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The fourth and final event of the Surfing America Prime East 2016/2017 series kicked off in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on March 4th-5th, with some of the East Coast’s best under-18 talent gathering to challenge choppy, windy conditions at New Smyrna Inlet. Big winners when it was all said and done were Bo Raynor (Boys U18), Blake Speir (Boys U16), Ryan Huckabee (Boys U14), Storm Portman (Girls U18), and Rachel Presti (Girls U16). With the final standings for the year cemented, everyone knows who will be representing at Surfing America’s USA Champs at Lower Trestles this summer. So give yourself a hand, guys and girls (and parents too!) — you earned it. [caption id="attachment_7703" align="alignnone" width="960"] The road well traveled in New Smyrna Beach, FL, for last weekend’s Surfing America Prime East 2016/2017 Event #4, which closed out the season for the East Coast’s best U18 surfers. Photo: Dugan[/caption] FINAL RESULTS: BOYS U18 1. Bo Raynor, 2. Chase Modelski, 3. Blake Speir, 4. Luke Gordon [caption id="attachment_7697" align="alignnone" width="960"] South Carolina’s Luke Gordon finished 4th in Boys U18. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7699" align="alignnone" width="960"] Big hack, big win: North Carolina’s Bo Raynor claims the marquee division with a 1st-place finish in Boys U18. Photo: Dugan[/caption] GIRLS U18 1. Storm Portman, 2. Nicole Fulford, 3. Eden Lange, 4. Rachel Presti [caption id="attachment_7704" align="alignnone" width="960"] Girls U18 winner Storm Portman hanging with the South Carolina crew. Photo: Dugan[/caption] BOYS U16 1. Blake Speir, 2. Laird Myers, 3. Kyle Tester, 4. Kyle Caracciolo [caption id="attachment_7713" align="alignnone" width="960"] Kyle Tester claimed the best result of any New Jersey resident, finishing 3rd in Boys U16. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7696" align="alignnone" width="960"] Virginia Beach’s Laird Myers earned a runner-up finish in Boys U16. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7711" align="alignnone" width="960"] But it was Blake Speir with one of the biggest double finishes of the contest: 1st in Boys U16, 3rd in Boys U18, and the Hottest Wave Award for this very ride. Photo: Dugan[/caption] GIRLS U16 1. Rachel Presti, 2. Eden Lange, 3. Leah Thompson, 4. Hannah Blevins [caption id="attachment_7707" align="alignnone" width="960"] North Florida’s Hannah Blevins rounded out the Girls U16 final with a 4th-place finish. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7715" align="alignnone" width="960"] Central Florida’s Rachel Presti won Girls U16 with the highest wave score of the entire day, an 8.67. She also finished 4th in Girls U18. Photo: Dugan[/caption] BOYS U14 1. Ryan Huckabee, 2. Robbie Goodwin, 3. Sterling Makish, 4. CJ Mangio  [caption id="attachment_7716" align="alignnone" width="960"] Massapequa, NY’s, CJ Mangio carved to a 4th-place finish in Boys U14, leaving a mark on fellow New York native and ESM Co-Owner/Publisher Tom Dugan: “CJ impressed me most out of all the kids with his insane cutback style,” Dugan said.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7717" align="alignnone" width="960"]Surfing America Prime North Florida’s Ryan Huckabee won Boys U14, cruising to a 1st-place finish in every heat he contested throughout the day. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7708" align="alignnone" width="960"] Is it 12 o’clock yet? South Florida’s Avery Aydelotte straight up in Girls U18. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7714" align="alignnone" width="960"] Shea Lopez and Zoe Benedetto talk heat strategy and board design. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7712" align="alignnone" width="960"] South Carolina’s Tyson Royston. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7709" align="alignnone" width="960"] New York’s Owen O’Donnell. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7706" align="alignnone" width="960"] The Central Florida crew, straight chilling. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7710" align="alignnone" width="960"] New Jersey’s Logan Kamen. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7702" align="alignnone" width="960"]surfing america prime east North Florida’s Molly Kirk. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7698" align="alignnone" width="960"] “What’s for lunch?” Real talk in between heats. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7701" align="alignnone" width="960"] North Florida’s Braidyn Cunningham. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7700" align="alignnone" width="960"] Madeline Zeuli, representing for the red, white, and blue. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7705" align="alignnone" width="960"] Parents, take a bow — you deserve it too. Photo: Dugan[/caption] [template id=”1199″]

