The Koastal Kaos Theory: Round #1 From Ocean Beach In The record Books

With unseasonably warm Santa Ana winds a blowing, blue skies and the late October sun beaming down on Ocean Beach, California, as far as the weather and surf conditions were concerned, things took a dramatic turn for the better at the inaugural Koastal Kaos Surf Series event this weekend. Forced to be rescheduled due to nasty weather conditions a few weeks back, surfers from all walks of life converged on the Ocean Beach Pier hoping to get a jump on the competition (and a quick lead in the Koastal point standings).

Following is an overview of just what went down at Koastal Kaos round #1…

In the Grom division (for boys 12 and under), Taylor Clark, age11, threw tail over the waves and for all intents and purposes proved he was in a classification of his own. Trevor Thornton was the runner-up while Erik Vanstrum assumed the last step on the podium.

In the Boys division (ages13-14), Austin Ganz took the victory, the end result of lightning fast surfing and great wave selection. Sammy Orozco and Dale Timm also put in inspired performances to place second and third, respectively.

In the Junior ranks (age 15-17), Dale Timm was once again, back in the finals, hungry for a win. Not to be denied, he ripped and tore every wave he caught, scoring a well-deserved victory. Spencer Rosa also came through with a solid performance to place second. Paul Brandlin was third and Austin Ganz, surfing in his second final of the day (and in the more difficult Junior division) came away with a hard fought fourth place finish. A nice bookend to his Boys division win!

The Open Mens division was the afternoon’s main event. The only classification to run with four men heats–to allow more space in an effort to promote better surfing–it was on! Rick Takahashi and Colin Wagschal were the early favorites in the division, utilizing their high-speed, attack approach in their surfing. They kept the momentum up all day, pulling big airs and vertical hacks in an attempt to one-up each other. It all went down to the bitter end and when the smoke cleared and the screaming subsided, it was Colin Wagschal taking the measure of the valiant Takahashi, walked away with the win. Takahashi was a close second, while Brett Jones and Mark Schneider, who both surfed quite well, aced the third and fourth spots, respectively.

In the Womens class, Gabriella Rangel of Brazil looked rock solid all day, snagging the win over Alissa Lentz. Both women drove home with huge bags of prizes.

Overall, the opening round of the 2006 Koastal Kaos a great event, replete with tons of prizes, respectable surf and wonderful weather conditions thanks to those good old Santa Ana weather conditions.

A big shout out and thanks to all the event sponsors: No Fear, Gravity Skateboard, Destination, Spy, Ocean Minded, Crossland surfboards, Bubble Gum, Futures fins and Fortress Watches. See you soon!

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Spots will be filling up quickly for the next Koastal Kaos stop at Crystal Pier on November 11-12. Go to register online at


1 Colin Wagschal
2 Rick Takahashi
3 Brett Jones
4 Mark Schneider

1 Dale Timm
2 Spencer Rosa
3 Paul Brandlin
4 Austin Ganz
5 Ryan Wilson
6 Max Rogers

1 Austin Ganz
2 Sammy Orozco
3 Dale Timm
4 Taylor Clark
5 John King
6 Morgan Pierson

1 Pedro Diaz
2 Ed Custodio
3 Yu Fu Penrose
4 Terry Gillard
5 Chris Munsterman
6 Tim Senneff

1 Gabriella Rangel
2 Alissa Lentz
3 Winnie Riley
4 Carley Rivezzo
5 BreAnne Custodio
6 Karlene Wiegand

1 Taylor Clark
2 Trevor Thornton
3 Erik Vanstrum
4 Nelson Kingery
5 Joey Filter
6 Ren Kramer