There were big waves and great surfing at the Hurricane Isabel Surfing Championships, held this weekend, at the Narragansett Town Beach. Perfect 4-6 foot swells, produced from the remnants of Hurricane Isabel, provided excellent contest conditions.
There were several dominating performances by Rhode Island surfers in the rough surf. Notable was the riding of Narragansett’s Drew Simmons, who won three events. He captured the Boys, Menehune Bodyboard, and Menehune Longboard titles. Jennifer LeClair of Pawtucket had her first ever, double win, as she took both the Junior Women’s and Women’s Longboard divisions.
Peter Pan of Narragansett styled his way to both the Legends Longboard and Grandmasters titles. Ryan Richer of Narragansett won both the Men’s and Men’s Longboard divisions. Mike Labonte of Narragansett, won both the Masters and Open divisions.
Owen Perkins of Middletown captured the Junior Men’s title, while Pat McNulty of Charlestown, won the Senior Longboard division. Other local winners included Tracey Salvadore in the Women’s Bodyboard, Janice Causey in the Legends, and Heather Riley in the Senior Women’s division.
The team title went to the powerful Gansett Juice Surf Shop team of Narragansett. The Bishop Hendricken High School Surf Team finished in second place, followed by the Elemental Surf Team of Newport, Rhode Island.