By Peter Pan

It is the middle of November and the sun is out, no winds, and air temperatures in the high 50’s. This was little doubt that as long as there was a bump out there, the ESA Holiday Surfabout was going to run. “We could have pushed it to next weekend,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade, “but we could have snow, ice, and blistering onshore winds as well. No one would have showed up, and those who did, would have had to put on full winter gear to compete.”

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Although it was only 1-2 feet with some odd 3 footers popping up here and then, many competitors were still moving freely in 3/2 suits without boots, gloves, and helmets. Last week, the same surfers were riding in full winter gear, when air temperatures dipped into the 30’s and the winds made it feel like the low 20’s. There were joggers in tee shirts and shorts, and some crazy swimmers with just bathing suits taking dips in the ocean. Meanwhile, the surfers found ways to rip up the waves at the last rated ESA surf competition of the season.

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For the first time ever, the Open Stand-Up Paddleboard Division was the most competitive event of the entire contest. The final offered spectators and judges the most spectacular action and the toughest competition of the day. It came down to a battle of who could find the best shoulders to work over, and local knowledge helped. Jeff Smith and Peter Pan moved to the far end of the competition area and picked off some long workable lefts, taking the top two spots with ease. The rest of the best included 3rd place Leo Campos, who grabbed some nice rights in front of the judges and Nick Curci, who hot-dogged it into 4th place. Head judge Pat Redmond commented after the final heat. “That was the most exciting heat of the entire event, and it was just too close to call. Everyone was ripping it up.”

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The small, fast sectioning waves proved to be ideal for the Master Longboarders as well. Again, it was a close heat, with some long nose rides. Andy Marsden edged out Jeff Smith on a tie breaker 3rd wave to take the title, with Leo Campos finishing in the 3rd spot on the strength of one good left slider.

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Braydon Bennett led the youth brigade with some solid rights for the Menehune crown, while Joe Doherty took the Boys title. Doherty came back in the Menehune Longboard to pick off the wave of the heat and his second win of the day.

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Sara Procaccini continues to dominate the female ranks, as she won both the Ladies and Ladies Longboard titles, and took a 6th in the Open SUP Final. Janice Causey came back from knee surgery to win the Grand Legends division.

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In the rest of the male divisions, it was David Giuseppone styling his way to wins in both the Men’s and Men’s Longboard finals, while Andy Marsden took the Senior Men’s crown. Claudio Paolino won the Grandmaster’s division, and Peter Pan continued undefeated in both the Legends and Legends Longboard categories.

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In the final heats of the day, Pat Redmond “el rollo-ed” his way to the Open Bodyboard crown while Brandon Bennett captured the Menehune Bodyboard title.

This was the final ESA rated surfing event of the 2013 season. The next ESA contest is the 2014 New England Mid-Winter Championships, scheduled for February 15th at the Narragansett Town Beach. The next New England ESA event is the up and coming Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 2/K -5/K Stand Up Paddle Board Race. This is scheduled for the Narragansett Town Beach with signups from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and the race set to start at 10 AM. Entry fee is $35.00 and open to everyone.

There is no limit on board size or style. There are trophies for both races and 6 age groups in each race. The course will run from the south end of the town beach to Monahan’s Dock and back, with the shorter race doing the loop once, and the longer race twice. In case of large surf or rough conditions, the race will be moved to Captain Wheeler State Beach. For more information, call 401-575-0003 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Final Results of the 2013 ESA Holiday Surfabout-held in 1-3 foot surf at the Narragansett Town Beach on November 16, 2013.

Menehunes-1.Brandon Bennett

Boys-1.Joe Doherty

Men-1.David Giuseppone

Senior Men-Andy Marsden

Grandmasters-1.Claudio Paolino

Legends-1.Peter Pan

Grand Legends-1.Janice Causey

Ladies-1.Sara Procaccini 2.Sara Prince

Menehune Longboard-1.Joe Doherty 2.Braydon Bennett

Men Longboard-1.David Giuseppone

Senior Longboard-1.Andy Marsden 2.Jeff Smith 3.Leo Campos 4.Joe Doherty

Sr. Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Mark Preece

Menehune Bodyboard-1.Brandon Bennett

Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Peter Pan

Open SUP-1.Jeff Smith 2.Peter Pan 3.Leo Campos 4.Nick Curci 5.Mark Preece 6.Sara Procaccini


Photos by Scott Crivellaro

After a summer of knee to waist high waves -- a summer without even a hint of a hurricane swell -- Cape Cod finally lit up in mid October with head+ surf and honest to goodness barrels.

Here are some photos by Scott Crivellaro from Friday, October 18...












