WHEN I'M FIFTY-ONE
 
 
 
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WHEN I'M FIFTY-ONE

  • subtitle: East Coast Surfing Championships, Oldest And Biggest Surf Contest On The Rightside, Keeps On Keeping On Into Sixth Decade

Written by  Nick McGregor
Friday, 8/30/13

TURF: 51st Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships Presented By Vans; First Street to 11th Street, Virginia Beach, VA; August 19th-25th, 2013.

ENERGY: For once, an East Coast event got better on the final day of competition, with two- to four-foot sets popping up on the final Sunday of competition. That gave the 200 or so international pros from Peru, Mexico, Panama, Japan, Costa Rica, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Tahiti, and all over the United States (including a healthy Hawaiian contingent) a good taste of our potential come late August. Of course, this being the oldest continuously run surf contest in the world — and the Rightside’s de facto U.S. Open, minus the riots and plus a whole heaping of Southern hospitality — there were plenty of sideshow attractions to keep everyone busy on the down days.

 

SLIDE: Let’s get right down to business. No East Coasters made the finals of either two ASP events held in conjunction with this year’s ECSC, the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro and the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro Junior. But since eternal nice guy and on-and-off World Tour frother Pat Gudauskas took home the big boys win, and ripping Hawaiian brothers Josh and Seth Moniz finished 1-2 in the Juniors for a heartwarming sibling storyline, we’re still stoked on the outcome. Pat Gudang was even quick to cite his family’s roots in New Jersey as a major motivator to attend ECSC this year. And how can you resist quotes like these when it comes to spreading our own brand of East Coast aloha? “The waves are fun,” Gudauskas said. “It’s not always pumping, but you get a hundred waves in 20 minutes! I love that, because I can’t stand sitting still.”

 

Now on to our Rightside representatives who did do battle in the Vans Pro and Vans Junior Pro divisions. Our two highest finishers on the men’s side of the draw were one predictable top dog (New Smyrna Beach’s Evan Geiselman) and one darkhorse (Jacksonville cruiser Ryan Briggs), both of whom bowed out in the semifinals. Evan needed an 8.0 to advance and came damn close with a vicious frontside fang. But the score only came in at a 7.67; of course, this 4-Star was just another check on Golden’s potential World Tour qualifying checklist. But Briggs, who’s better known for his fun-loving, laid-back demeanor? Well, he admitted to us that he’s more of a competitive workhorse than most realize.

 

“I’m really stoked to have made it that far,” he said. “I’ve been working on not getting so excited when I make heats — trying to be level headed and keep the heart rate steady win or lose. But I honestly love competing more than anything. I’ve done it my whole life. It’s natural, and I love it now more than ever! There was a lot of talent this year, but they gotta surf the same waves as you, and I know I could beat people if I got the waves.”

 

Briggs did crush the dreams of another East Coaster, World Tour veteran and recent kiteboard/SUP enthusiast Ben Bourgeois, in their hard-fought quarterfinal heat, with Benny B finishing 3rd but only .13 points behind Briggs in the advancing 2nd place. South Carolina’s Cam Richards, fresh off his surf world-rocking Hurley Pro video trials performance, also made the Vans Pro quarterfinals, in addition to being the only East Coaster (and only mainland American) to make the semifinals of the Vans Pro Junior. Whatever Cam accomplishes from here on out, he’s on his way to the top of the heap — and fast.

 

How about all those amateur events, which make the ECSC a must-attend for every competitive East Coast surfer worth his or her salt? Well, we’re here to big up our boys and girls filling out the other 35 divisions that represent one of the highest annual achievements of our best young and old, male and female, longboard, shortboard, bodyboard, SUP, and tandem athletes.

 

Multi-year ECSC champ Aaron Cormican avenged his Round of 32 Vans Pro exit (in an East Coast superheat featuring Geiselman, Richards, and Cody Thompson, no less) by winning the Tautogs/Doc Taylor Open Pro. Justin Quintal beat out Tony Silvagni and none other than Joel Tudor in the Pro Longboard, while South Carolina wahine Emory McClary proved she’ll be a force to be reckoned with by defeating several older girls in the Virdian Women’s Pro. Other winners included Morgan Leavel, Wes Arendt, Parker Sawyer, Izzi Gomez, Barbara Redgate, Morgan Knight, Liam McLaughlin, Bobby Holland, Michael Agnew, Blayr Barton, Tommy Coleman, Luke Marks, Cobie Gittner, Chelsea Roett, Daniel Sacchi, Jeff Winter, Ché Allan, Jimmy Mendillo, Greg Emminizer, Cindy and Brian Stokes, John Donahue, Ricky Judalena, Adam Williams, Marie Legge, Cody Hammer, Simon Hetrick, and Anthony DelliCarpini. Whew.

 

THE PAIN: If you examined the hundreds of heats that went into crowning winners in 37 different divisions, you’ll find plenty of pain to go around — especially for those unlucky souls forced to duke it out in one- to two-foot surf during the first couple days of competition (extra pain points if they were forced to surf on the wrong tide). But since the contest ended with good waves, and damn near everyone in attendance had themselves a grand ol’ summer-ending time, we’ll make the bold claim that there wasn’t that much Pain to go around at the 51st running of the ECSC.

 

THE MAN: Pat Gudauskas is a no-brainer, especially when he utters words like these: “All of our family on our mom’s side lives in New Jersey, and we’ve been going there since we were groms. So naturally, we love the East Coast for everything it has to offer: the food, the waves, and the people are insanely friendly. We embrace the whole vibe over here and kinda feel like it’s a second home. I was in Tahiti and it was gonna be small there, so I just flew over and we’ve been having a blast. There’s so much to do here.”

YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB: “The VB scene is pretty hectic and I thank Mike Reola for renting a place so I could have my space and not party on those lay days. It's real easy to say F it and go get hammered, but those days are behind me. And maybe working out has helped with my confidence.”-Vans Pro semifinalist (and eternal skinny guy) Ryan Briggs

 

“I actually like this wave. Everyone was telling me it was bad, but we scored! There have been fun little peaks every day, besides those two lay days. I surf waves like this a lot at home [in Hawaii]. Seriously, where I live it’s exactly like this every day, so I was pretty used to it.” –Vans Junior Pro champion and eternal optimist Josh Moniz

 

FINAL RESULTS OF THE 51st ANNUAL COASTAL EDGE EAST COAST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY VANS:

VANS PRO

1. Patrick Gudauskas

2. Deivid Silva

3. Keanu Asing

4. Kaito Ohashi

 

VANS JUNIOR PRO

1. Joshua Moniz

2. Seth Moniz

3. Hiroto Ohhara

4. Kalani David

TAUTOGS/DOC TAYLORS OPEN PRO

1. Aaron Cormican

2. Chase Wilson

3. Eros Exarhou

4. Derek Peters

5. Addison Miles, Cobie Gittner

7. Joshua Burke, Derek Gomez, Giorgio Gomez

PRO LONGBOARD

1. Justin Quintal

2. Tony Silvagni

3. Joel Tudor

4. Mikey Melchiorre

5. Steve McLean, Patrick Nichols

7. Brier Haycox, Zack Raffin

VIRDIAN WOMEN'S PRO

1. Emory McClary

2. Chelsea Roett

3. Kayla Durden

4. Grace Muckenfuss

5. Cierra Cunningham, Caroline Marks

7. Carly Grulich, Izzi Gomez

OPEN SHORTBOARD

1. Ché Allan

2. Cobie Gittner

3. Nikita Pandelos

4. Jordan Montgomery

MENS

1. Morgan Leavel

2. Tyler Bohn

3. Jeynner Granados

4. Jack Brandon

WOMENS

1. Chelsea Roett

2. Grace Muckenfuss

3. Casey Kwiecinski

4. Emily Baynes

JUNIORS

1. Cobie Gittner

2. Derek Gomes

3. Dane Mackie

4. Addison Miles

JUNIOR WOMENS

1. Emory McClary

2. Maddie Peterson

3. Izzi Gomez

4. Jessica Wallace

BOYS

1. Luke Marks

2. Luke Gordon

3. Matthew Glenn

4. Jacob Burke

GIRLS

1. Emory McClary

2. Braidyn Cunningham

3. Caroline Marks

4. Molly Kirk

MENEHUNES

1. Tommy Coleman

2. Laird Myers

3. Kyle Tester

4. Tyson Royston

MICRO MENEHUNES

1. Blayr Barton

2. Kanoa Wong

3. Oliver Royston

4. Scott Pieno

MASTERS

1. Jimmy Mendillo

2. Patrick Frisk

3. Tyler Volpe

4. Barry Davis, Jr.

LADIES

1. Barbara Redgate

2. Noel Fitchett

3. Laurie Coyne

4. Donna Fortney

SENIOR MENS

1. Daniel Sacchi

2. Seth Broudy

3. Chris Giroux

4. Holmes Clark

GRAND MASTERS

1. Greg Emminizer

2. Apollo Quiban

3. Pete Smith

4. Richard Powell

LEGENDS

1. Bobby Holland

2. Bruce Willis

3. Gary Finnigan Sr.

4. Tim Nixon

GRAND LEGENDS

1. John Donahue

2. John Parker

3. Larry French

4. Roger Smith

OPEN LONGBOARD

1. Michael Agnew

2. Grey Copenhaver

3. Zack Raffin

4. Nick Copenhaver

MENS LONGBOARD

1. Adam Williams

2. Joseph Monaghan

3. Trent Wagoner

4. Trevor Woody

WOMENS LONGBOARD

1. Morgan Knight

2. Keating Artegian

JUNIOR LONGBOARD

1. Parker Sawyer

2. Grey Copenhaver

3. Hunter Skolnick

4. Brier Haycox

JUNIOR WOMENS LONGBOARD

1. Izzi Gomez

2. Hannah Milligan

3. Mason Schremmer

4. Laney Brooks

MENEHUNE LONGBOARD

1. Liam McLaughlin

2. Brody Lewis

3. Nick Copenhaver

4. Jared Bono

MASTERS LONGBOARD

1. Wes Arendt

2. Lee Atkins

3. Marc Bullard

4. Mike Basto

LADIES LONGBOARD

1. Barbara Redgate

2. Susan Walton

3. Cindy Stokes

SENIOR LONGBOARD

1. Ricky Judalena

2. Ryan Merritt

3. Rob Glassman

4. Joe DaBiero

LEGENDS LONGBOARD

1. Jeff Winter

2. Grey Martin

3. Carmen Garcia

4. Bruce Willis

GRAND LEGENDS LONGBOARD

1. Bobby Holland

2. CD Thomas

3. Billy Almond

4. Bobby Chenman

SUP

1. Izzi Gomez

2. Vinina Walsh

3. Randy Harris

4. Grey Martin

OPEN BODYBOARD

1. Anthony DelliCarpini

2. Shane Sears

3. Ricky Miller

4. Greg Leisure

MENEHUNE BODYBOARD

1. Simon Hetrick

2. Kristopher Boettcher

3. Mason Quiban

4. Truxton Malbon

JUNIOR BODYBOARD

1. Cody Hammer

WOMENS BODYBOARD

1. Marie Legge

2. Jessie Burns

TANDEM

1. Cindy and Brian Stokes

2. Merli Vergonio and Tony Pellino

3. Lyn Llamas and Alex Rubio
 
 
 
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