Big-time sunshine and glassy, rippable surf greeted competitors and spectators at Seaside Reef for stop 7 of the 2007-2008 Koastal Kaos Surf Series, sponsored by No Fear. The series continues to attract more…and better surfers. Guys like Nat Young from Santa Cruz, Macy Mullen from Hawaii, the McCabe brothers from Ventura, and Solana Beach local Eric McHenry were blowing up big scores throughout the day on Sunday.
Making her first KK appearance of the season goofyfooter Amy Chivers snapped up the better lefthanders and posted an 11.66 heat total to take a close win over runner up Alexa Dilley (11.16) in the Women’s division. In the 30+ Masters’ class, KK newcomer Tom Trier opened his account with a blazing 8.0 score for a series of gouges and smooth wrapping forehand turns. Unfortunately, he was unable to track down a back-up score. That left the door open for KK Master’s points leader, Yufu Penrose, who put together two solid waves for a winning heat total of 12.66.
Colin Moran from Costa Mesa over-powered a talented field in the Grom division with a strong backhand attack, posting a 14.00 heat total. Goofyfooter Nelson Kingery showed off some stylish rail-to-rail surfing, taking second place with a heat total of 11.33. Taylor Clark used the Grom final as a warm-up for the Boys division final. Surfing with speed and precision at his local break, Taylor used up an entire bag of maneuvers on an open-faced lefthander and dropped an 8.83 wave score to set the pace. He backed that up with a 7.0 to seal the win, the cash, and the prizes.
Making his first appearance in a Koastal Kaos event, Santa Cruz junior surf star Nat Young cruised to victory in the Juniors’ division behind a 14.67 heat total. “I like the 20-dollar heat wins and the four-man heats,” Nat said. Cardiff locals, Derrick Disney and JD Lewis both surfed strong in the final, hitting big, backhand vertical snaps, with Disney grabbing 2nd place honors over his buddy by the narrowest possible margin 11.84 to 11.83.
In the final heat of the day Macy Mullen from Hawaii locked in his second straight KK win and another $500 payday. Macy whipped the spectators and announcers into a frenzy with the wave of the heat. He snared a clean set wave and threw down a couple of big hacks; he then executed a smooth reverse, and when the wave reformed on the inside going right, Macy laid down another reverse for a near perfect 9.83 wave score. Ventura’s Matt McCabe was lighting up Seaside all weekend and grabbed $250 for his second place finish. Matt Myers (Santa Cruz) was close behind with a 12.50 heat total good for 3rd place and $150. Carlsbad’s Gabe Garcia, who currently sits atop of the rankings in the KK Open Mens’ division, finished in fourth.
The Koastal Kaos crew sends huge thanks go out to our sponsors: No Fear, SB Surfboards, Toyota of Carlsbad, GFH Boards, Future Fins, Sambazon, HangAir, Spy, ProLite, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, Ogio, Osiris, Flippin’ Pizza and BL!SSS magazine. ¿For photos and video of the Seaside event, visit KoastalKaos.com.
The next KK event is AA-rated (double points) and slated for April 12 -13 at Salt Creek. This will be the last event before the season-ending Koastal Kaos Invitational in May in Oceanside, where the top two finishers in the Open Mens’ division and the top junior competitor will earn seeds in the ASP sanctioned Koastal Kaos $10,000 WQS 1-star event.