Chino Surfboards is hosting a movie night on Wednesday October 9 from 7:30-9:30 to show "Shoot The Pier, a True Maine Surf Story," a film by Brian Goding. The film tells a "story about a generation of surfers that... takes us to a time and place where the waves were undiscovered and a culture was misunderstood."
Wednesday. October 9, 7:30-9:30pm
19 Stuart Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Also a Special photo series by local surfer/photog Mike Valencius of Mariner’s Light Photography.
By Peter Pan
It was a scene reminiscent of an early 1960’s surfing competition, complete with girls gyrating their hula-hoops, longhaired skateboarders pumping turns in the parking lot, and the Beach Boys blaring through the loudspeaker system set up by the Narragansett Town Beach seawall.
In actuality, it was the Eastern Surfing Association’s “Battle of the Brews” surfing competition that took place this past Saturday. It was the brainchild of local surf shop manager, Conrad Ferla, who combined surfing, skateboarding, and beer sponsors into working together for a fun event.
ESA Competition Director Mario Frade watched the festivities and commented. “This scene is like a flashback to the last big surfing contest ever held at the Narragansett Town Beach. It was the 1968 New England Invitational Surfing Championships. I was there and we listened to the same music that the DJ is playing right now (Ventures). The crowd was certainly bigger in 68’. We have a few hundred people here today. At that contest, it was estimated there were about 3000 spectators lined up on the seawall and on the beach.”
Ferla created some crazy specialty divisions for the contest, and those turned out to be the most entertaining and biggest draws of the event. The most popular division was the “Retro Shortboard” division, where rounds of 6 competitors had to use the six surfboards that were on hand, antiques dating from 1971 to 1983. Surfers had to ride what they picked out from a lottery drawing in each heat. The poor floatation and the bad design of some of these boards made for some great wipeouts that kept the spectators entertained.
Another popular division was what Ferla called the “Mega-Board” competition. In this event, everyone had to ride the same super wide beginner long board, donated by one of the sponsors of the contest, Bic Sport U.S.A. The sloppy, mushy, and small conditions were ideal surf for these boards, and competitors kept the spectators on their toes with lots of old style tricks.
Along with these events, there was the Open Longboard and Open Shortboard contest, along with Menehune and Women categories. Sponsors for the event gave away some great prizes to all the finalists, and the action moved to the Oceanside Restaurant across the street from the beach, at the conclusion of the event.
The turnout was so great for this ESA contest, the final heat of the day finished in the dark at 7:15 PM. Contest organizers had to take down the tents, tables and PA system under car headlights.
To some extent, the surf did cooperate, with a solid knee to waist high swell, messy at times, but contestable for the duration of the contest. Those who managed to find the rare makeable section, easily advanced to the next round. Local knowledge was a factor in the Midget events, when both Noah and Lilly Gartner easily took the titles, floating off the inside mini-walls.
In the highly competitive Retro Shortboard division, it was Matt Baron who managed to get a 30-year old Hobie Peter Pan Slug Fish pumping across the low tide shorebreak, topping Morgan Gallipeau for the title. Gallipeau came back to take the Open Longboard crown in a spirited battle with Andrew Nota. Both rode vintage 1960 stock longboards in the final round.
The crowd enjoyed the Mega Board Final, which was plentiful with wipeouts and nosedives. Andrew Marsden showed great control, managing some nice nose rides as he rode to the win over Nick Curci. Lauren Wiggins powered her way through some snappy close-out sections to win the Open Women’s category over Sarah Procaccini. The Oldster final paddled out in the dark, with Peter Pan taking it over Claudio Paolino under the headlights.
A post party was held across the street from the beach at the Oceanside Restaurant, where contest sponsor Narragansett Beer supplied contestants with free beer and a live DJ. Other major sponsors for the event which supplied prizes for the contestants included Narragansett Surf and Skate, Bic Sport USA, Carver Skateboards, Hurley, Pro Lite, Raw Elements, Gansett Rides, Chino Surfboards, Ergo, Anarchy, and Bike Stop.
Final Results of the ESA “Battle of the Brews” Contest:
Midget Boys-1.Noah Gartner 2.Nick Gaudreau 3.Brandon Bennett 4.Ben Turenne 5.Finn Gaudreau 6.Dylan Holtbakk
Midget Girls-1.Lily Gartner 2.Haley Marsden
Open Shortboard-1.Sam Crumm 2.Matt Baron 3.Jose Galvez 4.Kai Holtbakk 5.Sullivan Brownhill 6.David Giuseppone 7.Allen Santucci 8.Nick Curci 9.Tom Casserly 10.Sean McKenzie
Open Longboard-1.Morgan Gallipeau 2.Andrew Nota 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Matt Nota 5.Andrew Marsden 6.Tom Casserly 7.Steve Torrisi 8.Rigby Bennett 9.Sullivan Brownhill 10.Omar Fahmy 11.Jon Wong 12.Sean McKenzie 13.Allen Santucci 14.Jason May 15.Ryan Dean 16.Nick Curci 17.Ryan Kenneally 18.Tristan Raynes 19.Paul Bennett
Retro Shortboard-1.Matt Baron 2.Morgan Gallipeau 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Matt Nota 5.Andrew Nota 6.Jose Galvez 7.Allen Santucci 8.Jon Wong 9.Sean McKenzie 10.Andrew Marsden 11.Sullivan Brownhill 12.Steve Torrisi 13.David Giuseppone 14.Tom Casserly 15.Ryan Dean 16.Jason Moy 17.Nick Curci 18.Omar Fahmy 19.Ryan Kenneally 20.Paul Bedsloe
Mega Board-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Nick Curci 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Matt Nota 5.Jason Moy 6.Morgan Gallipeau 7.Sean McKenzie 8.Jon Wong 9.Allen Santucci 10.Tom Casserly 11.Rigby Bennett 12.Andrew Nota 13.Omar Fahmy 14.Ryan Dean
Oldsters-1.Peter Pan 2.Claudio Paolino
Open Women-1.Lauren Wiggins 2.Sarah Procaccini 3.Marisa Ford 4.Kitty Pechet
by Peter Pan
Waves have been hard to come by for the past two months. Contest organizers kept their fingers crossed, in hopes of having surf for the 2nd Annual “Catch A Curl” ESA contest, held this past Saturday. ESA kids had a great time in some fun surf, with the event held at the Westerly Town Beach in Rhode Island. Contest Director Mistral Dobson was pleased with both the turnout and waves.
