East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships

December 29, 2009 - The Eastern Surfing Association and Texas Gulf Surfing Association have announced the 2010 East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships. $5,000 open division prizes highlight this first ever scholastic and pro-am dual-organization event. The competition is being held in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., from March 26-28, 2010 and will feature surfers from the entire East Coast and Texas. Open to members and non-members of both organizations from Texas to the Great Lakes, the contest hopes to build upon the foundation of past Scholastic events with champions including the Hobgoods, four-time world champ Lisa Anderson and nine-time world champ Kelly Slater. “In addition to giving away an unprecedented amount of money for college scholarships to winning teams and individuals, we’ve upped the ante by providing pro-am events totaling $5,000 in prize money for the East Coast’s and Texas’ best surfers,” stated Debbie Hodges, executive director of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). “Holding an event of this caliber, and offering the amount of prize money we are, wouldn’t be possible without the participation of TGSA and I’m proud we could come together for the best interests of the surfers in our shared geographical regions.”

Here is the personal entry form. Here is the form for teams.

Big Tuesday at Waimea



December 9, 2009 - After 25 years with most of those spent waiting, Waimea Bay delivered an event of legendary proportions yesterday at the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Fueled by Monster Energy. It was 25 years to the day since the first "Eddie" was held and waves of up to 50 feet poured in to Oahu's North Shore as if on cue. With younger brother Clyde still in the lineup, at age 60, joined by the contemporary top guns of big wave riding, a packed arena celebrated every gutsy ride in brilliant sunshine befitting of a tribute to local hero Eddie Aikau.

When all was said and done, it was California's Greg Long, 26, (San Clemente) who made a late charge in the final heat of the day to claim the $55,000 winner's purse. Long committed to an unbelievable never-say-die attack, securing all four of his top scores - several of them death-defying and one of them a perfect 100-point ride, in macking 40- to 50-foot waves. It was the high point of his career to-date - pretty incredible given that he only rode Waimea for the first time this week. Here's the full story.

RESULTS: Listed in order of 1st through 28th
Greg Long (California), Kelly Slater (Florida), Sunny Garcia (Hawaii), Bruce Irons (Hawaii) Ramon Navarro (Chile) * Monster Drop Award, Ross Clarke-Jones (Australia), Jamie O'Brien (Hawaii), Mark Healey (Hawaii), Garret McNamara (Hawaii), Noah Johnson (Hawaii), Shane Dorian (Hawaii), Makuakai Rothman (Hawaii), Reef McIntosh (Hawaii), Andy Irons (Hawaii), Grant Baker (Hawaii), Carlos Burle (Brazil), Kohl Chrtistensen (Hawaii), Kala Alexander (Hawaii), Peter Mel (USA), Takayuki Wakita (Japan), Ibon Amatriain (Spain), Clyde Aikau (Hawaii), Keone Downing (Hawaii), Mike Ho (Hawaii), Darryl 'Flea' Virostko (USA), Brian Keaulana (Hawaii), Rusty Keaulana (Hawaii), Pancho Sullivan (Hawaii).

December 8, 2009 - Gargantuan waves hitting Hawaii's North Shore since yesterday will grow even bigger today as The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau invitation-only big wave surfing event will likely get under way. Waves with 30-50' faces are expected. Here's more on the story from Jessie McKinley

INVITEES
Andy Irons, Hawaii, Brian Keaulana, Hawaii, Brock Little, Hawaii, Bruce Irons, Hawaii, Carlos Burle, Brazil, Clyde Aikau, Hawaii, Darryl Virostko, California, Greg Long, California, Jamie O'Brien, Hawaii, Jamie Sterling, Hawaii, Kelly Slater, Florida, Keone Downing, Hawaii, Makuakai Rothman, Hawaii, Mark Healey, Hawaii, Michael Ho, Hawaii, Noah Johnson, Hawaii, Peter Mel, California, Reef McIntosh, Hawaii, Ross Clarke-Jones, Australia, Rusty Keaulana, Hawaii, Shane Dorian, Hawaii, Sunny Garcia, Hawaii, Titus Kinimaka, Hawaii, Tom Carroll, Australia, Grant "Twiggy" Baker, South Africa, Ibon Amatriain, Euskadi, Ramon Navarro, Chile, Takayuki Wakita, Japan.