By Peter Pan


Local surfers are hoping for the same mild conditions as the 2013 competition season finishes up this month. The final Eastern Surfing Association rated contest of the season takes place at the Narragansett Town Beach on November 16, with several divisional championship berths too close to call. Only the top qualifiers from each category are eligible to compete at the 2014 ESA Northeast Regional Championships in May. This year's contest is set for Montauk, New York.

Sign-ups for the contest will take place at the beach from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on the morning of the contest. Entry fee is $30.00 and there will be trophies for all finalists. The contest is on call for November 15, after 6 PM on the ESA hotline: 401-789-1954. ESA members will be notified by email on Friday night, if there are any changes to the location or postponement.

Area surfers who are in contention for age and specialty titles include Liam O'Regan, Dylan Holtbakk, Braydon Bennett, Maria Barend, Gavin Smith, Andrew Nota, Rigs Bennett, Corran Moore, Sean Dungan, and Rob Goodwin in the youth categories. Local adult competitors are Jeff Smith, Andy Marsden, Paul Bennett, Kai Holtbakk, Jose Galvez, Claudio Paolino, Pat Redmond, and Dave McLaughlin. Top area women qualifiers include Ana Barend, Sara Prince, Keating Artigian, Kitty Pechet, and Sarah Procaccini. In the newly created Stand-Up Paddleboard competiton, leading candidates include Leo Campos and Stacey McLoughlin. The Annual ESA Holiday Surfabout will be the 7th rated event of the 2013 season.


Due to the increasing popularity of stand-up paddleboard racing and surfing, the ESA and the Town of Narragansett Recreation Department have teamed up to run the first ever Turkey Trot 2/K 5/K Standup Paddleboard Race at the Narragansett Town Beach on Thanksgiving morning. This will be the first time that the ESA has run any type of activity on a holiday. Early indications are that if the weather is good, the turnout could be great.

There will be two races with no restriction on equipment. One race will be close to two miles, with racers taking off near the seawall and paddling along Ocean Road to Monahan's Dock and back to the beach. The second race, which will run simultaneously with the 2-mile race, will continue around a buoy and do a second lap to Monahan's Dock. This race will be close to 4.5 miles.

There are prizes and trophies in all divisions for both races, with six categories in each race. In the female events, there are trophies for Women-29 years and under, Women-30-49 years, and Senior Women-50 years and over. In the male ranks, there are trophies for Men-29 years and under, Masters-30-54 years, and Senior Men-55 years and over. Trophies will be awarded to competitors in both the 2-mile and 4.5 mile races separately. There will also be a free raffle for all competitors, for a complete stand-up paddleboard wetsuit top and bottom (male and female) sponsored by Supreme Wetsuits.

Sign-ups on Thanksgiving morning will take place in the South Pavilion parking lot from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The race will start at 10 AM, with awards given out immediately after the last paddler comes in. In case of bad weather, the race will run on Saturday, November 30th. Entry fee is $35.00 per racer. Cash, credit cards, or checks are welcome.

For those athletes who want to race but do not have equipment, race sponsors Bic Sport USA and Narragansett Surf and Skate are offering a complete wetsuit, board, and paddle rental for $25.00. Equipment will be delivered and picked up at the beach. Interested racers must pay in advance. Contact the Narragansett Surf Shop in advance to make arrangements.

In the event of big surf, the race will be moved to Captain Wheeler State Beach. Race conditions and any changes will be updated on the ESA hotline phone: 401-789-1954. Racers can also check the Narragansett Surf and Skate or the South New England ESA Facebook pages for changes and updates. For further information, contact the ESA at 401-575-0003 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


By Peter Pan

Forums Discussion with a few additional pictures here.

It was thirty-nine years ago that the first ESA Northeast Surfing Championships was held at the Narragansett Town Beach. It was the era of inter-district contests, during the heyday of east coast surfing competition. It took two days to run the event, with several dozen competitors traveling from New York and Northern New England for the competition. The weather was very similar to how it was this past Saturday at the beach. It was certainly not your typical conditions for a late October day, but no one was complaining. Sunny skies, air temperatures in the 70’s, and glassy 2-3 foot surf proved to be a great combination for a fun day at the beach. Some of the younger surfers even dared to venture out with shorty wetsuits for their heats.
One of the outstanding features of this year’s contest was the judging. A veteran panel of ESA judges scored an overall 98% in accuracy, meaning that no one left the beach feeling cheated. The contestants really got what they deserved. Judges that stuck it out all day included Jim Taylor, Pat Redmond, Dave McLaughlin, John Fonda, and Katie Hoffman.


The kids left no doubt as to who was in charge at this contest. The biggest and most hotly contested divisions were the Menehunes, Boys, and Girls categories. Even half of the Open Division finalists came out of the Menehune divisions. ESA Competition Director Mario Frade was very impressed with the youngsters. “It was great to see all these new little rippers on the scene. This is the best turnout of young and talented surfers that I have seen in over 20 years. We could have another Kelly Slater in the water today.”


