Monday, December 28, 2009

Eastern Surfing Association and Texas Gulf Surfing Association Announce 2010 East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships


Eastern Surfing Association and Texas Gulf Surfing Association Announce 2010 East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships

$5,000 open divisions prize purse highlights first ever scholastic and pro-am dual-organization event

Virginia Beach, Va. and Corpus Christi, Tex. — December 28, 2009 — It’s back, it’s on and it’s bigger than ever. Eastern Surfing Association®, the 10,000 member governing body of amateur surfing for the East Coast of the United States founded in 1967, and Texas Gulf Surfing Association, the official member-based governing body of Texas surfing founded in 1988, today announced a joint partnership in holding the 2010 East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships. Being held in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., from March 26-28, 2010, the event will feature surfers from the entire East Coast and Texas competing for scholarship money for their college educations, and will feature a $5,000 prize purse for the Open Shortboard division and Open Longboard division. All interested surf teams may print the personal entry form and the tag team entry form.

“In addition to giving away an unprecedented amount of money for college scholarships to winning teams and individuals, we’ve upped the ante by providing pro-am events totaling $5,000 in prize money for the East Coast’s and Texas’ best surfers,” stated Debbie Hodges, executive director of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). “Holding an event of this caliber, and offering the amount of prize money we are, wouldn’t be possible without the participation of TGSA and I’m proud we could come together for the best interests of the surfers in our shared geographical regions.”

Open to members and non-members of both organizations from Texas to the Great Lakes, the contest hopes to build upon the foundation of past Scholastic events with champions including the Hobgoods, four-time world champ Lisa Anderson and nine-time world champ Kelly Slater.

“Member organizations, such as ESA and TGSA, understand the importance of giving back to their community and contributing to the future of the people who shape, and will shape, our organizations for years to come. It is the best possible thing we can do,” stated Julie Doyle, president of the Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA). “This is going to be the biggest, best and most widely talked about event Texas has ever produced and participated in, and holding it at a location renown for high-performance surfing and 300-plus days of contestable surf a year will guarantee a great event for everyone. Plus, nothing raises the bar of competition like scholarships and prize money. When ESA called up, TGSA jumped at the chance to be part of this new, exciting format.”

Featuring four-man computerized-scoring heats, a concert on March 26th with a free banquet bash for contestants, and an awards presentation followed by an after-party, this contest will set the benchmark for all other scholastic contests nationwide. Entrants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible and continuously check the ESA Web site and the TGSA Web site for preferred hotel accommodations.

Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), the largest amateur surfing association in the world and established in 1967, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting and preserving the spirit of surfing through their regional programs and through the support of 26 districts on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and Puerto Rico. For more information about the ESA, please visit

Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA), the official member-based governing body of Texas and established in 1988, is a 501 (c) non-profit organization. TGSA’s mission statement is to promote the sport and spirit of surfing on the Texas coast through healthy competition while promoting good sportsmanship, supporting education, and environmental awareness.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Lil' Ditty from Sean Benik

Sean Benik's got some pretty tight sh&t out there... one example.

New Smyrna Compilation from Sean Benik on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pipe's On!


Pipe's On!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

NSB Montage

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009 Lionizepride Newsletter

Completed Surf First surveys for a few of my surf spots... or are they breaks?? It's easy; go do it.

Local Scenes:

A Bikini From Dane Reynold's Trunks --- Owl Chapman Sues TSJ and lost --- Triple match point in ping-pong decided Nixon's High Tide Hold 'Em; more coverage from Brendon Thomas --- Checking in with John "The Hungry Walrus" Maher --- Jon Coen's wife is a trooper (look who got the pics?) --- Think Clark Little understands the power of PR? Images --- Hey Cali surfers!! --- A Standup World --- Aaron Chang's Solana Beach gallery ---

World Scenes:

Contact Allen Malone at TW BIZ for special pricing on Ads, tell him Ryan from Lionize sent you --- Women's pro surfing world tour schedule might be headed for a wipeout --- RUSTY Releases it's First SUP ---


Web Analytics for Social Media --- Would you rather have your own social network or virtual world? I can make the social network a possibility, but the virtual world sounds way too expensive --- 4 points to consider when tackling Twitter --- Pope says to give up social networking "It's the devil!!" ---

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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Board To Have A Beer With

Adrenalina, could there be a worse name, named their four proposed PacSun board members. Hilarity... The list sounds like a good group to have a beer with, but to run a company...

Adrenalina names nominees to PacSun board


Friday, February 13, 2009

The Hungry Walrus' "South of the Border"

Enjoy the reading.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Rush to Social Networks


"eMarketer estimates that in 2008 nearly 80 million people, 41% of the US Internet user population, visited social network sites at least once a month, an 11% increase from 2007."

"eMarketer projects that 79.7 million people, 40% of US Internet users, will create content on social networks at least once a month in 2009, either by updating a profile or communicating publicly."

This is good news to create models to monetize the vast social networks.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Google's new Ajax-powered search results breaks search keyword tracking for everyone

"Just know this: a major update that Google is testing has completely broken the ability for any external analytics service like Clicky to determine the search query used by a visitor arriving at your web site."

Google's new Ajax-powered search results breaks search keyword tracking for everyone


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Newspapers Launch PR Campaign Pleading for More Readers

Ironic, but true. Good argument made about lack of content, not lack of revenue for declining readership.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Traits of a Collaborative Agency

Adam Cahill is spot-on.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Knew this was coming...

VF Corp. buying DC Shoes!! Just pure speculation, but I knew Quik had to get rid of that brand. Time to get back to the basics.

Cheers, Ryan