Message from Chick Frodigh:
We are getting close to being half full already. If you haven't sent in your entry form and $25 check, you should do so ASAP, since on-the-beach registrations will be $40 (no exceptions this year!) if there's any room. Also, I need to give The Red Parrot a headcount for the buffet and get the right sizes for t-shirts.
A couple of new updates and specials for participants:
For every two people who enter the contest together before the 8th, you will receive 1 Free Pass to Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort (value $56) while supplies last. Thanks Wachusett!!! (Don't worry . . . if you already signed up two people, you will still get the Pass.)
Live Music Update - We are Stoked to announce that the same band that played last year will be back!!!! The Douglas Banks Trio along with Grammy Award winner Toni Lynn Washington! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2-uuTCrURY) will perform at the Awards Party at The Red Parrot. These guys and lady are awesome.
South Shore Surf Company is offering a discount to NELC participants on Bic Peter Pan Stand-Up Paddleboards (10'4" or 11'4") including an adjustable paddle and full deck pad for $750 which regularly sells for $956. Call me for details.
Billy Harrow, CEO of Shaykey Clothing Company has promised some cool swag for the Endless Summer Trivia winners; -- study up! Also check out their website as well at http://www.shaykey.com/shop/
Shawn Vec (of VEC Surfboards and NESURF.COM) has promised a special surprise.
We will also be having a Shortboard Division and SUP Division following the Longboard heats. (Peter Pan has offered to run these in the dark if we run out of light.)
Last but not least, this year we will host the Andrew Enright Open Bodyboard Division (no he's not dead, he's this year's Shaykey Team Rider of The Year! He'll be on hand to sign autographs and casts.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday the 9th! Call me with any questions at 781-294-8941.
And yes, all this and still only $25 bucks!
Hope to see you on the 9th!
All the Best,
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story by Peter Pan, photos by Joe McGovern
After nearly two months of postponements and cancellations due to snow storms and impassable roads, the 45th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships finally went off this past weekend at the Narragansett Town Beach. This event, which in fact, is the oldest continually running winter surfing contest in the world, was plagued with flat surf and bad weather until this weekend. "It was well worth the wait," said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade, as he set up the heats on Saturday morning. "We have a solid waist to shoulder high swell and we are running the contest in the middle of the town beach for the first time ever."
Frade indicated the exposed metal sections of a barge that sunk in front of the north beach pavilion in 1991. "Ever since the barge sunk and became buried, the bottom shifted and we can get really good waves on several different swell directions," said Frade. "Today is one of those days."
Despite the early April date, the air temperature was below freezing with the wind chill, and the water was icy cold, holding at 37 degrees as the contestants paddled out. There was no snow on the beach this day, but it sure felt like it.
There were no clear dominant winners this day, but locals certainly had the advantage, as competitors unfamiliar with the shifty peaks that formed off the sunken barge, had trouble finding the winning waves. The ESA ran it's first official Stand-Up Paddleboard event, won by Stacey McLoughlin. The toughest final, as always, was the Open Division, where local Wakefield veteran Kai Holtbakk found the biggest and deepest left peak and ripped it to the beach for the win over Middletown's Sean Dungan.
Action began in the youth events, with Dylan Holtbakk taking the Menehune title and Block Island's Gavin Smith winning both the long and short board versions of the Boys Division. New comer Mario Stark won the Junior Men's title.
Another very close final was the Open Bodyboard, which featured tube-riding performances from two of the best riders on the east coast, Pat Redmond and Dave McLaughlin. After 20 minutes of trading tubes and "El Rollos" in the icy shorebreak, Redmond edged out McLaughlin with one long distance right zipper.
The women were well represented with Sarah Prince taking the Women's shortboard title, Sarah Procaccini cruising to the Women's Longboard crown, and Kitty Pechet winning the Grand Legends title. Andy Marsden returned to the competition scene after a long break, winning both the Senior Men and Master Longboard finals. Peter Pan topped Tim Cunningham for both the short and long board versions of the Legends divisions.
All competitors received 6mm Oven Mitt winter gloves as prizes for the event. This year's contest was sponsored by Hyperflex wetsuits, and Narragansett Surf and Skate, for the fourth year in a row.
Area surfers will now prepare for the Annual Ryan Roberts Memorial Surfing Contest, which is planned for 2nd Beach in Middletown, R.I. on May 4th. This will be the 2nd rated ESA contest of the new season. Soon after that event, many local competitors will travel to Sea Isle City, New Jersey, for the Annual East Coast Championships Northeast Surf-Offs on May 17-19. Winners from this contest will have northeast bragging rights for one year, and be invited to compete at the Eastern Championships in September. This annual event will take place at Nags Head, North Carolina.
Final Results of the 45th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships, held at the Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island on April 6, 2013. Air temperatures were below freezing with the wind chill and water temperature was 37 degrees. The swell was a solid waist to shoulder high with offshore winds for most of the day.
Boys-1.Gavin Smith 2.Sean Dungan 3.Joe Doherty 4.Ryan Dean
Junior Men-1.Mario Starks
Senior Men-1.Andy Marsden 2.Kai Holtbakk 3.Jeff Smith 4.Jose Galvez
Grandmasters-1.Claudio Paolino Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Tim Cunningham
Grand Legends-1.Kitty Pechet
Menehune Longboard-1.Gavin Smith 2.Dylan Holtbakk
Master Longboard-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Kai Holtbakk 3.Jeff Smith
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Tim Cunningham
Womens Longboard-1.Sarah Procaccini 2.Sarah Prince 3.Stacey McLoughlin 4.Kitty Pechet
Open SUP-1.Stacey McLoughlin
Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Dave McLaughlin 3.Peter Pan
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Dylan Holtbakk
Open-1.Kai Holtbakk 2.Sean Dungan 3.Jose Galvez 4.Gavin Smith 5.Dylan Holtbakk