Surfing America Prime New York

September 8, 2015 • East Coast Contests

  • Yes, the waves were about as small as it can get while remaining contestable for the first event of the Surfing America Prime East 2015/2016 season. No, that did not slow down talented young rippers like Sophie Falzone of North Florida, who finished 4th in Girls U18. Photo: Dugan
  • South Florida's Avery Aydelotte finished 2nd in Girls U18 and 3rd in Girls U16. Stay tuned for Avery's Who Da Girl profile coming in ESM's October issue. Photo: Dugan
  • But it was Central Florida's Rachel Presti who dominated the small conditions in New York (this contest was held during the waiting period for the 2015 Unsound Surf Pro). Photo: Dugan
  • Girls U16 finalists (left to right) Rachel Presti, Molly Kirk, Avery Aydelotte, and Maria Barend. Photo: Dugan
  • Girls U 18 finalists (left to right) Rachel Presti, Avery Aydelotte, Maria Barend, and Sophie Falzone. Photo: Dugan
  • In Boys U14, Cape Cod, MA / Flagler Beach, FL, part-timer Robbie Goodwin finished 3rd. Photo: Dugan
  • Virginia Beach's Laird Myers, who finished 4th in Boys U14 and 4th in Boys U16, milks the whitewater while Blake Speir looks on. Photo: Dugan
  • Blake Speir was able to make the most of the small conditions, finding a few rare open shoulders to slice on his way to a Boys U14 victory and 3rd-place in Boys U16. Photo: Dugan
  • Blake's dad Dave Speir (left) was pretty stoked, too — both to see his son perform so well and to catch up with old friend/fellow surf dad Stoney Cantor. Photo: Dugan
  • Boys U14 finalists (left to right) Blake Speir, Kyle Tester, Robbie Goodwin, and Laird Myers. Photo: Dugan
  • Surfing America head honcho Greg Cruse was more than stoked on how this contest came together. “Thanks to Mike Nelson and the unsOund Surf crew for allowing us to tag on to the unsOund Pro; Rick Anthony for all your help; Mary Stack for housing Gordo and Simmo and beach marshaling; Will Hallett for announcing; and all the parents who brought their kids up to New York on Labor Day weekend with short notice!” Photo: Dugan
  • Barbados surfers had a huge weekend — Dane Mackie won the main Unsound Pro event and Chelsea Tuach qualified for the Women's World Tour. Which means Bajan grom Zander Venezia has plenty of inspiration. Photo: Dugan
  • Gabe Morvil and Bo Raynor put a little North Carolina twist on their pre-heat training regimen. Photo: Dugan
  • South Carolina's Micha Cantor finished 2nd in Boys U18, 2nd in Boys U16, and 2nd in the main Unsound Pro event (more on that later). Photo: Dugan
  • Meanwhile, North Carolina's Bo Raynor won Boys U16 and finished 4th in Boys U18 to add to his already excellent 2015 resume. Photo: Dugan
  • Boys U16 finalists Bo Raynor, Micha Cantor, Blake Speir, and Laird Myers. Photo: Dugan
  • But it was Gabe Morvil with the marquee Boys U18 win to wrap up Surfing America's Prime East 2015/2016 season opener. Photo: Dugan
  • Boys U18 finalists Gabe Morvil, Micha Cantor, Chase Modelski, and Bo Raynor. Photo: Dugan

WHO: Some of the East Coast’s most talented under-18 amateur surfers

WHAT: Surfing America Prime East 2015/2016 Season Event #1

WHEN: Friday-Saturday, September 4th-5th, 2015

WHERE: Lincoln Blvd., Long Beach, NY, as part of the 18th Annual unsOund Pro

WHY: To start building points for next year’s Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles, CA — and to see how this fresh crop of standout East Coast groms stacks up against the competition. The contest came together on short notice but went off without a hitch (even though the waves were tiny) thanks to teaming up with the long-running Long Beach tradition. As Surfing America head honcho Greg Cruse noted on Facebook, “Thanks to Mike Nelson and the unsOund Surf crew for allowing us to tag on to the unsOund Pro, their prestigious event they have generously run for 18 years! Also, thank you Rick Anthony for all your help, Mary Stack for housing Gordo and Simmo and beach marshaling, Will Hallet for help announcing, and all the parents who brought their kids up to New York on Labor Day weekend with short notice!” The entire East Coast spectrum was represented, with competitors hailing from as far away as Barbados and New England. But the winners hailed primarily from Central Florida and North Carolina — Gabe Morvil and Bo Raynor, both of Wilmington, in Boys U18 and Boys U16, Rachel Presti of Melbourne Beach in Girls U18 and Girls U16, and Blake Speir of Melbourne Beach in Boys U14. Other finalists included South Carolina’s Micha Cantor, who was also named the Nixon Performer of the Event; South Florida’s Avery Aydelotte and Chase Modelski; Rhode Island’s Maria Barend; North Florida’s Sophie Falzone and Molly Kirk; Virginia Beach’s Laird Myers; Cape Cod’s Robbie Goodwin; and New Jersey’s Kyle Tester.

FINAL RESULTS OF THE SURFING AMERICA PRIME EAST 2015/2016 SEASON EVENT #1:

BOYS U18
1. Gabe Morvil, Wilmington, NC
2. Micha Cantor, Murrells Inlet, SC
3. Chase Modelski, Singer Island, FL
4. Bo Raynor, Wilmington, NC

GIRLS U18
1. Rachel Presti, Melbourne Beach, FL
2. Avery Aydelotte, Jensen Beach, FL
3. Maria Barend, Little Compton, RI
4. Sophie Falzone, Atlantic Beach, FL

BOYS U16
1. Bo Raynor, Wilmington, NC
2. Micha Cantor, Murrells Inlet, SC
3. Blake Speir, Melbourne Beach, FL
4. Laird Myers, Virginia Beach, VA

GIRLS U16
1. Rachel Presti, Melbourne Beach, FL
2. Molly Kirk, Atlantic Beach, FL
3. Avery Aydelotte, Jensen Beach, FL
4. Maria Barend, Little Compton, RI

BOYS U14
1. Blake Speir, Melbourne Beach, FL
2. Kyle Tester, Cape May, NJ
3. Robbie Goodwin, Palm Coast, FL
4. Laird Myers, Virginia Beach, VA

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