Surfing America Prime Outer Banks

November 17, 2015 • East Coast Contests

  • Surfing America mixed things up a bit this year, moving its opening event to Long Beach, NY, in September to co-locate with the unsOund Pro and to hold an event in the Outer Banks during “Prime” (pun intended) fall conditions. They might have missed the waves by a few days on November 6th-7th, but conditions at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head last Saturday were beautiful with sunny skies, calm winds, and fun thigh- to chest-high surf. Until, that is, the mother of all storm fronts came barreling through with 30-knot winds and rain. Photo: Ana Barend
  • That front forced the Surfing America crew, led by Executive Director Greg Cruse, to cancel the last two heats on Saturday. But that didn't slow down surfers like Tommy Coleman on Sunday, when the contest resumed. The USA Surf Team member started strong in his Round 1 heat of Boys U16 with the highest single wave score of the event, 9.83, backed up with an 8.83. But Tommy proved he isn’t just a small-wave specialist when the driving wind whipped the surf up into thumping five- to seven-foot pounders on Sunday, taking the Boys U14 win with a convincing 15.50 heat total and placing 2nd surfing up in Boys U16. Photo: Mickey McCarthy
  • Boys U14 finalists CJ Mangio, who made a final in his first Prime appearance, Ryan Huckabee, Laird Myers, and Coleman. Photo: McCarthy
  • Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse, getting ready to hand out awards on Sunday. Photo: McCarthy
  • Nicole Fulford of Ponce Inlet, FL, continues to improve and impress as she worked her way through a packed field in both girls divisions to take the win in Girls U16 and 3rd in Girls U18. Nicole is currently in Puerto Rico surfing with Josie and Dylan Graves and Maria Kuzmovich before heading out on a training trip with four-time world champ Frieda Zamba. Photo: McCarthy
  • Girls U16 finalists Avery Aydelotte, Rachel Presti, Coral Schuster, who made a Prime final in her first time competing in the series, and Nicole Fulford. Photo: McCarthy
  • The paddle-out was a little tougher for the gathered Prime competitors on Sunday... Photo: McCarthy
  • ...But it didn't slow down Murrells Inlet, SC's, Micha Cantor, who kept his Prime season rolling with the win in Boys U16 and 4th-place finish surfing up in Boys U18. Photo: McCarthy
  • The Boys U16 finalists Laird Myers, Kyle Tester, Tommy Coleman, and Cantor. Photo: McCarthy
  • “We're ready for our close-up, Surfing America.” Photo: McCarthy
  • Melbourne Beach, FL's, Rachel Presti improved upon her 3rd-place finish in Girls U16 with a 2nd-place performance in Girls U18 — and some gutsy charging in the heavy Jennette's Pier conditions. Photo: McCarthy
  • But Maddie Peterson of Wildwood, NJ, took the marquee Girls win after a standout performance on both Saturday and Sunday. Maddie dominated her quarterfinal heat in the small conditions with a near perfect 9.57 wave score backed up with an 8.83, even throwing away an excellent score of 8.70, before maintaining that dominance throughout the event and walking away with the 1st-place trophy. Photo: McCarthy
  • Girls U18 finalists Sophie Falzone, Nicole Fulford, Rachel Presti, and Maddie Peterson. Photo: McCarthy
  • The Surfing America Prime East Event #2 brought out a cross section of the Outer Banks generations. Photo: McCarthy
  • South Carolinian and USA Surf Team member Luke Gordon was on fire all event but couldn’t get the scores he needed in the final of Boys U18, finishing 2nd. Photo: McCarthy
  • In the end, it was longtime Surfing America Prime surfer Chauncey Robinson of Melbourne, FL, who put together a great heat in the final with 7.00 and a 6.20, securing the first Prime win of his career. Photo: McCarthy
  • Boys U18 finalists Micha Cantor, Nohea Futrell, Luke Gordon, and Chauncey Robinson. Next up for Surfing America Prime East? Somewhere in North/Central Florida on January 30th-31st, 2016. Photo: McCarthy

WHO: Some of the East Coast’s top under-18 amateur competitors.

