Malibu Surf Association Team Travels to Australia

Malibu, California. March 2, 2010 — The Malibu Surfing Association (MSA), one of California’s elite surfing clubs, will compete in a ‘Teams Challenge’ against Queensland’s Noosa Malibu Club (NMC) at The Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, March 14-21, 2010. A cross-continent challenge between clubs based at two of the world’s perfect waves — First Point, Malibu and First Point, Noosa — the Teams Challenge continues a tradition which began at MSA’s 2009 Classic surfing contest.

“This is the second round of what we expect will be an ongoing exchange between our clubs,” said Michael Blum, MSA President, “NMC traveled to the MSA Classic with some of their best surfers. Being the only California club invited to the Challenge we’re responding in kind and look to put on a good show, representing MSA, SoCal, and the Malibu surfing community.”

Said Mark Kelly, CEO of Global Surf Industries, “It’s great to see the reciprocation of the ‘cultural exchange’ taking place. I am sure this is the start of something fantastic, it is wonderful to see such a large contingent coming from Malibu. They will be made to feel very welcome I am sure.”

MSA has a 15-member team traveling to Noosa, including: Malibu legend Denny Aaberg, professional surfer Julie Cox, noseriding specialists Sean Oppenheimer and Margaret Yao, and upcoming juniors Taylor Nelson, Sara Toussieng, and Jesse Hinkle. Additionally, MSA member Kathy ‘Gidget’ Kohner-Zuckerman will be a special guest at Noosa Longboard’s ‘Gidget’s Girls Night Out’.
Said Mr. Blum, “Everyone wants to see us carry the flag and do well. The support and encouragement means a great deal. A ‘thank you’ to our traveling team, club members, the Malibu community, and V Australia airlines for their commitment and generosity.”

The Noosa Malibu Club has confirmed their participation in the 2010 MSA Classic, the West Coast’s most presitigious club competition, September 11-12 at First Point, Surfrider Beach, Malibu.

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Formed in 1961, the Malibu Surfing Association (MSA) is one of California’s first surfing clubs. MSA is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the fellowship of surfing and to the stewardship of its local break, world-famous Surfrider Beach. The MSA Competition Team is the 2006 champion of the Coalition of Surfing Clubs’ CSC Series. Online at