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Date: May 11, 2016

It’s been a busy month for TGSA Competitors with the completion of the South Padre Island Open and the Texas State Championships on April 30th and May 1st and then followed up by the Cinco de Mayo Longboard Pro!  If you want to take your game to the next level and see where you stack up, then take a look at your opportunities at the Volcom TCT Global Championships and the National Scholastic Surfing Association Championships.  Be sure to check out all of the complete information in our News Section.

Be sure to check out the Texas State Surfing Championships Wrap Up in the new section.  Complete TSSC results and final season standings are now posted.

Date: April 29, 2016

TexasSurfMuseumTHE TEXAS STATE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS Presented by The Texas Surf Museum first call has been CALLED ON for April 30th / May 1, 2016 at Bob Hall Pier!

Volunteers show up for setup at 7:15 AM, Sign in starts at 8:00 AM and first heat in the water at 9:00 AM sharp.

Beach entries will be taken for open slots only.   A preliminary order of events will be posted as soon as possible.

Please remember all fees that you may owe must be current with TGSA.

Date: April 13, 2016

TexasSurfMuseumTHE TEXAS STATE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS Presented by The Texas Surf Museum first call has been set April 30th / May 1, 2016!

Online Registration for the Texas State Surfing Championships  is now open.  Please get your registration in asap.

Please remember all fees that you may owe must be current with TGSA.

We need your help in order to properly and efficiently plan the TGSA contests.  If you are planning to surf this event, please sign up online  or by downloading our entry form asap so that we can prepare for the contest.  If you do not have access to sign up online or to download our form, please send your entry information to jul.polansky@grandecom.net with your desired divisions listed as well as your intent to pay on the beach.  Deadline for signups prior to the contest is 4:oo PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  If you do not send your information in to TGSA you may miss out.  Beach entries will only be accepted for open slots and we will not add an additional heats, with the exception of Open Shortboard and Open Longboard.  Please get your entries in as soon as possible.

Date: April 12, 2016

Results for the South Padre Island Open presented by the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau will be posted ASAP as well as point standings going into the Texas State Surfing Championships.

TexasSurfMuseumFIRST CALL for the TEXAS STATE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS presented by TEXAS SURF MUSEUM will be April 30/May 1.  We will have registration links posted asap.  More details will come out shortly……. Look for details here and on TGSA Facebook.

 

Date: April 8, 2016

SPICVB-webTHE SOUTH PADRE ISLAND OPEN Presented by South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureaul has been CALLED ON at Isla Blanca Park!   Volunteers show up for setup at 8:00 AM, Sign in starts at 8:30 AM and first heat in the water at 10:00 AM sharp.

Beach entries will be taken for open slots only.   A preliminary order of events will be posted as soon as possible, but we will start with our younger age divisions and longboard divisions.  Swell will build through out the day Saturday and looks to be a fun weekend.

PRELIMINARY ORDER OF EVENTSThis order is preliminary and is subject to change.  The finals schedule will be posted at the event.

Date: April 1, 2016

SPICVB-webTHE SOUTH PADRE ISLAND OPEN Presented by South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau first call has been CALLED OFF for the weekend April 2nd/3rd.   After much discussion and discussions with local people, TGSA  has been decided to postpone due to wind and surf conditions forecast for Saturday and the length of time needed to run the event.  The Event has been pushed to next weekend April 9th/10th.

Please remember you must be a TGSA member before you can participate in a competitive event. You may sign up online or download our membership form and waiver.  As a reminder to members and surfers in the South Padre Island area, in order to surf the Texas State Championships, you must surf at least one event during the regular season, so don’t miss out.