WHAT: Surfing America Prime East Event #2

WHEN: November 6th-7th, 2015

WHERE: Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC

WHY: Surfing America mixed things up a bit this year, moving its opening event to Long Beach, NY, in September to co-locate with the unsOund Pro and to hold an event in the Outer Banks during “Prime” (pun intended) fall conditions. They might have missed the waves by a few days on November 6th-7th, but conditions at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head last Saturday were beautiful with sunny skies, calm winds, and fun thigh- to chest-high surf. Until, that is, the mother of all storm fronts came barreling through with 30-knot winds and rain which thankfully stalled for the majority of the event, but the last two heats of the day were canceled as the ominous front marched south. The Surfing America crew operating under the guidance of Executive Director Greg Cruse were barely able to secure the tents, banners, and electronics before the storm hit.

Standout of the day on Saturday was USA Surf Team member Maddie Peterson (Wildwood Crest, NJ), who dominated her quarterfinal heat in the small conditions with a near perfect 9.57 wave score backed up with an 8.83, even throwing away an excellent score of 8.70. Maddie maintained her dominance throughout the event and walked away with the 1st-place trophy. Fellow USA Surf Team member Tommy Coleman (Vero Beach, FL) also started strong in his Round 1 heat of Boys U16 with the highest single wave score of the event, 9.83, backed up with an 8.83. It was also “8’s or lates” for Tommy in his Boys U14 quarterfinal heat with a two-wave total of 16. Tommy proved he isn’t just a small-wave specialist when the driving wind whipped the surf up into thumping five- to seven-foot pounders on Sunday. Tommy took the Boys U14 win with a convincing 15.50 heat total and placed 2nd surfing up in Boys U16.

Micha Cantor (Murrells Inlet, SC) kept his Prime season rolling with the win in Boys U16 and 4th-place finish surfing up in Boys U18. USA Surf Team member Luke Gordon was on fire all event but couldn’t get the scores he needed in the final of Boys U18. Longtime Surfing America Prime surfer Chauncey Robinson (Melbourne, FL) put together a great heat in the final with 7.00 and a 6.20, securing his first Prime win! Nicole Fulford (Ponce Inlet FL) continues to improve and impress as she worked her way through a packed field in both Girls U18 and Girls U16 to take the win in Girls U16 and 3rd in Girls U18. Laird Myers (Virginia Beach, VA) and Rachel Presti (Melbourne Beach, FL) also had great showings and were double finalists. Meanwhile, Prime newcomers CJ Mangio (Long Beach, NY) and Coral Schuster (Cocoa Beach, FL) were first-time Prime finalists.

Next up is somewhere in North/Central Florida on January 30th-31st, 2016.

FINAL RESULTS OF SURFING AMERICA PRIME EAST EVENT #2:

BOYS U18
1st – Chauncey Robinson – Melbourne, FL
2nd – Luke Gordon – Pawleys Island, SC
3rd – Nohea Futrell – Kill Devil Hills, NC
4th – Micha Cantor – Murrells Inlet, SC

GIRLS U18
1st – Maddie Peterson – Wildwood Crest, NJ
2nd – Rachel Presti – Melbourne Beach, FL
3rd – Nicole Fulford – Ponce Inlet, FL
4th – Sophie Falzone – Atlantic Beach, FL

BOYS U16
1st – Micha Cantor – Murrells Inlet, SC
2nd – Tommy Coleman – Vero Beach, FL
3rd – Kyle Tester – Cape May, NJ
4th – Laird Myers – Virginia Beach, VA

GIRLS U16
1st – Nicole Fulford – Ponce Inlet, FL
2nd – Coral Schuster – Cocoa Beach, FL
3rd – Rachel Presti – Melbourne Beach, FL
4th – Avery Aydelotte – Jensen Beach, FL

BOYS U14
1st – Tommy Coleman – Vero Beach, FL
2nd – Laird Myers – Virginia Beach, VA
3rd – Ryan Huckabee – Flagler Beach, FL
4th – CJ Mangio – Long Beach, NY

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