nine U.S. Titles and one World Titles event.
One of the premier Kneeboarding events in the world, the KSUSA Kneeboard Surfing Titles attracts an international field with some of the sport’s top competitors. Kneeboarders will face off on the south side of the pier – competing for titles and a chance to represent the U.S. at the World Kneeboard Titles to be held in Tahiti in July 2013.
In addition, Sandy’s Beach Grill will host an official event gathering Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m.
“Entering 2013, Kneeboarding is officially thriving here in the U.S.,” said Don Harris, KSUSA President. “In addition to our annual KSUSA Titles, there’s a Kneeboarding circuit on the NSSA and the upcoming 2013 World Titles. The sport is riding a high we haven’t seen in more than 30 years, maybe ever.”
In addition to pushing performance levels, Harris says the additional contests provide valuable exposure for the sport which he hopes will translate into interest from younger competitors. A group of talented young U.S. Kneeboarders are expected to make their presence known at the 2013 titles, including Chris Linn, Shayne Dimick and defending KSUSA Junior Champion Evan Odom.
Standing in the way of Kneeboarding’s “next generation” are several battle-tested champions including Cardiff’s Bill Lerner, San Diego’s Jack, Beresford, HB’s Tom Backer and San Diego’s Chris Beresford who dominated the 2012 final in clean head-high conditions.
In the Women’s division Cathy Yturralde is expected to defend a hard-fought 2012 title. The event will conclude Saturday afternoon with a highly entertaining team competition featuring an annual showdown between HB Kneeboarders and those from other regions. The 2013 Kneeboard Surfing U.S.A. Titles is free and open to the public. Heats will begin each day at 7 a.m. weather and waves permitting.
Sponsors of the Kneeboard Surfing U.S. Championships include: Aleeda Wetsuits, Aqua Tech Waterjet, Balestar Designs, Blast Surf Designs, Block Surf, Board Raxx, Bolsa Clothing, Brand Id, Clear Water Glassing, Cove Deck Padz, Dafin, DaKine, Electric, FCS, Flashpoint Surfing, Fourth Gear Flyer Surfmats, Freeline Design, The Froghouse Surf Shop, Futures Fins, Kneelo Nation, Legless.tv, Marko Foam Blanks, Joel Mayer Surf Photography, McConnell Surfboards, Midnight Products Boardbags, Miller’s Family Barber, NEE PRO Kneeboards, Parkes Australia, Primo Beer, Pure Glass, Romanosky Kneeboards, Riviera Longboards, S.S. Metal Fabricators, Sandy’s Beach Grill, Schoelkopf Kneeboards, Sector 9, Skull Candy Headphones, Stonefish Skegs, Surfline/Buoy Weather, SurfTrophy.com, Trunq, Vartanian Surfboards, Viper Surf Fins, Volcom, Watermans Applied Science, Scott Winer Photography, and Xcel Wetsuits.
Established in 2003, Kneeboard Surfing USA is dedicated to promoting the sport of Kneeboard Surfing through competitions, kneelo gatherings and other activities.
Source: Kneeboard Surfing USA
Author: Jack Beresford
Tags: Huntington Beach, Kneeboarding, Kneelo