We need your help in order to properly and efficiently plan the TGSA contests.  If you are planning to surf this event, please sign up online asap so that we can prepare for the contest.  If you do not have access to sign up online, please send your entry information to jul.polansky@grandecom.net with your desired divisions listed as well as your intent to pay on the beach.  Deadline for signups prior to the contest is 4:oo PM on Wednesday, prior to the event.  If you do not send your information in to TGSA you may miss out.  Beach entries will only be accepted for open slots and we will not add an additional heats, with the exception of Open Shortboard and Open Longboard.  Please get your entries in as soon as possible.

Date: February 28, 2016

SPICVB-webTHE SOUTH PADRE ISLAND OPEN Presented by South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau first call has been set APRIL 2nd / 3rd, 20a6!

Online Registration for the South Padre Island Open  is now open.  Please get your registration in asap.

Please remember you must be a TGSA member before you can participate in a competitive event. You may sign up online or download our membership form and waiver.  As a reminder to members and surfers in the South Padre Island area, in order to surf the Texas State Championships, you must surf at least one event during the regular season, so don’t miss out.

We need your help in order to properly and efficiently plan the TGSA contests.  If you are planning to surf this event, please sign up online asap so that we can prepare for the contest.  If you do not have access to sign up online, please send your entry information to jul.polansky@grandecom.net with your desired divisions listed as well as your intent to pay on the beach.  Deadline for signups prior to the contest is 4:oo PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2016If you do not send your information in to TGSA you may miss out.  Beach entries will only be accepted for open slots and we will not add an additional heats, with the exception of Open Shortboard and Open Longboard.  Please get your entries in as soon as possible.

The Galveston Open Results and current Season Standings are now posted.

Date: February 23, 2016

The Galveston Open presented by Underground Surf Depot was held this past weekend.  Surf was small, but the day was beautiful and a good turnout was on hand for the event.  A full recap will be available soon along with full results and standings.

Next up is the South Padre Island Open presented by the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.  First call is set for April 2/3, 2016.  We will have our online registration up asap and look forward to having a great event down south.   First call for the Texas State Surfing Championships presented by Texas Surf Museum will be 2 weeks after the SPI Open, tentatively April 16/17, 2016 at Bob Hall Pier.  Please follow the website and Facebook for updates as they occur.

Updated TGSA Events Schedule

TGSA All-Star Costa Rica Raffle Drawing to be held Saturday, February 27th.  The winning ticket for the TGSA All-Star Costa Rica Raffle drawing will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 3:00 PM at Wind and Wave Surf Shop.  We invite everyone to come out to Wind and Wave and witness the drawing to see who the lucky winner is.  Special thanks go out to Frank and Nathan Floyd for their support at our last two fundraisers by providing the video and projection for those events.  Come on out the the shop and have a great time visiting with the All-Stars and the surf community.  Thank you to everyone that has purchased tickets and provided donations to the other fundraisers. The team is looking forward to their trip out to California March 11th through March 18th.

Date: August 2, 2015

TEXAS GULF SURFING ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF ITS 27TH YEAR OF COMPETITIVE SURFING

Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA) board of directors met on July 26th for its annual board meeting and planning session for the 2015/2016 season.  Lots of great discussion took place and taking into consideration the concerns and ideas of TGSA members, the upcoming season will bring changes and the opportunity to make this the best season ever.  A season schedule has been set, qualifications for the Texas State Surfing Championships (TSSC) changed to allow the event to be the biggest of the year, and All-Star selection criteria firmed up to follow the criteria for the past season from now on.

The schedule of events and call for contests have perhaps been the biggest concern for most of the TGSA membership.  Beginning this year, the TGSA schedule will be set and contest will be cancelled for flat conditions only.  If a contest is cancelled, it will be moved to the back of the schedule and the schedule will resume as set.  This change will allow the TGSA membership and volunteer staff to plan their activities accordingly and not allow events to be postponed for week after week.  The TGSA board fully recognizes that some events may be run in minimal surf conditions, but also feels that this is part of a competitive season.  The season schedule includes events along the entire Texas coast and will make qualifying for TSSC equally attainable for the entire TGSA membership.  The 2015/2016 Schedule of events is listed below.

