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2009 Red Bull Riders Cup series kicks off in Santa Cruz



4th annual Red Bull Riders Cup

National Surf League
Pleasure Point Santa Cruz
16 - 19 March 2009

2009 Red Bull Riders Cup Kicks Off in Santa Cruz

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 March, 2009 : - - Red Bull and the National Surf League are kicking off the 4th annual Red Bull Riders Cup at the Hook and Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz, Ca. March 16-19, 2009.

The schools are fired up with Harbor High looking to avenge their close loss to Soquel High School in last years regional final. With previous experience under their belt, Aptos and Scotts Valley High will be ready with fresh Game strategies.

"We're fired up," said Santa Cruz High head coach Joe Hudson who is looking to regain respect after a shocking overtime loss in the first round last year "The team has been practicing hard and we're gunning for the title." The winner of the Santa Cruz Regional will advance to the National Championships June 6-7 at Upper Trestles.

The Red Bull Riders Cup is a national single elimination team tournament using the National Surf League's unique "Game" format which is modeled after traditional team sports like basketball and football. "The Game creates an easier understanding of surfing as a sport." NSL founder Brad Gerlach says, "The entire game spans less than two hours, with three periods, coaches and time outs."


Day One: 4pm @ The Hook
Wildcard Game: Santa Cruz High vs. Scotts Valley

Day Two: 4pm @ The Hook
Harbor High School vs. Aptos High School

Day Three: 4pm @ The Hook
Soquel High School vs. Wildcard game winner

Day four: 4pm @ Pleasure Point

Mar 16-19: Santa Cruz, The Hook and Pleasure Point
Mar 24-26: Golden State, C-St Ventura
Mar 31-Apr 2: Central Florida, Pelican Beach Park
Apr 15-16: South Bay, El Porto
Apr 21-23: North Florida, New Smyrna Inlet
May 4-9: New Jersey, Ocean City
May 19-21: Orange County, Huntington Beach Pier
May 26-28: San Diego, Seaside Reef
June 6-7: Championships, Upper Trestles

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