The 2014 ESA Summer Surf Series kick started this past Saturday at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island. Local competitors found solid waist to chest high lefts and rights that lasted right through the day. The action was intense in all of the youth divisions as the top youngsters from the surf towns of Narragansett, Newport, Little Compton, Westerly, and Nantasket battled it out for bragging rights.
For the first time ever in district competition, the female competitors outnumbered the males. “It was very encouraging to see all the new up and coming girls who were ripping it up out there,” said ESA Co-Director Ron Belanger. “They were really pushing each other and I judged some very close heats.” It all came down to whom had the best contest strategy. Belanger explained, “If you were patient and waited for the set waves to roll in, you nailed it and got the high scoring rides. If you were impatient, you got the scraps.”
Leading the charge was 2014 Northeast Regionals Girls Champion Maria Barend, who styled her way to victory in the Girls Final, overtaking 2nd place Lily Gartner on the final wave. The toughest heat was the Menehune Longboard Girls Final. Lily Gartner sat outside and waited for the big set, and she picked off the best-formed right to top Page Hedde in a close final. Hanging outside for the biggest set waves also paid off for Joe Hedde, as he carved up an inside right and a good backside left to edge out Ed Barend. Barend however, found a perfect right peak and glided, trimmed, and nose rode through it to easily win the Menehune Boys Longboard Final over Hedde.
Other top area winners included Noah Gartner, who won the Menehune Boys Shortboard, and Page Hedde, who won the Menehune Girls Shortboard. Dylan Holtbakk’s drop knee rides put him in the winner’s circle in the Menehune Bodyboard Final, while Pat Redmond “el-rollo-ed” to the Open Bodyboard title. Dylan Key took the Junior Men’s crown with ease.
In the women’s categories, Charlotte O’Halloran charged both finals, and won both the Junior Women’s and Junior Women’s Longboard events. It was evident to the judges that she had the place wired, since she surfs there daily. “Charlotte went to the perfect take-off spot for every wave she took, another example of how important local knowledge of the surf break becomes in competition,” noted Belanger after the heat.
Ana Barend continued unbeatable in both the Senior Women and Senior Women Longboard categories. Andrew Marsden picked off probably the best right slide of the entire event to win the Master Longboard final in a very close heat with Ron Belanger. Marsden continued his winning streak, taking the Senior Men’s title, while Belanger went on the win the Grandmaster crown.
In the elder events, Peter Pan sat outside and waited for the quality set waves, as he won three events including the Legends, Legends Longboard, and Open Standup Paddleboard divisions. Round #2 of the summer surf series will continue at this same beach on August 16th.
Final Results of the New England Summer Surfing Championships, held at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island on July 19th, 2014 in 2-3 foot surf.
Menehune Boys-1.Noah Gartner 2.Cade Marsden
Menehune Girls-1.Page Hedde 2.Ann Volpe 3.Hayley Marsden 4.Phoebe Hedde 5.Mariana Meyer 6.Emma Mirrer
Boys-1.Joe Hedde 2.Ed Barend 3.Josh Hedde 4.Dylan Holtbakk 5.Joe Doherty 6.Jayden Parry
Girls-1.Maria Barend 2.Lily Gartner 3.Charlotte Robbin 4.Alex Mirrer 5.Isabella Martino
Junior Men-1.Dylan Key
Masters-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Scott Sutherland 3.Randy Crane
Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Tim Cunningham
Junior Women-1.Charlotte O’Halloran 2.Kristin Martino
Senior Women-1.Ana Barend 2.Sara Procaccini
Menehune Girls Longboard-1.Lily Gartner 2.Page Hedde 3.Charlotte Robbin 4.Phoebe Hedde 5.Sophia Mirrer 6.Mariana Meyer 7.Ann Volpe 8.Emma Mirrer
Menehune Boys Longboard-1.Ed Barend 2.Joe Hedde 3.Noah Gartner 4.Josh Hedde 5.Joe Doherty 6.Dylan Holtbakk
Master Longboard-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Ron Belanger 3.Scott Sutherland 4.Randy Crane
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Tim Cunningham
Junior Women Longboard-1.Charlotte O’Halloran 2.Maria Barend 3.Isabella Martino
Senior Women Longboard-1.Ana Barend 2.Danielle Abruzzi 3.Sara Procaccini 4.Kristin Martino
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Dylan Holtbakk 2.Joe Doherty
Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Dave McLaughlin 3.Peter Pan
Open SUP-1.Peter Pan
The surfing community was treated to a rare and fun event this past Saturday, at Fort Adams, in Newport, Rhode Island. The occasion was the annual Surf Fest, sponsored by Rhode Island surf legend, Sid Abruzzi and his Water Brothers Surf Shop. Thousands of spectators came to experience the surf and skate extravaganza, which offered an array of vintage surfboards and skateboards from collectors all over the east coast.
