San Clemente, Calif. – July 1, 2002 – IMS Sports, the leading athlete and commercial rights management agency in action sports, has announced today the signing of World Championship Tour (WCT) surfers Mick Fanning and Megan Abubo to the ever-growing roster of IMS Sports’ clients. IMS Sports will manage sponsorship, business, and media opportunities on behalf of Fanning and Abubo.

“Mick and Megan are great additions to the IMS family,” says Circe Wallace, Director of Athletes for IMS Sports. “Both are young and on top of their game. We look forward to a very promising future with both of them.”

Mick Fanning set the surfing world ablaze in 2001, when at age 19, he made history by becoming the first Wild Card entrant and youngest surfer to ever win the prestigious Rip Curl Pro (WCT) at Bells Beach, Australia. After winning the Rip Curl Pro, Mick qualified for the World Championship Tour in 2002 by winning the 2001 World Qualifying Series (WQS) – by the greatest margin ever, and since booming into the spotlight, has not let up. Mick’s recognition hit the USA in a huge way when he won Surfer Of The Year at the 2002 ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards. Mick’s sights are set on many more WCT wins and ultimately the World Title and there’s no doubt that his powerful and dynamic style of surfing will take him there with ease.

Megan Abubo is one of the most well respected and well-recognized surfers on the WCT tour today, backed up by her second consecutive nomination for Female Surfer of the Year at the ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards. In 2000, Abubo won the Billabong/MSF pro in South Africa, breaking Layne Beachley’s 16-month hold on the #1 world ranking. Abubo finished 2nd in the world title race that year. Currently, Abubo is ranked in the top-ten on the WCT and is laser-focused on winning her first world championship. And keep your eyes peeled as Megan makes her way onto the silver screen as Michelle Rodriguez’s stunt double in Universal’s Blue Crush, a girls surf movie premiering in theatres this summer.

Currently representing over 30 professional action sports athletes from across the globe, IMS Sports represents a wide range of talent, from marquee names to the emerging superstars, with athletes such as Rune Glifberg (Skateboarding), Pat Channita (Skateboarding), Jamie Bestwick (BMX), Stephen Murray (BMX), Dustin Miller (Freestyle Motocross), Fabiola da Silva (Inline Skating), Shannon Dunn (Snowboarding), and Travis Rice (Snowboarding). Fanning and Abubo join other IMS Sports’ surfers Taj Burrow, Taylor Knox, and Brad Gerlach.

IMS Sports is a leading global sports and commercial rights management agency specializing in the action sports market. IMS Sports deals specifically with issues such as sponsorship sales, media coordination, contract negotiation, and image protection for its athletes, as well as licensing, merchandising, sponsorships, broadcast rights and more for its current properties including World Cup Skateboarding, the National Surf League (NSL) – an innovative new surf concept, the Boost Mobile Pro A.S.P. surf tour event and other action sports events currently being developed.