In a New England summer of far and few between swells, the ESA had no complaints at the conclusion of the 4-contest series that ended this past Saturday at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island. ESA Competition Director Mario Frade was astounded that despite flat conditions across the state, there were ridable and contestable waves at the contest. “The surf gods were on our side all summer,” said Frade. “And it helps that 2nd Beach is a magnet for any kind of swell when everything else is flat.”
The steady onshore winds made for some challenging conditions, but also managed to kick up a solid 3-foot swell for the duration of the event. Charging to big wins in the Menehune and Open Short board was Cape Cod ripper, Rob Goodwin. He was fresh off some big results at the Ozone Classic at Nantucket, two weeks before. Jayden Parry was also on fire, ripping off the top of some right-handed bumps to take the Boys 13 and Under crown. Noah Gartner continues to own the Menehune Long board division, as he again dominated the field with some outstanding nose rides in the wind chop. His sister, Lily grabbed some great left sectioning peaks to top the female ranks, while Kai Holtbakk lead the oldsters with wins in the Senior Men, Master Long board, and a 2nd place finish in the Open Short board final. Pat Redmond continued to tune up for the East Coast Championships with another win in the Open Body board, and Joe Hedde nailed a perfect left slide to top the Open SUP for the second straight contest.
The overall grand champions of the 4-contest series were crowned after the last horn was sounded, and the big winner of Summer 2015 was Noah Gartner. He amassed enough points despite some tough competition, to win three big divisions. Noah topped the Open Short board, the Menehune Long board, and the Menehune categories. His sister, Lily was equally outstanding, easily winning her age group and finishing a very close second to Noah, in both the Menehune Long board and Open Short board final standings. Jayden Parry also dominated his division, easily topping the final standings. In the elder ranks, it was veteran Kevin Roy running away with the Senior Men’s crown, and newcomer Joe Hedde winning the Open SUP division.
The next ESA contest is the annual “Catch A Curl” event, which will take place at the Westerly Town Beach on September 20th. This is a contest open to youth competitors only, with specialty events in Menehune, Boys, Girls, and Junior categories. Beach sign-ups will take place from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.
Following that contest, will be the annual “Battle of the Beach” competition, which will take place at the Narragansett Town Beach. This event will feature specialty categories such as “retro-short board” and “elf-short board” divisions. Sign-ups will be on the beach on September 26th, and feature some big-time prizes to winners.
Final Results of the ESA SNE Summer Series Contest Round #4, held in 2-3 foot surf at Second Beach, in Middletown, Rhode Island on August 29th, 2015.
Menehunes-1.Rob Goodwin 2.Noah Gartner 3.Phoebe Hedde
Boys 13 and Under-1.Jayden Parry 2.Josh Hedde
Boys 15 and Under-1.Joe Hedde 2.Joe Doherty Jr. 3.Dylan Holtbakk 4.Ben Lyman
Girls 13 and Under-1.Sophia Martino 2.Page Hedde
Girls 15 and Under-1.Lily Gartner
Junior Men-1.Ryan Wilkinson
Senior Men-1.Kai Holtbakk
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Kitty Pechet
Open Shortboard-1.Rob Goodwin 2.Kai Holtbakk 3.Joe Hedde 4.Lily Gartner 5.Jayden Parry 6.Noah Gartner 7.Ben Lyman 8.Joe Doherty Jr. 9.Jamie Kelly 10.Dylan Holtbakk 11.Josh Hedde
Menehune Longboard-1.Noah Gartner 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Lily Gartner 4.Josh Hedde 5.Jayden Parry 6.Sophia Martino 7.Page Hedde 8.Phoebe Hedde
Junior Longboard-1.Joe Doherty Jr. 2.Joe Hedde
Men Longboard-1.Jamie Kelly
Master Longboard-1.Kai Holtbakk 2.Chris Herbert
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Claudio Paulino 3.Mark Preece 4.Kitty Pechet
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Dylan Holtbakk
Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Peter Pan
Open SUP-1.Joe Hedde 2.Mark Preece 3.Peter Pan
Summer Series Grand Champions (overall points winners after four contest results at 2nd Beach)
Menehunes-Noah Gartner/2500 points
Boys 13 and Under-Jayden Parry/3000 points
Girls 13 and Under-Sophia Martino and Page Hedde/1900 points
Boys 15 and Under-Joe Doherty Jr./2900 points
Girls 15 and Under-Lily Gartner/1900 points
Junior Men-Ryan Wilkinson and Rigby Bennett/1000 points
Menehune Longboard-Noah Gartner/3700 points
Junior Longboard-Joe Doherty Jr./2800 points
Open Shortboard-Noah Gartner/3100 points
Men-Jamie Kelly/4000 points
Masters-Chris Herbert/4000 points
Senior Men-Kevin Roy/3000 points
Grand Masters-Claudio Paulino/1000 points
Grand Legends-Peter Pan/4000 points
Legends Longboard-Peter Pan/4000 points
Open Bodyboard-Pat Redmond/3000 points
Open SUP-Joe Hedde/2000 points
ESA competitors had the good fortune to find decent, ridable waves for the 3rd straight summer contest, during a summer of very few swells. “When I checked the beach at 6:30 AM, it was totally flat,” said 2nd Beach Manager John Burnett. “As soon as the ESA got here, it began to pick up, and was contestable all day.” It was a good thing, too, since this turned out to be the largest contest of the summer, with intense competition in the youth events.
