Atlantic Surfing Championships
Atlantic Surfing Federation
Sebastian Inlet, Florida
11 - 13 October 2013
Conditions far from epic at Atlantic Surfing Championships
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 October, 2013 : - - The "second time was a charm" as they say, and it was for the ASF's Atlantic Surfing Championships this past weekend, as the top qualifiers from the Eastern US gathered once again at the fabled surfing theater in Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
As it is with this competitive sport we call amateur surfing, the conditions were far from epic, but with the experienced athletes in this event, they know only too well that one can never expect zenith conditions at any event, from the ASF to the WCT, and they responded. Being able to showcase their full skill level was challenging with the conditions they were given, but they adapted.
It was evident by the performance witnessed, why they qualified for this modern showcase championship event. There were maximum scores from small conditions, a top flight ASP Judging Panel, led by ASF Head Judge, Gordon Lawson, and awards were given to the athletes who showed commitment and power in less than stellar conditions.
"In my 25 years, I've had the opportunity to direct at many venues, and I have witnessed and dealt with a lot of situations. However, while we weren't even close to calling it, as sometimes happens, my focus was turned in another direction.
This year's crop of athletes was more impressive than any other. When it came to facing conditions without negativity, studying what they had to work with, and getting their act together, these athletes were definitely some of the best", said ASF Competition Director, Brian Broom. "We had a bump here and there, but our expert judging panel adjusted the criteria, and rewarded risk and successful effort in these conditions.
Directing this event for the second consecutive year, I look around at the founders in the forefront of this modern, progressive organization in awe. From Executive Director, Julie Hume, to Board members Denny and Terry Green, Rick Anthony, Jay Hawekotte, Luanne Moye, and Bud Easton, there is no more total years of hardcore competition experience as a group, in this country.
The stoke on the beach from the kids, parents, and spectators reinforces my belief in our modern, progressive program, our 20 minute, 4-man heats, and my commitment to making sure that the kid in the US is taught the same as the kid in France, New Zealand, or Australia. This has been a belief of mine for many years, and I shall never tire of saying it. I owe huge thanks to so many, and I consider it an honor to direct this program, and the Atlantic Surfing Championships."
Source: Atlantic Surfing Fed.
Authors: Julie Hume
Tags: Atlantic Surfing Federation, Contests, Florida