It was so close in both the Menehune Boys and Girls finals, that both winners were tied after 3 waves and tabulators had to go to the 4th wave to break the tie. Josh Hedde edged out Noah Gartner by .05 and Maria Barend beat Charlotte Robbin by one point on their 4th wave. Veteran Block Island rider, Gavin Smith found some exceptional sections to top Joe Hedde in the Boys Final. Corran Moore continued his winning streak with some big moves to take the Junior Men’s title over Ben Alofsin.
South Shore’s Andy Marsden had a great day in the elder categories, as he took three events with relative ease. He found the best waves and some miraculous sections to top the Senior Men, Master Longboard, and Open finals (on a borrowed board…no less).


Maria Barend is quickly becoming as difficult to beat, as her ESA All-Star mother, Ana. After wrapping up the Menehune Girls title, she nose rode her way to victory over a full heat of boys, to win the Menehune Longboard crown. Gavin Smith did some nice trimming to take second as well.


Newcomer Clayton Ives captured the Menehune Bodyboard final, while Dave McLaughlin edged out the current Northeast Regional reigning champ, Pat Redmond for the Open Bodyboard crown. Leo Campos nailed down a fast breaking but sectioning right, to top Sara Procaccini for the Stand-Up Paddleboard crown.


Other individual winners in multiple categories include Ana Barend, Dave Giuseppone, Peter Pan, and Sarah Procaccini. All contestants received trophies for their efforts. The next ESA contest is the final surfing event of the 2013 season, the annual Holiday Surfabout, scheduled for the Narragansett Town Beach on November 16th. The ESA is also planning the First Annual Turkey Trot 5K Stand-up Paddle Board Race at Narrow River, at 10 AM on Thanksgiving morning (November 28th). For further details, go the ESA Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Final Results of the 39th Annual ESA Northeast Surfing Championships

Menehune Boys-1.Josh Hedde 2.Noah Gartner 3.Jim Robbin 4.Braydon Bennett 5.Dylan Holtbakk 6.Quinn Battagliese

Menehune Girls-1.Maria Barend 2.Charlotte Robbin 3.Liz Blanchette 4.Lily Gartner 5.Erin McGrath 6.Kaylee Bennett

Boys-1.Gavin Smith 2.Joe Hedde 3.Mike Blanchette 4.Rigs Bennett 5.Joe Doherty 6.Ed Barend

Junior Men-1.Corran Moore 2.Ben Alofsin 3.Matt Alofsin 4.James Manni

Men-1.David Giuseppone

Senior Men-1.Andy Marsden 2.Jose Galvez 3.John Fonda

Legends-1.Peter Pan

Women-1.Sarah Procaccini

Senior Women-1.Ana Barend

Open-1.Andy Marsden 2.Joe Hedde 3.Gavin Smith 4.Dave Giuseppone 5.Dylan Holtbakk 6.Joe Doherty 7.Quinn Battagliese 8.Jose Galvez 9.Rigs Bennett

Menehune Longboard-1.Maria Barend 2.Gavin Smith 3.Joe Hedde 4.Quinn Battagliese 5.Jim Robbin 6.Josh Hedde 7.Lily Gardner 8.Braydon Bennett 9.Rigs Bennett 10.Charlotte Robbin 11.Noah Gartner 12.Dylan Holtbakk 13.Ed Barend

Men’s Longboard-1.David Giuseppone

Master Longboard-1.Andy Marsden 2.Jose Galvez 3.John Fonda 4.Jim Taylor

Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan

Women’s Longboard-1.Sarah Procaccini

Ladies Longboard-1.Ana Barend 2.Stacey McLoughlin

Menehune Bodyboard-1.Clayton Ives 2.Quinn Battagliese 3.Dylan Holtbakk

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

SUP Open-1.Leo Campos 2.Sara Procaccini 3.Stacey McLoughlin 4.Peter Pan


Forums Discussion Here.











Chino Surfboards is hosting a movie night on Wednesday October 9 from 7:30-9:30 to show "Shoot The Pier, a True Maine Surf Story," a film by Brian Goding. The film tells a "story about a generation of surfers that... takes us to a time and place where the waves were undiscovered and a culture was misunderstood."

Wednesday. October 9, 7:30-9:30pm
Hostelling International
19 Stuart Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Follow the Film @
Editor: Tony Mullane
Co produced: Corey McKenna Ashenbreme

Also a Special photo series by local surfer/photog Mike Valencius of Mariner’s Light Photography.

Shoot the Pier (trailer) from Brian Goding on Vimeo.


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