Monster Energy Pro at the Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii Presented by Billabong Jan 27-Feb 10

Jan. 27 — Feb. 10, 2006
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
ASP 4-star WQS event
$75,000

WHAT:
The Monster energy Pro, presented by Billabong. A $75,000 ASP sanctioned 4-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) Surfing Event.

WHEN:
Friday, January 27 to Friday, February 10, 2006. To be held on the best three days of surf.

WHERE:
Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, HAWAII.

WHO:
The event will consist of a field of 162 professional surfers, from 11 countries, including former champions Pancho Sullivan (Hawaii) and Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii).

As one of the largest WQS events to be staged in Hawaii this year, and the first ASP world tour event in Hawaii for 2006, the monster energy Pro will provide aspiring local pro surfers with an excellent opportunity to commence their 2006 qualifying campaigns. It is only through the international WQS series that a surfer can qualify for the elite World Championship Tour — the tour that crowns surfing’s world champion. Pancho Sullivan was successful in his 2005 campaign after kick-starting it with a win in this event last year.

TITLE SPONSOR:
Monster Energy – www.monsterenergy.com Monster Energy was launched in 2002 and in just three short years has become the number two brand in the exploding energy drink category. Monster Energy provides consumers seeking a boost of energy to fuel their active lifestyle with a proprietary blend of vitamins, herbs and amino acids that packs a vicious punch with a smooth flavor that’s easy to pound down.

PRESENTING SPONSOR:
Billabong
www.billabong.com

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS:
Kmc Wheels
www.kmcwheels.com>www.kmcwheels.com
Kicker
www.kicker.com

PASTCHAMPS:
2005 — Pancho Sullivan (Hawaii)
2004 — Tom Dosland (Hawaii)
2003 — Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii)
2002 — Bruce Irons (Hawaii)
2001 — Bruce Irons (Hawaii)
2000 — Carlos Cabrero (P. Rico)
1999 — Derek Ho (Hawaii)
1998 — John Gomes (Hawaii)
1997 — John Gomes (Hawaii)
1996 — Andy Irons (Hawaii)
1995 — Dwayne Maki (USA)
1994 — Larry Rios (Hawaii)
1993 — Sunny Garcia (Hawaii)
1992 — Vetea David (Tahiti)
1991 — Derek Ho (Hawaii)
1990 — Liam McNamara (Hawaii)
1989 — Ronnie Burns (Hawaii)
1988 — Tony Moniz (Hawaii)
1987 — Aaron Napoleon (Hawaii)
1986 — Mickey Neilson (Hawaii) 1
985 — Kerry Terukina (Hawaii)

Honolulu, HAWAII — (Thursday, January 19, 2006) — The $75,000 Monster Energy Pro, presented by Billabong, will return to the famous Banzai Pipeline next Friday, with a holding period starting January 27, running through February 10, 2006. The event will be held on the biggest and best three days of surf.

In addition to world-class surfing action, this year’s Monster Energy Pro will also feature a variety of additional events including a traditional opening ceremony as well as live music and entertainment throughout the contest dates.

Over the past three years, the January/February time slot for this event has dished up the most perfect and large surf possible at Pipeline. Last year, the event enjoyed perfect, barreling rides in the range of 8-12 feet, showcasing world-class talent at the world’s premier surf location.

An Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, the Monster Energy Pro will offer critical points to professional surfers looking to qualify for the elite World Championship Tour (WCT). It is only through strong performances on the WQS tour that surfers can graduate to the WCT — the tour that crowns surfing’s world champion each year.

For Hawaii surfers in particular, this event is one of their best chances of securing points on home ground. It worked a dream for North Shore surfer Pancho Sullivan last February. His victory in the Monster Energy Pro set him on the road that ended in a coveted spot on the WCT by the close of 2005.

The Monster Energy Pro will feature 162 of the world’s top professional surfers from a dozen countries, with Sullivan heading the field.

Additional events include:

Jan. 26th, – Hawaiian activist Tom Pohaku will be conducting the opening blessing. Joining Tom, Charlie Ka’upu – a highly respected kumu hula, kahuna, Hawaiian historian, and chanter, will fly in from Maui to chant at the opening of the event.

January 26th, February 2nd, & 9th- Monster Thursdays at Breakers Restaurant in Haleiwa Town. Offering Monster specials, Hip Hop and R&B with goods and prizes.

January 29th, Noon till 5:00. Kickoff party in the Park (Sunset Beach Elementary School opposite Ehukai Beach Park). Featuring several of the best ska, rock and reggae bands, including:
Canefield Hero
Neken
Blacksquare
THC/Humble Soul
Natural Vibrations

Included will be food booths, autograph signing by the pros, prizes by Monster Energy, Billabong, Kicker, KMC Wheels and surf shops from throughout Haleiwa and the north shore.

The Monster Energy Pro will be broadcast live on the web on days of competition. The event will be held on the three (3) biggest and best days of surf during the period of January 27 to February 10, 2006. To watch it unfold live, tune into either of the following sites on contest day:

www.monsterenergypro.com
www.aspworldtour.com
www.billabongpro.com
www.surfline.com

Monster Energy was launched in 2002 and in just three short years has become the number two brand in the exploding energy drink category. Monster Energy provides consumers seeking a boost of energy to fuel their active lifestyle with a proprietary blend of vitamins, herbs and amino acids that packs a vicious punch with a smooth flavor that’s easy to pound down.

Presenting sponsor of the Monster Energy Pro is Billabong — billabong.com

Associate sponsors of the Monster Energy Pro are KMC Wheels — kmcwheels.com — and Kicker — kicker.com

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!