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Andrew Gessler wins Red Bull Ice Break New Jersey event



Andrew Gessler : photo Mike Nelson/Red Bull

Red Bull Ice Break

North Carolina Qualifier event
#4 of 5 Event Qualifier Series
7 September - 20 December 2004

New Jersey Qualifier a GO for Xmas Eve.

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 December 2004: - - (Seaside Heights, New Jersey) - After extending the swell window several days past the December 20th deadline, event organizers were able to complete this year's Red Bull Ice Break qualifier season and solidify the final participant list for the main event being held later this winter. Andrew Gessler (Ocean City, NJ), who placed sixth in last year's final event in Nova Scotia, won the New Jersey qualifier with his fast, impressive surfing in 3-4 foot waves at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights.

Rounding out the top five spots and earning one of the highly coveted twenty-five finalist positions were Ben McBrien (Long Beach Island, NJ), Matt Keenan (Ocean City, NJ), Frank Walsh (Longport, NJ) and Zack Humphreys (Margate, NJ). In addition, the five surfers were given an O'Neill 6/4 mm Psycho wetsuit, which will keep them warm and toasty in the frigid waters of the Northeast Atlantic.

As the swell window for the qualifiers was drawing to a close, event organizers were anxious with the fifth and final New Jersey event still outstanding. As luck would have it, a decent south swell and clean wind conditions were scheduled coincide on Christmas Eve. Organizers frantically called registered participants to confirm that the holidays would not conflict with the event. All registered surfers were excited about a Christmas Eve contest and the green light was given.

With the qualifiers complete, the field is now set for the main event. Last year's event was held in the frigid latitudes of Nova Scotia, this year organizers are looking for a location equally as cold, if not colder. Most likely, the event will take place somewhere in Northeastern Canada, the exact location is still to be determined. The contest will be held sometime between a swell and weather window from March 15 – May 31, 2005 to allow for the highest wave quality. All finalists will be given 48-96 hours notice to prepare for the event.



Garrett Smith : photo Mike Nelson/Red Bull

New Jersey Finalists:

Andrew Gessler (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Ben McBrien (Long Beach Island, New Jersey)
Matt Keenan (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Frank Walsh (Longport, New Jersey)
Zack Humphreys (Margate, New Jersey)

North Carolina Finalists:
Noah Synder (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
Brendan Petticrew (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Raven Lundy (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Jesse Hines (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
Jason Borte (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

Nova Scotia Finalists:
Nico Manos (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Matt Healy (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia)
Justin Houston (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Lance Moore (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Marty King (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

New York Finalists:
Ryan Carlson (Long Beach, New York)
Dave Juan (Long Beach, New York)
Jamie Moran (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Randy Townsend (Surf City, New Jersey)
Mike Roth (Long Beach Island, New Jersey)

Maine Finalists:
Zev Gartner (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Nic Copeland (Nahant, Massachusetts)
Dillion Murphy (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
Greg Levy (Narragansett, Rhode Island)
Bill Woodward (York, Maine)

Event/Series info
Regional qualifiers are open to the following surfers:
North Carolina : Surfers from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia and Florida
New Jersey: Surfers from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland
Long Island: Surfers from New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island
Maine: Surfers from Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont
Nova Scotia : Surfers from Nova Scotia

Five surfers from each qualifier will advance to the Red Bull Ice Break main event taking place sometime between a swell window from March 15 – May 31, 2005. There will be thirty surfers in the 2005 main event (five surfers from each qualifier, 2004 Ice Break Champ, Dean Randazzo, and four wildcards; Billy Hume, Ian Parnell, Scott Posner and Sam Hammer).

Surfing during the dead of winter off the mid and upper reaches of the Atlantic’s East Coast takes a special reserve of fortitude not found in many people. These surfers who remain committed during the depths of the region’s notorious mean season are some of the most diehard and dedicated in the world. Snow covers the desolate beaches, the water temperature hovers somewhere in the 30’s or low 40’s and the bitter, frozen wind stings those brave enough to face it. Yet, all along the frozen landscape small clusters of these winter warriors congregate. They challenge piercing-cold waves for a few precious moments of a ride. They are truly a breed all their own.

Previous reports:
# 1 : Karl produces swell for Red Bull Ice Break in Maine
# 2 : Ryan Carlson wins Red Bull Ice Break in Long Island
# 3 : Nick Manos wins Red Bull Ice Break Nova Scotia Qualifier
# 4 : Noah Snyder wins Red Bull Ice Break N. Carolina Qualifier

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