Announcement #1 of 3: If you have any desire to surf in the regionals at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, you must send in your entry fee as soon as possible. Just go to and get your entry form.

Anouncemtent #2 of 3: The following is a list of the ESA's events for 2014. The events (and other events) are also listed on the NESurf calendar.

  • February 15- 46th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships at the Narragansett Town Beach, R.I.
  • April 19- ESA Spring Championships at a site to be determined
  • June 8-Annual New England Longboard Classic at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts
  • June 15-New England SUP Race Challenge #1 at Narrow River, R.I.
  • July 13-New England SUP Race Challenge #2 at Narrow River, R.I.
  • July 19-Annual Summer Surf Titles at Second Beach in Middletown, R.I.
  • August 3-Ozone Classic Surf Competition at Cisco Beach, Nantucket
  • August 10-New England SUP Race Challenge #3 at Narrow River, R.I.
  • August 16-Summer Titles-Round #2 at First Beach, Newport, R.I.
  • September 20-“Catch A Wave” Gromfest at Westerly Town Beach, R.I.
  • September 29-Veterans Day Longboard Classic at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts
  • October 18-Annual Northeast Surfing Championships at the Narragansett Town Beach, R.I.
  • November 22-Annual Holiday Surfabout at the Narragansett Town Beach, R.I.

Anouncemtent #3 of 3: The final standings for 2013 are listed below.  Reminder: If you surfed in two events in 2013, you can more than likely surf at the regionals.


  • D. Holtbakk 3868
  • B. Bennett 3539
  • Noah Gartner 2710
  • Rob Goodwin 2000
  • Jim Robbin 1810
  • Q. Battagliese 1490
  • C. Marsden 1000
  • Josh Hedde 810
  • J. E. Chow 729
  • Ben Turenne 729


  • Joe Doherty 3056
  • Gavin Smith 3000
  • Sean Dungan 1800
  • Joe Hedde 1629
  • Max Hirsh 1556
  • Nick Curci 1478
  • Ed Barend 1180
  • Ryan Dean 1116
  • Cade Marsden 1000
  • Jake Casey 810
  • M. Blanchette 810
  • Rigs Bennett 729


  • Corran Moore 2800
  • Andy Nota 1656
  • Matt Alofsin 1620
  • R.Wilkinson 1458
  • Mario Starks 1000
  • Liam O'Regan 1000
  • C. Frodigh 900
  • Ben Alofsin 900
  • James Manni 729
  • Lucas Burger 656
  • Pat Bowe 590
  • Parker Hall 531
  • Allen Santucci 531


  • D. Giuseppone 2000
  • Kevin Babcock 1000
  • Matt Nota 1000


  • A. Marsden 4810
  • Jose Galvez 3339
  • Kai Holtbakk 2800
  • Jeff Smith 2710
  • Chuck Barend 1000
  • John Fonda 810
  • Leo Campos 810
  • Joe Doherty 729


  • Z.Balbueno 1000
  • Kevin Tanner 900


  • C. Paolino 3000


  • Peter Pan 7000
  • Cunningham 1800
  • Mark Preece 900


  • Kitty Pechet 3000
  • J. Causey 1000


  • Maria Barend 2000
  • Haley Marsden 1000
  • Katie Frodigh 900
  • C. Robbin 0


  • Ana Barend 3000
  • Sarah Prince 2900
  • S. Procaccini 2000
  • Katie Ryan 1000
  • C. Bonnichon 1000


  • D. Holtbakk 2456
  • Gavin Smith 1900
  • Joe Hedde 1620
  • Q. Battagliesise 1458
  • R. Bennett 1430
  • B. Bennett 1378
  • Ed Barend 1350
  • Josh Hedde 1180
  • C. Marsden 1000
  • Sean Dungan 1000
  • Maria Barend 1000
  • J. Doherty 1000
  • Parker Hall 900
  • Jim Robbin 656
  • Lily Gartner 531
  • C. Robbin 387
  • Noah Gartner 350