For the first time at the festival, there was an impressive display of vintage surf vehicles, including convertibles, jeeps, station wagons, and muscle cars that spanned 50 years. South County was well represented with a large display of surfboards and paddleboards by Dave Levy of Levy Surf Designs. The famous Morrisey brother’s collection of long boards, were on display as well. The Morriseys, who live in Wakefield, own one of the greatest collections of long boards on the east coast. Conrad Ferla, also of Wakefield, was on hand with Hyperflex wetsuits and Carver Skateboards. His first edition Simon Anderson Tri-Fin won the Vintage Shortboard category at the show.
Several senior members of the Surfing Hall of Fame were in attendance, including former East Coast Champion and innovative surfboard builder, Greg Loehr of Cocoa Beach. Another champion, Mike Tabeling, also of Cocoa Beach fame, drove from the coastline of Mexico, to be at the surf fest. Former World Champion Peter Townsend of Australia was seen making the rounds as well. Surfing pioneer Howie “Goldie” Goldsmith of Wakefield was also walking the show. Goldie was one of the first and largest manufacturer of “pop-out” surfboards on the east coast, and major promoter of New England surfing events in the early 1960’s.
There was an outstanding array of top east and west coast skateboarders at this year’s affair, and they entertained the crowd in an 8-hour skate jam that had not been seen in Rhode Island in over a decade. While no one was declared a winner, local riders dominated. Former world champion skateboarder Tony Alva held court next to the ramp, along with local Fall River champion Fred Smith. Alva was once voted the top skater, in the world by Skateboarder Magazine, at the height of the sport’s popularity. Smith is probably the most famous skateboarder to ever come out of New England. This champion pool rider’s skateboard deck outsold any other model of any brand for almost one year, at the height of his dominance. He was known world wide for his wild antics both on and off the ramp.
Festivities raged long into the night, as the DJ spun his tunes, surf and skate goods were sold, and everyone got to touch and pick up the vintage surfboards and skateboards. The event went so well at this new location, that Sid promised that it would happen here again, next year.
The ESA has just released information as well as the entry forms for the ESA’s 2014 Eastern Surfing Championships® (aka 2014 EASTERNS®). The competition dates are listed as: September 14-20, 2014.
More information, entry forms, and regional rankings can be found here:
It was the perfect day for a surfing contest. Nantasket Beach, located on the south shore of Massachusetts, was the site of the Annual New England Longboard Classic, again this year. The parking lots were already filled by 10 AM, and the beach was packed with swimmers and sun worshippers. There were cloudless, blue skies with only light onshore winds and air temperatures in the high 80’s. The only part missing was a decent swell to work with. Over 150 competitors were tested in the one to two foot mushy beachbreak, especially when the onshore winds picked up substantially during the later final heats of the day.
