JELLYFISH SURF SERIES
A field of over 60 competitors showed up a 6:30am on Saturday July 20th, 2002 for the Jellyfish Surf Series of the season held at Virgina Beach, Virgina. The sun was roasting all morning and the 1-2 foot rippable surf at the first street jetty attracted many agro groms.
The surf was very glassy all morning letting the Groms show off their stuff in early morning head high conditions. Taking the Grom division was young local Alex Burdett. The surf droped throughout the day and was barely waist high for the junior final, but in the end it was ripper Brian O’Toole dominating and winning the division. The Pro-Am division is always a highlight no matter what size the surf and today it was Ian Parnell who edged out world class veteran Wes Laine to take the first place win and the $150 in Cash and a bagfull of prizes, which Ian generously tossed back out to all the kids.
All the finalists earn a slot into the 2002/2003 VQS Championships to be held in Newport Beach in May of 2003.
Special thanks to product sponsors: GLOBE, SMITH, XCEL, K-GRIP, PRO-LITE, FCS FINS, SECTOR 9, SURFING, SURFER, TRANSWORLD, HAPPY, NORTH EAST SURF, AND ESM. SPECIAL THANKS TO CITY OF VIRGINA BEACH.
1.Ian Parnell $150
2.Wes Laine $50
PUFFERFISH SURF SERIES
Volcom Stone held the first Pufferfish event of the season on July 20th, 2002 at Kewalos on the South Shore of Oahu, HI. The surf was 2-3ft and really good with sunny, glassy conditions all day long. Over 96 competitors turned out for a relaxed Hawaiian day in the sun.
In Hawaii things tend to run more relax, probably because of the atmosphere, but the surfing is always top notch. The event started in the morning at 8am with super glassy conditions and ended with the same. In the Grom division kids 14 & under battled it out for bags full of prizes, standouts were Cru Suratt and Micheal Dunphy but holding on for a very convincing win was Lance Gruver from the North Shore.
Girls in Hawaii are different than others Ive seen, They can surf and they look good doing it. 18 girls showed up to compete in the all ages division. Lani Hunter ended up with the win, but it was Mike Ho’s daughter Koko Ho who had a very impressive semi final for an 8 year old and ended in second place overall. Watch this girl many great things to come!
In the Juniors division there were some impressive performances from Ian Sutar, Robert Wurlitzer, Joey Sadoy, and Seth Bumagai, but they couldnt match the pace of the seasoned Dustin Cuizon.
In the Pro-Am division there were some early upsets, Tory Barron looked strong all day and a finals birth looked destined, but he just missed advancing out of his repo. Mainlander Colin Dodgson over on vacation with his mother also had an impressive showing just missing the finals, “I’m surprised he even got down to the water with the shorts he was wearing, the Kewalos Boy’s must have been in a good mood.” said Dave Riddle. After a long day the finals came down to the following six, Ricky Clark, Nick Mita, Clint McKee, Jason Shibata, Dustin Cuizon, and Jason Bogel. The waves in the final were pumping and the south was pushing in set after set and it came down to Shibata, Bogel, and Cuizon battleing it out for the win. Big scores were given, the lowest wave in the top 3 was an 8.0 and it was a battle. Dustin Cuizon won just slipping past Shibata, with Bogel following closely in third.
Thanks to our product sponsors: BODY GLOVE, GRAVIS, ELECTRIC, PRO-LITE, BACK YARD BOARDS, SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS, SECTOR 9, SURFER, SURFING, TRANSWORLD, HAPPY, AND HIGH SURF. Special thanks to China and the boys at Kewalos and thanks to Back Yard Boards for giving a much deserving competitor a surfboard.
All finalist qualify for VQS Championships in May 2003 in Newport Beach, California!
1.Dustin Cuizon $150
2.Jason Shibata $50
6.Wallace Del Rosano