ESA Summer Surf Series 3: Hot Waves for Round 3

Surf conditions were bad before the contest, and bad after the contest. And the only surfing beach that had a good wave in New England, was Second Beach in Middletown, site of the 3rd round of the Eastern Surfing Association’s Summer Surf Series. “We got lucky yet again,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “Narragansett has one-foot chop, and we come here and get solid waist high, clean peelers.” ESA competitors, who had traveled from all over New England for the event, were pleasantly surprised to see good waves after a week of flatness.

Photo: Lisa Haase.

It was a set up for perfect contest surf, with straight off shore winds, a solid 2-3 foot swell, and incoming tide all day long. This provided some excellent performances in clean, crisp summer waves. The big event of course, was the Open Shortboard, where the best surfers from all age groups, both male and female, battled it out. It came down to a contest between Jack Grezbien and Jayden Parry, as they traded waves. Jack picked off both rights and lefts, working them into the shorebreak, while Parry sat outside, waiting for the winning set waves. They did come, as he pulled into two long, sectioning rights that he rode from the far end of the contest area and past the judges for the win. Summer Lukens, in her first contest, shocked the field, taking 3rd with long rides into the shore break. She also took two titles, winning the Girls Under 14 Shortboard, and the Junior Women Longboard crown.

Jayden Parry. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Parry also had a banner day, winning the Junior Men’s Shortboard and Junior Men’s Longboard divisions. The competition was hot and heavy in the Boys Under 16 Shortboard event, but Jack Grzebien was up to the task, tearing up two right peaks that propelled him to the title over Mason Soboleski. Undefeated Liam Fitzgerald pulled off some great cut backs and power moves to crush the Boys Under 14 Shortboard age group, while Cole Bussey was a double winner, taking the Boys Under 12 Shortboard and the Menehune Longboard divisions with some nice left and right inside sections.

Photo: Lisa Haase.

The Open Bodyboard Final featured some great trick riding, with Liam Fitzgerald pulling off two nice 360’s in the shorebreak, to edge out Cole Bussey. Brook Conley found some of the best waves of the entire competition, winning the Open SUP title.

Charlie Krause. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The 4th and final showdown for bragging rights, trophies, and prizes, will take place at 2nd Beach on September 1st. Final points standings will be tabulated at this event, and awards will be given immediately following the contest.

Cole Bussey. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Final Results of the ESA New England Summer Competition Series Round #3, held in 2-3 foot clean surf at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island on August 19, 2018.

Boys Under 12 Shortboard-1.Cole Bussey
Girls Under 12 Shortboard-1.Summer Lukens
Boys Under 14 Shortboard-1.Liam Fitzgerald
Boys Under 16 Shortboard-1.Jack Grzebien  2.Mason Soboleski  3.Christian Williams  4.Holden Soboleski  5.Charlie Krause  6.Jeff Albanese
Junior Men Shortboard-1.Jayden Parry
Grand Legends Shortboard-1.Peter Pan
Open Shortboard-1.Jayden Parry  2.Jack Grzebien  3.Summer Lukens  4.Mason Soboleski  5.Charlie Krause  6.Holden Soboleski  7.Jeff Albanese  8.Cole Bussey  9.Liam Fitzgerald  10.Christian Williams
Menehune Longboard-1.Cole Bussey  2.Mason Soboleski  3.Charlie Krause  4.Liam Fitzgerald  5.Holden Soboleski
Junior Women Longboard-1.Summer Lukens
Junior Longboard-1.Jayden Parry
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan
Open SUP-1.Brook Conley
Open Bodyboard-1.Liam Fitzgerald  2.Cole Bussey  3.Charlie Krause  4.Jack Grzebien  5.Craig Massey

Mason Soboleski. Photo: Lisa Haase.


ESA SNE Summer Series Round 2: Summer Swells Come Through!

