Local surfers and ESA officials are still scratching their heads, trying to figure out how the surf could go from totally flat to epic in one day, and then go flat the next morning. This is what occurred this past Saturday, when the Eastern Surfing Association held it’s 41st consecutive Northeast Surfing Championships at the Narragansett Town Beach. “We expected to see some kind of wind swell, said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade, “but we never thought that the waves at the beach would be this perfect. The swell direction and the newly created sandbars made for probably the best shaped waves I have seen all year here.”
Sara Procaccini. Photo Lisa Haase.
The chilly air and water temperatures called for full suits and accessories, but the rubber put no damper on the hot performances in all age groups. Duly noted, however, was the high level of ripping done by the current East Coast Menehune Surfing Champion, Robbie Goodwin. Robbie, who recently returned home from the annual east coast contest, which was held in 15-foot hurricane like conditions, found the perfect town beach surf to his liking. Goodwin easily dominated the event, winning every heat in both his own age group and the Open Shortboard by wide margins. His air-acrobatics had the entire beach in awe, as he dazzled the crowd.
Medelise Reifsteck. Photo Lisa Haase.
Meanwhile, the rest of the youth competitors continued to battle it out, much as they have done all year. Lily Gartner continued to show that she will be a contender at the 2016 ESA Regional Championships, as she topped the Girls, Junior Women Longboard, and finished 7th in the Open Shortboard categories. Page Hedde edged out Sophia Martino in a close contest of the Menehune Girls, while Haley Marsden took the Girls 13 and Under title. One of the closest contests was the Menehune Longboard Final, which featured a duel between Noah Gartner and Page Hedde. Gartner dominated the heat, but Hedde picked off one of the best waves of the entire contest to close the gap. In the end, it was a tie that had to be broken on the 3rd wave, giving Gartner the win.
Kevin Roy. Photo Lisa Haase.
Several veterans were back on the scene after a break from competition. Mike Akers charged to the win in the Masters Final, while Medelise Reifsteck styled her way to the victory in the Senior Women’s Longboard final. One of the most entertaining heats was the Masters Longboard Final, which featured a tight contest between Kevin Roy and Andrew Marsden. Marsden came up with an incredible “Hang Ten” on a solid chest high peeler, and it looked like he had locked up the win. With five minutes left in the heat, Roy grabbed a shoulder high left barrel and blew off some hard cutbacks and flying off-the-lips to beat him out by 2 points at the buzzer.
Andrew Marsden. Photo Lisa Haase.
The next contest is the final rated ESA event of the season, and scheduled to take place at the same town beach on November 21st. This annual Holiday Surfabout has historically had good surf, and ESA officials are hoping for a repeat of last year’s conditions. Sign-ups are from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, and the entry fee is $35.00.
Luke Johnson. Photo Lisa Haase.
Luke Johnson. Photo Lisa Haase.
Narragansett Surf Shop is offering to outfit any youth competitors who need full suits and accessories for the event, at no charge. Anyone interested can email the ESA or call the surf shop a few days before the contest with the contestant’s height, weight, and foot size.
Robbie Goodwin. Photo Lisa Haase.
Robbie Goodwin. Photo Lisa Haase.
Final Results of the 41st Annual Northeast Surfing Titles, held in perfect 3-6 foot surf at the Narragansett Town Beach, on November 7th, 2015.
