It was a week of snowstorms in the northeast, high winds, and freezing air temperatures, as many ski areas opened for the season. ESA officials saw a small window of opportunity to run the 2014 Holiday Surfabout in between the last day of frigid and flat conditions, and a huge ocean storm that was expected to arrive the following day. “There was surf, sunny skies, and tolerable air temperatures, so we ran with it,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “We were lucky to pull it off with the two big storms on the way this week.” This contest concluded the 2014 ESA South New England season, as competitors surfed their way into the final points standings to qualify for the regional championships in May of 2015.

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Photo Joe McGovern.

As has been the case in the past two years, the youth divisions have dominated the scene, with the best and most intense contests taking place in the 16 and under divisions. There were lots of close-outs, with some hard to find sections here and there. This was where local knowledge paid off.

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Matt Nota. Photo Joe McGovern.

10-year old Braydon Bennett took his new surfboard out and picked off two rights that held into the shorebreak, to top Noah Gartner for the Menehune title. Jayden Parry edged out Joe Doherty for the Boys crown, while ESA All-Star Maria Barend picked off the best left of the final, to top Lilly Gartner for the Girls title.

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Braydon Bennett. Photo Joe McGovern.

Andrew Nota found the right sections to take out former ESA –All Star Liam O’Regan in the Junior Men’s final, and Andrew’s brother Matt, topped South Shore champion, Charlie Frodigh for the Men’s crown. In the hotly contested Menehune Longboard division, it was a big upset as Chris Synnott trimmed across two long rights to top Joe Doherty in the low tide shore pound. Diminutive Braydon Bennett cruised into the 3rd spot.

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Andrew Nota.  Photo Joe McGovern.

The best ride of the entire event came in the Junior Longboard final, when Andrew Nota managed a solid “hang ten” across a fast folding right section. Nota went on to win that division, while Charlie Frodigh came back to take the Men’s Longboard crown.

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In the women’s ranks, it was Sara Procaccini’s day, as she topped Sara Prince for both the long and short board categories. Stacey McLoughlin won the Women’s SUP title. Charlotte O’Halloran owned both the Women’s and Women’s Longboard titles with some strong surfing in the shut down sections.

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Sara Procaccini. Photo Joe McGovern.

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Sara Procaccini. Photo Joe McGovern.

In the elder categories, Andrew Marsden had a monster day, also sporting a brand new board for the event. He crushed the toughest division, winning the Open Shortboard, as well as winning the Masters and Master Longboard categories for a triple crown contest. Peter Pan edged out longtime ESA nemesis Chick Frodigh in the Legends and Legends Longboard divisions, hunting down the few left sections at the end of the contest area. Ray Cabral topped two categories, winning both the Men’s SUP and Grand Legends titles. Pat Redmond continued to dominate the bodyboard ranks, winning the Open Bodyboard crown easily.

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Photo Joe McGovern.

The next rated ESA contest is the 47th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships, to be held on February 21, 2015 at the Narragansett Town Beach. This will be the first rated contest of the 2015 season.

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Final Results of the 2014 ESA Holiday Surfabout at the Narragansett Town Beach on November 23, 2014, held in 2-3 foot surf.

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Braydon Bennett. Photo Joe McGovern.

Menehunes-1.Braydon Bennett 2.Noah Gartner 3.Jesse Ferriera 4.Chris Synnott 5.Mateus Galvez

Boys-1.Jayden Parry 2.Joe Doherty 3.Ed Barend

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Girls-1.Maria Barend 2.Lilly Gartner

Junior Women-1.Liz Blanchette

Junior Men-1.Andrew Nota 2.Liam O’Regan

Men-1.Matt Nota 2.Charlie Frodigh

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Andrew Marsden.  Photo Joe McGovern.

Senior Men-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Jose Galvez

Women-1.Charlotte O’Halloran

Senior Women-1.Sara Procaccini 2.Sara Prince

Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Chick Frodigh 3.Ken Merrill

Grand Legends-1.Ray Cabral

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Joe Doherty. Photo Joe McGovern.