ALTERNATES
Kala Alexander, Hawaii Aikau Family Pick, Pancho Sullivan, Hawaii, Garrett McNamara, Hawaii, Kohl Christensen, Hawaii, Dave Wassel, Hawaii, Keoni Watson, Hawaii, Nathan Fletcher, Hawaii, Ian Walsh, Hawaii, Danny Fuller, Hawaii, Kalani Chapman, Hawaii, Taylor Knox, California, Chava Greenlee, Hawaii, Jamie Mitchell, Australia, Myles Padaca, Hawaii, Tony Moniz, Hawaii, Darrick Doerner, Hawaii, Ken 'Skin Dog' Collins, California, Ross Williams, Hawaii, Derek Ho, Hawaii, Paul Paterson, Australia, Anthony Tashnick, California, Koby Abberton, Australia, Laurent Pujol, France, Laurie Towner, Australia.

HONORARY INVITEES
Mark Foo, Hawaii, Todd Chesser, Hawaii, Tiger Espere, Hawaii, Jay Moriarity, California, Peter Davi, California, Lester Falatea, Tahiti.

25' Wave Faces at O'Neill World Cup Surf Contest

December 4, 2009 - The O'Neill World Cup of Surfing claims to be running its event in the largest surf ever contested in the 27-year history of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. On Thursday the waves at Sunset Beach on Hawaii's North Shore had faces as big as 25' and some of the bigger waves closed out totally across the bay. Six-time Vans Triple Crown champion and two-time O'Neill World Cup champion Sunny Garcia said, "...be careful what you wish for, you know? I wanted big waves and we got big waves. It's almost too big." Here's the story with photos from TripleCrownofSurfing.com

Windsurfing in front of a calving glacier

Thomas Miklautsch wind surfing in front of the Perito Moreno glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina:



Scion Core Surf Competition - Full Story


November 2, 2009 - Here's the full story of the Scion Core Cup surfing competition from event organizer, Skip Winter of Link Marketing:

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Newport, RI – After almost a two month waiting period, on October 25 the second annual Scion Core Cup surf contest finally went down. With 32 of New England's best surfers staged at 2nd beach in Newport, RI, all the contest needed was a little help from mother nature , and she delivered a consistent head high swell all day. Marc Angelillo, contest director and commentator, said "It just seemed to get better as the day went on, it broke solid for the six hours it took to run the entire event and I thought the finals had some of the best waves of the day ... It was just one sweet day enjoyed by everyone!"

The surfers battled their way through 4 rounds which consisted of 15 four man highly competitive heats, with a final that would go down as one of the best battles that New England surfers had seen from two Cape Cod surfers in years.

Rounding out the top eight finalists were Casey Lockwood, NH in 8th place who also took home the Best n' Biggest move award with his heavy duty front side hack, 7th place went to Sam Boardman, ME and last years champion, 6th place was taken by a South Shore MA. local Dan Hassett, 5th place was local boy John McGuirl who's consistency and determination almost got him into the finals. The finals broke down as a young gun from Nantucket, Ryan Webb landed in 4th, 3rd place was earned by Brian Sargent a local who at 39 years of age doesn't seem to be effected by father time. Coming in second place forcing a lead change a couple of times in the finals was Cape Cod slayer Dillon Murphy . Taking home 1st place for the 2009 Scion Core Cup and a check for $1,400 was Adam Lauro, from Cape Cod, M A . Not only did Adam take the cup home, win every heat he surfed but he laid claim for the highest wave and heat score of the event.

All told, a $5100 cash purse was distributed and more in prizes among the top 8 finishers making this one of the largest purses in New England surf history. The title sponsor for the event was Scion and supporting sponsors for the event included Island Surf and Sports, Rip Curl, O'Neill, Creatures of Leisure, Ocean Minded, Smith Optics, Skullcandy, Vec Surfboards, Sticky bumps, Wax Buddy, Z Block, and Rumba Energy Juice. A special thanks goes out again to all of the volunteers, judges, our host surf shop, our head statistician / tabulator Bob McNeil and Link Marketing's Skip Winter, event creator and founder who has blessed us with the second Scion Core Cup Surf contest and event.

More info:
CoreCupSurf.com
IslandSports.com
EasternSurf.com

Local Boys Win RI Surf Competition

October 31, 2009 - Last Sunday at the Scion Core Cup surfing competition at 2nd Beach, Newport, RI, Cape Cod surfers Adam Lauro and Dillon Murphy won 1st and 2nd on head+ high waves under sunny skies. Lauro brought home $1400, Murphy took $1150. The event was run by Skip Winter and presented by Island Surf and Sport. Here's the story by Jon Coen at EasternSurf.com.