ESA 2016 Summer Series
2nd Beach, Middletown, New England
13 August, 2016
Event finaly rolled on after several weekends of flat conditions
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 August, 2016 - The great thing about 2 nd Beach in Middletown, is that it is situated in such a way that it always has a good sized wave in the middle of the summer, especially when everywhere else is flat.
The stiff off shore winds that keep most of New England calm, work to kick up a solid waist to shoulder high wind swell that keeps the waves coming.
This was especially evident this past Saturday, when the Eastern Surfing Association finally got to kick off the summer surfing season with decent sized waist to shoulder high surf. “It was pretty amazing,” said ESA Competition Director, Mario Frade. “We drove by the Narragansett Town Beach on the way here, and it was knee high. We get to the bend at St. Georges, and we see the swells pouring into 2 nd Beach.”
The word had gotten out early in the morning, and all of the top young surfers in the South New England region came out for the contest. With several weekends of cancelled events due to flat conditions, this came as a welcome change. The easily makeable left and rights made for some big numbers from the judges, and some close contests.
Several area competitors stood out above the rest, especially in the female ranks. Maria Barend was outstanding, carving hard cutbacks and working the inside sections to top all comers in the Open Shortboard Final.
She went on to edge out her toughest rival, Lily Gartner, in the Girls 16 Under Final. Lily came back in the Junior Women’s Longboard Finals, taking off on two left bombs, to top Maria in that heat.
Some of the long boarding was not only great, it as fun to watch. Jim Robbin trimmed through the sections, working his board in and around the peaks, to top the Boys Under 14 Longboard Final, while Ed Barend nose rode two perfect rights to win the Menehune Longboard crown.
New England’s top men’s surfer, Jamie Kelly, had a great day, switching from shortboard to longboard with ease, as he topped both divisions in the men’s category, and charged to a 3 rd place in the Open Shortboard Final. “This was a great tune-up for the Easterns,” said Jamie, after winning back to back heats. “These waves are similar to the conditions at Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head, and perfect to prepare for the championships.”
In the older categories, it was former East Coast Senior Women’s champion, Ana Barend winning both the short and long board versions of her division, while Jack Egan nailed a killer shoulder high right to top the Open SUP final. Chris Herbert dominated the Masters events, while Peter Pan took the Grand Legends crown.
The next ESA event is the Cape Cod Championships, which is set to take place this weekend at Whitecrest Beach, in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Contest organizers are hoping for the same kind of surf that competitors encountered this past weekend.