Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach
The Surfrat Series finished strong with the largest turnout of competitors to date, totalling 72. With the American Championships and NSSA Nationals just around the corner, the finale also saw some of the toughest competition to date as well. The event was held in fun chest to head high surf. The “Huntington Hop” was in full effect as the middle deep spot made it difficult to connect to the inside section. The weather was warm, the sun was out, and the wind stayed calm as the competiors duked it out to see who would take home the crown, and win the chance to advance to the Surfrat Superfinal for the chance to win a trip to Tavarua.
In the 13 and Under division the competition was tough. Several of the top Hawaiians were in town, including Chas Chidester, Granger Larsen, Tonino Benson, and Alex King. The waves, and especially the deep spot made conditions tough, and only those lucky enough to get one to connect were able to get through their heats. In the end Koa Smith, Levi Yunwiyah, Drew Poff, Alex Smith, Granger Larsen, and Dane Zaun all made up the 6 man final. While all of the competitors surfed well, the final really came down to 2 surfers, Dane Zaun and Granger Larsen. Dane started off strong and had 2 solid scores midway thru the final. Granger started off with some throw-aways, but finished off strong with a 7.5, but it wasn’t meant to be. Time winded down with Granger still needing a second strong wave, and Dane Zaun winning by .5, to take home his second Surfrat Challenge Title for 2004.
In the 16 and Under division it was all about Tanner Gudaskas. Tanner wants to go to Tavarua and it showed. Posting 8’s and 9’s all day, his only competition all day was Torrey Miester, who beat him in the Quarters to go straight to the final, sending Tanner to the dreaded Death Heat. Tanner bounced back, won the death heat, and in the final, dopped a 9 on everyone’s head, just in case they weren’t paying attention. Tanner ran away with the title, leaving second place Torrey Meister needing an 8.5 to take the lead. 3rd went to Alan Kincaid, 4th to Kyle Ramey, 5th to Dustin Payne, and Jensen Callaway rounded out the final in 6th place.
Congratulations go out to Tanner Gudaskas and Dane Zaun who are now entered into the Surfrat Superfinal, where they will meet the winners of their divisions from the other 7 Surfrat Challenges. the winners of each division of the Surfrat Superfinal win an all expense paid trip to Tavarua.
Special Thanks go out to Billabong Surfrat Series supporters Monster Energy Drink and Transworld Surf. Special Thanks also go out to all of the companies who donated prizes, including Element, Von Zipper, Future Fins, and Sticky Bumps.