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ESA Northeast Regionals draws huge turnout despite weather

Competitors battled the cold conditions © McGovern

 

 

Northeast Regional Surfing Championships
Presented by Imperial Costa Rican Cerveza

Eastern Surfing Association
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
9 - 11 May, 2014

Over 250 surfers converged on Long Beach Island

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 May, 2014 - It was a battle of the best in the northeast, as 250 of the top competitive surfers from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and the Great Lakes converged on Long Beach Island this past weekend.

Area surfers found solid waist to chest high conditions, despite the cold rain and heavy fog that just would not leave. There were some great performances in several divisions over the three-day event.

In the adult competition, David Giuseppone became the first man from South New England to make both the Men’s Long board and Men’s finals in over a decade. He surfed his way to 3rd place in the Men’s Long board final, pulling off a fin first and completing it. Workable sections were hard to come by in the Men’s final, where he finished 5th.

Andy Marsden had an excellent contest, placing in the always tough Senior Men’s age group. He caught some nice right peelers to take a 3rd in the Master Long board final, our only competitor in that category.

Sara Procaccini styled her way into the Women’s Long board final, where she finished 3rd, with some solid trimming and one clean nose ride. Kitty Pechet rode the inside shore break to take 5th place in the Grand Legends final in messy conditions.

Peter Pan battled it out with New Jersey’s Joe Grottola in the Legends Short board final, losing in a very close heat, and finished 2nd in the event. He picked the wrong spot in the Legends Long board final, and did not get one good ride, finishing in 6th place. Pan advanced to the Open Stand-up Paddle board final, riding the inside sections to a 6th place finish in the contest.

On the last day, he advanced to the Open Body board final, finishing 6th in that event as well.

Finally, it was New England’s top ranked body boarder, Pat Redmond, el-rollo-ing his way to a 3rd place showing in the Open Body board final. In the youth categories, Maria Barend had a strong contest, as she dominated her early rounds, advancing to the Girls final. During the heat, she charged the chest high peaks and won the contest going away.

Both Ryan Wilkinson and Joe Doherty competed in the Boy’s division, which was probably the most difficult of the entire event. Each surfer battled through preliminary heats and quarter-finals in the sloppiest conditions of the three-day contest.

Doherty did advance to the semis, where he finished just out of the running, in 4th place. Wilkinson also advanced to the second round, before being eliminated. Local long boarders are already tuning up for the up and coming New England Long board Classic contest scheduled for June 8th at Nantasket Beach, in Massachusetts.

This is an ESA rated event, which will also feature Stand-up Paddle board and both Open Body board and Menehune Body board competition. This contest runs regardless of conditions and a banquet with a live band will take place after the event concludes.

 

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