  • Ryan Dean 1800
  • Andy Nota 1000
  • C. Frodigh 1000
  • Liam O'Regan 1000
  • Allen Santucci 1000
  • Parker Hall 900
  • Lucas Burger 810
  • Nick Curci 810


  • D. Giuseppone 2000
  • Matt Nota 900


  • A.Marsden 5810
  • Jeff Smith 1710
  • K. Holtbakk 1629
  • Paul Bennett 1000
  • Chuck Barend 1000
  • Kevin Tanner 900
  • Jose Galvez 900
  • John Fonda 810
  • Leo Campos 810
  • Jim Taylor 729
  • J. Doherty Sr. 729


  • Peter Pan 7000
  • T. Cunningham 1800
  • C. Paulino 900
  • Mark Preece 900


  • S. Procaccini 4810
  • Sarah Prince 1800
  • Katie Ryan 1000
  • K. Artigian 1000
  • Rachael Powers 1000
  • Mya Kotalac 900


  • Kitty Pechet 2800
  • S. McLoughlin 1900
  • C. Bonnichon 1000
  • M. Kotalac 1000
  • Ana Barend 1000


  • Clayton Ives 3000
  • B. Bennett 1900
  • Q. Battagliese 900
  • D.Holtbakk 810


  • Peter Pan 3520
  • Pat Redmond 2900
  • DMcLaughlin 1900


  • Peter Pan 3258
  • Leo Campos 2810
  • S.McLoughlin 2620
  • S.Procaccini 2390
  • Sally Bates 1000
  • Jeff Smith 1000
  • Nick Curci 656
  • Mark Preece 531


  • Jose Galvez 2240
  • Kai Holtbakk 1900
  • D. Holtbakk 1662
  • Gavin Smith 1539
  • D.Giuseppone 1539
  • Sean Dungan 1378
  • Andy Marsden 1000
  • Kevin Tanner 900
  • Joe Hedde 900
  • Ana Barend 810
  • Liam O'Regan 729
  • Allen Santucci 729
  • Jeff Smith 656
  • Nick Curci 656
  • Drew Nolan 590
  • S. McKenzie 590
  • Joe Doherty 590
  • Corran Moore 531
  • Q.Battaghliese 387
  • Kevin Babcock 350
  • Josh Hedde 350

Photos by Bryan Nicholson of this past Valentine's Weekend Swell. More surf photos are available on his site, on his facebook page, and on his Instagram feed at bryannicholsonphotography.






This winter ambassador Shawn Vecchione and photographer Scott Crivalero have been out shooting every frigid but yet epic swell all around New England. This is just the tip of the iceberg of some of the pristine shoots they have.

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46th Annual New England Midwinter Surfing Championships

by Peter Pan

A nasty New England winter snowstorm dumped over two feet of snow on the scheduled day of the 46th Annual New England Midwinter Surfing Championships. This turned out to be a good thing, because on the following weekend, after the postponement, a coastal storm provided some of the best surf of the entire winter for the contest. Despite the icy cold 35-degree water and cold air temperatures, the waves stayed a consistent 3-6 feet with moderate offshore winds for the duration of the event. This set up the stage for some great competitive surfing, with fast, well formed left and right peaks pumping through the contest zone.

For the first time ever, there was open competition in the kayak category, which turned out to be a big hit with both the surfers and spectators. Ron Johnson, local professional kayaker, coordinated the kayak event, and assisted with educating the judges on the kayak moves in the surf. "It turned out to be a real close one," said Ron. "Bert Dubois was surfing the waves, but James managed to pull off some great tricks on the faces, especially the Blunts and Flat Spins, which put him in first place."
Surfing competitors got a chance to mingle with the kayak surfers, and realized that they were not that much different than themselves. "The idea of having us compete in the contest, will hopefully give surfers a better attitude toward the kayakers, when they are out in the line-up with them," said Ron.