The best surf of the final rounds came in the Menehune Longboard category, when solid waist to chest high peaks poured into the contest area. Oliver Stephenson found the two best “A-Frame” rights, and worked them to the beach for the win. Noah Gartner picked up the remaining waves for a hard fought 2nd place finish.
Page Hedde had an outstanding day, as she styled her way to a win over Sophia Martino in a highly competitive Girls Under 14 Final. Jim Robbin upset Braydon Bennett and Noah Gartner, as he topped the Menehune Final with two outstanding rights to the beach. In the Boys Under 16 Final, it was veteran Joe Doherty Jr. edging out Sam Stephenson for the win.
ESA All-Star Maria Barend had an outstanding day, as she ruled the waves in the toughest division of all, the Open Shortboard. She crushed several right backhanders that had some power, to top Jamie Kelly, who was picking off the best lefts of the final heat. Ron Belanger and Noah Gartner had to scramble for the leftovers, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.
Belanger dominated the elder group, winning the Masters longboard final, taking 2nd in the Senior Men’s Shortboard, and 3rd in the Open Shortboard Final. Pat Redmond had an easy time of it in the Open Bodyboard, pulling off his patented “El Rollos” for the win, while Joe Hedde picked off the biggest left of the heat, to top Jack Egan for the SUP title.
The final contest of the summer series will take place on August 29th, at 2nd Beach. The Summer Series Grand Champions will be crowned, with trophies going to the overall winners in each category. This will be based on the accumulation of points from all four contests that took place from July to August.
Final results of ESA SNE Summer Series Contest #3, at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island on August 8th, 2015, in 1-3 foot glassy surf.
Menehunes-1.Jim Robbin 2.Braydon Bennett 3.Noah Gartner
Boys Under 14-1.Jayden Parry 2.Nick Gauvin 3.Oliver Stephenson 4.David Thomas 5.Dylan Holtbakk 6.Gordie Shaver
Boys Under 16-1.Joe Doherty Jr. 2.Sam Stephenson 3.Sean McDonald 4.Ben Lyman
Girls Under 14-Page Hedde 2.Sophia Martino 3.Hannah Mullaly 4.Annabelle Volpe 5.Phoebe Hedde
Girls Under 16-1.Maria Barend 2.Lily Gartner
Junior Men-1.Rigby Bennett
Senior Men-1.Kevin Roy 2.Ron Belanger 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Paul Bennett 5.Scott Sutherland
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan
Open-1.Maria Barend 2.Jamie Kelly 3.Ron Belanger 4.Noah Gartner 5.Jim Robbin 6.Jayden Parry 7.Nick Gauvin 8.Kai Holtbakk 9.Braydon Bennett 10.Lily Gartner 11.Dylan Holtbakk 12.Aurelien Bouche 13.Ben Lyman 14.Dave Thomas 15.Kevin Roy
Menehune Longboard-1.Oliver Stephenson 2.Noah Gartner 3.Jim Robbins 4.Dylan Holtbakk 5.Jordy Shaver 6.Braydon Bennett 7.Annabelle Volpe 8.Sophia Martino 9.Page Hedde 10.Phoebe Hedde 11.Dave Thomas 12.Jayden Parry 13.Nick Gauvin 14.Maria Barend 15.Lily Gartner 16.Jack Mullaly
Junior Longboard-1.Sam Stephenson 2.Joe Doherty Jr. 3.Rigby Bennett 4.Sean McDonald
Men Longboard-1.Jamie Kelly 2.Chris Herbert