Those New England summer south swells always favor the sand bars at Second Beach, in Middletown, and this past weekend was no different, as clean waist to shoulder high surf made for perfect contest conditions. The great wave action made for some high-performance surfing, as competitors went all out for the trophies and prizes that will be given out at the end of the four-contest series. “We have some big trophies and gift certificates for the top three finishers in the competitive divisions,” said Competition Director Mario Frade. “We saw some excellent riding today, in ideal summer contest surf. Judges even tossed out a few 9 and 10-point wave scores (10 being a perfect ride), which showed how good the surfing was.”

Photo: Lisa Haase.

The main event featured some great surfing, as the Open Shortboard finalists hit the water as the winds switched to straight onshore. This made for choppy faces and more strategy, as sections began to close out down the line. While most of the riders paddled out for the big sets, Wakefield’s Page Hedde played it close to the inside, and it paid off. She picked off two nice backside rights that allowed her several snap backs, working the inside sections for big points. Second place Jayden Parry of Narragansett sat outside, finding two long rights to seal up that spot. Nantasket ace, Jaime Kelly grabbed the 3rd position with one long left slide.

Photo: Lisa Haase.

The youth events offered some heavy shredding, especially from newcomers. Liam Fitzgerald was outstanding in his debut in the Boy Under 12 Years Division, finding the best formed rights, and making the best of them. Ethan Foley tore up the Boys Under 16 Years Division, as he pulled off some heavy lip smacks, hard cutbacks, and power drives, to dominate a tough final heat.

Ethan Foley. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Men’s winner, Jaime Kelly finished up with the “Outstanding Wave” award for the event. He actually had the two best rides of the contest. His first ride came in the Men’s Shortboard final, when he picked off a hollow left wall that reeled off across the entire contest area. He pulled off 5 lip smacks and drove through 3 sections for the highest point total of the contest. His second-place ride was during the Men’s Longboard heat, as he found another wave equally as good, and trimmed out across the entire surf zone on the nose.

Jack Grzebien. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Westerly’s Sophia Martino continues to win, as she pumped her way through some right slides to win the Girls Under 16 Years final. Another set of newcomers in the female ranks ripped it up, as LouAnna  Kelly and Annalise Kane took their respective titles in the Girls Under 12 Years and the Girls Under 14 Years finals.

Liam Fitzgerald. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Hot and heavy competition continues again this Saturday at Second Beach, as surfers hit the waves for Summer Series Round #3 of South New England ESA competition.  Final results were:

BOYS UNDER 12 YEARS-1.Liam Fitzgerald  2.Tiago Freitas
GIRLS UNDER 12 YEARS-1.LouAnna Kelly
BOYS UNDER 14 YEARS-1.Henri Boneu
GIRLS UNDER 14 YEARS-1.Annalise Kane  2.Phoebe Hedde
BOYS UNDER 16 YEARS-1.Ethan Foley  2.Ian Lupoli  3.Jack Grzebien  4.Mason Soboleski  5.Holden Soboleski  6.Tristan Robbins
GIRLS UNDER 16 YEARS-1.Sophia Martino  2.Ella Fontenot  3.Page Hedde
JUNIOR MEN-1.Jayden Parry
MEN-1.Jaime Kelly
MASTERS-1.Andre Freitas  2.Nick Carter
GRAND LEGENDS-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet
MENEHUNE LONGBOARD-1.Phoebe Hedde  2.Liam Fitzgerald  3.LouAnna Kelly  4.Tiago Freitas
JUNIOR LONGBOARD-1.Mason Soboleski  2.Ian Lupoli  3.Tristan Robbins  4.Jayden Parry  5.Holden Soboleski  6.Jack Grzebien  7.Henri Boneu
MASTER LONGBOARD-1.Andre Freitas  2.Rob Marland  3.Nick Carter
GRAND LEGENDS LONGBOARD-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet
WOMEN LONGBOARD-1.Page Hedde  2.Sophia Martino  3.Ella Fontenot
OPEN BODYBOARD-1.Liam Fitzgerald  2.Tiago Freitas  3.Henri Boneu  4.Jack Grzebien
OPEN SHORTBOARD-1.Page Hedde  2.Jayden Parry  3.Jaime Kelly  4.Ethan Foley  5.Sophia Martino  6.Henri Boneu  7.Liam Fitzgerald  8.Mson Soboleski  9.Jack Grzebien  10.Phoebe Hedde  11.Holden Soboleski  12.Ella Fontenot  13.Andre Freitas  14.Tiago Freitas

Page Hedde. Photo: Lisa Haase.


