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