New England Summer Titles
Eastern Surfing Association
Second Beach Middletown, Rhode Island
19 - 20 July 2014
Female competitors outnumber the males at annual event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 July, 2014 - The 2014 ESA Summer Surf Series kick started this past Saturday at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island. Local competitors found solid waist to chest high lefts and rights that lasted right through the day. The action was intense in all of the youth divisions as the top youngsters from the surf towns of Narragansett, Newport, Little Compton, Westerly, and Nantasket battled it out for bragging rights.
For the first time ever in district competition, the female competitors outnumbered the males. “It was very encouraging to see all the new up and coming girls who were ripping it up out there,” said ESA Co-Director Ron Belanger. “They were really pushing each other and I judged some very close heats.” It all came down to whom had the best contest strategy. Belanger explained, “If you were patient and waited for the set waves to roll in, you nailed it and got the high scoring rides. If you were impatient, you got the scraps.”
Leading the charge was 2014 Northeast Regionals Girls Champion Maria Barend, who styled her way to victory in the Girls Final, overtaking 2nd place Lily Gartner on the final wave. The toughest heat was the Menehune Longboard Girls Final. Lily Gartner sat outside and waited for the big set, and she picked off the best-formed right to top Page Hedde in a close final.
Hanging outside for the biggest set waves also paid off for Joe Hedde, as he carved up an inside right and a good backside left to edge out Ed Barend. Barend however, found a perfect right peak and glided, trimmed, and nose rode through it to easily win the Menehune Boys Longboard Final over Hedde.
Other top area winners included Noah Gartner, who won the Menehune Boys Shortboard, and Page Hedde, who won the Menehune Girls Shortboard. Dylan Holtbakk’s drop knee rides put him in the winner’s circle in the Menehune Bodyboard Final, while Pat Redmond “el-rollo-ed” to the Open Bodyboard title. Dylan Key took the Junior Men’s crown with ease.
In the women’s categories, Charlotte O’Halloran charged both finals, and won both the Junior Women’s and Junior Women’s Longboard events. It was evident to the judges that she had the place wired, since she surfs there daily. “Charlotte went to the perfect take-off spot for every wave she took, another example of how important local knowledge of the surf break becomes in competition,” noted Belanger after the heat.
Ana Barend continued unbeatable in both the Senior Women and Senior Women Longboard categories. Andrew Marsden picked off probably the best right slide of the entire event to win the Master Longboard final in a very close heat with Ron Belanger. Marsden continued his winning streak, taking the Senior Men’s title, while Belanger went on the win the Grandmaster crown.
In the elder events, Peter Pan sat outside and waited for the quality set waves, as he won three events including the Legends, Legends Longboard, and Open Standup Paddleboard divisions. Round #2 of the summer surf series will continue at this same beach on August 16th.
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