ESA Summer Surf Series 3: Hot Waves for Round 3

Surf conditions were bad before the contest, and bad after the contest. And the only surfing beach that had a good wave in New England, was Second Beach in Middletown, site of the 3rd round of the Eastern Surfing Association’s Summer Surf Series. “We got lucky yet again,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “Narragansett has one-foot chop, and we come here and get solid waist high, clean peelers.” ESA competitors, who had traveled from all over New England for the event, were pleasantly surprised to see good waves after a week of flatness.

Photo: Lisa Haase.

It was a set up for perfect contest surf, with straight off shore winds, a solid 2-3 foot swell, and incoming tide all day long. This provided some excellent performances in clean, crisp summer waves. The big event of course, was the Open Shortboard, where the best surfers from all age groups, both male and female, battled it out. It came down to a contest between Jack Grezbien and Jayden Parry, as they traded waves. Jack picked off both rights and lefts, working them into the shorebreak, while Parry sat outside, waiting for the winning set waves. They did come, as he pulled into two long, sectioning rights that he rode from the far end of the contest area and past the judges for the win. Summer Lukens, in her first contest, shocked the field, taking 3rd with long rides into the shore break. She also took two titles, winning the Girls Under 14 Shortboard, and the Junior Women Longboard crown.

Jayden Parry. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Parry also had a banner day, winning the Junior Men’s Shortboard and Junior Men’s Longboard divisions. The competition was hot and heavy in the Boys Under 16 Shortboard event, but Jack Grzebien was up to the task, tearing up two right peaks that propelled him to the title over Mason Soboleski. Undefeated Liam Fitzgerald pulled off some great cut backs and power moves to crush the Boys Under 14 Shortboard age group, while Cole Bussey was a double winner, taking the Boys Under 12 Shortboard and the Menehune Longboard divisions with some nice left and right inside sections.

Photo: Lisa Haase.

The Open Bodyboard Final featured some great trick riding, with Liam Fitzgerald pulling off two nice 360’s in the shorebreak, to edge out Cole Bussey. Brook Conley found some of the best waves of the entire competition, winning the Open SUP title.

Charlie Krause. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The 4th and final showdown for bragging rights, trophies, and prizes, will take place at 2nd Beach on September 1st. Final points standings will be tabulated at this event, and awards will be given immediately following the contest.

Cole Bussey. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Final Results of the ESA New England Summer Competition Series Round #3, held in 2-3 foot clean surf at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island on August 19, 2018.

Boys Under 12 Shortboard-1.Cole Bussey
Girls Under 12 Shortboard-1.Summer Lukens
Boys Under 14 Shortboard-1.Liam Fitzgerald
Boys Under 16 Shortboard-1.Jack Grzebien  2.Mason Soboleski  3.Christian Williams  4.Holden Soboleski  5.Charlie Krause  6.Jeff Albanese
Junior Men Shortboard-1.Jayden Parry
Grand Legends Shortboard-1.Peter Pan
Open Shortboard-1.Jayden Parry  2.Jack Grzebien  3.Summer Lukens  4.Mason Soboleski  5.Charlie Krause  6.Holden Soboleski  7.Jeff Albanese  8.Cole Bussey  9.Liam Fitzgerald  10.Christian Williams
Menehune Longboard-1.Cole Bussey  2.Mason Soboleski  3.Charlie Krause  4.Liam Fitzgerald  5.Holden Soboleski
Junior Women Longboard-1.Summer Lukens
Junior Longboard-1.Jayden Parry
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan
Open SUP-1.Brook Conley
Open Bodyboard-1.Liam Fitzgerald  2.Cole Bussey  3.Charlie Krause  4.Jack Grzebien  5.Craig Massey

Mason Soboleski. Photo: Lisa Haase.

ESA SNE Summer Series Round 2: Summer Swells Come Through!

