San Clemente, CA - January 14, 2008
- Ocean Minded team rider Greg Long was crowned champion of the 2008 Mavericks Surf Contest after overcoming a field of 23 other world-class surfers, in 25-30 foot waves. Greg showed maturity beyond his 24 years as he successfully navigated his way through two heats before reaching the Final, where he posted a perfect 10 point ride in the tricky conditions at the legendary surf spot.
“Winning this contest is a dream come true, but it’s even more fulfilling to be able to surf Mavs with all the guys who ride it the best”, said a very humble Long, who rode a 9’6 gun shaped by Chris Christenson. He used the board and his big wave experience to defeat Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, Jamie Sterling, Grant Washburn, Evan Slater, and Tyler Smith in the Final. The Finalists all agreed to split the prize purse, making the day even more special for the competitors, contest organizers and fans, alike.
Greg, a native of San Clemente, California, is no stranger to the victor’s podium or large surf. His past accomplishments include winning the Red Bull contest at the notorious ‘Dungeons’ in South Africa as well as taking top honors in Billabong’s XXL contest for riding a 65 foot wave in 2006. He has also been a US National Champion and recently surfed Waimea, Mavericks, Ghost Tree, and Todos Santos, all during the same swell. Previous to the Mavericks contest, Greg was part of a small crew that successfully ventured 100 miles offshore to surf the mysterious (and extremely dangerous) Cortes Bank.
“Greg has been part of the Ocean Minded family for the past 10 years, and it’s wonderful to see him have such success”, said Gary Ward, the brand’s Founder and President. “He is an all-around waterman who truly embraces what it means to be ocean-minded”. Greg and his sibling Rusty (also a renowned big wave rider) have an Ocean Minded signature sandal called ‘The Long Brothers’, which is in stores now.
About Ocean Minded
Founded in 1996 by Gary Ward, Ocean Minded was built on the principles of protecting beaches, respecting the environment and an overall love for life. Ocean Minded makes top quality sandals with unbeatable comfort, while utilizing natural and sustainable materials whenever possible.
At the core of Ocean Minded’s business philosophy is its involvement in causes to protect the environment. The brand actively conceives, executes and participates in beach clean-ups and also partners with the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization that is dedicated to the protection of the world’s oceans, beaches and waves through conservatism, activism, research and education.
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