Master Longboard-1.Ron Belanger 2.Kevin Roy 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Paul Bennett 5.Scott Sutherland
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan
Open SUP-1.Joe Hedde 2.Jack Egan 3.Peter Pan
Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Peter Pan
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Dylan Holtbakk 2.Dave Thomas
South New England District competitors blasted through three events during the past two weeks, and there was surf for all of them. The weather held out for all three contests, with hot summer skies and glassy waist high surf. The summer season kicked off with round #1 at 2nd Beach with some of that famous seaweed in the line-up. Waves broke outside and surfers could work the reforms into the beach for some big points. The outstanding performance went to Narragansett’s Noah Gartner, who was unstoppable in both the short and longboard events. Noah pulled off some great acrobatic nose rides to top the rest of the field in the highly competitive Menehune Longboard division. He managed to pick off the best-formed right peak in the Open Shortboard final, to top his sister for the win.
Round #2 offered the same clean and ridable conditions, with seaweed free waves for the entire day. It was the diminutive Braydon Bennett who dazzled the judges with his uncanny wave selection and ability to work the inside sections. Braydon won three events, taking the Menehune Longboard, Menehune, and Menehune Bodyboard finals with ease.
The Ozone Classic returned to life on Nantucket, the following day, with clean waist high surf. It was the Barend Family putting on another outstanding performance. Maria won the Girls Shortboard, while her mother, Ana captured the Women’s Shortboard title and finished 2nd in the Women’s Longboard final. Chuck won the Men’s Longboard division and finished 5th in the Open Shortboard event. Finally, it was Ed Barend taking 3rd place in the Junior Longboard final.
The next ESA event will again take place at Middletown’s Second Beach, on August 8th. Summer Series Round #3 will feature a new batch of trophies and hopefully some solid waist high surf. Sign-ups are from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM and you must be an ESA member to participate. New members can join on the beach.
ESA Summer Contest Series Round #1
2nd Beach, Middletown, R.I. 7/11/15, in 2-3 foot glassy surf
Menehunes-1.Paige Hedde 2.Haley Marsden 3.Noah Gartner 4.Cade Marsden 5.Phoebe Hedde
Boys 13 and Under-1.Jayden Parry 2.Josh Hedde
Boys 15 and Under-1.Joe Doherty Jr. 2.Joe Hedde
Girls 13 and Under-1.Lily Gartner
Girls 15 and Under-1.Marinna Meyer
Senior Men-1.Kevin Roy 2.Ron Belanger 3.Andrew Marsden
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Kitty Pechet
Open Shortboard-1.Noah Gartner 2.Lily Gartner 3.Jayden Parry 4.Chris Herbert
Menehune Longboard-1.Noah Gartner 2.Josh Hedde 3.Lily Gartner 4.Paige Hedde 5.Jayden Parry 6.Marianna Meyer 7.Haley Marsden 8.Cade Marsden 9.Phoebe Hedde
Junior Longboard-1.Joe Hedde 2.Joe Doherty Jr.