Those New England summer south swells always favor the sand bars at Second Beach, in Middletown, and this past weekend was no different, as clean waist to shoulder high surf made for perfect contest conditions. The great wave action made for some high-performance surfing, as competitors went all out for the trophies and prizes that will be given out at the end of the four-contest series. “We have some big trophies and gift certificates for the top three finishers in the competitive divisions,” said Competition Director Mario Frade. “We saw some excellent riding today, in ideal summer contest surf. Judges even tossed out a few 9 and 10-point wave scores (10 being a perfect ride), which showed how good the surfing was.”

Photo: Lisa Haase.

The main event featured some great surfing, as the Open Shortboard finalists hit the water as the winds switched to straight onshore. This made for choppy faces and more strategy, as sections began to close out down the line. While most of the riders paddled out for the big sets, Wakefield’s Page Hedde played it close to the inside, and it paid off. She picked off two nice backside rights that allowed her several snap backs, working the inside sections for big points. Second place Jayden Parry of Narragansett sat outside, finding two long rights to seal up that spot. Nantasket ace, Jaime Kelly grabbed the 3rd position with one long left slide.

Photo: Lisa Haase.

The youth events offered some heavy shredding, especially from newcomers. Liam Fitzgerald was outstanding in his debut in the Boy Under 12 Years Division, finding the best formed rights, and making the best of them. Ethan Foley tore up the Boys Under 16 Years Division, as he pulled off some heavy lip smacks, hard cutbacks, and power drives, to dominate a tough final heat.

Ethan Foley. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Men’s winner, Jaime Kelly finished up with the “Outstanding Wave” award for the event. He actually had the two best rides of the contest. His first ride came in the Men’s Shortboard final, when he picked off a hollow left wall that reeled off across the entire contest area. He pulled off 5 lip smacks and drove through 3 sections for the highest point total of the contest. His second-place ride was during the Men’s Longboard heat, as he found another wave equally as good, and trimmed out across the entire surf zone on the nose.

Jack Grzebien. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Westerly’s Sophia Martino continues to win, as she pumped her way through some right slides to win the Girls Under 16 Years final. Another set of newcomers in the female ranks ripped it up, as LouAnna  Kelly and Annalise Kane took their respective titles in the Girls Under 12 Years and the Girls Under 14 Years finals.

Liam Fitzgerald. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Hot and heavy competition continues again this Saturday at Second Beach, as surfers hit the waves for Summer Series Round #3 of South New England ESA competition.  Final results were:

BOYS UNDER 12 YEARS-1.Liam Fitzgerald  2.Tiago Freitas
GIRLS UNDER 12 YEARS-1.LouAnna Kelly
BOYS UNDER 14 YEARS-1.Henri Boneu
GIRLS UNDER 14 YEARS-1.Annalise Kane  2.Phoebe Hedde
BOYS UNDER 16 YEARS-1.Ethan Foley  2.Ian Lupoli  3.Jack Grzebien  4.Mason Soboleski  5.Holden Soboleski  6.Tristan Robbins
GIRLS UNDER 16 YEARS-1.Sophia Martino  2.Ella Fontenot  3.Page Hedde
JUNIOR MEN-1.Jayden Parry
MEN-1.Jaime Kelly
MASTERS-1.Andre Freitas  2.Nick Carter
GRAND LEGENDS-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet
MENEHUNE LONGBOARD-1.Phoebe Hedde  2.Liam Fitzgerald  3.LouAnna Kelly  4.Tiago Freitas
JUNIOR LONGBOARD-1.Mason Soboleski  2.Ian Lupoli  3.Tristan Robbins  4.Jayden Parry  5.Holden Soboleski  6.Jack Grzebien  7.Henri Boneu
MASTER LONGBOARD-1.Andre Freitas  2.Rob Marland  3.Nick Carter
GRAND LEGENDS LONGBOARD-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet
WOMEN LONGBOARD-1.Page Hedde  2.Sophia Martino  3.Ella Fontenot
OPEN BODYBOARD-1.Liam Fitzgerald  2.Tiago Freitas  3.Henri Boneu  4.Jack Grzebien
OPEN SHORTBOARD-1.Page Hedde  2.Jayden Parry  3.Jaime Kelly  4.Ethan Foley  5.Sophia Martino  6.Henri Boneu  7.Liam Fitzgerald  8.Mson Soboleski  9.Jack Grzebien  10.Phoebe Hedde  11.Holden Soboleski  12.Ella Fontenot  13.Andre Freitas  14.Tiago Freitas

Page Hedde. Photo: Lisa Haase.

