Seal Beach Surfing Championships are on

The annual Seal Beach Surfing Championships will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21,  and Sunday, Jan. 22, at the city’s main beach.

For the last 14 years the Seal Beach Lifeguard Association has held the event to raise money for local charities.  This year, the association donated $5,000 to the Seal Beach Victims’ Fund in support of the members of the community affected by the Salon Meritage tragedy.

Sponsors for the 2012 Seal Beach Surfing Championships include:  Kanvas by Katin Surf Shop, Monstrositee LLC., Surfrider Foundation, Harbor Surfboards, Bruce Jones Surfboards, Chas Surfboards, Foam-EZ, R Payne Surfbaords, Labreau Shapes and Designs, Arbor Skateboards, Body Glove, Smith Optics, Champion Chiropractic, Get In The Wild,, Seal Multi, Z Pizza, Hennessey’s Seal Beach, Yucatan Grill, and hopefully more to come.

The Surfing Championships divisions will include:

Men’s Shortboard, Men’s Longboard, Master’s Shortboard, Master’s Longboard, Seniors, Women, Juniors, Grom and Menehune. This year contest directors have added a new “Best Trick Contest” presented by Body Glove.

The format will consist of a 30-minute heat and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

With each entry, every surfer will receive a contest T-shirt and a meal at the awards banquet.  Sign-up forms can be found at local businesses, surf shops, and at the Seal Beach Lifeguard Headquarters (at 888 Ocean Avenue).  Competitors can also go to our website:, and download a sign-up form.