ESA Summer Surf Series Round 1: 2nd Beach Delivers Again

While the rest of the southern New England coastline was calm, Second Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island came through with solid 2-3 foot surf for the opening round of the 4-contest ESA summer series. The top surfers in all divisions will receive big trophies as well as a chance for several hundred dollars in gift prizes at the conclusion of the last event in August. This proved for some highly competitive surfing performances in just about every category.

Holden Soboleski. Photo: Lisa Haase.

When first arriving at the contest site, ESA Competition Director Mario Frade was hesitant to call the event. “Once I saw the sets begin the roll in with the incoming tide,” said Frade, “I knew we were in for a good day of ridable surf.”

There was little doubt as to who the outstanding rider was on this day, as Narragansett’s Jayden Parry breezed through contest with relative ease. He simply caught the best waves in every final, and rode them flawlessly to the beach. Parry took the Open Shortboard, Junior Shortboard, and Junior Longboard in a commanding performance.

Jayden Parry. Photo: Lisa Haase.

There were other great riders in action, with Westerly’s Sophia Martino charging to a win in the Girls Under 16 Shortboard, Junior Women’s Longboard, and taking a solid second place in the highly competitive Open Shortboard final. 9-year old Tiago Freitas picked off two solid right peaks to win the Menehune (12 years old and under) title over Cole Bussey.

Tiago Freitas. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The Boys Under 16 Shortboard final was tough to call, with many outstanding rides. In an amazing turn of events, Mason Sobloleski nailed the probably the best single wave of the tournament, just as the horn blew at the end of the heat. This vaulted him from a 3rd place tie to the title. It was a perfect right peak that reeled off into the shorebreak, overtaking 2nd place Charlie Krause.

Charlie Krause. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Another Narragansett hot shot, Jack Grzebien 360’’ed his way to the win in the Open Bodyboard final, and switched to a long board to finished 2nd in the Boy’s Longboard division. He also placed in another final, finishing 4th in the Boys Under 16 Shortboard event. It was Holden Soboleski who found the long right slides to take that Boy’s Longboard crown, styling his way to the beach.

Jack Grzebien. Photo: Lisa Haase.

In the elder events, Andre Freitas won the Senior Men’s Shortboard and the Master’s Longboard divisions, while Peter Pan took the Grand Legends and Legends Longboard finals.

Andre Freitas. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The action resumes on consecutive weekends in July, when the series is set for the 21st and 28th. The final and deciding event takes place on August 4th. All contests will take place at Second Beach in Middletown. For more information, interested surfers can go to the Eastern Surfing Association South New England Facebook page, or the ESA South New England District website.

Peter Pan. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Final Results of the ESA 2018 Summer Surf Series Round #1, held in 2-3 foot surf at 2nd Beach, in Middletown, Rhode Island on July 7, 2018.

MENEHUNES-1.Tiago Freitas  2.Cole Bussey
BOYS UNDER 16-1.Mason Soboleski  2.Charlie Krause  3.Holden Soboleski  4.Jack Grzebien
GIRLS UNDER 16-1.Sophia Martino
JUNIOR MEN-1.Jayden Parry
SENIOR MEN-1.Andre Freitas
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan
OPEN SHORTBOARD-1.Jayden Parry  2.Sophia Martino  3.Jack Grzebien  4.Mason Soboleski  5.Tiago Freitas  6.Charlie Krause  7.Cole Bussey
OPEN BODYBOARD-1.Jack Grzebien  2.Tiago Freitas  3.Peter Pan  4 Pat Redmond
Boy’s Longboard-1.Holden Soboleski  2.Jack Grzebien  3.Charlie Krause

Cole Bussey. Photo: Lisa Haase.


