San Clemente, Calif. (September 13,2011) – The Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships, presented by Jack's Surfboards, is pleased to announce the details for the 23rd annual contest at 54th Street on September 24-25. Rich with a colorful history, this contest embodies the Orange County surfing lifestyle and celebrates the industry's humble beginnings.

Last year's Middle School and Elementary School winner, Tyler Gunter. Photo: Hilleman.

Dedicated to acknowledging the local surfers that have defined "the hottest 100 yards" of Newport Beach for decades—they've also influenced much of the surf style we still see today—this year's amateur competition will consist of 138 surfers in seven age divisions, ranging from Elementary School to Masters to Legends.

“We are proud to host the Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships once again this year,” said Vice President of Marketing, Mike Matey. “54th street is such a historic spot for surfing and Quiksilver, and to bring this back to today’s youth is great – we look forward to a fun weekend.”

Embracing its history, sponsor Zinka will be out in full force again this year with a "best neon face painting"
competition. The individuals to best embrace their inner-'80s self will win $500 worth of prizes. In addition to Quiksilver and Jack's Surfboards, other participating sponsors will offer up $5,000 worth of cash and prizes during what is sure to be another memorable weekend under the sun.

"On behalf of the City of Newport Beach, we are happy to welcome the Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships back for its 23rd year," said Matt Dingwall, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Newport Beach. "This annual surf contest is a highlight for the community and an important piece of Newport's history. A good time is always had by all and we are looking forward to this year's contest."

Stay tuned for more information along with the forecast and other surprises.

The 23rd Annual Quiksilver City of Newport Beach Surf Championships is open to all and competing divisions include: Elementary (11 & under), Middle School (12-14), High School (15-18), Open Men's (19 & up), Masters (30 & up), Legends (40 & up), and Open Girls (all ages). The entry fee for all divisions is $30 (add $5 fee for non-residents).

For more information regarding this event please contact the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department at (949) 644-3151. Click here for the entry form. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, however beach entries will be accepted if space is available.

About Quiksilver
Quiksilver is committed to providing tools for uncovering, expressing and expanding your personal style. Our aim is to foster the sense of individual expression and excitement – the stoke that is the essence of boardriding*. We’re also here to spread the word because the only thing better than finding stoke is sharing it.

*Boardriding is about timing and style. It’s youthful, active, casual, and free flowing. There is no wrong way to ride a board. The goal is simply to learn, progress, improve, and give it your own interpretation.

About Jack's
Jack's Surfboards reached a milestone in 2007 celebrating its 50th year in business. Since 1957, Jack's has built a reputation as an icon in surf retail. It has been the place to go for surf fans around the world to find the newest surf products and clothing labels. Offering a huge selection of surfboards, wetsuits, skateboards, snowboards, apparel and accessories, Jack's is Orange County's premier surf shop.

In 1960, SURFER Magazine began as the original. After a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award winning state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” The SURFER brand has also grown to include, Fantasy Surfer, The Hot 100, My SURFER Cover and a myriad of SURFER message boards. All of these assets combine to make the SURFER network the most current and reliable channel of information to the surf community. The magazine is published by Source Interlink’s Action Sports Group (ASG), which reaches more than 2 million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming.

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Monet Quick-Smits
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Kristen Gooding
Quiksilver PR
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