American Pro Surfing Series Finals in Huntington Beach this Weekend

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This Saturday, December 15th, the third and final event of the American Pro Surfing Series 2012 (APSS), will hit the south side of the Huntington Beach pier.  With a decent swell forecasted for this coming weekend and two competitions completed last April and September, APSS will solidify the series champion in the final event this weekend!


Nick Melanson rides for Body Glove.

Young Body Glove team rider, Nick Melanson, scoping out the scene at the American Pro Surfing Series event #2 in Huntington Beach, CA. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Q





Industry veteran, Scott Waring, created the homegrown surf series to offer opportunities for domestic surfers to compete locally.  With a tempting prize purse and tons of local bragging rights, some of Southern California’s best will head down to Huntington Beach this weekend to battle for series title. 



Kaleigh Gilchrist competes in the American Pro Surfing Series.

Kaleigh Gilchrist will be competing once again this weekend in Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, California. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk



The current APSS rankings have Torrey Meister and Erica Hosseini, leading the pack, however, Meister is unable to attend the event, leaving the first place position up for grabs.  Confirmed competitors include Chris Ward (2nd in series), Chris Waring (3rd in series), Kilian Garland (9th in series), Nate Yeomans, Michael Dunphy and Surfing America wildcard Kanoa Igarashi.  The female competitors will include, Erica Hosseini (1st in series), Meah Collins (2nd in series), Kaleigh Gilchrist (4th in series), Lisa Anderson (7th in series), and Surfing America wildcard Samantha Lamirand. 


Chris Waring and Torrey Meister. Surf Channel.

It will be an intense battle for the men’s division this weekend with Chris Waring entering with a win at event #2 and the APSS event rankings lead, Torrey Meister, unable to attend.  Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk


The competition will be formatted to four-man heats with 50 percent elimination, starting with 32 men and 16 women.  You can view the live webcast here!


Sponsors for the American Pro Surfing Series will include Chiquita, Honda, Solspot, Matunas, Zico, Sierra Nevada, J7 Surfboards, Pura Vida Tequila, Aladdin Surf Mag, Dizm Eyewear, Taco Surf, Banzai Bowls, Printech, Sandy’s Beach and Ghetto Juice Magazine.



Legendary competitor, Lisa Anderson, will be competing in the series’ final event this saturday. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Q


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As a college graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Emily enters the world with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a passion for surfing, cultural diversity and serving others.


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