Menehune Boys-1.Robbie Goodwin 2.Cade Marsden 3.Noah Gartner 4.Braydon Bennett
Menehune Girls-1.Page Hedde 2.Sophia Martino 3.Phoebe Hedde 4.Chase Barclay
Boys 13 and Under-1.Jayden Parry 2.George Shaver
Boys 15 and Under-1.Joe Hedde 2.Nick Gauvin 3.Joe Doherty Jr. 4.Dylan Holtbakk
Girls 13 and Under-1.Haley Marsden
Girls 15 and Under-1.Lily Gartner 2.Charlotte Robbin
Junior Men-1.Luke Johnson
Masters-1.Mike Akers 2.Chris Herbert
Senior Men-1.Kai Holtbakk 2.Kevin Roy
Senior Women-1.Sara Procaccini
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Kitty Pechet
Menehune Longboard-1.Noah Gartner 2.Page Hedde 3.Sophia Martino 4.Chase Barclay 5.Phoebe Hedde 6.Cade Marsden
Junior Women Longboard-1.Lily Gartner 2.Charlotte Robbin 3.Haley Marsden
Senior Women Longboard-1.Medelise Reifsteck 2.Sara Procaccini
Master Longboard-1.Kevin Roy 2.Andrew Marsden 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Mike Akers
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Claudio Paulino 3.Kitty Pechet
Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Peter Pan
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Dylan Holtbakk
Open SUP-1.Jack Egan 2.Stacy McLouglin 3.Peter Pan
Open Shortboard-1.Robbie Goodwin 2.Kevin Roy 3.Luke Johnson 4.Andrew Marsden 5.Kai Holtbakk 6.Joe Hedde 7.Lily Gartner 8.Page Hedde 9.Noah Gartner 10.Charlotte Robbin 11.Geordie Shaver 12.Jordan Brown 13.Sophia Martino 14.Dylan Holtbakk
This week the LIFERS project caught the ferry to New England to hang out with owner of Water Brothers, Sid Abruzzi, photographer/filmmaker, Michael Cirelli, and Grain Surfboards co-owners, Mike LaVecchia and Brad Anderson. Enjoy!
It all came together for the annual “Battle of the Beach” at the Narragansett Town Beach this year. It was another amazing feat for master promoter Conrad Ferla, who should now be considered as the new P.T. Barnum of New England surfing circles. Ferla managed to gather the largest group of competitors ever assembled for a local ESA contest, by baiting them with several thousand dollars worth of surfboards, skateboards, and other goodies. It worked to perfection, as contest organizers literally ran out of daylight running heats all day long. Adding to the mix were perfect 80-degree air temperatures and 68 degree ocean water, a rare treat at the end of a New England September.
Local knowledge did not help many of the contestants, as the swells came from two directions and the sand bars provided unpredictable close-out sections. It came down to who could pick out the waves that were actually ridable and survive the inside shorebreak. The Open Shortboard division provided the toughest competition, with Newport’s Mike Corseri crushing two hollow rights to edge out local Morgan Gallipeau, who was hunting down the elusive left barrels. Veteran Kevin Roy took the 3rd spot, and Charlestown’s Joe Hedde finished 4th.
The Open Longboard final featured another classic battle between Boston’s Andrew Marsden and Narragansett’s Kevin Roy. Roy was tuned up from that 4th place finish in the Masters Longboard Final at the Easterns, concentrating on the left walls that were pushing through. Marsden, however, found the one perfect right peak that held up for the nose ride that won the heat. Morgan Gallipeau put on another stylish performance in this final, taking the 3rd spot with some clean lefts.
Lily Gartner. Photo: Lisa Haase.
Lily Gartner proved that she is the “Queen of the Town Beach,” as she again dominated both long and short board categories, winning the Open Women’s division and the Girls Longboard final. Gartner found the few waves in both final heats that held up and that was enough to take both divisions. Sophia Martino who found the big open barrel to edge out Page Hedde in the Girls Open Final, with Gartner in 3rd and Chase Barclay finishing in 4th.
Chase Barclay. Photo: Lisa Haase.
Josh Hedde had a great day in the water, as he charged to an easy win in the Boys Longboard and took a close second place in the Boys Shortboard finals. Narragansett’s Jim Robbin was a unanimous 2nd, making some nice sections in the longboard version, while Ben Lyman ripped two rights to top the shortboard division.
The next ESA event scheduled is the Annual Northeast Surfing Championships at the Narragansett Town Beach, on October 17th. The ESA will provide full wetsuits for any youth competitors who need them at no charge.
Results of the ESA Battle of the Beach, held in 3-6 foot seas at the Narragansett Town Beach, on September 26th, 2015.
Kai Holtbakk. Photo: Lisa Haase.