The TGSA board feels that the Texas State Surfing Championships should be the biggest event of the competitive season and has taken steps to bring this forward and give an equal opportunity for all members to qualify for the event.  Any TGSA member will be eligible for the TSSC if they 1) are a current 2015/2016 member and 2) compete in a minimum of one open event during the regular season.  Ratings will remain an important part of the qualification standards.  The highest ranking competitors of any said division will be automatically seeded into either Quarter rounds or Semi-final rounds, depending on the number of competitors in each division and all other remaining contestants will be competing in qualifying rounds to secure positions in either the Quarter or Semi-final rounds.  In divisions with a large number of participants, the top eight (8) seeded competitors will be seeded in Quarter rounds and in divisions with lesser participants, the top four (4) seeded competitors will be seeded in Semi-final rounds.  Detailed qualification guidelines will be announced prior to the season’s first contest.

The 2014 All-Star Team brought the return of an important part of TGSA back to the forefront.  With the support of many, the team took a week-long trip to Southern California with Coaches Morgan Faulkner and Zach May this past March.  Lots of great experience was gained and well as lots of insightful conversation with the likes of Josh Sleigh, Futures Factory and a visit to the Aftermath Factory.  A full detailed summary of the trip is way over due, but we will get it out soon.  The 2015 All-Star Team was named at the 2015 TSSC and was done so on the following criteria.  One member was chosen from the Menehune Girls and Boys; two members from the Boys, Girls, Junior Men and Junior Women; and one member from Men, Women, and Men and Women Longboard.  The top slots where given to the winner of said division at the TSSC and the second slot was given to the member with the most points.  If the TSSC champion also had the most points, the next ranked individual was given the next slot for the divisions in which two members where selected.  This will be the continued criteria from this time forward and TGSA looks forward the fierce competition for these slots during the 2015/2016 season.  2015 All-Stars are: Isabelle Kryger (Menehune Girls); Dallas Cunningham (Menehune Boys); Maddie Garlough and Aransas Blaha (Girls); Ian Appling and Bradley Blades (Boys); Alana Greenwood and Cassandra Huff (Junior Women); Kelly Scroggs and Hank Cunningham (Junior Men); Coral Earwood (Women); Nathan Floyd (Men); Olive Smith (Women Longboard); and Morgan Faulkner (Men Longboard).  Congratulations to all of the team!

Sponsorships……… Sponsorship is a big part of TGSA’s ability to operate throughout the year.  If you are interested in sponsoring an event, a blanket sponsorship throughout the year or any other portion of TGSA operations, please contact John Blaha at jdblaha.tgsa@gmail.com for more information.

The TGSA Board thanks its entire membership for their continued support, the support of event sponsors and for bringing your concerns and ideas to the board.  We sincerely hope that the 2015/2016 season is the best ever and look forward to getting it kicked off in August with the Grom Roundups and in September with the South Padre Island Open.  The 2015/2016 schedule is as follows.

August 15th – Galveston Grom Roundup – Galveston Island State Park (watch for details within the next few days)

August 22nd – Port Aransas Grom Roundup – Horace Caldwell Pier, Port Aransas (watch for details within the next few days)

September 12th/13th – South Padre Island Open

September 26th – Volcom (Bob Hall Pier)

October 10th/11th – Packery Channel Open

November 7th/8th – Matagorda Open

December 5th/6th – Port Aransas Open

February 20th/21st – Galveston Open

April 9th/10th – Texas State Surfing Championships @ Bob Hall Pier

May TBA – Cinco de Mayo Longboard ProAm

February 27th through March 19th will be reserved for make-up events.

Blackout dates – Thanksgiving (November 28th/29th), Spring Break (March 12th/13th 19th/20th) & Easter (March 26th/27th)
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TGSA Recruiting New Contest Judges

Are you interested in becoming a TGSA contest judge?  Go here for more information.

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