Caption: The world's best longboarders will compete in New Jersey as part of the Atlantic City Longboard Surfing Invitational in September. - Image: ASP
SANTA MONICA, California/USA (Thursday, August 21, 2014): For three days in September Atlantic City will play host to the Atlantic City Longboard Surfing Invitational. This specialty longboard event will see the world’s best male and female longboarders take to the waters of Atlantic City from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, 2014.
Atlantic City boasts beautiful beachbreaks with both the waves and the city offering the perfect location for a longboard event. The Association of Surfing Professionals has invited a selection of the best surfers from around the world to take part in the competition, which will run on the beach near Pennsylvania Avenue. The Atlantic City Longboard Surfing Invitational is produced with support by the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).
Atlantic City has a storied history with professional surfing, previously hosting the OP Atlantic City Pro in 1983 where Wes Laine defeated Bud Llamas to take victory. This inaugural longboard event in Atlantic City will see an international field of 16 male and 8 female surfers, led by Taylor Jensen, Kelia Moniz, Steve Newton and Jennifer Smith, compete for a prize fund of $15,000 and $7,500 respectively in front of a capacity crowd.
“We’re really excited to announce the Atlantic City Longboard Surfing Invitational,” ASP CEO, Paul Speaker said. “Atlantic City is known for its casinos but people often forget that it’s also on the ocean and we want to celebrate this fact by bringing the world’s best longboarders here to compete.”
The event will also feature a free concert on the beach from revered hip-hop blues artist G. Love on Saturday, 20 September at 5:30 p.m. Before the main act there will be DJs on the beach from 1 until 4 p.m. followed by an opening band at 4:30 p.m.
“I grew up in Atlantic City and the surf culture all along the East Coast, from New York to Maryland, is really interesting and this event is a great opportunity to bring that community together”, said ASP COO Matt McCabe.
The contest window is open between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day and the event will run during the best conditions over the three days. Go to aspworldtour.com for more information.