When Massachusetts ESA Competition Director Chick Frodigh pulled up to Nantasket Beach on the contest morning, he contemplated the idea of running a paddling contest rather than a surfing event. “It was high tide and not even breaking,” said Chick. “I brought the buoys for a paddle race, just in case it was hopeless, but things turned around as the tide went out.” Although the swell was only about one foot, with an occasional two-footer, the shallow Nantasket beach sand bars provided just enough energy to push both longboard and SUP competitors to make if competitive. Surfers had to hunt down the rare wave faces, but there certainly were enough of them to make the contest interesting. Surfers traveled from Maine, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, for the event.

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Andrew & Cade Marsden, father & son, share a wave together. Photo: Charlie Frodigh.

Diminutive Jackie Ryan upset the Girls final, as she managed to get pushed into the longest waves of the heat, riding them right to the shore line. She topped her sister, Isabella for the title. Nick Jussaume, a longtime veteran of the event, found the only peak of the heat, working it to the beach for the Junior Men’s crown. The Junior Women Final was probably the closest of all the divisions, with Katie Frodigh beating out Haley Marsden by ½ point on a spinner.

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Katie Frodigh, age 18, doing "The Coffin". Photo: Charlie Frodigh.

With no one in his age group (60+), Peter Pan was placed in the Men’s Open division (19-29). Unfortunately for rest of the finalists, Pan managed to find two of the better formed right breaking waves of the entire contest, easily taking the win. Another ESA veteran rider, Andrew Marsden dominated the Mens 30-39 Age Group, after it turned out he was the only surfer in the 40-49 Age Group. Marsden found several waves breaking outside, and pulled off headstands on each one for the title.
Newcomer Sue Zegarra got to the tip on a bumpy left, and worked it to the beach, to top Rebecca Doran for the Women 40 and Over crown, while veteran ESA champion Katie Ryan crushed it for the Women 30-39 Age Group.

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Photo: Charlie Frodigh.

Competition was fierce in both SUP divisions, where rides were short, and moves were fast, as fins hit the inside shorebreak. Dan Smith topped Ben Yoder for the Youth title, finding one short but ridable left dribbler. Peter Pan pulled off a spinner on a sputtering right wall, to win the Senior SUP crown.

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The Dave Foley Band rocks the afterparty at Daddy's Beach Club. Photo: Charlie Frodigh.

The best part of the event is always the after party, and this year was no different. Competitors enjoyed a total of 45 pizzas, and a live performance from the Dave Foley Band at Daddy’s Beach Club, right across from the contest site. Chick made sure everyone got some great prizes for their finals showing and the 19th Annual New England Longboard Classic finished on a positive note.

Girls Under 13 Years 1.Jackie Ryan 2.Isabella Ryan 3.Diana Marsden

Junior Men Under 18 Years 1.Nick Jussaume 2.Cade Marsden 3.Adam Curey 4.Ned Farrington

Women 13-18 Years 1.Katie Frodigh 2.Haley Marsden

Open Men 19-29 Years 1.Peter Pan 2.Charlie Frodigh 3.Ross Lagoy 4.Mike Amenyalare

Women 30-39 Years 1.Katie Ryan 2.Denise Lamb

Men 30-39 Years 1.Andrew Marsden 2.Tyler Lagasse 3.Ben Yoder 4.Jim Milkosky 5.Tom O’Brien

Women 40 and Over 1.Sue Zegarra 2.Rebecca Doran 3.Kitty Pechet

Men 50-59 Years 1.Tim O’Shea 2.Gabriel Cattani 3.Phil Jussame

Open Youth SUP 1.Dan Smith 2.Ben Yoder 3.Bryan Higgins 4.Abby Higgins

Open Senior SUP 1.Peter Pan 2.John McInerney 3.Branch Lane 4.Gabriel Cattani 5.Bill Manning 6.Weir Lundstedt 7.Jack Egan

Open Bodyboard 1.Webb Nichols 2.Pat Redmond 3.Peter Pan


After four weeks of flat conditions and postponements, the longest running winter surfing contest in the world was held this past weekend. Although a brisk sea breeze put some serious chop on the wave faces, the surf was more than adequate at the Narragansett Town Beach for the event.

