Date: October 30, 2014
The South Padre Island Open is be set as the designated contest venue for this weekend, November 1st and 2nd. The event call will be made no later than noon on Friday, October 31, 2014. Please monitor the TGSA website and FaceBook for more information.
Date: October 24, 2014
TGSA has POSTPONED the called contest for this weekend due to small and dropping surf all weekend in South Padre Island and Galveston. This contest will take 1-1/2 days to run based on current entries. Next call will be November 1st/2nd. The schedule will remain floating and the contest venue will be posted on Thursday October 30th and the contest will be called on or off on Friday October 31st.
The TGSA Schedule will remain floating between the Galveston Open and the South Padre Island Open. Galveston will hold priority in the call, however if no surf is forecast for Galveston, but there is for South Padre Island, we will run South Padre Island. Fees currently paid up for Galveston will transfer to South Padre Island. If you do not surf South Padre Island, your fees will stay with the Galveston event. TGSA will make every attempt to post the intended location for the call on Thursday evening and then make the final call as always on Friday before noon.
If you are not registered for Galveston, but do intend on surfing South Padre Island, you may register for SPI On-Line
Limited slots for Galveston are still available by beach entry only.
If you are on a team, it is still your responsibility to make sure you have been registered by your team. Please confirm with your team which fees are and are not being covered by the team.
TGSA Recruiting New Contest Judges
Are you interested in becoming a TGSA contest judge? Go here for more information.
TGSA Kicks of its 26th Season of Competition with the Galveston Open Presented by Underground Surf Depot
TGSA will kick off the association’s 26th season of competition with the Galveston Open, presented by Underground Surf Depot. First call for this opening event will be September 13th/14th and it will take place along the Galveston Seawall at the 47th Street Jetties. Next up on the schedule will be the South Padre Island Open presented by the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tentative first call for this event will be October 11th/12th. Be sure to sign up for your 2014/2015 membership and get registered for the Galveston Open.
The TGSA board has been busy preparing for the 2014/2015 season and most recently held the Galveston and Corpus Christi Grom Roundups sponsored by Texas Surf Camps. Many thanks go out to Morgan Faulkner and his crew for helping put on two great events. The Galveston event hosted over 30 groms and the Corpus Christi event had over 65 entries. 53 groms that participated in Corpus Christi were first time participants in a TGSA event. These events are held to recruit new competitors and it looks like there might be a great new group coming up in the near future.
The TGSA All-star team has been busy as well. The group helped put on the Corpus Christi Grom Roundup by helping judge, running the flags, help young groms and parents in the water and just doing whatever was needed to do. We also want to thank the All-star parents for there help throughout the day and especially Ram Villegas and Darrin Brown for cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs for the contestants and parents. Thanks also go out to the Atomic Omelette & Grill and the James Greer Foundation for donating the food that was cooked up. Participants at both Grom Roundups graciously donated the All-star team and have put them well on the way to raising the necessary funds for their winter surf trip. Be sure to check out the team and coaches on the All-stars webpage.
Representatives of the James Greer Foundation were also on hand for the ceremonial presentation of the 2014 James Greer Memorial Scholarship to Coral Earwood. The $1,000 scholarship will go a long ways in helping Coral progress through her first year at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and TGSA is proud to be a partner with JGF in providing this annual scholarship through funds raised at the Cinco de Mayo Longboard Pro surf contest. This scholarship is available to any TGSA member who is a graduating high school senior or junior and going onto college. Be sure to watch for information throughout the year regarding applications and requirements.
TGSA looks forward to kicking off the season and we hope to see everyone at Galveston on September 13th/14th.
TGSA Post 2014/2015 Competition Schedule – Updated
The TGSA Board of Directors approved the 2014/2015 competition schedule at the annual board meeting. Click here for the full schedule. Registration links will be up ASAP.
TGSA Partners with Texas Surf Camps to Bring the 2014 TGSA Grom Roundup Tour
TGSA and Texas Surf Camps are partnering to bring the Galveston and Corpus Christi Grom Roundups to the Texas surfing community. These events are open to all Groms and Gromettes 13 years of age and under as of January 1, 2015.
The Grom Roundups are geared towards giving kids new to the sport of surfing an opportunity to surf in a contest scenario and learn what a TGSA event is about. Entry priority will be given to new competitors. All novices will be surfing in their own divisions for trophies and medals, while our experienced TGSA members will be surfing in separate exhibition heats. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces at the beach in Galveston. Come see what it is all about
The first event will be held Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Galveston Island State Park on the west end of the island. TGSA recognizes the short time between the contest and posting, so please get your entries in asap. Follow this link to a downloadable form that you can fill out and scan or fax back to TGSA for entry. You can also simply send in an email with the required information on the form as well. Please send all entries to email@example.com or fax to (866) 308-4920.
The second stop for the TGSA / Texas Surf Camps Grom Tour will be Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi. Follow this link to a downloadable form that you can fill out and scan or fax back to TGSA for entry. You can also simply send in an email with the required information on the form as well. Please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (866) 308-4920.