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Snow on the ground for ESA New England champs

Narragansett © Eric Bennett / flickr commons





47th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships

Eastern Surfing Association
Narragansett, Rhode Island
29 March 2015

Brutaly cold weather, but fun waves for New England Champs

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 April, 2015 - Narragansett, Rhode Island - It was only fitting that after over one month of postponements due to inclement weather, the 47th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships was held in below freezing air temperatures, and after an overnight snowfall.

Despite that fact that spring had officially begun on the weekend before, the relentless winter weather continued to hamper road travel right up until the morning of the contest. With water temperatures hovering between 33-34 degrees, and the wind howling, competitors felt it was like the middle of January.

The surf finally cooperated, as surfers had their fill of thick, waist to shoulder high slammers that poured into the beach for the duration of the event. With combined heats, the competition made for some interesting contests. Diminutive Braydon Bennett charged to the win in the Menehune-Boys Final, finding two right slides that held up into the shore break. Lily Gartner continued her winning ways in both the long and short board divisions, as she found the best waves in both heats for the titles. Jamie Kelley was all over the fast breaking dumpers, as he worked the short-lived sections to first place in both the Open and Short board finals.

Andrew Marsden grabbed the largest waves of the day in both the Senior Men and Master Long board finals, finishing first place in both divisions. Jack Egan managed to negotiate through the close-out sections, topping the Men’s Open SUP final. Sara Procaccini had an easy time of it, in the Senior Women’s division, and Andrew Nota picked off the best wave of the contest in the Men’s Long board Final. He picked off a waist high peeler that backed off and enabled him to get the longest nose ride of the contest.

The next ESA rated contest is scheduled to take place at First Beach, in Newport, Rhode Island on April 18th. Following that will be the annual ESA Northeast Regional Surf-Offs, which will take place on May 15-17 in Belmar, New Jersey.

Final Results of the 47th Annual New England Mid-Winter Surfing Championships

1.Braydon Bennett 2.Noah Gartner

Boys 14 and Under-
1.Dylan Holtbakk 2.Jayden Parry

Boys 15 and Under
1.Joe Doherty Jr.

Girls 14 and Under
1.Annabelle Volpe

Girls 15 and Under
1.Lily Gartner Men-1.Jamie Kelley Masters-1.Chris Herbert

1.Andrew Marsden 2.Scott Sutherland 3.Kevin Roy

1.Mark Preece

Grand Legends
1.Peter Pan 2.Kitty Pechet

Senior Women
1.Sara Procaccini

Menehune Longboard
1.Noah Gartner 2.Dylan Holtbakk 3.Jayden Parry 4.Braydon Bennett

Junior Longboard 17 and Under
1.Joe Doherty

Jr. Girls 18 and Under Longboard
1.Lily Gartner 2.Annabelle Volpe

Men Longboard
1.Andrew Nota

Masters Longboard
1.Andrew Marsden 2.Scott Sutherland 3.Kevin Roy

Legends Longboard
1.Mark Preece 2.Peter Pan

Senior Women Longboard
1.Sara Procaccini 2.Kitty Pechet

Men’s SUP
1.Jack Egan 2.Mark Preece 3.Peter Pan

Open Bodyboard
1.Peter Pan

Open Shortboard
1.Jamie Kelley 2.Lily Gartner 3.Noah Gartner 4.Jayden Parry 5.Chris Herbert 6.Sean MacDonald 7.Kevin Roy

Peter Pan

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