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We arrived at Morro Rock Friday the day before the season opener of the Goldfish Surf Series to check out the scene and get a surf in. But to our surprise, we were greeted by fired trucks, ambulances and cops surrounding the rock. Someone had gotten themselves in a predicament attempting to climb the 576 ft. massive preastoric volcano (which is illegal) and had to be rescued. Our luck on Saturday, started out a little like the climbers, we pulled back up to foggy, windy, low tide, 6inch waves, lapping on the shore with thousands and thousands of kelp flies swarming the beach. We stalled the contest a little bit and allowed the tide to come in hoping it would help the surf. Sure enough an hour later the contest was greeted with some 2-3ft wind swell, even the clouds cleared to make for a great day. Here’s how the finals went down.
The Grom division some new fired up little rippers like 10 yrs old Garret Swanson, Parker Coffin and Evan Silk. However, in the final it was close heat between Nat Young and Kokoro Tomatsuri, but it came down to Nat’s lucky batwing tale board, that boosted him into the lead and allowing him to take the win. Nat walked away with a Santa Cruz Skate deck, backpack full of gear and a pair of custom Volcom whiteytighties underwear. Kokoro finished in a respectable second with Christian Ramirez, Colin Duncan, Parker Coffin and Josh Printup rounding out the final.
In the Junior Final it was a half a point difference between Matt Johnson, Timmy Pfannestiel and Matt Gallagher for the win, they all had their eyes set on a heap of prizes and 1000-point lead for taking first. When the horn blew to end the heat, it would be Matt Gallagher taking the victory, with a Sector 9 Skater, Vestal watch and backpack full of other goodies. Rounding out the final was Matt Johnson, Timmy Pfannestiel, Colin Schlidhauer, Miles Belick and Colin Anderson.
The competition in the Girls division has really step up this season. In the Final, Shea Hodges, Diana Mattson and Katie Mcleud posted some high scores, but as the heat came to a close, a solid 8.5 high score by Diana Mattson earned her the win. She took a pair of Emu Boots and a Dakine Backpack pack full of goodies back up to San Francisco with her. Shea Hodges, Katie Mcleud, Jenny Quam, Jamie Hannulua and Amy Covert rounded out the final.
In the Pro-Am final it was all about the CA$H! With $500 on the line for first, it was an all out surf off. Nate Tyler impressed the judges with fast tale free maneuvers, but it came down to old school Morro Rock knowledge of Dustin Ray, which earned him winning scores by half a point over Nate. Dustin earned himself the cash, a bundle of prizes and fresh pair of whiteytighties. Rounding out the final was Blake Howard, Dennis Rizzo, John Woldfong, and Scott Turner. Special thanks to our sponsors: Red Bull, Spy, Vestal, Globe, Dakine, CI Surfboards, Santa Cruz, Sector 9, Future Fins, Famous Wax, Emu Boots, TransWorld SURF, and Happy Magazine
Extra thanks to Red Bull for providing 40 pizzas for lunch!
Surf Shot Provided by Cory Murdock @ www.murdockphotography.com
1.Dustin Ray $500
6. Josh Printup