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Icy surf for 48th annual New England Mid-Winter Champs

Andrew Marsden © Lisa Haase



New England Mid-Winter Champs

Eastern Surfing Association
Narragansett Town Beach Rhode Island
20 February 2016

Kevin Roy the big winner of the day with 'Hottest Wave' trophy

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 March, 2016 - It turned out to be a perfect combination of wind, weather and surf, as the oldest, continuously running winter surfing competition took place, this past weekend. This was the 48th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships, and it happened at the same beach that the first contest did, in 1968.

Despite howling southwest winds, most of the waves held up, as the swell increased throughout the day. By the end of the event, there were solid overhead sets pouring through the contest zone.

The big winner of the day was Kevin Roy, who not only dominated the Open Short Board Final, but was awarded the “Hottest Wave of the Day” trophy. Roy picked off a shoulder high swell that swung off the seawall and then held up all the way across the contest zone for the highest points ride of the contest. With this single ride, he launched himself into first place and never looked back.

Top rival Andrew Marsden battled Roy for the Master’s Long Board crown, and edged him out by .05 with a long tip ride into the shore pound. Marsden also nailed two outstanding rights to top the field in the Senior Men’s Final.

Grom © Lisa Haase


Joe Doherty Jr. charged through the big right peaks off the south parking lot, to find and win on the best waves of the Junior Men’s final, while Charlotte Robbin braved the heavy shore break to win the Girl U14 title, and the Women’s Long Board crown. Big credit due to 9-year old Isaac Gutterman, who paddled out through the rough surf to win the Menehune title.

Aurelien Bouche drove all the way from the Great Lakes to win the Masters and finish 4th in the Open Final. Other surfers who dominated the field, winning multiple divisions included Jayden Parry, who took the Boys U16 and Junior Long Board crowns. Peter Pan won both the Grand Legends and Legends Long Board finals, and Sara Procaccini styled her way to both the Ladies and Ladies Long Board titles.

This was a great day for stand-up paddleboard surfing, as a veteran field made for a tight but entertaining heat. It was long time cruiser, Jack Egan sweeping to the title with an outstanding head high right barrel, followed by Mark Preece, riding a long left into the shorebreak, for second place.

Pat Redmond continued undefeated in the Open Bodyboard division, and the Hobie Slug Team captured the team crown, as Hobie riders won seven individual events.

The next ESA contest is scheduled for April 16th, at First Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.

Final Results for the 48th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships, held in chest to head high surf at the Narragansett Town Beach, on February 20th, 2016.  Water temperature was 33 degrees and air temperatures hovered in the 30’s with the wind chill.

Charlotte Robbin © Lisa Haase


Menehunes-1.Isaac Gutterman  

Boys U14-1.Jim Robbin  

Girls U14-Charlotte Robbin  

Boys U16-1.Jayden Parry  2.Dylan Holtbakk  

Junior Men-1.Joe Doherty Jr.  2.Sean McDonald.  

Men-1.Calder Stames  2.Jaime Kelly  3.Kevin Turco  

Masters-1.Aurelien Bouche  2.Chris Herbert  

Senior Men-1.Andrew Marsden  2.Kai Holtbakk  3.Kevin Roy  

Legends-1.Claudio Paulino  2.Mark Preece  

Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan  2.Kitty Pechet     

Women-1.Sara Spears  

Ladies-1.Sara Procaccini  

Open Shortboard-1.Kevin Roy  2.Jaime Kelly  3.Andrew Marsden  4.Aurelien Bouche  5.Sean MacDonald  

Menehune Longboard-1.Jim Robbin  

Junior Longboard-1.Jayden Parry  2.Dylan Holtbakk  3.Joe Doherty Jr.  

Men’s Longboard-1.Jaime Kelly  2.Calder Stames  3.Kevin Turco  

Master Longboard-1.Andrew Marsden  2.Kevin Roy  3.Kai Holtbakk  4.Chris Herbert  

Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan  2.Mark Preece  3.Claudio Paulino  4.Kitty Pechet  

Junior Women Longboard-1.Charlotte Robbin  

Women Longboard-1.Sara Spears  

Ladies Longboard-1.Sara Procaccini  

Open SUP-1.Jack Egan  2.Mark Preece  3.Jack Martin  4.Kevin Turco  5.Peter Pan  

Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond  2.Dylan Holtbakk  3.Peter Pan

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