Another new division growing in popularity was the Men's and Women's Stand-up Paddleboard event, which drew some great competitors. In the Men's Final, John Pariseault had the lead going into the last minute. Jim Blakeney picked off the best right slide of the entire heat just before the horn sounded, edging him out on the last ride. In the Women's final, it was veteran Stacey McLoughlin grabbing a long right to top Sarah Prince for the win.
Corran Moore had the left peak wired, as the goofy-footer had an outstanding day, picking off the biggest set waves and ripping them to both the Men's and Open titles. Local veteran John Pariseault was also tearing up the place, and showed his versatility with top showings in every category. Working both the inside and outside right walls, John won the Senior Men and Senior Longboard Finals. He then proceeded to take a 2nd place behind Moore in the Open Shortboard and 2nd place in the Open Stand-up Paddleboard Final.

Katie Zullo found some nice hollow barrels to win both front and backside in the Women's Shortboard and Women's Longboard divisions. Sara Procaccini picked off a perfect right peak to beat out Sarah Prince in the Ladies Shortboard Final.
In the youth events, Joe Doherty had a big day, winning both the Boys and Menehune Longboard Finals, as well as finishing 6th in the Open Final. Braydon Bennett was ripping up the insiders, taking the Menehune and Menehune Bodyboard titles with ease.

In the older categories, it was Peter Pan winning the Legends and Legends Longboard divisions, picking off the biggest right walls in the middle of the beach. Kitty Pechet rode the inside sections to win the Grand Legends title. In the Open Bodyboard division, it was another successful day for Pat Redmond and his 360's.

The next rated ESA contest of the season will take place on April 19th at First Beach in Newport, Rhode Island. For more information, contact the ESA at 401-575-0003 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Final Results:

MENEHUNES-1.Braydon Bennett

BOYS-1.Joe Doherty 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Sean McDonald 4.Rigby Bennett

MEN-1.Corran Moore 2.Sam Levine

SENIOR MEN-1.John Pariseault 2.Jose Galvez 3.Andy Marsden 4.Jim Blakeney 5.Kai Holtbakk 6.Paul Bennett

GRANDMASTERS-1.Claudio Paolino LEGENDS-1.Peter Pan 2.Mark Preece

GRAND LEGENDS-1.Kitty Pechet WOMEN-1.Katie Zullo

LADIES-1.Sara Procaccini 2.Sarah Prince

MENEHUNE LONGBOARD-1.Joe Doherty 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Braydon Bennett

SENIOR LONGBOARD-1.John Pariseault 2.Andy Marsden 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Jose Galvez 5.Paul Bennett

LEGENDS LONGBOARD-1.Peter Pan 2.Mark Preece 3.Claudio Paolino


LADIES LONGBOARD-1.Sara Procaccini 2.Kitty Pechet 3.Sara Prince

MENEHUNE BODYBOARD-1.Brayton Bennett 2.Dylan Holtbakk

OPEN BODYBOARD-1.Pat Redmond 2.Dave McLaughlin 3.Peter Pan

OPEN SUP-1.Jim Blakeney 2.John Pariseault 3.Mark Preece 4.Kevin Turco 5.Peter Pan

WOMEN SUP-1.Stacey McLoughlin 2.Sarah Prince

OPEN KAYAK-1.James Legare 2.Bert DuBois 3.Tom Chase 4.Dave Rawson

OPEN SHORTBOARD-1.Corran Moore 2.John Pariseault 3.Jose Galvez 4.Sam Levine 5.Katie Zullo 6.Joe Doherty 7.Andy Marsden 8.Kai Holtbakk 9.Dylan Holtbakk 10.Sean McDonald

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By Peter Pan.

The ESA's first contest of the 2014 season is ON call for February 14th, after 6 PM. Email updates will be sent and the ESA hotline 401-789-1954 will be updated as well.

There will be rated competition in all age group and specialty categories, and a special open kayak surfing event. Head judge for this event will be world-class surf kayak rider Ron Johnson of Narragansett. There will also be an open stand-up paddleboard division.

Entry fee is $25.00 and includes all events. Trophies will be awarded to all finalists.

Sign-ups are from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Narragansett Town Beach. You must be a member of the Eastern Surfing Association to compete, but you can join on the beach.

Early indications are for a coastal snow/sleet storm to come through and give us surf in the 2-3 foot range for Saturday.

For more information, contact ESA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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