ESA Summer Surf Series Round 1: 2nd Beach Delivers Again

While the rest of the southern New England coastline was calm, Second Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island came through with solid 2-3 foot surf for the opening round of the 4-contest ESA summer series. The top surfers in all divisions will receive big trophies as well as a chance for several hundred dollars in gift prizes at the conclusion of the last event in August. This proved for some highly competitive surfing performances in just about every category.

Holden Soboleski. Photo: Lisa Haase.

When first arriving at the contest site, ESA Competition Director Mario Frade was hesitant to call the event. “Once I saw the sets begin the roll in with the incoming tide,” said Frade, “I knew we were in for a good day of ridable surf.”

There was little doubt as to who the outstanding rider was on this day, as Narragansett’s Jayden Parry breezed through contest with relative ease. He simply caught the best waves in every final, and rode them flawlessly to the beach. Parry took the Open Shortboard, Junior Shortboard, and Junior Longboard in a commanding performance.

Jayden Parry. Photo: Lisa Haase.

There were other great riders in action, with Westerly’s Sophia Martino charging to a win in the Girls Under 16 Shortboard, Junior Women’s Longboard, and taking a solid second place in the highly competitive Open Shortboard final. 9-year old Tiago Freitas picked off two solid right peaks to win the Menehune (12 years old and under) title over Cole Bussey.

Tiago Freitas. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The Boys Under 16 Shortboard final was tough to call, with many outstanding rides. In an amazing turn of events, Mason Sobloleski nailed the probably the best single wave of the tournament, just as the horn blew at the end of the heat. This vaulted him from a 3rd place tie to the title. It was a perfect right peak that reeled off into the shorebreak, overtaking 2nd place Charlie Krause.

Charlie Krause. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Another Narragansett hot shot, Jack Grzebien 360’’ed his way to the win in the Open Bodyboard final, and switched to a long board to finished 2nd in the Boy’s Longboard division. He also placed in another final, finishing 4th in the Boys Under 16 Shortboard event. It was Holden Soboleski who found the long right slides to take that Boy’s Longboard crown, styling his way to the beach.

Jack Grzebien. Photo: Lisa Haase.

In the elder events, Andre Freitas won the Senior Men’s Shortboard and the Master’s Longboard divisions, while Peter Pan took the Grand Legends and Legends Longboard finals.

Andre Freitas. Photo: Lisa Haase.

The action resumes on consecutive weekends in July, when the series is set for the 21st and 28th. The final and deciding event takes place on August 4th. All contests will take place at Second Beach in Middletown. For more information, interested surfers can go to the Eastern Surfing Association South New England Facebook page, or the ESA South New England District website.

Peter Pan. Photo: Lisa Haase.

Final Results of the ESA 2018 Summer Surf Series Round #1, held in 2-3 foot surf at 2nd Beach, in Middletown, Rhode Island on July 7, 2018.

MENEHUNES-1.Tiago Freitas  2.Cole Bussey
BOYS UNDER 16-1.Mason Soboleski  2.Charlie Krause  3.Holden Soboleski  4.Jack Grzebien
GIRLS UNDER 16-1.Sophia Martino
JUNIOR MEN-1.Jayden Parry
SENIOR MEN-1.Andre Freitas
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan
OPEN SHORTBOARD-1.Jayden Parry  2.Sophia Martino  3.Jack Grzebien  4.Mason Soboleski  5.Tiago Freitas  6.Charlie Krause  7.Cole Bussey
OPEN BODYBOARD-1.Jack Grzebien  2.Tiago Freitas  3.Peter Pan  4 Pat Redmond
Boy’s Longboard-1.Holden Soboleski  2.Jack Grzebien  3.Charlie Krause

Cole Bussey. Photo: Lisa Haase.

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