Red Bull Ice Break
Maine Qualifier event
#1 of 5 Event Qualifier Series
7 September - 20 December 2004
Maine Qualifer kicks off on Friday
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 September 2004: - - The Red Bull Ice Break qualifiers are beginning to tomorrow in
Maine. As we all know, hurricanes have been busy early this season and are
producing significant surf up and down the East Coast. Maine is expected
to have good surf and wind by Friday, which will make for a great opener
for the Ice Break season.
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 Atlantics East Coast takes a special reserve of fortitude not found in many people. These surfers who remain committed during the depths of the regions 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 30s or low 40s 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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