Skimmers converge for prizes, trophies, wild time
|Gillian Cassidy practices her shot during age 5-7 soccer tryouts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Look out Bradenton Beach, the skimmers are coming to compete in the wild sport of riding skinny, small surfboard-like slivers of fiberglass-coated wood in the shallow waters of the shoreline, leaping waves and taking on air.
The contest is the idea of Chris Ambut, also known as EZ and the owner of EZ Skimmers, a custom skimboard manufacturer.
Ambut says he's merging the contest with one that was supposed to happen in Fort Myers and was canceled due to Hurricane Charley and skimmers are converging from all over Florida to make this one of the biggest contests ever.
Any proceeds from the event are being donated this year to red tide research, a cause supported by Beach House owner and event sponsor Ed Chiles.
Cost for the contest is $25 for amateurs and $75 for professional boarders, with each contestant receiving a contest T-shirt and a grab-bag filled with skimboarding essentials.
Age groups range from the Minis (8 and under) up to the Masters (25 and up) in male/female divisions.
Registration forms may be obtained from sponsors West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, or The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, both in Holmes Beach.
Possible late entries should call Ambut at 778-1158 for more information, or West Coast Surf Shop, 778-1001.
AMICC soccer season, tryouts, draft under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league is holding tryouts and drafting teams for its 2004 soccer season Aug. 16-20. The age 5-7 draft, conducted immediately following an hour-long tryout Monday, Aug. 16, lacked the probing research and intensity of the NFL draft, but that didn't make it any less important to the coaches in the Center's "war room," who carefully considered each and every player's skill level, work ethic and character before making their picks.
As you're reading this, Morgan Stanley coach Mike Brusso is no doubt in fierce negotiations that he hopes will consummate in a blockbuster trade announcement later in the week.
The end result (we hope) is that all seven teams in the 5-7 league are competitive and the kids have fun!
Some important dates pertaining to the 2004 soccer season will follow so pay attention.
The 2004 soccer banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at the Center. The banquet will feature an Italian-style dinner with Caesar salad and garlic bread catered by Sean Murphy. Parents are asked to bring a dessert to share and the Center will provide beverages.
Cost for the banquet is $5 for children under 16 and $6 for adults. Take out will be available as well. Everyone is invited to come out and support Island youth sports.
Uniforms, season schedules and picture schedules will be distributed at the event and kids, parents and coaches will have time to meet and discuss the upcoming season.
Spirit Week follows the soccer banquet with exhibition games starting Tuesday, Aug. 31, and continuing through Sept. 3. Teams will scrimmage to get warmed up for the season and fans will also have a chance to get their spirit going. During the first 15 minutes of each game, a tally will be taken of how many spectators watching the game and are wearing their team's colors and "Spirit awards" will be announced.
Charity golf tourney still looking for sponsors
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar charity golf tournament is still looking for sponsors for its always anticipated golf tourney, which takes place Friday, Sept. 17, at El Conquistador Country Club in Bradenton.
Red tee sponsorships are available for $250 and provides the sponsor with two tickets to a VIP cocktail party, signage on the course and display advertising at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside for two months following the tournament. Green tee sponsorships go for $150 and provides a business advertisement on the course the day of the tournament.
Corporate sponsorships are also still available for $1,000 which puts your company logo on the golf shirt that all participants receive in addition to four invitations to the VIP cocktail party.
For more information, contact the Oyster Bar's Fred Hurley at 721-7773, or Gary Harkness at 792-0077.
MAYSO accepting registrations for fall soccer
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will hold its fall recreational youth soccer signup on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Manatee Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for girls and boys ages 4-13.
Prospective players must present a government-issued birth certificate and a small current photo suitable for their player pass. A Social Security number and insurance information are also required to register. Cost ranges from $65 for under-5 players and $85 for ages under-6 up to U14 players.
For more information, call Renee Nordbye at (941) 447-6000, or the MAYSO hotline at 795-5925.
Manatee West Little League hosts "Fall Ball"
Manatee West Little League is holding its "Fall Ball" season and registration for players ages 8-16 will take place Friday, Aug. 20, from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Signups will be held at G.T. Bray Park's Little League boardroom.
Fall baseball stresses learning the fundamentals of baseball in a less competitive environment, so everyone is welcome to come out and play. For more information, call Tom Barrett at 744-1781.