“We were very fortunate to get sunny skies, warm air temperatures, and nice surf for the second straight year,” said Mistral. “The level of surfing was up several notches this year for sure.” Misquamicuit Beach displayed its typical form for the contest. There were waist to chest high peaks, fast and hollow, with some elusive sections, showing up randomly. Those who got in early and often, took home the prizes.
It was hard to overlook two outstanding performances. Cape Cod’s ESA super grom, Rob Goodwin, was determined to find the best waves, and did just that. He also managed to float through some nice sections and rack up the highest scoring two rides, topping the Menehune Open Boys Final. Andrew Nota’s strategy was to take out his vintage 1963 single fin longboard and “get into the waves as early as possible,” to beat out the fast sectioning peaks. This strategy worked, especially evident when he picked off what was probably the best and biggest wave of the day, working it from the outside to win the Junior Men’s title.
The biggest group of competitors was the Wahine Girls category, which required several elimination heats to determine the winner. Kelly Giffault managed to slide across two nice right-handers, as she topped her sister, Leigh in the final heat, for the win. Charlotte Robbin not only took the most waves in the Wahine-Mini Girls Final, she also caught the best ones. In a close one, she edged out Georgia Parsons by ½ point, to take the title.
Nick Curci won the Kahuna-Boys division, by a wide margin over Nico Foster. In one of the closest finals, Jim Robbin topped Rob Goodwin for the Ankel Biters crown by ½ point.
Final Results of the ESA “Catch A Curl” Grom Comp, held at the Westerly Town Beach, Westerly, Rhode Island on September 14, 2013 in 2-3 foot surf.
ANKLE BITERS-1.Jim Robbin 2.Rob Goodwin 3.Noah Gartner 4.Josh Ewing-Chow 5.Jonah Beasley
WAHINE MINI-GIRLS-1.Charlotte Robbin 2.Georgia Parsons 3.Lily Gartner 4.Sarah Pedersen 5.Alissa Whitworth
WAHINE GIRLS-1.Kelly Giffault 2.Leigh Giffault 3.Paige Giffault 4.Summer Wojtas 5.Kelly Walker 6.Isabella Natale 7.Gabby Heaghias 8.Emily Montalto
MENEHUNE BOYS-1.Rob Goodwin 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Ian Jaeger 4.Cody Lamphere 5.Dough Sockbesn 6.Logan Jaeger
KAHUNA-BOYS-1.Nick Curci 2.Nico Foster 3.Baylor Wallace 4.Ryan Wilkinson
by Ken Merrill
I rode the NESurf longboard twice this summer and each time found the lip on some glassy waves. The second time, Mighty Mike was out on the board and catching some sweet rides. I just had to borrow it! The board is heavily coated with special glass by Vec’s crew, and surfs like the logs of old, giving the rider plenty of time to find some trim. I quickly caught some rights, and then waited way outside for a left.
When one came, I concentrated on putting the board through some maneuvers and then finally looked up. Shit! I was about to run over a surfer. In my old days, I might have sliced the epoxy board the guy was riding in half, but since it was Mike and my board he was riding, I tried to avoid him. I still can’t believe I missed! Mike was horrified. Most people know better than to let me get near their board, let alone surf one.
I grew up with three brothers and three sisters and was always fighting for scraps. Whether it was a chance for an extra breakfast sausage, or to play with a new toy, getting there first was always in your best interest. If you didn’t, the opportunity was gone. Nothing had a long shelf life at our house! We broke lots of glass!
I’ve also destroyed a few surfboards! The logs I rode years ago still sit with holes unpatched in the basement waiting for that imaginary glasser inside me to someday get the mixture right and fill in the holes. Right!!! One board, my favorite, lays in a beautiful travel bag, probably worth more than the board itself because it fell off my car in Maine and broke completely in half with all three fin boxes ruined.
I “shaked and baked” a Ricky Carroll longboard in 2009 by letting it take the brunt of my overhead mistake at Nauset Public while I ducked away. Delaminated and leaking, it still rides but looks like it’s giving birth after you take it out of the water. The epoxy Weber I own even needs rubber bumpers to keep it safe from me throwing it in the truck. All of which are still sitting down in the cellar waiting for fresh glass.
I have free half glasses of beer!