2nd Annual Salty Sweet Women’s Pro-Am Surf Contest, Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, FL; October 17th, 2015

ENERGY: Girls just want to have fun, right? Well, that’s exactly what they did at the 2nd Annual Salty Sweet Pro-Am Surf Contest, even though smaller than desired surf compared to last year rolled in to Cocoa Beach Pier on Saturday, October 17th. But the best energy was on the sand, where positivity flowed freely with smiles in every direction and undeniable support for each competitor at this women’s only surf contest.

FIRST TIME AT FIGHT CLUB: If this is your first taste of something Salty Sweet, then welcome aboard and enjoy the savory flavor! There’s nothing like seeing an event run so well with class and sass from all the ladies involved, starting with Salty Sweet Clothing owner and founder Crystal Cooper, who goes above and beyond the call of duty. As a surfer at heart herself, Crystal made sure every participant had an amazing time at this all-girls shred fest.

SLIDE: Although this year’s surf wasn’t anything like last year’s when Hurricane Gonzalo pumped perfect waves the contest’s way, 2015 was still one for the books with all the ladies both young and wise sharing one common goal: a passion and willingness to support each other from start to finish for the sport they love most. With two Pro divisions and nine Amateur divisions, more than 160 ladies of all ages, from 4 years old to 60, got a taste of competitive surfing in a way unmatched in Central Florida. Though this is not the only “all girls” surf event to be put together on the East Coast, it surely is one that has brought some much-needed attention to the ladies of the sport, who cherished the chance to compete amongst their peers in an arena all their own. Parents, friends, family, and surfing fans were in attendance to witness and share the stoke every one of these ladies displayed both in and out of the water with hopes of nothing more than to be a part of such an amazing event — for women by women.

THE PAIN: This part is usually about the hardships of the event or changing of the guard as a new victor emerges to the podium as the fierce competitiveness motivates these ladies to push each other harder and farther than the previous year. But we’re choosing to focus more on the love we have for one another as surfers and the joys the ocean brings us as we long to be forever connected once we’ve been blessed by its positive vibrations. It’s with a heavy heart that our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Sandy Weeks, as we lost a sister of the sea all too soon due to a tragic accident after the event. Sandy had a beautiful soul and many were driven and inspired by her amazing energy both in and out of the water. You will always be loved and forever missed yet never forgotten — RIP Sandy. Here’s to shredding the eternal wave of the heavens until the day we meet again…

THE WOMAN: It’s hard to point out the one “woman” when this event is all about the “women” of the sport. Instead, one event can bring all that love for surfing to one stage, so we’ll highlight 4-year-old Kaylin Compayre, who had the whole beach cheering her on as she exuded a grin from ear to ear. Or Melody DeCarlo and Debbie Walker sweeping two divisions as two of the most experienced surfers ripping anything they stood up on, alongside the younger Jazmine Dean who almost did the same in her two pro divisions, winning Longboard and finishing 2nd in Shortboard. Hannah Blevins cleaned house by winning every heat on her way to the podium in Pro Shortboard, but “the woman” of the event is the one behind the vision — the one who has the tenacity and the determination to make this longtime dream a reality for the women who share the same passion. So thank you Crystal Cooper for continuing to believe in the Salty Sweet dream by giving these ladies an opportunity to be forever connected, whether it’s their first ride or their last. We should be grateful for women like yourself who are truly inspiring!

FINAL RESULTS OF THE 2nd ANNUAL SALTY SWEET PRO-AM:

SALTY SWEET CLOTHING $2500 PRO LONGBOARD
1. Jazmine Dean, $1000
2. Kate Easton, $750
3. Mary Paine, $500
4. Amanda Giberson, $250

SALTY SWEET CLOTHING $2500 PRO SHORTBOARD
1. Hannah Blevins, $1000
2. Jazmine Dean, $750
3. Hailey Dawson, $500
4. Brittnay Hickey, $250

THE FAT DONKEY 12 & UNDER PUSH
1. Stella Blu
2. Kora Passarelli
3. Lydia Ferro
4. Kaylin Compare
5. Bryn Hancock
6. Penny Zarczwynski

CBSC 12 & UNDER SHORTBOARD
1. Bree Smith
2. Gracie Brydges
3. Maleah Moon
4. Emma Binder
5. Liv Crowley
6. Sarah Stotz

THE LONGDOGGERS 12 & UNDER LONGBOARD
1. Sarah Stotz
2. Bree Smith
3. Sophia David
4. Ana David
5. Kira Garvey
6. Sag Parish

CBHF 13-29 SHORTBOARD
1. Saylor Werneth
2. Chalee Holland
3. Jasmine Almeda
4. Taylor Madden
5. McKenzie Hester
6. Kori Johnson

WINDANSEA BOARDSHOP 13-29 LONGBOARD
1. Emma Fillrose
2. Caroline Kruegar
3. Amber Stewart
4. Brianna Clark
5. Autumn Cockrill
6. Makaya McCutcheon

THE BEACHSIDE RESIDENT 30-49 SHORTBOARD
1. Debbie Walker
2. MOnica Monsalve
3. Nicole Williams
4. Shannon Reidel
5. Candice Griffin
6. Stacey Anderson-Ortiz

KING INSURANCE 30-49 LONGBOARD
1. Debbie Walker
2. Sandra Goodwin
3. Aarin Hartwell
4. Dana Brousseau
5. Helen Mondesire
6. Nicole Williams

CODDINGTON INSURANCE 50 & UP LONGBOARD
1. Melody DeCarlo
2. Tracy McLaughlin
3. Linda Grover
4. Deanna Pichler

STEEL CITY DETAIL 50 & UP SHORTBOARD
1. Melody DeCarlo
2. Tracy McLaughlin
3. Sandy Weeks
4. Deanna Pichler
5. Suzy DeWerff
6. Jade Wong
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