The Men's 19-29 Finals: Kyle Merrill, Charlie Frodigh, Jack Rowland, & Mike Coute
“It was definitely a challenge to find a ridable wave,” said ESA Massachusetts Competition Director Chick Frodigh. “Somehow, the top competitors always seem to manage to find a way to win, regardless of whether or not it is 6 inches or 6 feet.” The lightweight riders did have an advantage in the erratic surf, with the ability to get up faster and ride the small peaks into the shorebreak.
Men's 13-18: Dylan Key, Eddie Traniello with the headstand, & Joe Doherty, Jr.
Due perhaps to the conditions as well as the growing popularity of the sport, the men’s and women’s stand-up paddle board contests were the most competitive of the event. The women’s division is becoming tougher, as Sara Procaccini edged out Stacey McLoughlin for the win, cruising into two left bumps. Newcomer, Denise Lamb finished 3rd. On the men’s side, the choppy conditions proved to be a challenge to all seven finalists. In the end, it was a freak left with some distance, that gave Peter Pan the win over local rider, Carl Mahistedt.
Peter Pan. Photo: Joe McGovern.
There was some great longboarding in the men’s categories, with ESA veterans taking charge in most finals. Charlie Frodigh pulled off two great handstands to win the Men’s crown over Ross Logoy, while Andrew Marsden pumped through the mush to win the Senior Men’s title. Mike Fredrick topped the Masters, and Ken Collins won a close decision over Ken Merrill in the Grandmasters final. Peter Pan topped Jerry Korinski for the Legends crown.
Jack Rowland & Charlie Frodigh
Women’s longboarding has come a long way in the past decade. Josie Korinski outlasted Annabel Smith to win the Girls title, while Katie Zullo found a rare, well-formed right to win the Women’s category. Cathy Donndelinger nose rode her way to the title over Noona Joseph, in the Women 30-39 age group, while longtime Cape Cod stylist Sue Glidden cruised to the Senior Women’s crown.
Katie Zullo. Photo Joe McGovern.
The youngsters caught the best action, with the incoming tide. Kaleb O’Kane found two good rights to pump past Cade Marsden in the Boys 12 and Under final, while Haley Marsden topped Annabelle Volpe by one point to win the Girls 12 and Under crown. Eddie Traniello dominated the Junior division, taking a unanimous first on every scoring sheet, to win it over Jamie Kelley.
Charlie Frodigh pulls off the headstand
In the final heats of the day, it was New England’s top bodyboarder, Pat Redmond winning the Open division, while Harlow Farmer topped the 12 and Under final.
Men's 19-29 Semi-Final: Party Wave! Jack Rowland, Ross Lagoy, Ryan Lagoy, & Mike Coute
As typical with this annual event, a great after contest party took place at Daddy’s Beach Club, right across from the contest site. Contestants were treated to live music by the Lois Greco Band, and a non-stop flow of Daddy’s famous pizzas. The next area ESA surfing competition will take place at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island on July 19th.
The Lois Greco Band plays the afterparty at Daddy's Beach Club
Results of the 22nd Annual New England Longboard Classic Championships
12 and Under Boys
12 and Under Girls
Senior Men 40-49
4.Joe Doherty Sr.
Senior Women 50 and over
Legends 60 and over
Men Open SUP
Women Open SUP
Bodyboard 12 and under
Bodyboard 13 and over
Date: Sunday, June 8th
Time: 10 am
Place: Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA
Price: $25 before June 8; $40 day of contest.
Contest entry includes: tee shirt to the first 80 entrants; Surfer's Stomp/Awards Party and Flatbread Pizza at Daddy's Beach Club; live music; prizes; Silent Auction.
In the past, many have have asked how they can help out at this incredible event. Well this year here's one way: If you (or someone you know) can donate an item or gift certificate for the silent auction table to benefit The Children's Fund (formerly Save the Children), that would be a Great help.
New location this year for the Awards Party--Daddy's Beach Club (they have the Best flatbread pizza around!) and they hooked us up with Blues Legend Lois Greco. She is stoked to play for the participants! Check out her music at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzn-goy0KVM
Entry Form (click to print):