The first No Fear Punk Pro-Am of 2007 will commence at T Street in San Clemente , California, on Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28. However, while first two editions of this unique contest hosted surfers aged 19 and under, for 2007 the Punk Pro-Am will now welcome surfers aged 25 and under.
“We still consider a guy under 25 as an emerging pro surfer,” explains No Fear Vice of Marketing Britt Galland. “The whole idea of the No Fear Punk Pro-Am is to embrace the emerging sector of young professional surfers. With the success of the Punk Pro, along with its unique format, we started hearing that more guys out there — guys over 19 — wanted to be able to participate and have a shot at making some money. Once we started thinking about it, we thought the guys between 19 and 25 should be included, too.”
The No Fear Punk Pro-Am’s format has been purpose-built to shock the system. Like the two previous renditions, the T Street Punk Pro will boast 24 pods of four surfers each (with 16 advancing).
The contest will then boil down to four pods of 16 (eight advance), two pods of 16 (eight advance), and a 16-man final consisting of four, four-man heats. The last No Fear Punk Pro-Am, which ran in heavy 6-to-8-foot surf at Huntington Beach on Saturday, December 9th, was a full-on testimonial for what the concept of the No Fear Punk Pro-Am is all about.
“The Huntington Punk Pro was great,” says Galland. “What was good about it was that the contest ran in big, heavy surf. Factor in the Punk Pro format and it wasn’t your typical surf contest where you try and ride two long waves as long as you can. The Punk Pro let the guys surf so many times that they could be innovative and try radical manouvres. The Punk Pro was, and is, much more conducive to free surfing.”