Menehune Longboard-1.Chris Synnott 2.Joe Doherty 3.Braydon Bennett 4.Lilly Gartner 5.Maria Barend 6.Noah Gartner 7.Jayden Parry 8.Ed Barend 9.Jesse Ferriera

Junior Longboard-1.Andrew Nota

Men Longboard-1.Charlie Frodigh 2.Matt Nota

Master Longboard-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Jose Galvez

Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Chick Frodigh 3.Ken Merrill 4.Ray Cabral

Women Longboard-1.Charlotte O’Halloran

Senior Women Longboard-1.Sara Procaccini 2.Sara Prince

Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Peter Pan 3.Dave McLaughlin

Women SUP-1.Stacey McLoughlin

Men SUP-1.Ray Cabral 2.Peter Pan

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The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame ran out of luck in the waning minutes of the big game against Florida State on Saturday. Meanwhile, it was the Eastern Surfing Association that ran into some genuine luck on that same day. Hurricane Gonzalo randomly slipped by the Rhode Island coastline, on the day of a contest that was scheduled 6 months ago. What transpired were epic surf conditions at the Narragansett Town Beach, loaded with hollow, overhead barrels and dramatic wipe-outs in the merciless shore break.

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“Surprisingly, because of the strong southwest winds, the town beach was actually the best spot to ride on this particular day,” said ESA Co-Director, Ron Belanger. “I checked out every spot from Westerly to the Point Judith Lighthouse, and this was the cleanest and biggest surf spot.”

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The relentless hurricane swell sets poured into the beach all day long, and the winds died off during the later heats of the day, making for some glassy but challenging conditions at the high tide just before dusk. While the adult competitors did some great surfing, there was some serious big wave charging going on in the youth categories.
The Gartner siblings had another outstanding day of wave riding, as they both won their shortboard divisions and finished in the top two spots in the Menehune Longboard final.

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Lily took some big drops and made them with ease, topping Charlotte Robbin in the Girls Final.

When Liz Blanchette grabbed one of the biggest and nastiest set waves of the entire event, and took it into the exploding shorebreak for one of the worst wipe-outs of the contest, the judges took notice and gave her extra points. “Everyone on the beach was hooting for her on that wave,” said ESA Competition Director, Mario Frade. “We knew that there was no where to go, but she took it and charged it anyway. I don’t think many of the adults would have taken off. Her points were well deserved.”

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As far as adult chargers, it was an even toss-up between 3 veteran riders. Ron Belanger nailed the biggest and ugliest set waves, Kai Holtbakk found the thickest and most hollow sections, and Kevin Roy pulled off the most dramatic maneuvers of the contest. Belanger’s monster outside peak ride gave him the nod over Andrew Marsden in the Grandmaster final, while Kai Holtbakk’s hollow inside left barrel gave him the edge he needed to get by Kevin Roy in the Senior Men’s final. In the tough Open Shortboard final, it was Roy all the way, as he worked 2 perfect head high left peaks to top Kai Holtbakk in the final three minutes.

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The Master Longboard final was a real treat for spectators, and Andrew Marsden’s backside tip ride gave him the nod over Kevin Roy in an exciting finish. Newcomer Ryan Furey edged out Jamie Kelly for the Men’s Open title.

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Ryan Furey. Photo: Joe McGovern.

Credit has to be given to Kelly, who got hit in the mouth by his board during practice before the contest. Shaking off the injury, he managed to get 2nd in the Men’s and 3rd in the Open division.

Other outstanding performances came from Sara Procaccini, who won both the Senior Women and Senior Women’s longboard categories, and Joe Hedde, who styled his way in the big surf, topping his brother in the Boys Final.

The final ESA surfing competition is scheduled for November 22nd, at the Narragansett Town Beach.

The event will be on call for Friday night, the 21st.

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Noah Gartner. Photo: Joe McGovern.

Results of the Annual ESA Northeast Surfing Championships, held during the Hurricane Gonzalo swell on October 18, 2014 at the Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island.

Menehunes
1.Noah Gartner
2.Annabelle Volpe
3.Aiden Webb

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Liz Blanchette. Photo: Joe McGovern.

Boys
1.Joe Hedde
2.Josh Hedde
3.Sean McDonald
4.Joe Doherty
5.Dylan Holtbakk
6.Ted Evans
7.Jayden Parry

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Junior Men
1.Nick Curci
2.Andrew Nota

Men
1.Ryan Furey
2.Jamie Kelly
3.Matt Nota

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Kevin Roy. Photo: Joe McGovern.

Senior Men
1.Kai Holtbakk
2.Kevin Roy

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Grandmasters
1.Ron Belanger
2.Andrew Marsden
3.Scott Sutherland
4.Claudio Paolino

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Legends
1.Peter Pan
2.Mark Preece

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Girls
1.Lilly Gartner
2.Charlotte Robbin

Junior Women-1.Liz Blanchette

Senior Women-1.Sara Procaccini

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Open Shortboard
1.Kevin Roy
2.Kai Holtbakk
3.Jamie Kelly
4.Joe Hedde
5.Josh Hedde
6.Jayden Parry
7.Charlotte Robbin
8.Lilly Gartner
9.Noah Gartner
10.Dylan Holtbakk
11.Ted Evans
12.Andrew Marsden
13.Ryan Furey
14.Joe Doherty
15.Liz Blanchette
16.Sara Procaccini
17.Aiden Webb

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Curci, Kelly, and Furey. Photo: Joe McGovern.