Peter Pan. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Although it is officially Spring, ESA contestants would argue that point, as chilling southwest winds kept the air temperatures in the mid-30’s for most of the day. “It was nice to finally get it over with,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “We have had great surf for four straight weeks, but unfortunately it was in the middle of the week. We finally got a bump on the weekend.”

As a special 50th Anniversary treat for the contestants, Hyperflex Wetsuits and Narragansett Surf and Skate sponsored the event, with 6mm winter Oven Mitts as the prizes. The turnout was good, as competitors worked on their skills for the up and coming 2018 Northeast Regional Surf-Offs in New Jersey.

Page Hedde. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The solid 2-3 foot swell held for the entire event, but navigating through long close-out sections made it difficult for those unfamiliar with the uneven sand bars. Locals had little problem finding those elusive sections. The toughest competition came in the Girls Under 16 division, especially in the Short board final, where Matunuck’s Page Hedde topped Ella Fontenot with two solid rights that peeled off in long makeable sections.  Phoebe Hedde won the Girls Under 14 Short board final with a great left hander into the shore break.

Ella Fontenot. Photo: Lisa Haase.

New England’s #1 female long boarder, Sophia Martino rode both lefts and rights with style, cruising to the win in the Girls Longboard Final. She managed to float over several sections on one long right, to top Page Hedde for the title.

New England’s top men’s competitor, Jamie Kelley of Boston, continued to dominate in all categories, as he found the best waves in every final, and worked in all the moves to get the high scores. Kelley took three events, winning the Open Short board, Men’s Short board, and Men’s Long board divisions.

Narragansett’s Jayden Parry was a double winner, picking off ridable sections in the shore break to win both the Junior Short board and Junior Long board events. Dillon Moran was equally adept, styling through both lefts and rights to win the Menehune Longboard and Boys Under 14 Short board crowns.

Jayden Parry. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The Outstanding Performance Award went to New York’s Colin Walker, who left his Manhattan apartment before dawn, to make the drive, in time to win the Masters and Masters Longboard divisions. Other double winners included Ron Belanger, in the Legends and Legends Longboard categories, and Peter Pan, in the Grand Legends and Grand Legends Longboard divisions.

Jack Egan. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Jack Egan won his first Stand-up Paddleboard Open title for the season, while Kitty Pechet took the Senior Women’s Longboard crown.

The second ESA rated event of the season is scheduled for April 28th at First Beach in Newport. For more information, surfers can go to the ESA South New England Facebook page.

Ray Way. Photo: Lisa Haase.

FINAL RESULTS OF THE 50TH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND MID-WINTER SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS held in 2-3 foot surf at the Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island on March 31, 2018.


BOYS UNDER 14 SHORT BOARD—1.Dillon Moran  

GIRLS UNDER 16 SHORT BOARD-1.Page Hedde  2.Ella Fortenot  3.Sophia Martino  4.Kaeley O’Connell  

BOYS UNDER 16 SHORT BOARD-1.Noah Gartner  

JUNIOR MEN-1.Jayden Parry   MEN-1.Jamie Kelley  

MASTERS-1.Colin Walker  2.Aurelien Bouche-Pillon  

SENIOR MEN-1.Ray Way  

LEGENDS-1.Ron Belanger  2.Jack Egan  

GRAND LEGENDS-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet  

GIRLS LONGBOARD-1.Sophia Martino  2.Page Hedde  3.Ella Fontenot  4.Phoebe Hedde  


MEN LONGBOARD-1.Jamie Kelley  

MASTERS LONGBOARD-1.Colin Walker  2.Aurelien Bouche-Pillon 

LEGENDS LONGBOARD-1.Ron Belanger  2.Jack Egan  

GRAND LEGENDS LONGBOARD-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet  

SUP OPEN-1.Jack Egan  2.Peter Pan  


OPEN SHORT BOARD-1.Jamie Kelley  2.Sophia Martino  3.Ella Fontenot  4.Jayden Parry  5.Colin Walker  6.Kaeley O’Connell


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