New England Summer Titles
Eastern Surfing Association
Second Beach Middletown, Rhode Island
16 - 17 August 2014
Contestants make the best out of challenging conditions
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 August, 2014 - It turned out to be a typical New England summer surf contest, with oil glass flatness turning into a hard onshore wind swell by the time the first heat paddled out. 2nd Beach in Middletown is one of the few spots that can easily become quite ridable once the winds start to blow. On the incoming tide, consistent sets of up to 3 feet made the waves quite contestable for the duration of the event.
The infamous thick Newport seaweed had a strong presence at this event, as competitors had to go leash-less in order to navigate into the soupy shore break. In between heats, surfers had to hose down and pick off clumps of the red stuff. Some chose to wear full wetsuits to ward off the sea lice that live in the seaweed.
The Junior events were again the toughest of the contest, as youngsters battled for area bragging rights. Noah Gartner dominated the Menehune final, as judges gave the hot grom a unanimous first place across the board. Annabelle Volpe has been coming on strong in the past two months, as she finished 2nd in that final, and 2nd in the highly competitive Menehune Longboard division.
Maria Barend tuned up for the up and coming East Coast Championships with smooth and stylish riding in both long and shortboard events. The defending Northeast Regionals Girls Champion found the best waves to take both the Girls and Menehune Longboard final heat.
In a close final, Josh Hedde edged out Jayden Parry for the Boys crown, working a perfect right into the shore pound. Ryan Wilkinson cruised to the Junior title with several nice lefts. Newcomer Liz Blanchette placed in two events, winning the Junior Women and taking 5th in the Open final.
The women’s surfing was impressive, as local 2nd Beach rider Charlotte O’Halloran charged the small stuff, winning both the Women and Women’s Longboard divisions. ESA veteran performer Sara Procaccini took both the Senior Women’s and Senior Women’s longboard heats.
In the elder categories, it was another tune-up contest for Andrew Marsden, as he prepares to compete at the East Coast Championships, winning the Masters crown. Ron Belanger got back on track, taking both the Grandmasters and Master Longboard finals with some great backside riding. Peter Pan won three events, taking the Legends, Legends Longboard, and Men’s SUP titles, while Kitty Pechet took the Grand Legends final.
Probably the most competitive division at this contest was the Open category, which featured the best surfers from all the ages and disciplines. Andrew Marsden led for almost the entire 20 minutes, until Andrew Nota found the wave of the day, in the form of a perfect right peak that put him into the lead as the horn blew. Lily Gartner floated over some nice foamy sections to take the 3rd spot.
Bodyboarders felt the effects of the thick seaweed the most, and at some points in the finals, buried in the red goo. Josh Hedde survived one thick left section to win the Menehune division while Pat Redmond fine tuned his “el-rollos” for the up and coming East Coast Championships, winning the Open division. Stacey McLoughlin continued to dominate the Women SUP category winning on two inside rights.
The next ESA competition will take place in Westerly, Rhode Island, at the Westerly Town Beach. This special event is the Annual Grom Fest, for boys and girls in the Junior divisions and under. This event will take place on September 13th. On the following weekend, the Annual Battle of the Beach takes place at the Narragansett Town Beach, with rated competition in all age divisions.
Final Results of the ESA New England Summer Surf Series – Round #2, held in 2-3 foot surf at 2nd Beach, in Middletown, Rhode Island.
1.Noah Gartner 2.Annabelle Volpe 3.Jim Robbin 4.Mariana Meyer 5.Page Hedde Boys-1.Josh Hedde 2.Jayden Parry 3.Joe Hedde 4.Dylan Holtbakk
1.Ron Belanger 2.Scott Sutherland
1.Maria Barend 2.Lily Gartner 3.Charlotte Robbin
1.Maria Barend 2.Annabelle Volpe 3.Lily Gartner 4.Joe Hedde 5.Annabelle Volpe 6.Mariana Meyer 7.Charlotte Robbin 8.Josh Hedde 9.Noah Gartner 10.Jim Robbin 11.Dylan Holtbakk
1.Ron Belanger 2.Andrew Marsden 3.Scott Sutherland
Senior Women Longboard
1.Sara Procaccini 2.Kitty Pechet
1.Andy Nota 2.Andrew Marsden 3.Lily Gartner 4.Jim Robbin 5.Elizabeth Blanchette 6.Noah Gartner 7.Charlotte O’Halloran 8.Joe Hedde 9.Charlotte Robbin 10.Josh Hedde 11.Dylan Holtbakk
1.Josh Hedde 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Noah Gartner
1.Pat Redmond 2.Peter Pan 3.Dave McLaughlin