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1.Lilly Gartner
2.Noah Gartner
3.Dylan Holtbakk
4.Charlotte Robbin
5.Annabella Volpe
6.Joe Doherty
7.Josh Hedde
8.Jayden Parry
9.Joe Hedde

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Joe Doherty. Photo: Joe McGovern.

Junior Longboard-1.Nick Curci

Master Longboard
1.Andrew Marsden
2.Kevin Roy
3.Kai Holtbakk
4.Scott Sutherland
5.Ron Belanger

Legends Longboard
1.Peter Pan
2.Mark Preece

Senior Women Longboard-1.Sara Procaccini

Open SUP
1.Jack Egan
2.Nick Curci
3.Mark Preece
4.Peter Pan

Menehune Bodyboard-1.Sean MacDonald

Open Bodyboard-1.Peter Pan

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Nearly 90% of all cardiac emergencies occur in the company of loved ones, and three-fourths of the population is unfamiliar with proper CPR techniques. Being prepared for these situations is the difference between life and death for you and those you’re surfing with. Sometimes only a couple of people at a time surf together at odd hours, and emergency services will take time to get to you in the best of circumstances.

You nearly triple the chances of survival for those you love, or even complete strangers in distress, by learning these crucial CPR techniques. Being hit in the head by a surfboard is a real possibility, and can lead to drowning. Additional precautions should take place if the victim has lost consciousness due to drowning. According NCBI, to The Heimlich maneuver should be implemented to clear water from the lungs.

If the victim is standing, then you must stand behind and wrap your arms around the waist. Apply pressure between the rib cage and the navel, using the thumb side of your fist. Then use your other hand to thrust your fist upward quickly until water stops coming out of the mouth.

If the victim is lying down, he or she should be flat on his or her back with head turned so that water is allowed to drain from the mouth. Straddle the victim at the hips, facing him or her. First, place one hand on the abdomen between the navel and the rib cage, then place the other hand atop it. Using your body weight, press with quick upward thrusts until water stops draining from the mouth.

Check out the instructions in the infographic below from carrington.edu to further educate yourself on the proper CPR steps.

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Conrad Ferla should be known as the P.T. Barnum of the New England surf scene, after running one of the biggest and craziest contests of all time, this past weekend at the world famous Narragansett Town Beach. His pre-contest promotion and month long hype brought in both past and present competitors from as far away as California, and the surfing proved to be as good as advertised.

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Katie Zulo, Conrad Ferla, Sara Procaccini. Photo: Joe McGovern.

“The open format made for some interesting heats, as an even mix of oldsters and youngsters advanced through the many rounds,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “By the time the finals arrived, near dark, the surf picked up, and made for some really good surfing,” said Frade.

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The most outstanding performance of the day was that of 10-year old Lily Gartner. Determined to surf despite having fractured her arm three days before, she covered the cast in Saran Wrap, and proceeded to charge the surf. Lily blew out the field, taking the Grom Open Longboard over a final heat of boys, and then took a 4th in the Grom Shortboard final as well. “Lily grabbed every single good wave of that longboard final,” said Conrad Ferla, who was watching the action from the sea wall. “The rest of the boys just got the scraps. It was no contest.”

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The closest final of the day was the Men’s Open Longboard final, which featured a battle of styles. It was a toss-up between the speedy down-the-line moves of Kevin Roy versus the retro-longboard noseriding and trimming of Marcus Rand. A right-handed noseride that pushed through the shorebreak at the buzzer put Rand on top, but only by one point.

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Marcus Rand. Photo: Joe McGovern.

Former Narragansett surfer and snowboarder Mary Rand was in town, visiting her parents, and put on a great performance in the female contests. Currently residing in Seattle, Washington, she is pursuing a career as a professional snowboarder. She displayed great prowess in her other favorite sport, as she found the best waves in the Women’s Open Shortboard final, to edge out Rachael Ryan for the title.

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ESA veteran Sarah Procaccini put on the moves to top Medelise Reifsteck for the Women’s Open Longboard crown, and Madde Ryan made the trip from Kennebunkport, Maine to win the Grom Open Shortboard division.


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Sarah Procaccini. Photo: Joe McGovern.

It was former top ESA New England All-Star Kevin Roy who continued his great comeback after a 9-year lay-off, tearing up the left peaks to win the Men’s Open Shortboard over ESA’s top Senior Man, Andrew Marsden.

