The third event of the Blowfish Surf Series was held at Blacks Beach on January 24, 2003. The surf was a solid 4-6ft with light winds in the morning, gloomy skies blanketed the San Diego venue. With warm food from Red Bull waiting at the bottom of the hill, Over 100 competitors walked the service road to compete for cash and prizes and a fun day of surfing.
In the Grom division Carlsbad local ripper Brent Riley took the win, with Miles Stevens following in second place. Jordan Gaudet, Ryan Burch, Daniel Blaze, and Sean Bacon rounded out the final.
Dominating the Juniors this year is young Ricky Whitlock and today at Blacks was no different, he took the win over Dan House, Leandro Unsuna, and Mark Sneider. Brothers Jonothan and David Dupont had some impressive early round showings finishing in third, and sixth place overall.
In the Pro-Am it was Josh Buran taking the win over Taylor Dodge, Austin Ware finished in the Third place position. Eli Miranda, Dan House, and Aaron Napier.
1.JOSH BURAN $200
2.TAYLOR DODGE $50
The last starfish event for the season was held on January 24, 2004 at River Jetties, in Newport Beach.
There was small wind swell waves with a cold ocean wind. The morning reminded us that there is a winter because it was damn cold. The staff was lucky to have the Doheny’s because they brought a heater to warm the judges. The competitors only had 125 burritos to keep them warm.
The Grom division has been the toughest throughout the whole season. It was the most crowded divsion again, but only six would make it to the finals. Eddie Elles was ripping and made it to the finalsthrough the quarters. Logan Strook looked like he was going to win the event, but Bryan Doheny played thespoiler. Bryan was on fire and had the highest scoring 2 waves in the final to take home a Ride snowboard, a Ton of Prizes, and 2,000 points for the win.
Joey Mungo was the early favorite because he was destroying the junior division in the early rounds. Ittook Chase Newsom and newcomer Julian Kelly to bring Joey down. The seasons point leader Daniel Shea had ashocker and took fourth in the semifinal giving Chase a chance to pass him in the final ratings. Chase was surfing flawless through the final and took the first place trophy, consolidated skateboard, and other prizes home. Matt Taylor, Joey Head, and Asa Desmetrounded out the final.
The Pro-Am division was stacked with local talent like always. Adam Popp, the seasons point leader, had ahard semi which left him watching the final from the beach. Josh Hoyer was 10 points behind Adam and passedhim with the advancment to the final. But in the final Brandon Guilmette took it to the other finalist and secured his spot in the VQS* Championship not tomention the 200 bucks as well. Josh Hoyer fought of Geoff Moysa and Jerry Burdine to win the season andtake home an easy $50.
Come check out the VQS* Championship at 54th St. Newport on May 14-16, 2004 !
A Special thanks to the surfers and parents for comingto the starfish and making it the best yet!
1.Brandon Guilemette $2002.Josh Hoyer $50