Event #1 of the Ezekiel/Sun Diego PRO-AM Surf Series went off October 9th and 10th at Avalanche Jetty in Ocean Beach. Over 200 competitors turned up for the first contest of the new season and the swell came up just in time. All seven amateur divisions competed on Saturday in super rippable 3 foot peaks. The sun was shining and the waves were super consistent all day long into the evening.
On Sunday the waves were even bigger with 3-5 foot barrels coming through for all the Big Dogs. Day 2 of competition marked the debut of The Adio Pro Junior, a new division this season that was created for surfers 19 years old and under. This division provides an arena for the hottest up and comers to compete against surfers their own age for a $1,000 Prize purse put up by Adio Footwear. The prize money definitely brought some amazing young surfers down to Ocean Beach and the crowd was not disappointed as the four finalists pushed one another with some very fast, progressive surfing. Coming out on top in the Final was San Clemente’s Andrew Gahan winning a check for $500. A close second was Ricky Whitlock from Carlsbad grabbing $250, followed by Ventura’s Nick Rozsa in third winning $150, and Ocean Beach local Julian Mullins in fourth collecting $100. The debut of the Adio Pro Junior was a definite success and this division is sure to grow larger at each event.
Day 2 also hosted the $2,000 SOBE-NOFEAR AIRSHOW which went absolutely nuts. This division is so fun to watch because the moves these guys are doing are so innovative, you just don’t see these maneuvers being executed by every day surfers.These guys were blasting massive airs left and right with wreckless abandon. The conditions provided tons of steep air sections for the guys to do their jobs. An extremely talented field of aerialists boosted big for the $2,000 in prize money but when the smoke cleared it was the veteran from San Diego, Eric McHenry who claimed the win and a check for $1,000. The ever consistent Sean Marceron from Encinitas took second place and $500, third place and $300 went to Christian Homan from San Clemente, and rounding out the final was Pro Junior winner Andrew Gahan who picked up $200 for fourth.
The most competitive division of the day is always the Ezekiel/Sun Diego PRO-AM where a round of 48 surfers compete for $3,500 in Prize Money. With the waves goin’ off all day these guys had the perfect stage to showcase their ability. Making it all the way to the Semis, finishing equal 5th overall and collecting $200 was Carlsbad’s Justin Wiegand and Sean Walker from Oceanside. Making the Finals were two Ocean Beach locals â€” double finalist Julian Mullins and the powerful veteran Layne Harrison. Joining them in the Finals was the explosive Geoff Brack from San Clemente and another double finalist, Nick Rozsa from Ventura. Determined to represent at his home break, Layne scored an 8 on his first ride and never looked back. He later posted an 8.5 to wrap up the win and a fat check for $1,500. Brack finished second and picked up a cool $800 while Nick Rozsa finished third and collected $500. Mullins tired out in the Final and got fourth but still hooked up $300.
SECTOR 9 Skateboards is sponsoring the “Most Radical Maneuver of the Event Award at each contest. They’re giving away $200 to the surfer that blows the minds of everyone on the beach, most importantly the judges. Geoff Brack won the $200 Award in O.B. for sticking a huge backside air reverse in one of his early PRO-AM heats. Congratulations from SECTOR 9 Geoff!!
A big thanks to all of the series’ sponsors: Ezekiel, Sun Diego Boardshops, Adio Footwear, Sobe-NoFear, Sector 9, West Surfing, Spy Optic, Freestyle, Creatures of Leisure, Surfer magazine, Soundkase, Headhunter and Wahoo’s Fish Taco.
Event #2 of the 8 contest series is coming up on November 13-14 at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. For more information on the series go to sundiego.com or contact the Contestt Director at (760) 607-1225.