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The crowd was entertained by the Retro-Shortboard competition, as they watched riders struggle with 1970’s and early 1980’s short boards. In the end, it was Corey Thompson pushing through his single finner over Morgan Gallipeau for the title.

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Many thanks go out the sponsors of this event, including Narragansett Surf and Skate, Chino Surfboards, Hyperflex Wetsuits, Carver Skateboards, Hobie Sunglasses, Famous Wax, Rainbow Sandals, and Gansett Rides.

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The next ESA contest is scheduled for October 18th, at the Narragansett Town Beach. It is the Annual Northeast Surfing Titles, and is on call for October 17th, after 6 PM. The ESA hotline phone number to call is 401-789-1954.

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Final Results of the 2nd Annual Battle of the Beach, held at the Narragansett Town Beach on September 20, 2014 in 2-3 foot surf.

Grom Open Shortboard- 1.Madde Ryan 2.Dylan Latham 3.Noah Gartner 4.Lily Gartner 5.Nick Gaudreau 6.Charlotte Robbin 7.Jayden Parry 8.Dylan Holtbakk 9.Ryan Wilkinson 10.Joe Doherty 11.Jim Robbin 12.Kai Sorlien

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John "Potter". Photo: Joe McGovern.

Mens Open Shortboard- 1.Kevin Roy 2.Andrew Marsden 3.Marcus Rand 4.Sean McKenzie 5.Allen Santucci 6.John Pariseault 7.John Zito 8.Matt Nota 9.TJ Thran 10.Steve Torrisi 11.Jamie Kelly 12.Sully Brownhill 13.Kai Holtbakk 14.Max O’Connell 15.Corey Thompson 16.Jack Jones 17.Matt Pepe

Women Open Shortboard- 1.Mary Rand 2.Rachael Ryan 3.Katie Zullo 4.Sara Procaccini 5.Rose Huston

Grom Open Longboard- 1.Lilly Gartner 2.Jayden Parry 3.Noah Gartner 4.Jim Robbin 5.Dylan Holtbakk 6.Joe Doherty 7.Dylan Parry 8.Charlotte Robbin 9.Dylan Latham 10.Cade Marsden

Men Open Longboard- 1.Marcus Rand 2.Kevin Roy 3.Morgan Gallipeau 4.Andrew Marsden 5.Matt Nota 6.Kai Holtbakk 7.Andrew Nota 8.Kyle Halavik 9.Jesse Larkin 10.Allen Santucci 11.Corey Thompson 12.Ron Belanger 13.Jon Baylor 14.Steve Torrisi 15.Sully Brownhill 16.TJ Thran 17.Jamie Kelly 18.Jayson May 19.Fred Bessette 20. Chris Holland

Women Open Longboard-1.Sarah Procaccini 2.Medelise Reifsteck 3.Katie Zullo 4.Rose Huston 5.Mary Rand

Retro Shortboard- 1.Corey Thompson 2.Morgan Gallipeau 3.Kyle Halavik 4.Steve Torrisi 5.Lilly Gartner 6.Noah Gartner 7.Matt Nota 8.Sully Brownhill 9.Jayson May 10.Maddie Ryan 11.Chris Holland 12.Allen Santucci 13.Dylan Holtbakk

ESA Divisional Winners

Menehunes-1.Noah Gartner 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Jim Robbin Girls- 1.Lily Gartner 2.Charlotte Robbin

Boys- 1.Joe Doherty

Junior Men- 1.Sean McKenzie 2.Ryan Wilkinson

Men- .1Matt Nota 2.Allen Santucci 3.Steve Torrisi

Masters- 1.Andrew Marsden

Senior Men-1.Kevin Roy 2.John Pariseault 3.Kai Holtbakk

Grandmasters- 1.Ron Belanger 2.Claudio Paulino

Legends- 1.Peter Pan

Women- 1.Katie Zullo

Senior Women-1.Sara Procaccini

Menehune Longboard- 1.Lilly Gartner 2.Noah Gartner 3.Jim Robbin 4.Dylan Holtbakk 5. Cade Marsden

Junior Longboard- 1.Sean McKenzie

Men Longboard- 1.Matt Nota 2.Andrew Nota 3.Allen Santucci 4. Steve Torrisi

Master Longboard- 1.Kevin Roy 2.Andrew Marsden 3.Kai Holtbakk 4.Ron Belanger

Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan

Women Longboard-1.Katie Zullo

Senior Women Longboard- 1.Sara Procaccini 2.Medelise Reifsteck

Open SUP-1.Peter Pan

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When contest officials pulled up to the town beach, the surf was looking weak. “The winds were expected to blow hard from the east, and we were counting on getting a solid wind swell off of it,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “And that is exactly what happened. By the end of the first heat, it was a ridable 2-3 feet.”

