Red Bull Ice Break Virginia goes off as Isabel approaches
Red Bull Ice Break
2003 Regional Qualifier
Virginia: 8 - 26 September
Update #4: Virginia Surfer wins Red Bull Ice Break Qualifier; Next stop Nova Scotia.
Virginia Beach, VA – September 16, 2003 – While most Virginians were preparing for the expected onslaught of Hurricane Isabel, thirty-six Virginia and North Carolina surfers competed in the first of four qualifiers to determine the final roster for the upcoming Red Bull Ice Break surf event, taking place this winter in Nova Scotia.
Today’s qualifier took place at the First Street Jetty in Virginia Beach. Brad Harrell of Sandbridge, VA won the event by accumulating the most points. All participants surfed in two heats with a combination of their top two rides counting as their final score. Harrell scored 15.58 out of the possible 20 points. The surf was three to four foot and extremely mixed up due to the strong winds caused by approaching Hurricane Isabel.
Other finishers rounding out the top five included: Steve Owens (Virginia Beach, VA), Brendan Petticrew (Virginia Beach, VA), Ian Parnell (Virginia Beach, VA) and Jason Borte (Virginia Beach, VA). Today’s winners received a place in the Nova Scotia main event, plus a heavy-duty, winter wetsuit from Quiksilver.
The Virginia Beach native, Brad Horrell, is eagerly anticipating the extreme winter surfing conditions likely to be found at this year’s Red Bull Ice Break in Nova Scotia, “I’m ready for Nova Scotia. The water here (Virginia) in the winter gets down to 37 or 36 degrees, I hear it gets a least that cold up there. I’m looking forward to all that rubber and some good waves up north.”
FINAL STANDINGS RED BULL ICE BREAK VIRGINIA QUALIFIER
1. Brad Harrell – Sandbridge, Virginia – 15.58 (out of a possible 20 points)
2. Steve Owens – Virginia Beach, Virginia – 14.83
3. Brendan Petticrew – Virginia Beach, Virginia – 14.25
4. Ian Parnell – Virginia Beach, Virginia – 13.91
5. Jason Borte – Virginia Beach, Virginia – 13.74
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM
Back for its third year, Red Bull Ice Break will again challenge the fortitude of New England surfers throughout the 2003/2004 winter. This cold weather surfing event will showcase the Northeast’s surfing talent and commitment to pursue their sport in the harshest and coldest conditions. Three qualifiers set to take place this fall will determine the finalists for the main event to be held later this winter in the chilly and under-explored maritime region of Nova Scotia. Entrants must be a resident of the Northeast, which is determined as anywhere within the borders, south to Virginia and north to Nova Scotia.
To register for the event interested surfers should sign up on www.RedBullIceBreak.com Two week weather windows have been established to allow for the best conditions for each respective qualifier (exact locations TBD):
· Virginia, September 16, 2003. First Street Jetty – complete.
· Long Island, September 28 – October 17
· Maine, October 18 – November 6
· Nova Scotia - TBD
The main event will take place in Nova Scotia during a waiting period from December 1, 2003 to March 1, 2004. Bountiful rumors exist of myriad point set-ups from the few who have surfed this virgin territory. Eighteen surfers (five finalists from each qualifier, eight Nova Scotia finalists and the winner of Red Bull Ice Break 2003 – Zev Gartner) will compete in the final.
· Nova Scotia (main event), December 1, 2003 – March 1, 2004
# 1 : Intro to 2003 event, & updates to Virginia Qualifier #1.
For more information go to www.RedBullIceBreak.com or contact Josh Kendrick at (310) 460-5254 or Joshua.Kendrick@us.redbull.com.
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