Damien Hobgood signs endorsement deal with Surf Parks
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 May 2004: - - INDIALANTIC, FL Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour star Damien Hobgood remembers the tutelage he received from older surfers as he was rising through the competitive ranks. Now that hes a world championship contender, he continues to repay the favor.
Hobgood added to his commitment to younger surfers recently by signing an endorsement deal with Surf Parks, the state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in winter 2004 in Orlando. The 24-year-old Floridian will offer his background as a veteran instructor at surf camps to facilitate training programs at Surf Parks, while also lending his name and prestige as a perennial Top-16 surfer.
"I see my role as an ambassador for the park," he said. "When I´m at home, I can use it to train and also to hold the occasional camp. My brother and I have a camp each summer where we work with upcoming surfers to teach them about the pro surfing world and lifestyle. I see this is another extension of our Camp Hobgood."
Damien and his twin brother, 2001 world champion C.J. Hobgood, have run the highly successful Camp Hobgood for the past two years. The camp takes a select group of young surfers to an exotic surf locale for an intensive week of surfing, instruction and coaching that the brothers have described as like a surfing boot camp. Their program has received rave reviews throughout the surfing world, another example of the high level of popularity Damien and C.J. enjoy.
Another lure to Damien was the excellence of Surf Parks wave technology. Man-made surfing wave facilities began to pop up in the mid-1980s, but Surf Parks is regarded by professional athletes and long-time surf aficionados as a premier man-made wave.
"I was excited from the start when I heard about the Surf Park," said Damien. "The technology to create a really good man-made wave has been out there for a while, and it´s great to see someone trying to make it happen. Better yet, I´m stoked to see it happen in my own back yard."
Damien is also focused on the 2004 ASP World Championship Tour, which commenced in March. He recently finished equal fifth at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti.
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