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