Elite camp set for April 2005

Top professional surfers {{{CJ}}} Hobgood and Damien Hobgood have chosen the 2005 attendees for their annual elite training camp set for April 6-11, in the Forsters area of NSW, Australia.

In just three years, Camp Hobgood has emerged as the preeminent training camp for America's most promising surfers. Camp Hobgood was established by the Hobgood brothers as a training tool and as a means of preparing future professionals for life on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Qualifying Series circuit. The ultimate goal of the Camp is to graduate more American surfers on to the ASP's major league World Championship Tour.

Candidates for Camp Hobgood are submitted by the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) based on their overall standings in their respective divisions. The top two surfers in each region's juniors and mens divisions are invited to send an essay to the Hobgood's telling them why they want to go to Camp Hobgood. From that group, C.J. and Damien pick an average of two surfers each from the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii. The reigning national champions in the juniors and mens divisions receive automatic invites. The chosen surfers are responsible for their own expenses getting to and from the Camp. Globe International, the major sponsor of both C.J. and Damien Hobgood, will be supporting the Camp and providing lodging for all attendees.

The Campers for 2005 will be: Dusty Payne of Maui, Hawaii
Jeremy Johnston of New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Eric Geiselman of New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Nick Rosa of Oxnard, California
Chris Waring of Seal Beach, California
Clay Marzo of Maui, Hawaii
and Dane Gudaskus of San Clemente, California.

"We're stoked to see the Camp evolve the way it has," said 2001 ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood. "We've had some great young surfers in the past, and this year's group looks to be another really good one."

"Like most surfers, C.J. and I were forced to learn as we went," said current ASP top 10 Damien Hobgood. "It's not easy traveling and going places you've never been and then having to worry about getting a result in your contest. Our whole focus has been to better prepare these young surfers for the grind of the WQS, and, given all the feedback, I think we are making a difference."

Camp Hobgood has enjoyed tremendous media exposure, and 2005 will be no different. SURFING Magazine is sending a crew to the Camp to provide photographic and written editorial coverage. The action sports network, FUEL, is also sending a team from the U.S. and will be documenting Camp Hobgood for a planned summertime show.

Camp Hobgood is managed and produced by Board {{{Sports}}} Management of Indialantic, Florida. Board Sports Management is the surfing world's leading athlete and event management agency. Additional information on the firm, its athletes and events can be found at www.boardsportsmanagement.com .

Additional information on C.J. and Damien Hobgood can be found at www.hobgoods.com.