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Another great weekend for our Smack Athletes

(Torrance, CA) – June 25th, 2012 – The final day of the Belmar Open was an emotional day, the pressure was high enough to stir emotion out of even the calmest athletes. The No. 1 seeded women’s team Smack Athlete Jenny Kropp (Holly Glen, Calif.) and her partner Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) continued their streak as they brought home their second consecutive victory in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series (the first was at last month’s Florida Open). They played with passion and vigorous energy as they claimed their piece of the $100,000 prize purse in front of a stadium that overflowed with spectators who gathered wherever they could to watch the action.

In front of a full and energetic stadium that broke out into the “wave,” Kropp and Pavlik effectively blocked, killed, dove and strategically placed the ball on the line and corners for the duo to win their second championship this year and third championship overall. The 2011 Manhattan Beach Open champs defeated No. 2 seed Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Hanson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) in the Semi-Finals and then No. 6 team Raquel Ferreira (Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Kristen Batt (Venice, Fla.) in the Finals, 20-22, 21-12 and 15-9.

“We are grateful to play in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series. They have provided us a tour with great atmosphere, huge turnout and stability for our sport,” said Kropp. Kropp and Pavlik enjoyed the support of a local cheering section after the two expressed their appreciativeness by acknowledging them at the end of their qualifying matches earlier in the week. “There were more people on Friday for Qualifiers alone than I’ve ever seen in Belmar in the past. The crowd braved the sun, the rain, thunder and lightning, and brought all of their energy. And today, we had a full stadium with people in the stands, on the sideline and everywhere I looked. It was an amazing weekend,” said Pavlik.

Smack Athlete Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, FL) and her partner Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, CA) also had a successful weekend in Belmar, they took 3rd place and lost to the second placed Batt & Ferreira.

If you want to check out our Smack girls’ game the Belmar Open will broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network on July 1 at 9 p.m. PT / July 2 at 12 a.m. ET. And if you want to play in their winning bikinis go to Smack Sportswear at VB Superstore.

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New young gun gets added to Smack’s roster for the 2012 Beach Volleyball Season

(Torrance, CA) – June 14th, 2012 – Smack Sportswear (Smack), the leading brand of custom designed volleyball apparel for both indoor and beach volleyball players alike, is proud to announce a sponsorship agreement with young, up-and-coming player, Avery Drost (25) for the 2012 beach volleyball season. Smack is excited to add such an explosive, talented player to the team.

Avery grew up in Redlands, CA, playing indoor volleyball. He was exposed to the beach game on East Beach, in Santa Barbara, CA, while studying at Westmont College. His passion for the sand game continued through his college years, as he played middle blocker indoors for the Warriors. These days, Drost is living in the epicenter of beach volleyball – Manhattan Beach, CA. To date, Avery has competed on the AVP, Corona Wide Open, USAV, Jose Cuervo, and NORCECA, professional tours. He recently earned a 5th place finish at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series Florida Open in Ft Lauderdale, with his partner Ty Tramblie.

Smack CEO and founder Bill Sigler stated, “We are thrilled about signing such a promising player. We believe that this will be a successful year for Avery. He is facing an exciting season together with Smack Sportswear. We are looking forward to this collaboration.”

Avery will be playing in the latest line of 2012 board shorts, recently unveiled by Smack. To get a pair of your own, check them out now online at: Smack Sportswear at VB Superstore.

Join us as we unveil great new summer beachwear at Sharkeez !

(Torrance, CA) – June 12th, 2012 – It’s time to rally at another Fashion Industry Night (FIN) with Smack Sportswear! Get down to Sharkeez Hermosa Beach on 6/18, as we will be showing off our amazing new 2012 summer collection of board shorts! The new Smack boardies are made for the active beach lifestyle, with soft, comfortable fits and hot, modern styles. – you’ll catch more than a few admiring glances wearing these on the sand this season. Yeah, we’re really proud of the new line and plan to show them off in the best way we know how. We’ve enlisted local Pro Volleyball players such as Rodrigo Gil and Matt Heagy to parade them down the Sharkeez runway. And while the guys are doing their thing, they’ll be flanked by an army of gorgeous models decked out in Smack bikinis! – can you say, win-win!

Trust us, Sharkeez Hermosa is really gonna crank this one up, bringing two huge DJ’s , from down south. Sharing the spotlight will be San Diego’s own DJ AL Squared and Diego Alvarez from Orange County. . Of course the drink specials will also be flowing, including $5 Skyy Vodka Cocktails and $5 Stella Artois (ALL NIGHT) for all VIP members. To become a VIP text the word FIN to 353535.

This is a NO COVER EVENT, but make sure to be there early as the June show is always a packed house! Fashion Industry Night boasts the best and most unique trends in upcoming Fashion, Art & amp; Music for a great cause! Whether you’re a trend setter or music maniac … you don’t want to miss this amazingly sexy and fun event!!

Our great Smack board shorts will be available to purchase at the event as well! Or you can order them at Smack Sportswear at VB Superstore.

Smack and Original King of the Beach Sinjin Smith Join Empires with New Partnership

(Torrance, CA) – June 4th, 2012 – Smack Sportswear (Smack), the leading brand of custom designed volleyball apparel for both indoor and beach volleyball players alike, today announced a partnership with
The National Collegiate Sand Volleyball Association (NCSVA) as their official apparel supplier.

Smack will not only be the official apparel of the NCSVA, but will also provide event prizes for the college series regional competitions and the Championships (featuring the top men’s and women’s players from colleges all over the U.S.). In addition, Smack will develop the NCSVA’s online store and offer discounted beach active apparel to all college athletes through their sister store at VB Superstore. The National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Association was founded by the Volleyball Hall of Fame’s original King of the Beach, Sinjin Smith: two-time World Champion, Olympian and former President of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council.

