After an impressive weekend of overhead sets at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach, post-hurricane swell is lingering just enough to welcome the noseriders into the lineup for a classic event this weekend, September 7 – 9th, 2012. The Malibu Surfing Association‘s MSA Classic Invitational kicks off featuring an iconic noseriding competition with over 280 international longboard competitors.
One of California’s first surfing clubs, MSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fellowship of surfing and to the stewardship of Malibu Surfrider Beach. Their special event welcomes a jam packed weekend, in addition, hosting a benefit contest of a different sort. Formal world champion surfers, such as American pro surfers Tom Curren and Lisa Anderson, are set to attend a special surf-tag benefit contest to support Surf Aid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.
The Malibu Surfing Association’s Classic Invitational is the United States’ most prestigious club-level surfing contest and premier event in the Coalition of Surﬁng Clubs annual series, with divisions for male and female surfers. This sustainable-focused MSA surfing contest demonstrates their heavy contribution to the Los Angeles community, and dedication to the well-being of Malibu residents. Invited athletes representing surﬁng clubs from around the world come will compete at First Point, one of surﬁng’s legendary waves.
“We will be holding the first noseriding contest at Malibu in over eight years and the first ever Longboard tag event on Friday, Sept. 7 to kick off the weekend,” reports John Hinkle, MSA Member, to The Surf Channel. “The best noseriders in the contest will be going head to head for bragging rights… We have over 280 surfers competing from Australia, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Hawaii, Virginia Beach, and California clubs from San Diego to Santa Cruz.”
Hinkle expressed his gratitude for the strong partners this year to the MSA non-profit organization, including SurfAid International. Shawn Thompson and Simon Anderson are also reported confirmed to participate in the SurfAid Tag.
“I’m so stoked on the event this year!” Hinkle added.
Based on the enormous success of the BlackBerry SurfAid Cup events in Australia in Sydney and Margaret River, SurfAid USA presents the Malibu SurfAid Cup on Saturday September 8th, 2012, as part of the MSA Classic Invitational. The tag-team competition will involve eight teams, each fundraising for SurfAid with a minimum of $5,000 to enter. Each SurfAid Cup team in order of their fundraising total will get to pick a pro surfer to join them, for a total of five surfers per team. The teams will then compete in one-hour heats, with four teams battling out the final.
Pro surfers confirmed to compete include three-time ASP world champion Tom Curren, four-time ASP women’s world champion Lisa Andersen, 1976 world champion Peter Townend, 1977 world champion Shaun Tomson, and Courtney Conlogue, who is currently rated number four on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
“SurfAid is a great organization that I really believe in,” said Californian aritst, Eric Abel, responsible for creating the event artwork and will also be releasing a limited edition print to raise money for SurfAid. “I’ve surfed the areas of Indonesia they work in and really respect what they are doing. I was so stoked when they asked me to do the event artwork and I wanted to find a way to contribute more to their cause. With the print, we can raise money before and after the event. It also gives people a visual representation of how they’re helping such an important effort.”
In 2011, the MSA Classic Invitational was held under cloudy skies with a fading, 1-3’ swell. In small, playful conditions which placed a premium on strategy and in-form surfing the Hawai’i Longboard Federation (HLF), representing surfers from across the state, won the MSA Classic Invitational Team Overall trophy. This was HLF’s first win as they placed nine surfers in division finals. HLF team members Mike Kohles took first in the Men 50+ and junior-age Honolua Bloomfield won both her Women U17 and Women’s Open Shortboard divisions. HLF’s 2011 MSA Classic Invitational crown was only the second time in the past ten years the Malibu Surfing Association didn’t win its home contest.
Said Michael Blum, MSA President, “Our team was certainly hoping for a better result. That’s that. We congratulate the Hawaii Longboard Federation on their well deserved win. We’re privileged to have them — as surfers, friends, and ambassadors of Hawai’i — participate in our event.”
Aside from the club competition, guests saw top-shelf professional surfing with two mini-events. Alex Knost won the sixth installment, and first SoCal stop, of the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational longboard contest. In the Jim Beam Surftag California contest Team Olas (Ventura, CA) outlasted the Malibu All Stars, Happy Endings, and Bro Pro teams. The Olas team included professional riders: Cory Arrambide, Matt King, the McCabe Brothers, and Adam Virs.
Said Blum, “It’s a privilege for us to annually host one of the only contests at First Point. Thanks to our friends and partners who joined us for the weekend and to members of Malibu’s surfing community who’ve helped to make this one of the world’s most famous waves.”
Events during the 2012 MSA Classic Invitational are free of charge and open to the public. Early rounds begin Friday, September 7th and run through Sunday, September 9th.