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Finals Day at the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro was unpredictable! We kicked off the morning early with the two remaining heats of Round 3, then we immediately got into Round 4 competition. Waves started off slow as the sun rose over Sunset Elementary, but it wasn’t long before sets started rolling in and guys started dropping some big scores. [caption id="attachment_7088" align="alignnone" width="700"] Volcom, still True To This after all these years. Photo: Lugo/Volcom[/caption] The first 9-point ride went to Brazil’s Adriano De Souza on a heavy Backdoor wave in his first heat of the competition to secure himself into Round 4. Along with Adriano, Ian Crane, Benji Brand, and Luke Shepardson advanced to the next round. [caption id="attachment_7084" align="alignnone" width="700"] Adriano de Souza. Photo: Volcom[/caption] Round 4 saw similar off-beat scores from the inconsistent, yet improving sets, but boys made it happen. Brian Toth kicked off Heat 2 with a solid 6-point ride, while in the last minute of the heat, Kiron Jabour dropped to third place after Soli Bailey secured solid 6.13 score. [caption id="attachment_7082" align="alignnone" width="700"] Puerto Rico’s Brian Toth charged on his way to the Quarterfinals. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption] Heat 3 we saw Mitch Coleborn bag a solid Pipe wave earning himself a 6.17 to push himself into the lead, and right behind him, Koa Smith took off on a similar Pipe wave, although not as deep as Coleborn, and earned himself a 5-point ride. John John Florence once again delivered, dropping a 7.5 score right off the bat, then following it up with a 5.17 and 6.83 to hold the heat. [caption id="attachment_7087" align="alignnone" width="700"] John John Florence. Photo: Volcom[/caption] Also getting through Heat 4 was Hawaii’s Hank Gaskell. Heat 5 saw Brazil’s David do Carmo pull off a rocky bottom turn on a Pipe wave and miraculously got spit out with his hands in his air to earn a well-deserved 6.83, while crowd-favorite Mason Ho surprisingly went down due to lack of waves in the heat. The next heat saw more upsets with Makuakai Rothman being knocked out, as well as Yago Dora, who has been in-form the whole event. But it was Bruce Irons, Aritz Aranburu, Lucas Silveira, Luke Shepardson, Adriano De Souza, and Makai McNamara who all coupled good enough scores to move into the Quarterfinals. [caption id="attachment_7080" align="alignnone" width="700"] Yago Dora. Photo: Volcom[/caption] During the Quarterfinals, the side wind had slightly picked up and turned things a bit messier in the lineup, but there were still some gems to be had. Soli Bailey nabbed a 6.17 on a clean Backdoor right, to add to his previous 4.0, and an on-fire Leandro Usuna from Argentina grabbed a couple mid-range scores, both enough to advance them into the Semifinals. Heat 2 saw slower wave conditions and increased wind as John John Florence, Griffin Colapinto, Mitch Coleborn, and Brian Toth tried battling through the conditions in any way possible. While they were hoping for barrels, it turned out to be turns that prevailed as John John and Griffin each found a Backdoor wave which delivered their advancement. Quarterfinal Heat 3 went nearly 15 minutes before anyone had caught a decent wave, and it was Bruce Irons who delivered the first punch on a smaller Backdoor barrel to receive a well-earned 6.33 score. Along with Bruce, it was David do Carmo to roll into the already-stacked Semifinal heats. Heat 4 was another one for turns, with a sneaky tube seen by Artiz Aranburu. While it was another low-scoring heat with the winds affecting the conditions, Aranburu dropped some heavy turns and advanced with a 11.34 and Adriano De Souza advanced with a 7.50. And there it was, the Semifinals were set! [caption id="attachment_7079" align="alignnone" width="700"] Security, keeping things safe. Photo: Lugo/Volcom[/caption] Semifinal 1 saw Australia’s Soli Bailey, Argentina’s Leandro Usuna, Hawaii’s John John Florence, and USA’s Griffin Colapinto. John John drew first blood with a couple playful hooks on a Backdoor right, but it was Soli Bailey to find a barrel at Pipe to get the early lead with a 5.0. Things went relatively quiet, and towards the end of the heat, John John was sitting in fourth position and grabbed a one-turn Backdoor right, but it wasn’t enough. Soli Bailey dropped a huge 8.17 score near the five-minute mark, and in the dying seconds of the heat, Griffin Colapinto found a clean Backdoor barrel, barely sneaking out the doggy dog, to earn a 7.37, securing his spot in the finals. Semifinal 2 competitors picked up the heat and competition went fierce. An in-rhythm Bruce Irons wowed the fans