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'Tis the season in Rhode Island at ESA Holiday Surfabout

Jeff Smith © Joe McGovern



ESA Holiday Surfabout 

Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island
16 November, 2013

Competitors welcomed warm temperatures at Holiday Surfabout

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 November, 2013 - It is the middle of November and the sun is out, no winds, and air temperatures in the high 50’s. This was little doubt that as long as there was a bump out there, the ESA Holiday Surfabout was going to run.

“We could have pushed it to next weekend,” said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade, “but we could have snow, ice, and blistering onshore winds as well. No one would have showed up, and those who did, would have had to put on full winter gear to compete.”

Although it was only 1-2 feet with some odd 3 footers popping up here and then, many competitors were still moving freely in 3/2 suits without boots, gloves, and helmets. Last week, the same surfers were riding in full winter gear, when air temperatures dipped into the 30’s and the winds made it feel like the low 20’s.

There were joggers in tee shirts and shorts, and some crazy swimmers with just bathing suits taking dips in the ocean.  Meanwhile, the surfers found ways to rip up the waves at the last rated ESA surf competition of the season.

For the first time ever, the Open Stand-Up Paddleboard Division was the most competitive event of the entire contest. The final offered spectators and judges the most spectacular action and the toughest competition of the day. It came down to a battle of who could find the best shoulders to work over, and local knowledge helped.

Jeff Smith and Peter Pan moved to the far end of the competition area and picked off some long workable lefts, taking the top two spots with ease. The rest of the best included 3rd place Leo Campos, who grabbed some nice rights in front of the judges and Nick Curci, who hot-dogged it into 4th place.

Head judge Pat Redmond commented after the final heat. “That was the most exciting heat of the entire event, and it was just too close to call.  Everyone was ripping it up.”

The small, fast sectioning waves proved to be ideal for the Master Longboarders as well. Again, it was a close heat, with some long nose rides.  Andy Marsden edged out Jeff Smith on a tie breaker 3rd wave to take the title, with Leo Campos finishing in the 3rd spot on the strength of one good left slider.

Braydon Bennett led the youth brigade with some solid rights for the Menehune crown, while Joe Doherty took the Boys title. Doherty came back in the Menehune Longboard to pick off the wave of the heat and his second win of the day.

Sara Procaccini continues to dominate the female ranks, as she won both the Ladies and Ladies Longboard titles, and took a 6th in the Open SUP Final. Janice Causey came back from knee surgery to win the Grand Legends division.

In the rest of the male divisions, it was David Giuseppone styling his way to wins in both the Men’s and Men’s Longboard finals, while Andy Marsden took the Senior Men’s crown. Claudio Paolino won the Grandmaster’s division, and Peter Pan continued undefeated in both the Legends and Legends Longboard categories.

In the final heats of the day, Pat Redmond “el rollo-ed” his way to the Open Bodyboard crown while Brandon Bennett captured the Menehune Bodyboard title.

This was the final ESA rated surfing event of the 2013 season.  The next ESA contest is the 2014 New England Mid-Winter Championships, scheduled for February 15th at the Narragansett Town Beach. 

The next New England ESA event is the up and coming Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 2/K -5/K Stand Up Paddle Board Race.  This is scheduled for the Narragansett Town Beach with signups from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and the race set to start at 10 AM.  Entry fee is $35.00 and open to everyone.  

There is no limit on board size or style.  There are trophies for both races and 6 age groups in each race. The course will run from the south end of the town beach to Monahan’s Dock and back, with the shorter race doing the loop once, and the longer race twice. In case of large surf or rough conditions, the race will be moved to Captain Wheeler State Beach. For more information, call 401-575-0003 or email at

Final Results of the 2013 ESA Holiday Surfabout  

Menehunes-1.Brandon Bennett  
Boys-1.Joe Doherty  
Men-1.David Giuseppone  
Senior Men-Andy Marsden  
Grandmasters-1.Claudio Paolino  
Legends-1.Peter Pan  
Grand Legends-1.Janice Causey  
Ladies-1.Sara Procaccini  2.Sara Prince  
Menehune Longboard-1.Joe Doherty  2.Braydon Bennett  
Men Longboard-1.David Giuseppone  
Senior Longboard-1.Andy Marsden  2.Jeff Smith  3.Leo Campos  4.Joe Doherty Sr.  
Legends Longboard-1.Peter Pan  2.Mark Preece  
Menehune Bodyboard-1.Brandon Bennett  
Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond  2.Peter Pan  
Open SUP-1.Jeff Smith  2.Peter Pan  3.Leo Campos  4.Nick Curci  5.Mark Preece  6.Sara Procaccini

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