2016 Diamond State Surf Classic

November 10, 2016 • East Coast Contests

Written by Brad Cullen — Inaugural Diamond State Surf Classic; Bethany Beach, DE; October 16th, 2016

ENERGY: The first annual Diamond State Surf Classic launched with some nice, clean waist- to chest-high sets rolling through the lineup. The break, known for its long, mushy rights, produced some fun lines for all ages to tear into. Hurricane Nicole had sent just enough solid groundswell in to produce powerful inside sections. 

Aidan Villalobos. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

The inaugural Diamond State Surf Classic launched with clean waist- to chest-high sets for Juniors competitor Aidan Villalobos. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

FIRST TIME AT FIGHT CLUB: Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter outdid itself this year by throwing the first ever Diamond State Surf Classic. The competition was held at a well-known Bethany Beach break and drew a decent crowd featuring 75 competitors. The Masters division (16 years old and up) featured 60 competitors while the Junior division had 15 competitors 15 years old and under. 

Alton Crossman, Jack Lee, Ben Carper, and Sam Shoenfeld. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

Hurricane Nicole sent just enough solid groundswell in to produce powerful inside sections, and the Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter outdid itself this year by giving groms like Alton Crossman, Jack Lee (Arena’s Signs & Adboats Juniors Cutback of the Day winner), Ben Carper, and Sam Shoenfeld (Dewey Beach Surf & Sport Best Floater winner) the chance to compete on home turf. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

THE SLIDE: The Delaware surf scene has seen a huge increase in surfers over the past couple of years. Lineups that were once empty are now shared with surfers of all ages and skill levels. This year, surfers of all ages gathered to enjoy great swell and good vibes at one of Delaware’s premiere breaks. “The event went better than expected with great cooperation from participants and volunteers,” said Kevin Chandler, Vice President of the Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter. “The waves, wind, and weather cooperated the whole day for two main divisions, Masters and Juniors. On top of that, local businesses sponsored special awards like the Dogfish Head Tube of the Day and Surf Bagel’s Cutback of the Day.” 

Eric Mitchell. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

Eric Mitchell, straight styling, at a legit surf contest in Delaware, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with hurricane swell in the water. Doesn’t get much better than that for the burgeoning surf community here in the Diamond State. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

THE MEN: The Masters devision was filled with local talent riding all crafts mixed into the group. Jordan O’Boyle and Alex Mitchell took the win, but it didn’t come easy as pro skimboarders Tom and Dave Bracht tore it up with crowd-pleasing airs and cutbacks. The brothers didn’t walk away empty-handed though, with Tom Bracht taking Air of the Day and Dave Bracht winning Cutback of the Day. O’Boyle also styled his way to the Wave of the Day award. In the Juniors division, Jack Lee and Sam Shoenfeld took the win. The two worked hard and walked away with a trophy that literally towered over them.

Alex Mitchell and Jordan O'Boyle. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

Masters champions Alex Mitchell and Jordan O’Boyle get the proper Red Bull treatment. Jordan also won the Pete’s Steak Shop Wave of the Day award. Photo: Dwayne Dunlap

Jason Davis. Photo: Mike Powell

Jason Davis off the top, in boardshorts, in Delaware, in mid-October! With the fullsuits and boots, gloves, and hoods already on deck, Jason will be dreaming of this day for a long time. Photo: Mike Powell

FINAL RESULTS OF THE INAUGURAL DIAMOND STATE SURF CLASSIC:

MASTERS

Jordan O’Boyle and Alex Mitchell

DOGFISH HEAD TUBE OF THE DAY

Paul Camenisch

Paul Camenisch. Photo: Mike Powell

Although he only claimed one specialty award, if Paul Camenisch got his hands on any free Dogfish Head product, he walked away the biggest winner for claiming Tube of the Day. Here’s to another action-packed Diamond State Surf Classic in 2017…. Photo: Mike Powell

QUIET STORM AIR OF THE DAY 

Tom Bracht

PETE’S STEAK SHOP WAVE OF THE DAY

Jordan O’Boyle

SURF BAGEL CUTBACK OF THE DAY

Dave Bracht

JUNIORS

Jack Lee and Sam Shoenfeld

ARENA’S DELI JUNIORS WAVE OF THE DAY

Ben Carper

ARENA’S SIGNS AND ADBOATS JUNIORS CUTBACK OF THE DAY

Jack Lee

DEWEY BEACH SURF & SPORT BEST FLOATER

Sam Shoenfeld

RENT EQUIPS TOUGH LUCK AWARD

Brody Smith

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