SALT LIFE TEAMS UP WITH HOBIE AS CO-SPONSORS TO PRESENT THE WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH SUP SURF PRO AM STAND UP PADDLE SURF CONTEST ON APRIL 18-19, 2015
The contest will be held at Crystal Pier at the Oceanic with a $6,000 purse for participants
Nashville, Tenn. (April 8, 2015) – Salt Life, one of today’s leading lifestyle brands joins renowned surf company, Hobie, to present the Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro AM stand up paddle surf competition on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, 2015. The contest will be held at the Oceanic Pier at the south end of Wrightsville Beach and has divisions for men and women, both amatuer and professional. Between 100-150 competitors from across the globe are expected to compete in the Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro AM stand up paddle board contest and the prize schedule for the contest is set up to award equal payouts to the Men’s and Women’s divisions ($3,000 for each division). For more information please visit: www.wbsupsurfproam.com.
Salt Life’s President, Jeff Stillwell, expressed his enthusiasm for co-sponsoring the Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro Am saying, “It is truly an honor to partner with a legendary surf company like Hobie and we are looking forward to a weekend full of competitive surfers from around the world doing what they do best.”
Professional SUP Surfer and participant on the Stand Up World Tour, Gerard Middleton, will bring his team of stand up surf professional judges up from Cocoa Beach, Florida for the weekend. In addition to the prizes as scheduled, The Newkirk Waterman Award in honor of Haywood Newkirk, Sr. is given each year to the participant that has the highest combined finish in the Pro and Longboard Divisions of the Wrightsville Beach Pro-Am. The payout for the award is $500 and male and female participants are both eligible. Professional Longboarder and Carolina Beach Native, Tony Sylvagni won the inaugural Newkirk Waterman Award in 2014.
Salt Life team ambassador and 3x World Longboard Champion, Colin McPhillips, will also be giving a beginner-intermediate SUP Surf Clinic at the surf competition. Colin will be assisted by his two sons, Dax and Kai McPhillips who also recently joined Salt Life’s team ambassador roster and the three will help participants hone their skills in nose-riding and cross-stepping during this three-hour session.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum, which preserves and interprets the history of the island of Wrightsville Beach, including the long tradition of surfing along the beach strand.
About Salt Life: Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the "Salt Life". Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From the first Salt Life merchandise offerings in 2006, Salt Life has grown into an entire lifestyle collection centered on water sports and paying tribute to a cult brand following. Numerous professional athletes and sportsmen have an alliance with the brand in cross-marketing partnerships. At Salt Life, we are passionate about the ocean, just like you. We are fishermen, captains, dive masters, free divers, surfers, and spear fishermen with salt in our veins. We know what it's all about and it's what we love to do. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, Salt Life says, “I live the Salt Life.”
About Hobie: Hobie Alter’s dream was born in his parents’ garage in 1950, when he decided to apply his love of woodworking to the sport of surfing. For over 60 years, plenty of other innovations emerged from Hobie’s imagination. It seems incredible that one man’s vision could provide so much fun the world over, but in that department, Hobie stands alone. He didn’t just create toys; he created a way of life. The dream born on the beach in 1950 has become reality not just for Hobie, but for generations of dreamers, all of whom continue to spell fun in the sun, the surf and the sand with a flying capital H.
About the Wrightsville Beach Museum: The mission of Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Wrightsville Beach. Individuals’ donations of their photograph collections have created at the museum an important repository for the history of this beach. The largest and most vulnerable of the museum’s collection are these photographs. Learn more at www.wbmuseum.com
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