Date: January 30, 2016
WIN A TRIP TO COSTA RICA FOR FOUR (4) with $1,000 AIRFARE CREDIT – The TGSA All-Star Team is raising funds for the current team’s trip to California in March. They are holding a raffle for a trip to Costa Rica for four (4) with $1,000 airfare credit and lodging at Casa Verde, a home in Playa Grande only steps from the beach. For full details visit the news section
Date: December 23, 2015
Texas Gulf Surfing Association would to wish everyone a Happy and Surf filled Christmas and New Year holiday. We would like to thank all of our members, competitors and sponsors for making 2015 another great year and look forward to 2016. The second half of the 2015/2016 season will kick off in Galveston on February 20/21, 2016 followed by South Padre Island on March 5/6, 2016 and the Texas State Surfing Championships Presented by the Texas Surf Museum on April 9/10, 2016.
Date: December 11, 2015
THE PORT ARANSAS OPEN has been CALLED ON for this weekend, December 12th & 13th!
Volunteers please show up at 7:00 AM for setup and beach check-in will begin at 7:30 AM. First heat in the water at 8:30 AM sharp. Beach entries will be accepted for open slots only.
Preliminary Order of Events – Please watch the heat board for any changes and be prepared for possible weather delays.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Date: December 4, 2015
The Port Aransas Open scheduled for December 5th and 6th has been POSTPONED due to non-contestable conditions forecast for Saturday at Horace Caldwell Pier. This event will take two days and current and forecast conditions for Saturday are not. The event is pushed to next Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th. Some slots are still available so get your entries in.
If the event does not run next weekend, it will be pushed to the spring and we will go into the winter break.
Date: November 17, 2015
Online Registration for the Port Aransas Open is now open. Please get your registration in asap.
This event will have a two week window to run. If it does not run in this period, it will be move to the back of the schedule.
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 email@example.com with your desired divisions listed as well as your intent to pay on the beach. Deadline for signups prior to the contest is 12 noon on Thursday, December 3rd. 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.
ALL-STAR FUNDRAISER SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, 6:00 PM
As Most of you know, we got flooded out because of bad weather for the scheduled TGSA Fundraiser in October. We have a new date! TGSA Fundraiser will be this Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Doc’s Seafood on Padre Island. Please help support our local Texas All-Star’s from the Texas Gulf Surfing Association. “LIVE MUSIC” by: Blind Owls (6-9:30pm) SURF FLICK– (One Track Mind), SILENT AUCTION, RAFFLES (including a donated board by local shaper: Caleb Bass) & ART SHOW. Cover charge will be: $10.00 (adults) $5.00 (14 & under) Location: Doc’s Seafood–13309 S. Padre Island Dr. just over the JFK Causeway on the Island. You can’t miss out on this epic event! If you have items to donate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All the funds go to the 2015 TGSA All-Star Team as they prep for their 2016 spring break trip.
Matagorda Open Results are now available. A full event wrap up will be posted soon.
Current Season Standings as of November 15, 2015
Date: October 23, 2015
TGSA ALL-STAR FUNDRAISER POSTPONED – The TGSA All-Star Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, October 24th has been postponed due to flooded conditions surrounding Doc’s Seafood and Steaks. A new date will be posted as soon as we are able to confirm availability.
Date: September 11, 2015
South Padre Island Open has been called off due to minimal non contestable surf.
The South Padre Island Open has been called off due to minimal non contestable surf. This event will now be move to the back of the schedule in February / March 2016. A new date will be posted as soon as possible. Next event is the Packery Channel Open to be held October 10th/11th. If you wish, your SPI Open entries will be rolled over to the Packery Channel Open.
More event details will be published in the near future.
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 email@example.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)
TGSA Recruiting New Contest Judges
Are you interested in becoming a TGSA contest judge? Go here for more information.