Jesse Hines wins Red Bull Ice Break final in Nova Scotia
Red Bull Ice Break Final
5 Qualifier Event Series Final
Undisclosed point in Nova Scotia
01 March - 31 April 2005
NORTH CAROLINA'S JESSE HINES WINS RED BULL ICE BREAK, NOVA SCOTIA PROVIDES
ULTIMATE WINTER SURF VENUE AS PERFECT WAVES AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES TEST FINALISTS
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, Halifax, Nova Scotia - (April 1, 2005) – Despite biting winds, grey skies and frigid air and water temperatures (32º F, 0º C), the Red Bull Ice Break had a grand finale today at one of the many Nova Scotian point breaks. A consistent swell brought four to six foot waves reeling perfectly along the cobblestone left-breaking point. After eight hours of competition and a stacked final comprised of the East Coast's finest surfers, North Carolina’s Jesse Hines won the event, marking his first professional win.
Despite the fact that each surfer in the final was equally capable of wining the event, Hines biggest opponents were the taxing elements, "If you go under (water) a couple times it’s just freezing. It gives you these horrible headaches and your head just spins when you come up,” Hines said after his bracing session in the northeast Atlantic.
2004’s Red Bull Ice Break champion, Dean Randazzo (Somer's Point, New Jersey), agreed with Hines, “It takes a lot out of you, surfing in cold weather. All that gear on, feels like the air is thinner up here and the cold really gets into your lungs.” Randazzo took fourth this year.
Andrew Gesler (Ocean City, New Jersey), who finished sixth at this year’s Red Bull Ice Break, stated, “It’s the Ironman of surf contests.”
2005 RED BULL ICE BREAK FINAL STANDINGS
First Place – Jesse Hines – Outer Banks, North Carolina
Second Place – Frank Walsh – Longport, New Jersey
Third Place – Sam Hammer – Lavallette, New Jersey
Fourth Place – Dean Randazzo – Somer’s Point, New Jersey
Fifth Place – Matt Keenan – Ocean City, New Jersey
Sixth Place – Andrew Gesler – Ocean City, New Jersey
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
On Thursday, March 31, just one day before the competition, rumors circulated among the surfers – many thought their trek to the northern Atlantic would end without a competition. Upon their arrival to Canada, the ocean was complete flat, the only waves were wind ripples from the strong wind. Nonetheless, event organizer, Jack Fleming, kept insisting the waves were coming, putting his faith in East Coast surf forecaster, Mark Willis of Surfline.com.
“Mark was able to keep me calm yesterday and he basically couldn’t have nailed it any better. He had the timing, the wind, the size of the swell, he had everything,” Jack said. Mark's surf forecasting expertise was obvious as the finalists were greeted with perfect four to six foot waves providing long rides down the left-breaking point.
"Most contests don't have such good waves for the finals. This one, everyone got great waves," said an exhausted Dean Randazzo after the final horn sounded.
ONE COLD CONTEST
The five qualifiers which determined the finalists for the Red Bull Ice Break created a thorough representation of the East Coast surf community; including Maine, New Jersey, Nova Scotia, Florida, New York and more. In addition to the qualified finalists, four wildcards (Billy Hume, Sam Hammer, Scott Posner and Ian Parnell) were included in the final roster along with last year's Ice Break Champion, Dean Randazzo.
Red Bull Ice Break was open to all East Coast surfers. The qualifiers were on call during a swell and weather window from September 7 – December 24, 2004. Five surfers from each qualifier advanced to the Red Bull Ice Break final.
For more info. go to http://www.redbullicebreak.com
RED BULL ICE BREAK FINALISTS Pre-Seeds:
2004 Red Bull Ice Break Champ, Dean Randazzo (Somer's Point, New Jersey) Billy Hume (Outer Banks, North Carolina) Ian Parnell (Virginia Beach, Virginia) Scott Posner (Boca Raton, Florida) Sam Hammer (Lavallette, New Jersey)
New Jersey Finalists:
Andrew Gessler (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Ben McBrien (Long Beach Island, New Jersey)
Matt Keenan (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Frank Walsh (Longport, New Jersey)
Zack Humphreys (Margate, New Jersey)
North Carolina Finalists:
Noah Synder (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
Brendan Petticrew (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Raven Lundy (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Jesse Hines (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
Jason Borte (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Nova Scotia Finalists:
Nico Manos (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Matt Healy (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia)
Justin Houston (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Lance Moore (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Marty King (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
New York Finalists:
Ryan Carlson (Long Beach, New York)
Dave Juan (Long Beach, New York)
Jamie Moran (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Randy Townsend (Surf City, New Jersey)
Mike Roth (Long Beach Island, New Jersey)
Zev Gartner (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Nic Copeland (Nahant, Massachusetts)
Dillion Murphy (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
Greg Levy (Narragansett, Rhode Island)
Bill Woodward (York, Maine)
Regional qualifiers were 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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