Jim Beam Surftag Competition Makes U.S. Debut on the California Coast

WHAT: Teams of local surfers will hit the waves off Oceanside on Oct. 11 in the first Jim Beam® Surftag® U.S. National Series. In the relay competition, each surfer must catch three waves and then return to the beach to tag the next team member.

Sunday, Oct. 11 will be the last of three qualifying rounds held on different Southern California beaches in the past month. Jim Beam® Surftag® will award $25,000 in cash prizes throughout the series. In addition to competing for cash, teams will vie for the opportunity to advance to the championship round in November and claim the title of “No. 1 Surf Club in California.”

WHY: Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1-selling Bourbon, supports surfers around the globe. Jim Beam® Surftag® started in Australia in 2001 and has grown into the country’s largest team boardriding competition. The U.S. version will attract dozens of competitors and crowds of fans to each venue along the California coastline.

• Teams of local surfers hitting the waves for the relay competition
• Representatives available from Jim Beam®, IMG Sports & Entertainment and Global Surftag

WHEN: 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 – Qualifier 3

WHERE: Oceanside Harbor Beach
Harbor Drive South
Oceanside, CA

Championship – Nov. 13-14 in Huntington Beach, CA at the Pier