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Menehune Boys. Photo by Katy Giffault.

This is the third year that the contest has ran, thanks to the New England Institute of Science and Sailing, and Mistral Dodson, who came up with the idea. “Surfing is one of our more popular programs, along with sailing, wind surfing, and paddle boarding,” said Mistral. I thought a surfing contest would be a perfect venue for our students who attend our programs.”

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This year’s event attracted more competitors than the previous two contests, and ESA groms made a strong showing in all the finals. The toughest and most competitive division was without a doubt, the Wahines. “The Wahine final was the best surfed heat of the day,” said ESA judge Kai Holtbakk. “There was some great surfing from all the finalists.”

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Leigh Giffault, Peter Pan, Kelly Giffault, Paige Giffault. Photo by Katy Giffault.

The contest was really a battle between veteran riders Lily Gartner and Charlotte Robbin. Both finished with 6 solid rides each, and Lily started out strong, picking off some nice right peaks to take the lead. As the heat was coming to a close, however, Charlotte grabbed a clean backside cover-up and followed up with a headstand off a left section, putting her on top at the buzzer. Sarah Billis pulled into the third spot on probably the most solid backside left at the event.

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Lily Gardner. Photo by Katy Giffault.

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Charlotte Robbin. Photo by Katy Giffault.

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Lily Gardner. Photo by Katy Giffault.

Noah Gartner only caught four waves in the Boys Final, but made them all count, as he edged out Jim Robbin for the title. It was actually Noah’s first ride that put him on top, a clean right that sectioned for one of the highest scores of the contest. Jim had two good lefts near the end of the heat, but could not quite overtake Gartner. It was a split decision win when the scoring sheets were tabulated, with Dylan Holtbakk closed behind in the third spot.

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Noah Gartner (Yellow). Photo by Katy Giffault.

In his own age group, Gartner easily dominated the right peak, cruising to an effortless win over Max Garber. The final wave of the session was a perfect right peak that allowed Noah to pull off several scoring moves, giving him a 9.0 and a 9.5 from two judges.

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Abby, Mike Smith, Kelly Giffault, Paige Giffault, Leigh Giffault. Photo by Katy Giffault.

Caitlyn Kuhn picked off two outstanding lefts and beat out the fast breaking sections, to top Cameron Gretches for the Girls Ankle Biter title.

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Kahuna Girls. Photo by Katy Giffault.

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Kahuna Girls. Photo by Katy Giffault.

The Kahuna Boys final was dominated by ESA veterans, as Joe Doherty topped Ryan Wilkinson for the title. Dylan Holtbakk finished 3rd. Kelly Giffault’s first wave put her in the top spot, and she stayed there to win the Kahuna Girls crown over Abby Melton.

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Kelly Giffault. Photo by Katy Giffault.

ESA competition continues this Saturday at the Narragansett Town Beach, at the annual “Battle of the Beach.” This event will feature a retro shortboard open event, an open longboard division, and competition in all age groups. Sign-ups are from 11 AM to noon, with the competition starting up at 12:30 PM.

Final Results of the 3rd Annual Catch A Curl Grom Fest, held in 2-3 foot surf at the Westerly Town Beach, in Westerly, Rhode Island, on September 13th, 2014.

Girl Ankle Biters- (girls under 10 years old)1.Caitlyn Kuhn 2.Cameron Gretches

Boy Ankle Biters-(boys under 10 years old)1.Noah Gartner 2.Max Garber 3.Baxter Menzies 4.Code Birrel 5.Jack Morrone

Wahines-(girls 11-14 years old) 1.Charlotte Robbin 2.Lily Gartner 3.Sarah Billis 4.Ellie Zrenda 5.Olivia Papanier 6.Gabby Heughins 7.Emily Mantatto 8.Lydia Tinnerello

Boys-(boys 11-14 years old) 1.Noah Gartner 2.Jim Robbin 3.Dylan Holtbakk 4.Zander Bass 6.Sam Meyer 7.Cody Lanphere 8.Jayden Parry 9.Brayden Birrel

Kahuna Girls-(girls 15-18 years old)1.Kelly Giffault 2.Abby Melton 3.Paige Giffault 4.Leigh Giffault

Kahuna Boys-(boys 15-18 years old)1.Joe Doherty 2.Ryan Wilkinson 3.Dylan Holtbakk 4.Doug Sockbeson

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Beach Clean Up. Photo by Katy Giffault.

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