Surfing America Prime presented by Got Milk?
Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC
May 19, 2012
Watching the charts leading into the weekend of the final East Coast Surfing America Prime event of the season at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, it was apparent that there would be no shortage of surf. Howling ENE winds were kicking up 8 sec interval waves with 7–10 foot faces. The question was how unruly would it be? Would we be faced with 50 knot winds and blowing sand or would the winds back off enough to set up the tents, banners and scaffold and run a proper contest? We rocked up on Saturday morning and it was borderline. Weather service was calling for winds steady in the 15 mph range all day so we made the call at 8:00 and started promptly at 8:20 as scheduled.
The waves were big, frequent and sometimes scary, but the kids tackled it with no problems and some amazing surfing went down. The star of the show was 16-year old Daniel Glenn from New Smyrna FL. He was absolutely tuned in to the conditions and pulled into heaving barrels all day, with 7 of the top 10 wave scores in Boys U16 and 8 of the top 10 waves scores in Boys U18. Daniel took the win in Boys U18, took 2nd in Boys U16 and nailed down the season champion title in a field that is the "Who's Who" of East Coast surfing. Tristan Thompson, Matthew Glenn, Katie Gordon, Elle Klein and Stevie Pittman were all stand-outs. Luke Gordon and Stevie Pittman were ironmen for surfing multiple divisions in extremely challenging conditions.
The shallow sandbar and big surf combined for lots of "worst wipeout" contenders along with some amazingly deep barrels and air drops equivalent to 16 stairs in skateboarding. Hurley surfer and Surfing America Prime announcer Noah Snyder said, "I'm so impressed with how the kids are charging, I am giving away my afternoon snacks – my Snickers Bar for the worst wipeout, because they make us snicker up here, and my Milky Way for milking your way out of impossible barrels!" Matthew Glenn from New Smyrna Beach, FL, won the Snickers and Alex Brooks from Red Bank, NJ, won the Milky Way.
The kids are all waiting for the ratings to be updated to find out who gets the "Golden Tickets" to the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles, San Onofre State Beach, June 19 – 23, 2012, and to find out who requalified for what is universally regarded as the highest level and most prestigious junior surf series in the country—Surfing America Prime.—Greg Cruse
1. Daniel Glenn — 16.94 – New Smyrna FL
2. Giorgio Gomez — 10.70 — Holmes Beach FL
3. Corey Howell — 9.40 — Melbourne FL
4. Cam Richards — 7.27 – Myrtle Beach SC
Season Champion — Daniel Glenn — 6000 points
1. Elle Klein — 10.33 – Summerfield FL
2. Grace Muckenfuss — 6.67 — Charleston SC
3. Jazmine Dean — 4.16 – St. Augustine FL
4. Katie Gordon — 1.73 – Pawleys Island SC
Season Champion — Jessica Kwiecinski — 5138 points
1. Tristan Thompson – 12.77 — Jacksonville FL
2. Daniel Glenn — 11.30 – New Smyrna FL
3. Marley Peck — 10.17 — Saint Augustine FL
4. Stevie Pittman — 5.20 — Newport NC
Season Champion — Tristan Thompson — 6000 points
1. Katie Gordon — 8.10 — Pawleys Island SC
2. Rossi Klein — 7.07 – Summerfield FL
3. Jazmine Dean — 6.10 – St. Augustine FL
4. Maddie Peterson — 5.03 — Wildwood Crest NJ
Season Champion — Emory McClary — 6000 points
1. Stevie Pittman — 8.06 – Newport NC
2. Matthew Glenn — 6.67 — New Smyrna FL
3. Andrew Rooney — 6.10 — Brielle NJ
4. Luke Gordon — 5.60 – Pawleys Island SC
Season Champion — Luke Gordon — 6000 points