U.S Military and British Army to compete in Red Bull Rivals Surf Tournament

Top Military Surfers to Face Off at Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Beach Resort on May 24

Del Mar Beach Resort, South of Tower 1 on Camp Pendleton
More info available at: mccsCP.com/athletics

Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 7am-12pm

On Saturday May 24th, the Red Bull Rivals International Surf Competition will visit the rivalry between the best United States Military and British Army surf teams. This one-day contest will showcase twelve surfers from each country battling it out in a head-to-head surf competition in the restricted waters of Del Mar Jetty at Camp Pendleton. With both team’s try-out and selection process completed, both teams are now practicing for battle. This will be the 4th year that Red Bull Rivals will be returning to Camp Pendleton but it will be the first with the international component. The event will be open to the public but civilians will need a valid drivers license along with valid registration and insurance for their car in order to access the base on event day.

Instead of a traditional prize purse, the teams will compete for each other’s surfboards used in the competition (similar to racing for pink slips) as well as ultimate bragging rights. Unique to this contest, surfers will compete using a modified version of the National Surf League’s game format, similar to a four-inning baseball game. One country’s team will surf in the top half of the inning and the other team will surf in the bottom half of the inning. The total inning score will consist of each active surfer’s highest scoring wave. Each team will consist of 12 athletes with seven to eight active surfers participating in each inning. Additionally, there are five timeouts allotted to each team for the entire game that will add an extra element of strategy as the competitors can use it to wait out a lull in the surf or allow an athlete to get into scoring position. The team with the highest cumulative score at the end of the four innings will give up their surfboards to the winning team.

United States Military Surf Team
MSgt Eric Franklin (USMC), MGySgt Jay Michael Auwae (USMC), LCDR John Bannon (Coast Guard), GySgt Michael Steven (USMC), Captain Josh Showalter (USMC), E-4 Robin DagDag (Navy), AWR1 Nick Barringer (Navy), 2nd Class Petty Officer Kristopher Grimm (Coast Guard), AD3/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Dane Lee Gabriel (Navy), ADC Vincent Negrin (Navy), MK2 Mathew Merel (Coast Guard), Petty Officer Third Class Kuilee Murphy (Coast Guard), Sgt Travis Nardi (USMC), HM1 Randy Adalin (Navy)

British Army Surf Team
Capt Richard Griffiths, Capt Clyde Bundy, Capt Joseph Robinson, Capt Thomas Harrison, Capt Nicholas Davis, Captain Simon Davies, WO2 Dean Jones, SPR Harvey Brennan, SGT Joseph Burrell, LCPL Kit Calvert, SGT Orm Sharman-Courtney, CAPT Michael Peters

Red Bull is a proud sponsor of Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Camp Pendleton.  No Federal endorsement is implied.

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