Friday, in small (1-3 foot), mushy surf at Encinitas, California’s D-Street beachbreaks, TransWorld SURF magazine’s staff defeated the staff of Surfing magazine to win the Publishers Cup and one year’s worth of bragging rights.
The competition was held in The Game format (invented by former World #2 Brad “Gerr Gerlach, which simulates the format of a basketball game with quarters, substitutions, time-outs, and other accoutrements of mainstream TV sports), and the four biggest surf media outlets were invited to show off their skills. The first round saw Surfer magazine lose to sister publication Surfing magazine. On the other side of the bracket, TransWorld SURF dispatched Web surf media giants Surfline to meet rival Surfing in the final showdown.
TransWorld‘s team consisted of Editor Chris Cote; Photo Editor Pete Taras; Photo Associate Scott Chebegia; TWBusiness surf editor Casey Koteen, sales guys Jamey Stone, Jeff Baldwin, and David Stoddard; and wild-card Heath “Nutty Walker.
The final came down to the wire when Surfing‘s Hagen Kelly failed to get a two-point ride with seconds remaining, giving TWSurf the 25-24.5 win.
Event MVPs were TWS‘s Chris Cote and Surfing wild-card Bobby Martinez (who recently qualified for the 2006 WCT … congrats Bobby!), and Cote also took the Most Radical Maneuver with a frontside-grab air in the final.
“It was a great game, Cote said afterwards at the Encinitas Saloon, where contestants gathered to celebrate and talk story. “It was really close, but we ruled them!
After not buying the round of drinks they promised at the beach, Surfing magazine today posted a lame piece on their site about getting robbed instead of just admitting defeat. Whatever. We expected no less.
To watch the dismantling, go to nslgame.com