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Oceanside WSA Prime contest will collect Toys For Tots



WSA Prime Events

Western Surfing Association
South Jetty Oceanside California
6 - 7 December 2008

Oceanside WSA Prime event to collect Toys For Tots

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 November, 2008 : - - Western Surfing Association and WSA Prime Team with The United States Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots Campaign at Oceanside Harbor South Jetty on December 6 and 7.

Camp Pendleton Marines will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots in association with the Western Surfing Association and WSA Prime surf contests on December 6th and 7th at the Oceanside Harbor South Jetty.  The third event of the Pacsun WSA Prime Surf Series will be held at the Oceanside Harbor on December 6, followed by the fifth event of the Western Surfing Association Hobie Championship Tour at the same location on December 7.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a message of hope to needy youngsters who might not receive anything this Christmas through a new, shiny toy that will help motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.   “We are so blessed as surfers to be able to live near the beach, and have the time, health and resources to allow us to surf,” said Greg Cruse, Director of WSA Prime, “This is a great opportunity for us to give back.”

Competitors in both surfing events will be encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy (no war toys or toy guns) to place in the barrel at the event.  Camp Pendleton has a particular need for items that appeal to 10 – 17 year olds.  New, unworn items of surfwear, hats, skateboards, bodyboards, gift cards…anything new and unused that could be put to good use. 

“It would be great if the surf company sponsors could go through their warehouses and grab any discontinued, promotional or return-to-stock items and bring them to the event to put in the Toys For Tots barrels”, said Cruse.

Toys for Tots, North County Coordinator, Deborah Anderson, stated, “We like to involve all of the North County communities with our toy drive.  We are so excited to partner with WSA and WSA Prime and have our Marines on hand to collect toys at the contests.  The Marines are very excited to participate in this event. We always seem to be short of gifts for 0 – 2 year olds and 10 - 17 year olds. 

Sporting equipment of any kind for the boys, and games and “girlie” items for the teen girls would be greatly appreciated.  Check are also welcome, made out to “Toys for Tots – North County”.

Marines will be on hand on both December 6 & 7 collecting toys and donations from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Competitors who donate a toy will receive a long sleeve WSA/WSA Prime T-shirt.  “Let’s show how generous surfers can be,” said Cruse.  “I’d love to see them leave with truckloads of toys”.

About Toys for Tots
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. 

About WSA/WSA Prime
The Western Surfing Association is the largest and oldest amateur surfing organization on the west coast. Established in 1961, the WSA is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions.  WSA is the official West Coast member organization of Surfing America and is the path to earn entry into the Surfing America US Championships and Team Trials. 

The WSA Prime division is the most prestigious and highly competitive surf series on the west coast.  The best under 18 surfers in California compete by invitation for coveted slots in the Surfing America USA Championships with hopes of making the Surfing America USA Surf Team. 

About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States and is responsible for holding the official USA Championships and for selecting and fielding the USA Surf Team. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.  WSA is a Member Organization of Surfing America serving West Coast athletes.

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