Malibu Surfing Association Classic
First Point, Malibu California
5 - 7 September 2014
La Jolla's WSC winner at Malibu Surfing Association Classic
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 September, 2014 - With many calling it the best contest conditions at Malibu in 25 years, the MSA Classic Invitational went off in consistent, shoulder-to-overhead surf under sunny skies, a superb field of competitors, and smiles all around. Taking first place in four of thirteen individual divisions, the members of La Jolla's Windansea Surf Club won the prestigious Club Overall crown.
The win was WSC's second this season and the second time in three years it's won the MSA event. The Hawai'i Longboard Association finished second and took two individual titles including the highly competitive M 20-29 (Matthew Pasamonte, Maui, HI) and W 14-19 (Honolua Blomfield, Oahu, HI). The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club, host Malibu Surfing Association, and Malibu Boardriders Club rounded out the top five.
While there were any number of top-top-shelf performances, the standout memory may have been the surf -- in particular a 20-wave, overhead set Sunday afternoon for the M 30-39 finals. With 200-yard rides through First Point on the offer, world-champion and division winner Joel Tudor (WSC), along with finalists Mike Melchiorre (VLF, NC), CJ Nelson (MSA, CA), Matt Cuddihy (NMC, AU), JP Garcia (SBSC, CA), and Jeff Belzer (VSC, CA) traded hoots and high-fives throughout the heat while showcasing the high standard of traditional longboarding.
The event weekend kicked off on Friday, with repeat editions of two popular events and the introduction of a third. First, Foam Symmetry magazine, Tyler Surfboards, and Matix clothing hosted the third annual Malibu Noseriding Championships, a noseriding-only event for elite men and women. Scoring points for fives and double points for hang tens, heat winners clocked up to eighty seconds of tip time across the peeling, shoulder-high walls of First Point. In a final of four noseriding greats and up-and-comers, world-champion Taylor Jensen (CA) took first, Troy Mothershead (CA) second, Matthew Pasamonte (HI) third, and Jerry Swearingen (CA) fourth. MSA also paired with Aviator Nation on the second edition of the Womens Logger -- a longboard event for professional and elite women. With their inimitable, fun style, Aviator Nation helped to shine a light on this important part of the sport's history...and future! Hawai'i's Honolua Blomfield took first, Frankie Seely (CA) second, Erin Ashley (CA), and Lindsay Steinriede (CA) fourth.
Also on Friday, The Keep A Breast Foundation hosted their #checkyourselfie Expression Session. Bringing friends, surfing greats, and cool people to the beach to launch their Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, KAB helped educate girls and young women, and their families, of the importance of breast cancer prevention and detection. With 60 minutes in the water to focus on 'Best Costume' and 'Best Surfing Impersonation' more than 'Best Ride,' the KAB helped infuse the day with a good-natured attitude that Malibu doesn't always see.
During the first day of the Invitational, MSA welcomed SurfAid, the humanitarian face of surfing and the event's official charity partner, as they returned to First Point for the SurfAid Cup Malibu. The tag-team SurfAid Cup Malibu fundraiser was blessed with luminaries of the surfing community and team participants who individually raised money to support SurfAid programs: building stronger communities in the Mentawai, Nias, Telos, and Banyak Islands off Sumatra, Indonesia. An initial estimate read by SurfAid founder Dr. Dave Jenkins at the award ceremony, tallied more than $120,000, a record for a US SurfAid Cup.
Said John Hinkle, MSA President, "Mr. John Peck, a SoCal legend and the winner of this year's 70+ division, won this contest in 1964. To honor those traditions is what this event is about, as is the heart of club surfing. That we in MSA get to do so with so many friends and partners here at First Point is, well, really something. And that we have the privilege of working with organizations like SurfAid and Keep A Breast who's work, literally, saves lives, is something to us, too. So thank you to everyone: for your friendship, support, and being part of this weekend. We appreciate you as we do our staff, partners, and our supporting agencies."
Major support for the 2014 MSA Classic Invitational was provided by: SurfAid, Clif Bar, Rip Curl, Bing Surfboards, Matunas, Foam Symmetry Magazine, 90265 Magazine, Aviator Nation, Val Surf, Tyler Surfboards, Matix, and The Keep A Breast Foundation. Initial dates for the next MSA Classic Invitational are September 5-7, 2015.
2014 MSA CLASSIC INVITATIONAL CLUB RESULTS
1. (WSC) Windansea Surf Club
2. (HLA) Hawai'i Longboard Association
3. (OLSC) Oceanside Lngbrd Surfing Club
4. (MSA) Malibu Surfing Association
5. (MBC) Malibu Boardriders Club
6. (HRSC) Hope Ranch Surf Club
7. (VLF) Virginia Longboard Federation
8. (PBSC) Pacific Beach Surf Club
9. (BSSA) Big Stick Surfing Assn.
10. (SBSC) Santa Barbara Surf Club
11. (NMC) Noosa Malibu Club
12. (VSC) Ventura Surf Club
13. (LBSC) Long Beach Surf Club