Newport Surfing Championships
Presented by Hyperflex Wetsuits
Eastern Surfing Association
First Beach, Newport Rhode Island
19 - 20 April 2014
Surf Rises for Easter Contest in Newport
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 April, 2014 - Isn’t it appropriate that the surf gods would be generous on Easter weekend, giving ESA competitors great waves to ride at the 2014 edition of the Newport Surfing Championships? The call came at 7 AM from Newport’s legendary icon, Sid Abruzzi. “First Beach was firing with perfect waist to chest high swells. It is the right call today. Second Beach is only one foot and choppy.”
“This was the first time in several years, that we decided to run the contest at this beach,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. “We randomly called the event for First Beach and scored. Everyone was surprised at the quality of the surf today.”
The winds stayed offshore for the entire day, and the surf remained a consistent waist high with excellent form. Narragansett’s John Pariseault had the best day in his surfing career, as he won a total of four events, including the Senior Men, Master Longboard, Men SUP, and Open Shortboard finals. John also took the “Hottest Wave” award when he collected 9.5 point rides on a perfect right barrel during the Senior Men’s Final.
Current East Coast Ladies Champion Ana Barend from Little Compton, tuned up for the up and coming Northeast Regional Surf-Offs with wins in both the Ladies and Ladies Longboard divisions. Both Ed and Maria Barend have learned well from their parents (Chuck finished a close 2nd in the Men’s Open Final at the 2013 East Coast Championships Grand Finals), with each wining two events. Ed found the best open faces to win both the Boys and Menehune Longboard heats, while Maria won both the Girls and Women’s Longboard finals..
Newport’s Corran Moore had another outstanding day, as he ripped apart his home surf, finding the hollow left sections to win the Junior title over Narragansett’s Sean McKenzie. Braydon Bennett continues to improve, as he topped both the Menehune and Menehune Bodyboard divisions.
Matunuck’s Katie Zullo showed why she is one of the top female competitors in the northeast, as she grabbed some of the best lefts that First Beach had to offer, and blazed her way to wins in both the Women and Women SUP finals.
In the elder categories, it was Boston’s Kitty Pechet remaining undefeated in the Grand Legends, as she picked off two good rights to top the division. Narragansett’s Peter Pan captured the Legends and Legends Longboard divisions, finding the inside right sections.
This was the final tune-up for the 2014 East Coast Championship Northeast Surf-Offs, that will be held on May 9-11, at Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The South New England team hopes to have several contenders in the finals of this event, which includes the very best surfers from Maine to New Jersey and the Great Lakes. The next area ESA contest will be the Annual New England Longboard Classic, at Nantasket Beach on June 8th.
Results of the 2014 Newport Surfing Championships
Boys-1.Ed Barend 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Joe Doherty
Junior Men-1.Corran Moore 2.Sean McKenzie
Senior Men-1.John Pariseault 2.Paul Bennett
Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Tim Cunningham
Grand Legends-1.Kitty Pechet 2.Janice Causey
Girls-1.Maria Barend Women-1.Katie Zullo
Senior Women-1.Ana Barend
Menehune Longboard-1.Ed Barend 2.Braydon Bennett 3.Joe Doherty 4.Dylan Holtbakk
Junior Longboard-1.Sean McKenzie
Master Longboard-1.John Pariseault 2.Paul Bennett
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan 2.Tim Cunningham
Women Longboard-1.Maria Barend 2.Katie Zullo
Ladies Longboard-1.Ana Barend 2.Kitty Pechet 3.Janice Causey
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Braydon Bennett 2.Dylan Holtbakk
Open Bodyboard-1.Dave McLaughlin 2.Peter Pan
Open Shortboard-1.John Pariseault 2.Corran Moore 3.Joe Doherty 4.Sean McKenzie 5.Dylan Holtbakk
Men SUP-1.John Pariseault 2.Peter Pan
Women SUP-1.Katie Zullo