Sinjin, who has been instrumental in beach volleyball’s rise as a sport over the last 20 years, had this to say on the new partnership: “I wanted to give college kids around the country a true beach volleyball
experience with the NCBVA national qualifiers, and Smack was the perfect fit to complete the beach
volleyball lifestyle. We look forward to a fantastic future together.”

Bill Sigler, Owner of Smack Sportswear, stated, “Smack has been the premier beach volleyball brand since
1994 … our goal is to partner with and support the premier organizations in the sport, such as USA Beach
Volleyball, the NVL, and now the NCSVA.”

This year’s Smackfest will include music, fashion, and the top pros and legends in a Pro 4’s division

(Torrance, CA) – June 1st, 2012 – It’s almost time for the biggest, best four person volleyball tournament in the world … the 19th Annual Smackfest on July 28th in Hermosa Beach, CA. Smackfest, which started in 1994 as the “birthday party for Smack Sportswear”, has grown into the largest co-ed 4’s beach volleyball tournament in the country … 1000 participants, 5,000 attendees, 50,000 fans on the strand.

For the first time, Smackfest will offer the Bud Light Pro 4’s division, with the top pros and legends competing. Players like Jose Loiola, Eric Fonoimoana, and Holly Mcpeak will be back on the sand with current stars like Sean Scott, Casey Patterson, and Jenny Kropp … all competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. The semis and finals will be streamed on www.Smacksportswear.com.

The event will be held in partnership with the National Volleyball League, and sanctioned by USA Beach Volleyball. Also this year’s event will add a fashion and music element … models walking the catwalk in summer styles from Smack, the NVL and USA Beach Volleyball, while some of the top DJ’s rock the beach. Sharkeez FIN night will be producing the fashion show, while Red Bull handles the music.

Organizer Bill Sigler stated, “We are SO excited for this event. We plan to incorporate the top athletes, music and fashion, as well as great people having fun. This is anniversary of Smack Sportswear, and we want everyone have a blast !! Maybe next year we expand to places like Chicago, Dallas, and Florida?”

For more info, visit Smack’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SmackSportswear or www.Smacksportswear.com

It doesn’t matter whether it’s on a weekend or mid week Magnum P.I. will be there.

(Torrance, CA) – May 31st, 2012 – A lot of things have changed regarding the 6-men tournament, for the first time it won’t be held on a weekend but on a Tuesday and Wednesday, therefore a lot of the usual teams won’t be playing and the tournament is still not filled up, but one thing will not change and that is the participation of the Team Smack Sportswear Magnum P.I. in this traditional South Bay tournament.

6-man wouldn’t be the same without a team of great beach volleyball players with 80ties mustaches in Hawaiian shirts. Team Magnum P.I. has been a part of 6-man for almost 20 years and in the last eight years they have won it five times and finished second twice, no other team has dominated this tournament like Team Smack Sportswear Magnum P.I. has.

Due to the move from the weekend to mid week several other teams decided to boycott the tournament or the simply can’t play because many players work during the week. Bill Sigler, the head of Magnum PI, says: “We’ll support 6-man I loved (founder) Charlie Saikley, so we’re definitely going to do it. I hope it goes well. It is unfortunate that they moved the tournament, but it will reduce the crowds. However the problem is the young people who don’t know how to handle their alcohol and all those young kids will be out of school so they will probably come down again. Unfortunately us older people who are responsible have to suffer from their actions as a result.”

How the move to mid week will effect 6-man in the future and whether the drunken crowds can be avoided is unsure but one thing is for sure there will at least be some familiar faces and excellent volleyball players on the sand for 6-man in 2012, thanks to Sigler and Team Smack Sportswear’s Magnum P.I.

If you are a big 6-man fan, show it by wearing it. Check out the Smack 6-man shorts: Smack 6-Man Shorts at VB Superstore.

All Smack teams finish in the top 5, with Jenny Kropp and her partner winning the tournament.

(Torrance, CA) – May 29th, 2012 – The Memorial Day weekend was filled with celebration for Smack Sportswear. Kicking off summer, the first tour stop of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series – Florida Open in Fort Lauderdale, FL – was owned by the Smack female athletes. All four sponsored women finished in the top five.

Smack athlete, Brooke Sweat and her partner (Jennifer Fopma) took 5 th place. Smack athlete, Angie Akers and her partner (Brittany Hochevar) locked in a 3rd place tie. In a really tight semi-finals match (17/21 – 21/17 – 15/17) Smack athlete, Tyra Turner and her partner (Nicole Branagh) grabbed the other 3rd place slot. Smack Athlete, Jenny Kropp and her partner (Whitney Pavlik) took top honors, winning the tournament in phenomenal comeback style.

When top-seeded opponents, Brooke Hanson and Lauren Fendrick, quickly won the first set of the women’s championship match (21-14), no concern was seen on the faces of Pavlik or Kropp. With strong runs of 4-0 and 6-0, Pavlik and Kropp took back control to win the second set (21-18). From there, a 5-0 run in the third, powered by amazing defense from Pavlik, sealed the overall victory (14-21, 21-18, 15-10).

Smack Sportswear is proud to sponsor such talented athletes and be associated with the sport of volleyball. After the win this weekend and grabbing second place in the NVL season opener, Jenny Kropp stated, “Our purple Smack suits are definitely good luck!” To grab your own good luck (and good looking) bikinis, make sure to check out: Smack Sportswear at VB Superstore.