|Noah Synder : photo Skip Jones/Red Bull
Red Bull Ice Break
North Carolina Qualifier event
#4 of 5 Event Qualifier Series
7 September - 20 December 2004
Noah Snyder wins Red Bull Ice Break North Carolina Qualifier.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 02 December 2004: - - Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - (December 1, 2004) - Despite a slow start aided by annoying side-shore winds and a lack of significant swell, the Red Bull Ice Break North Carolina qualifier saved face and finished with an impressive day of surfing from the finest surfers of the south. Winning the qualifier was local Outer Banks resident, Noah Synder, who gained the day's top score during the second round of the contest when the surf conditions dramatically improved.
"When we looked at the ocean this morning, we were a bit hesitant about holding the event," said Jack Fleming, the event organizer. "We were expecting more swell, the wind wasn't what we had hoped for and rain was on the way. But, as the day progressed, everything changed and the waves got much better and better. By the second round everyone was surfing incredible in some great waves."
Rounding out the top five spots of the qualifier were Brendan Petticrew (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Raven Lundy (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Jesse Hines (Outer Banks, North Carolina) and Jason Borte (Virginia Beach, Virginia). All five surfers earned one of the 25 highly coveted spots for the Ice Break main event to take place later this winter somewhere in Canada, plus an O'Neill 6/4 Psycho wetsuit, which will keep them warm and toasty in the frigid waters of the Atlantic.
The format utilized in today's qualifier allowed for all participants to surf in two rounds, (as opposed to other events where contestants are knocked off in single elimination) with the combination of the best score in each round determining the top five finishers. The format worked well. While round one scores were generally lower because of the lack of waves, scores from the second round were significantly higher. All competing surfers had the chance to surf in the varying conditions.
Four out of the five Red Bull Ice Break qualifiers have been completed, only New Jersey remains. Swell and weather permitting, organizers hope to complete the last qualifier in the next several weeks
NORTH CAROLINA FINALISTS:
1. Noah Synder (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
2. Brendan Petticrew (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
3. Raven Lundy (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
4. Jesse Hines (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
5. Jason Borte (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
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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