Master Longboard-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Ron Belanger 3.Kevin Roy
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Kitty Pechet
Open SUP-1.Peter Pan 2.Jack Egan Open Bodyboard-1.Peter Pan
ESA Summer Contest Series Round #2
2nd Beach, Middletown, R.I. 7/25/15 in 2-3 foot glassy surf
Menehunes-1.Braydon Bennett 2.Noah Gartner 3.Jim Robbin 4.Chase Barclay
Boys 13 and Under-1.Jayden Parry
Boys 15 and Under-1.Ben Lyman
Girls 13 and Under-1.Lily Gartner 2.Maria Barend 3.Charlotte Robbin
Men-1.Jamie Kelly Masters-1.Chris Herbert
Senior Men-1.Ron Belanger 2.Paul Bennett
Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan Senior
Open Shortboard-1.Jamie Kelly 2.Noah Gartner 3.Maria Barend 4.Lily Gartner 5.Jim Robbin 6.Ron Belanger 7.Jayden Parry 8.Ben Lyman 9.Rigby Bennett 10.Charlotte Robbin
Menehune Longboard-1.Braydon Bennett 2.Maria Barend 3.Noah Gartner 4.Jim Robbin 5.Charlotte Robbin 6.Lily Gartner 7.Chase Barclay
Junior Longboard-1.Rigby Bennett Men
Longboard-1.Jamie Kelly 2.Chris Herbert
Master Longboard-1.Paul Bennett 2.Ron Belanger
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan
Senior Women Longboard-1.Ana Barend
Open SUP-1.Peter Pan Menehune
Bodyboard-1.Braydon Bennett Open Bodyboard-1.Peter Pan
Braydon Bennett On the Tip
Local Surfers Excel At Regional Championships
The forecast was for flat surf, and when Northeast Competition Director, Joe Grottola drove by the beach on the way to the contest, there was not a swell in sight. “As I headed to the contest site, there was not a ripple to be had,” said Joe. “I was concerned about what we were going to do.” Fortunately, as the tide began to recede, two and three foot, glassy waves began to break, and the contest began on time. “It was a miracle, but we got ridable surf for the entire event, and it really got good on the final day,” said Joe.
This was the 3rd time that the Eastern Surfing Association Northeast Surf-Offs were held in Belmar, New Jersey, and the 3rd time there were waves. Over 200 of the top competitors from New York, New Jersey, New England, and the Great Lakes attended.
For the first two days of the contest, surf ranged from knee to waist high and went from glassy to onshore chop and back to glass. On the final day, the swell jumped up to head high and glassy, giving finalists ideal conditions.
Local surfers did well in the conditions. South New England came on strong in the Masters Longboard Final, placing three surfers in the top 6 spots. Andrew Marsden was narrowly edged out by New York’s Craig Leider for the title, finishing 2nd. Kevin Roy placed 4th and Scott Sutherland finished 5th. In the Women’s Longboard Final, Sarah Procaccini took 2nd and Charlotte O’Halloran 4th. South New England also placed two surfers in the Open Bodyboard Final, with Pat Redmond 3rd and Peter Pan 6th. In the Open SUP category, Pan took 4th and Stacey McLoughlin 6th.
Jamie Kelly was outstanding in his first regional contest, finishing 3rd in the Men’s and 3rd in the Men’s Longboard events. Kevin Roy returned to the competition scene after almost 20 years, and finished 2nd in the Senior Men’s Final. Ron Belanger was back in full strength after nursing a back injury, taking 2nd in the Grandmaster division. Peter Pan took 4th in both the Legends and Legends Longboard categories, while Maria Barend lost a very close decision, finishing 2nd in the Girls Final.
Charlotte O’Halloran took a 3rd in the Women Final and Peter Pan was awarded the Adult Ironman trophy for his placement in 4 divisional finals.
All of the top finalists will be invited to participate at the 2015 ESA East Coast Surfing Championships, to be held at Jeanette’s Pier, in Nags Head, North Carolina in mid-September. For complete results and photos, go to http://www.surfesa.org/news/esa-northeast-champions-crowned/.
While the water and air temperatures were icy cold, the performances were hot, at the 2015 edition of what has now become a New England ritual in local surfing circles. It turned out that Massachusetts Competition Director Chick Frodigh’s initial concern that the surf would all but disappear at high tide, was unfounded. The onshore winds picked up in the early afternoon, pushing in ridable surf right through the tides.
Several contests were hotly contested, and offered spectators some exciting surfing. The Masters was one of those. It featured a battle of two ESA veteran competitors, Kevin Roy and Kai Holtbakk. And it came down to probably the best wave of the contest, to decide the outcome. It was tied going into the last five minutes of the heat, when what looked like a perfect left peak popped up on the horizon. Roy had the position, and was paddling into it, when the section backed off. Kai who was positioned on the inside, swung around and grabbed it. Knowing this was the winning wave, Holtbakk worked it into the beach, and taking the title over Roy.