Boys Open (14 and Under) 1.Ben Lyman 2.Josh Hedde 3.Zack Moffit 4.Ted Evans 5.Dylan Holtbakk 6.Blane Lidsky 7.Jayden Parry 8.Ben Turene 9.Justin Parrilla 10.Tate Costa 11.Josh Hedde 12.Aiden McInerney 13.Jim Robbin 14.George Shaver 15.Cade Birrell 16.Ted Evans 17.Broyden Champln 18.Ben Woerlen 19.Brayden Birrell 20.Noah Gartner 21.Owen Costa 22.Cade Marsden
Girls Open (14 and Under) 1.Sophia Martino 2.Page Hedde 3.Lily Gartner 4.Chase Barclay 5.Haley Marsden 6.Emily Brinton 7.Phoebe Hedde 8.Mariana Meyer
Short Board Open (14 and Over/all ages) 1.Mike Corseri 2.Morgan Gallipeau 3.Kevin Roy 4.Joe Hedde 5.Scott Hayward 6.Sam Lebine 7.Matt Barone 8.Baylor Wallace 9.Andrew Marsden 10.Corey Engle 11.Shane Cooney 12.Doug Whitman 13.Ted Sorlein 14.Julian Ortiz 15.Ben Lyman 16.Dylan Latham 17.Marcus Rand 18.Kyle Halavik 19.Charlie Frodigh 20.Pat Bledsoe 21.James Adams 22.Matt Ianucci 23.Scott Barto 24.Sean McKenzie 25.Paul Kraus 26.Eric Nelson 27.Joe Doherty Jr. 28.Pat Cullen 29.Matt Mahany 30.Jake Manning 31.Matt Singer 32.Chick Frodigh 33.Justin Wagner 34.Mike Favlcchio 35.Chris Herbert 36.Dylan Sheak 37.Lcy Caverro 38.Nick Gadreau 39.Aurein Bouche-Pillion 40.Steve Carlson 41.Conrad Bailey 42.George Shaver
Womens Open (14 and Over/all ages) 1.Lily Gartner 2.Sara Procaccini 3.Medelise Reifsteck 4.Katie Imswiler 5.Jessica Filkins 6.Kitty Pechet 7.Sara Prince 8.Kate Frodigh 9.Haley Stern 10.Rachel McCarty
Open Boys Longboard (14 and Under) 1.Josh Hedde 2.Jim Robbin 3.Noah Gartner 4.Jayden Parry 5.Dylan Holtbakk 6.Owen Costa 7.Cade Marsden 8.Tate Costa
Open Girls Longboard (14 and Under) 1.Lily Gartner 2.Page Hedde 3.Chase Barclay 4.Sophia Martino 5.Phoebe Hedde 6.Emily Brinton 7.Haley Marsden
Open Longboard (14 years and Over/all ages) 1.Andrew Marsden 2.Kevin Roy 3.Morgan Gallipeau 4.Steve Torrisi 5.Steve Melidossian 6.Baylor Wallace 7.Pat Cullen 8.Charlie Frodigh 9.James Adams 10.Sara Prince 11.Rachel McCarty 12.Pat Bledsoe 13.Kyle Havalik 14.Joe Hedde 15.Allen Santucci 16.Kai Holtbakk 17.Sara Procaccini 18.Marcus Rand 19.Joe Doherty Jr. 20.Juan Ortiz 21.Chick Frodigh 22.Doug Whitman 23.Matt Mahany 24.Conrad Bailey 25.Alex Boutin 26.Gavin Carey 27.Vin Meyer 28.Paul Kraus
This week the LIFERS project drove to Montauk to catch some waves with pro surfer Leif Engstrom and meet up with Whalebone Creative owner, Jesse Joeckel, Whalebone Magazine co-founder, Pat Fallon and Ditch Witch owner and photographer Grant Monahan. Next week, New England!
