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Red Bull Ice Break
Maine Qualifier event
#1 of 5 Event Qualifier Series
7 September - 20 December 2004
Maine Qualifer winners decided inbeautiful conditions.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 September 2004: - - Ogunquit, Maine (September 24, 2004) – A beautiful autumn day presented a
unique backdrop in the quaint New England town of Ogunquit, Maine for the
first of five Red Bull Ice Break qualifiers. Hurricane Karl, which was
located far out in the Atlantic Ocean, sent a long period swell that
blessed the wave hungry surfers of the qualifier. The swell generated head
high and two foot over head sets.
Each competitor surfed two, twenty minute heats and their top three waves
counted to their total. Patient surfers were the winners today. The best
strategy of the day was to wait it out for bigger sets and secure one solid
wave to finish in the top five.
Zev Gartner, the 2003 Red Bull Ice Break champion, set the bar high with a
score of 8.8, the highest of the day. On his backside, Zev dropped in on
an overhead wave and was completely vertical with every snap as he blazed
down the line with blinding speed. In his second heat, Zev secured the
second highest score of the day with 7.9, making him the obvious winner of
Though the lulls between sets were long, Hurricane Karl pushed surf in
throughout the day. Nic Copeland surfed well enough to take second with
fast backside snaps and mojo. Filling the third place slot was Cape Cod
surfer Dillion Murpy, who tamed the waves of Karl with strong torque and
extreme patience. Narragansett local and 2002 and 2003 Red Bull Ice Break
finalist, Greg Levy styled his way into fourth place.
The loudest cheers were for Maine local surf legend and commercial
fisherman, Bill Woodward, who took the fifth spot. The crowd favorite, in
the final minutes of his second heat, Woodward pulled a off a 7.3 to secure
himself a trip for the Northern Atlantic for the final later this winter.
All five winners today received a place in the Red Bull Ice Break main
event, happening later this winter in the upper reaches of the Northeast,
and an O'Neill 6/4 Psycho fullsuit, which will keep them warm and toasty in
the frigid waters of the Atlantic.
Red Bull Ice Break Maine Finalists:
Zev Gartner Cambridge, MA
Nic Copeland Nahant, MA
Dillion Murphy Cape Cod, MA
Greg Levy Narragansett, RI
Bill Woodward York, Maine
Regional qualifiers are open to the following surfers:
North Carolina : Surfers from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia and Florida
New Jersey: Surfers from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland
Long Island: Surfers from New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island
Maine: Surfers from Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont
Nova Scotia : Surfers from Nova Scotia
Five surfers from each qualifier will advance to the Red Bull Ice Break main event taking place sometime between a swell window from March 15 – May 31, 2005. There will be thirty surfers in the 2005 main event (five surfers from each qualifier, 2004 Ice Break Champ, Dean Randazzo, and four wildcards; Billy Hume, Ian Parnell, Scott Posner and Sam Hammer).
Surfing during the dead of winter off the mid and upper reaches of the Atlantic’s East Coast takes a special reserve of fortitude not found in many people. These surfers who remain committed during the depths of the region’s notorious mean season are some of the most diehard and dedicated in the world. Snow covers the desolate beaches, the water temperature hovers somewhere in the 30’s or low 40’s and the bitter, frozen wind stings those brave enough to face it. Yet, all along the frozen landscape small clusters of these winter warriors congregate. They challenge piercing-cold waves for a few precious moments of a ride. They are truly a breed all their own.
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