K-5 Boardshop kicked off the summer right with the inaugural K-5 Klassic at D Street in Encinitas last weekend. Although the weather forecast was looking dismal, the contest Gods shined down on them big time. After a slightly drizzly morning the contest started off with bang. Within minutes of the first horn blast local ripper Zack Keenan had back doored and blown through a meaty Dst drainer to earn himself a nine and a birth into the next round.
The weather and waves continued to fluxuate, but always stayed consistently contestable. On top of having really rippable waves the K-5 Klassic also drew some incredible talent, including the #1 WQS rated Patrick Gudauskas, his brothers Tanner and Dane and super freak Aaron “Gorkin” Cormican. D Street locals like Sean Marceron, Dewey Cunnison, Darrell Goodrum and Shey Yates as well as other out of town rippers like Teddy Navarro, Ryan Simmons, Micah Byrne and Nick Kovak were killing it. Every round had heats that could have been a final.
As the tide came up through the day, wave selection seemed to play bigger role in the heats as many contestants found themselves unable to find a wave that would stand up through D St’s mixed up inside sandbars and give them that big score they needed. The K-5 Klassic used the unique scoring system that doubles the riders top score (which is added to their next highest score to give the heat total).
“I think it’s cool because it rewards the guy who is pushing his surfing and not just being conservative,” said contestant Shey Yates. “Like if some guy gets two fives but I get a four and six… ya know, I win.”
Keeping everybody moving and groovin’ was DJ Pat, while our own masseuse Candi kept everybody loose and limber between heats.
After several stacked rounds the 64 contestants had been twiddled away to four amazing surfers, all capable with walking away with the $2000 dollar first place check. The final was a 25 minute battle, start to finish. Gorkin kept the beach stoked with high risk progressive surfing while still keeping extremely smooth and light over the bumpy mushy linking sections. In the end, the win went to Tanner Gudauskas with his relentless attack on every wave that came his way, including the clincher at the end of the heat. It was a rare bowley wave that seemed to stand up and offer a bit more a scoring opportunity than many of the fat flattish waves that seemed to hold back some of the boys from showing off their potential. Putting in outstanding performances all the way through the event Micah Byrne and Darrel Goodrum, who ended up in 3rd and 4th, respectively
Everyone was all smiles as K-5 presented the local boys and girls club with a check for over $2,000! “With the help of our co sponsors, Lost, Dakine, DVS, TW SURF, Von Zipper and DVS we achieved our goal” added K5 honcho Jurgen Schulz. “The surfers were stoked, the crowd was stoked and we gave back to our community, so we are stoked.”
Look for all the pictures on transworldsurf.com to come.