There was not even a hint of a swell at any break in Rhode Island, except at the one beach where the Annual “Catch A Curl” competition was scheduled to run, the Westerly Town Beach. Sponsored by the New England Science and Sailing Institute of Stonington, Connecticut, this “grom” only contest grows in popularity every year. This event was no different, drawing almost 40 of the hottest up and coming surfers in the New England region, as they competed for lots of prizes and bragging rights. A solid 2-3 foot swell gave surfers plenty of waves to ride, but finding the right ones was tough. This is where local knowledge played a key factor in the close contests.
Jack Morrone. Photo Lisa Haase.
An example of this came in the very competitive Boys event, which featured competitors battling through quarterfinals, a semi-main, and a final heat. After several rounds of action, it came down to a stand-off between local Jack Morrone and Narragansett’s Noah Gartner. While Noah found the best formed rights for big points, Jack locked into some elusive left sections that only a local could find, giving him the final edge and tie-breaking 5th wave for the win. Jayden Parry moved off to the far side of the contest area, and found a couple of nice rights that he worked into a 3rd place finish. ESA newcomer Owen Costa advanced to the finals in his first main event, and took the 4th spot on one solid ride.
Lily Gartner. Photo Lisa Haase.
There was some hot action in the heavyweight “Big Kahuna” contests, as surfers in the advanced category went head to head. Lily Gartner proved that it’s tough to beat the current ESA champion, as she scored on both left and rights, making close-out sections and sweeping to the win over Tate Melton.
Local Robbie Darling again proved that local knowledge pays off, as he knocked out a tie-breaking victory over Charlestown veteran ESA rider, Josh Hedde. The Girls/Wahine Final featured a high scoring battle between ESA hotshots, Page Hedde and Sophia Martino, with Sophia edging Page out on an inside left section that held up to the beach.
Page Hedde. Photo Lisa Haase.
In the Under 10 year category, it was Phoebe Hedde topping Mikayla Sousa and Owen Faubert edging out Derin Yaworsky.
Derin Yaworsky. Photo Lisa Haase.
It was a great tribute to Meet Director Mistral Dobson and her staff, that the contest went so smoothly and that everyone had a great time. Surfrider’s Colin Hynes helped direct a beach clean up after the competition, which netted several huge bags of beach trash.
Colby Champlin. Photo Lisa Haase.
The next big ESA event takes place next Saturday at the Narragansett Town Beach, when the “Battle of the Beach” goes off. This fun event will feature several thousand dollars in prizes, music on the beach, skateboarding, and crazy events. The popular “Retro-Shortboard” contest will have 8 1970’s surfboards on the beach, and must be ridden by competitors in the event. Sign-ups are from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM and entry fee is only twenty bucks.
Final Results of the 4th Annual “Catch A Curl” Grom Fest, held in 1-3 foot surf at the Westerly Town Beach, Westerly, Rhode Island on September 20th, 2015.
Ankle Biters /Boys (under 10 years old) 1.Owen Faubert 2.Derin Yaworsky 3.Colby Champlin 4.Grayson Simmons
Ankle Biters/Girls (under 10 years old) 1.Phoebe Hedde 2.Mikayla Sousa
Wahine Girls (intermediate 11-14 years) 1.Sophia Martino 2.Page Hedde 3.Emily Brinton 4.Marianna Meyer 5.Lee Melton 6.Chase Barclay
Ho-Dad Boys (intermediate 11-14 years) 1.Jack Morrone 2.Noah Gartner 3.Jayden Parry 4.Owen Costa 5.Luke Marley 6.Dylan Holtbakk 7.Brayden Champlin 8.Aiden Faubert 9.Justin Parrilla 10.Zander Baas 11.Jake Serra 12.Jim Robbin 13.Shepard Simmons 14.Max Garber 15.Jack Sharbaca 16.Jake Bredice 17.James Powers
Big Kahuna Girls (experienced under 17 years) 1.Lily Gartner 2.Tate Melton 3.Sarah Billis 4.Kelly Giffault
Big Kahuna Boys (experienced under 17 years) 1.Robbie Darling 2.Josh Hedde 3.James Adams 4.Joe Hedde 5.Douglas Sockbeson.