Field wide open at 'The Vic'

The 35th edition of Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding returns to Aliso Beach.

July 14, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Paulo Prietto sends a fan of water into the mid-day sun during the World Championships of Skimboarding final last year.
Paulo Prietto sends a fan of water into the mid-day sun… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

Throughout the years, the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding has evolved from a casual competition involving local riders to an event that's about to celebrate a big anniversary that includes international competitors.

The Victoria WCS, originally known and still referred to as "The Vic," begins for the 35th time Saturday at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. The event wraps Sunday with division championship finals.

Titles are up for grabs in the following Amateur divisions: 8-and-Under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-24; 25-29; 30-39; 40-and-Up, and Women. Champions also will be crowned in Professional Men's and Women's divisions.

Trigg Garner, general manager at Victoria Skimboards, said the championships start at 8 a.m. both days and break for lunch around noon. The competition will resume following a 30-minute break and run until 5 p.m. each day.

"Really excited by the competitors that are in the contest and our ability to broadcast the event to the world live as it happens," Garner said. "With the proper sun and surf, we should have a fantastic event and we are looking forward to it."


Garner said that about 130 skimboarders were entered through Wednesday. By division, he said that there will be about 80 to 85 competing in the amateur divisions, 30 to 35 professional male contestants and 10 to 12 professional female contestants.

Riders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Japan are entered in the event. Garner said that competitors from Portugal, Holland, France, Chile, Australia, Taiwan and Indonesia, countries that have sent entrants in the past, are not represented this year.

"I partially contribute that to the global economy and the price of air travel at this time," he said. "The interest from all parties was there, but the monetary means was not."

The fact that the contest has grown into an international spectacle speaks to the successful rise of "The Vic" through the years.

The Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding originally started as a gathering of skimboarders, "having fun pushing each other to new heights," Garner said, at Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach. The contest moved to Aliso Beach in its early stages.

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