Dylan Graves : photo Roger Sharp/Nixon
Nixon Surf Challenge
Playa La Zurriola, San Sebastian, Euskadi
28 - 30 September 2006
Dylan Graves crowned King of the Nixon Surf Challenge
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 October, 2006 : - - Puerto Rican surfer Dylan Graves was crowned king of the Surf Challenge 2006 this afternoon snatching the title from Tahitis Hira Teriinatoofa after landing an amazing air reverse in San Sebastiens Playa La Zurriola. Hira was closely followed by the Euro contingent with Gony Zubizarreta coming in 3rd and Fredo Robin coming in 4th.
The surfers slowly arrived at the beach this morning after a cultural night out, enjoying the pleasures of San Sebastiens renowned Old Town. Dinner was held at the traditional Basque restaurant Sociedad Gastronomica accompanied with local wine and live musicians. The swell was accurately forecast to pick up at lunch time, giving the surfers a relaxed start to the day.
The late morning conditions were a contestable 3-4 foot with light off shore winds. So with the event called on, the first round hit the water and the riders took turns in judging the contest, which is one of the unique factors of the Nixon Surf Challenge.
In the first round new addition to the Nixon Team Reubyn Ash (UK) was the stand out sticking some sick aerials and progressive tail slides, earning him a spot in the quarter finals. Local boy Ethan Egiguren, a mere 12-years old, really impressed the international pros, but unfortunately didnt make it through.
In the quarter-finals Jonathon Gonzales (CAN) stole the show with some incredibly powerful surfing mixed with new school aerials and Michel Bourez (TAH) proved to us why he is considered a world class surfer. Fabrice Gelez (FRA) pulled off some crazy turns but couldnt make his waves connect in the tricky conditions at Playa La Zurriola.
The swell picked up for the finals, giving us some of the biggest waves of the day, however picking off a decent wave between the close out sets was difficult, but Gony Zubizarreta and Hira Teriinatoofa revelled in the challenging conditions pulling of committed moves in heavy sections, that gave them an early lead. As the final progressed competition was super tight so judges decided to add an additional 5 minutes.
Dylan Graves capitalised on the extra time, landing a perfect air reverse and gave the judges no option but to give him the title for the Nixon Surf Challenge 2006.
Its been a rough couple of days with all the parties that have been going on! I am super stoked to be a part of the Nixon Surf Challenge, San Sebastien is so much fun! Drinks are on me tonight! Dylan Graves
1st Dylan Graves
2nd Hira Teriinatoofa
3rd Gony Zubizarreta
4th Fredo Robin
Sunshine, Sandcastles and Soccer.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, San Sebastien Friday 29th September: Small waves greeted the Nixon crew at Playa Zurriola today. As its only the first day of the three-day waiting period the surfers voted to not run the event; theyre all holding out for a predicted bump in the swell for Saturday. However the crew made the most of the perfect autumnal weather and the surfers, media and event staff had a social day at the site, hanging out, eating good local food, soaking up the sun and enjoying an impromptu game of beach soccer between the USA and Europe. The Euro team won, obviously, with talent like Fredo Robin, Eric Rebiere and Hira Terinatoofa knocking back goals aplenty.
The city is buzzing at the moment with the San Sebastien Film Festival also in town and if all goes to plan therell be a good show in the water tomorrow. Even with the small uncontestable conditions today the spirit of the Surf Challenge was well and truly present, confirming this is more than just a surf contest
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