The surfing community was treated to a rare and fun event this past Saturday, at Fort Adams, in Newport, Rhode Island. The occasion was the annual Surf Fest, sponsored by Rhode Island surf legend, Sid Abruzzi and his Water Brothers Surf Shop. Thousands of spectators came to experience the surf and skate extravaganza, which offered an array of vintage surfboards and skateboards from collectors all over the east coast.
For the first time at the festival, there was an impressive display of vintage surf vehicles, including convertibles, jeeps, station wagons, and muscle cars that spanned 50 years. South County was well represented with a large display of surfboards and paddleboards by Dave Levy of Levy Surf Designs. The famous Morrisey brother’s collection of long boards, were on display as well. The Morriseys, who live in Wakefield, own one of the greatest collections of long boards on the east coast. Conrad Ferla, also of Wakefield, was on hand with Hyperflex wetsuits and Carver Skateboards. His first edition Simon Anderson Tri-Fin won the Vintage Shortboard category at the show.
Several senior members of the Surfing Hall of Fame were in attendance, including former East Coast Champion and innovative surfboard builder, Greg Loehr of Cocoa Beach. Another champion, Mike Tabeling, also of Cocoa Beach fame, drove from the coastline of Mexico, to be at the surf fest. Former World Champion Peter Townsend of Australia was seen making the rounds as well. Surfing pioneer Howie “Goldie” Goldsmith of Wakefield was also walking the show. Goldie was one of the first and largest manufacturer of “pop-out” surfboards on the east coast, and major promoter of New England surfing events in the early 1960’s.
There was an outstanding array of top east and west coast skateboarders at this year’s affair, and they entertained the crowd in an 8-hour skate jam that had not been seen in Rhode Island in over a decade. While no one was declared a winner, local riders dominated. Former world champion skateboarder Tony Alva held court next to the ramp, along with local Fall River champion Fred Smith. Alva was once voted the top skater, in the world by Skateboarder Magazine, at the height of the sport’s popularity. Smith is probably the most famous skateboarder to ever come out of New England. This champion pool rider’s skateboard deck outsold any other model of any brand for almost one year, at the height of his dominance. He was known world wide for his wild antics both on and off the ramp.
Festivities raged long into the night, as the DJ spun his tunes, surf and skate goods were sold, and everyone got to touch and pick up the vintage surfboards and skateboards. The event went so well at this new location, that Sid promised that it would happen here again, next year.
The ESA has just released information as well as the entry forms for the ESA’s 2014 Eastern Surfing Championships® (aka 2014 EASTERNS®). The competition dates are listed as: September 14-20, 2014.
More information, entry forms, and regional rankings can be found here:
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
NESURF partners up with Chatham Clothing Bar for an exclusive launch of their NOR’EASTER fleece lined jeans.
Location: Chatham Clothing Bar 534 Main St, Chatham 508-945-5292 www.chathamtco.com
Date & Time: August 14 1pm - 4pm
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Date: Sunday, June 8th
Time: 10 am
Place: Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA
Price: $25 before June 8; $40 day of contest.
Contest entry includes: tee shirt to the first 80 entrants; Surfer's Stomp/Awards Party and Flatbread Pizza at Daddy's Beach Club; live music; prizes; Silent Auction.
In the past, many have have asked how they can help out at this incredible event. Well this year here's one way: If you (or someone you know) can donate an item or gift certificate for the silent auction table to benefit The Children's Fund (formerly Save the Children), that would be a Great help.
New location this year for the Awards Party--Daddy's Beach Club (they have the Best flatbread pizza around!) and they hooked us up with Blues Legend Lois Greco. She is stoked to play for the participants! Check out her music at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzn-goy0KVM
Entry Form (click to print):