In the women’s ranks, the tough contest was the Senior Women’s final, which saw two of the ESA’s legendary female riders match each other’s right and lefts to the last minute. Glidden took the heat with the last wave, on a stylish switch foot, edging out Medelise Reifsteck.
2015 ESA Northeast Regionals finalist, Jamie Kelly showed why he rips, as he dominated the Men’s division, carving up several left sections to top Charlie Frodigh for the title. The Boys final was a contest between the ESA’s two top riders, Dylan Holtbakk and Jayden Parry. Dylan’s persistence in finding a ridable peak, paid off when he grabbed a left that put him into the top spot.
The popularity of stand-up paddleboard surfing was evident, by the expansion of the divisions and elevated quality of riding. The finals were held in onshore winds, making it more difficult for competitors, but providing some exciting wipe-outs for spectators. Local SUP-rider, Bob Fenton edged out Gabe Caitani for the Men’s Under 50 title, while Weir Lundstedt topped the Over 50 division. Area Nantasket female SUP-er, Stacey McLoughlin grabbed the best wave and the win over Sarah Procaccini in the Open Famale division.
Regionals and East Coast finalist, Pat Redmond continued to reign undefeated, as he “el rollo-ed” his way to an easy victory in the Open Bodyboard final.
Contestants were treated to an after-party at Daddy’s Beach Club which featured free pizza, prizes, and a great performance from the Dave Foley Band.
The next scheduled ESA contest will take place at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island on July 11th.
Results of the New England Longboard Classic, held in 2-3 foot surf at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, on June 7, 2015.
Boys (12 and under)-1.Dylan Holtbakk 2.Jayden Parry 3.Graham Wheelan 4.Max Catrambone 5.Kaleb O’Kane
Girls (12 and under)- 1.Chase Barclay 2.Annabelle Volpe 3.Isabella Milkosky
Junior Men (13-18 years)-1.Pat Cullen 2.Joe Doherty Jr. 3.Dylan Key 4.Conrad Bailey 5.Brett D’Alelo 6.Jack Protenis
Junior Women (13-18 years)-1.Kate Frodigh 2.Allison O’Connor 3.Maggie Canavan 4.Kate McCarthy
Men (19-29 years)-1.Jamie Kelly 2.Charlie Frodigh 3.Jon Corlcum 4.Willie O’Kane 5.Mike Coute
Men (30-39 years)-1.Allan Tambio 2.Joh DiFrisco 3.James Milkosky 4.Derek Kennis
Women (30-39 years)- 1.Sarah Procaccini 2.Katie Ryan 3.Denise Lamb 4.Leigh Gammino
Masters (40-49 years)-1.Kai Holtbakk 2.Kevin Roy 3.Pat Broemond 4.Bob Fenton 5.Rich Catrambam 6.Scott Sutherland 7.Paul Kraus 8.Joe Doherty
Sr. Women (40-49 years)-1.Stacey McLoughlin 2.Rebecca Doran
Senior Men (50-59 years)-1.Ken Merrill 2.Weir Lundstedt 3.Tim Kelly 4.Bill O’Kane 5.Tom Jennings
Senior Women (50-59 years)-1.Sue Glidden 2.Medelise Reifsteck 3.Libby Cote 4.Christine Bonnichon
Legends (60 years and over)-1.Peter Pan 2.Ray Cabral 3.Jim Papadonis 4.John Burns
Women Legends (60 years and over)-1.Kitty Pechet
Men SUP (49 years and under)-1.Bob Fenton 2.Gabe Caitani 3.Ben Yoder 4.Jamie Kelly 5.Pat Broemond 6.Allen Tambio
Men SUP (50 year and over)-1.Weir Lundstedt 2.Jeff Morrison 3. Ray Cabral 4.Peter Pan 5.Mark Caesar 6.Tim Kelly
Women SUP (all ages)-1.Stacey McLoughlin 2.Sarah Procaccini 3.Christine Bonnichon 4.Theresa Kenny
Open Bodyboard (all ages)-1.Pat Redmond 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Charlie Frodigh 4.Jamie Kelly 5.Clayton Ives 6.Joe Doherty Jr. 7.Peter Pan