with a 6.77 barrel, and David do Carmo dropped two solid turns on a Backdoor set wave to receive a 5.83. While Aritz Aranburu and David do Carmo were able to get some solid scores, it was Adriano De Souza who advanced to the Finals, along with Bruce Irons who managed to drop a near-perfect 8.93 score. [caption id="attachment_7089" align="alignnone" width="700"]2017 volcom pipe pro Bruce Irons pleasing the crowd. Photo: Lugo/Volcom[/caption] THE FINALS With the resurgence of Bruce, the competitive spirit of Adriano, the rookie-hunger of Griffin, and the underdog-hopes of Soli, the final was truly exciting to watch. It started off with a strong paddle battle between Bruce and Adriano for priority, then saw Soli snag a mid-range 5.67 Backdoor tube. With the wind magically switching to slight offshore during the final, it had seemed luck was on their side, but the boys had to wait as a lack of waves keep them searching for a score. A clean-up set caught Soli inside and breaking his leash off causing him to retrieve a backup board from the beach. With nine minutes left, Bruce and Griffin were put in a combo situation when Soli dropped the highest single-wave score of the heat of a 7.33. For the remainder of the final, the waves didn’t produce any additional high-scoring potential, which left Soli eagerly counting down the clock to the final second, which he did. Congratulations to all the finalists, and Soli Bailey for being crowned the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! [caption id="attachment_7081" align="alignnone" width="700"] Soli Bailey slips behind a Backdoor beauty for the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro victory. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption]


(1) Soli Bailey – 13.26 (2) Adriano De Souza – 8.43 (3) Griffin Colapinto – 3.90 (4) Bruce Irons – 3.66 [caption id="attachment_7078" align="alignnone" width="700"] Soli Bailey, sitting on top of the world. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption] SEMIFINALS H1: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Leandro Usuna, (4) John John Florence H2: (1) Bruce Irons, (2) Adriano De Souza, (3) David do Carmo, (4) Aritz Aranburu QUARTERFINALS H1: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Leandro Usuna, (3) Hank Gaskell, (4) Koa Smith H2: (1) John John Florence, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Mitch Coleborn, (4) Brian Toth H3: (1) Bruce Irons, (2) David do Carmo, (3) Luke Shepardson, (4) Makai McNamara H4: (1) Aritz Aranburu, (2) Adriano De Souza, (3) Lucas Silveira, (4) Seth Moniz [caption id="attachment_7083" align="alignnone" width="683"] Soli Bailey celebrates. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption] Round 4 H1: (1) Leandro Usuna, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Billy Kemper, (4) Nathan Florence H2: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Brian Toth, (3) Kiron Jabour, (4) Jeronimo Vargas H3: (1) Mitch Coleborn, (2) Koa Smith, (3) Balaram Stack, (4) Tom Whitaker H4: (1) John John Florence, (2) Hank Gaskell, (3) O’Neill Massin, (4) Koa Rothman H5: (1) (1) David do Carmo, (2) Seth Moniz, (3) Miguel Tudela, (4) Mason Ho H6: (1) (1) Bruce Irons, (2) Aritz Aranburu, (3) Yago Dora, (4) Makuakai Rothman H7: (1) (1) Lucas Silveira, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Ian Crane, (4) Marco Giorgi H8: (1) (1) Adriano De Souza, (2) Makai McNamara, (3) Benji Brand, (4) Wiggolly Dantas [caption id="attachment_7091" align="alignnone" width="960"] Ezra Sitt and Balaram Stack split a spectacular peak. Photo: Vic Brazen[/caption] Round 3 H15: (1) Benji Brand, (2) Ian Crane, (3) Lucca Messings Novaro, (4) Michael Ridrigues H16: (1) Adriano De Souza, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Finn McGill, (4) Parker Coffin Other Top East Coast finishers: Josh Burke (Barbados), 3rd-place in Round 3 Gatien Delahaye (Guadeloupe), 3rd-place in Round 3 Ian Walsh, (Maui by way of Rhode Island), 3rd-place in Round 2 [caption id="attachment_7092" align="alignnone" width="960"] Barbados’ Josh Burke made a valiant run through a few Volcom Pipe Pro heats. Photo: Vic Brazen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7086" align="alignnone" width="700"] Seth Moniz receiving the Todd Chesser award alongside Todd’s mom, Jeannie. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7085" align="alignnone" width="700"] Volcom’s Giving Back program raised $60,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7077" align="alignnone" width="700"] Volcom’s Brad Dougherty presents a hefty check to the Sion Milosky Foundation. Photo: Brian Bielmann/Volcom[/caption] [template id=”1199″]

Finals Day at the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro was unpredictable! We kicked off the morning early with the...

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