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The third stop of the Butterfish Surf Series went down at Pipes in Ventura, on January 22nd, 2005. The surf was really good all day! 3-5ft and reeling down the newly created sand point. This was one of the first surf able days after the recent rains and tons of debris and dead snakes littered the beach. The sun was out and with over 130 competitors showing up to compete the Butterfish was on!
The Groms started off hot with tons of waves peeling down the point. Robert Curtis has been untouchable in this division. With good waves and clean conditions he would take the victory from his fellow competitors. Dillon Perillo followed in second place, along with Dustin Willman, Trenton Hammer, Evan Watson, and Dustin Letinsky would finish in that order.
The girls had a strong showing and would have to compete in multiple heats to reach the finals. Sage Erickson would walk away with the win, followed by Demi Buelsteri in second. Jenny Guam, Jordan Goldberg, Bo Stanley, and Marissa Hood finished in that order.
Juniors had a long day of super-charged heats and in the evening they finally got they’re chance to finish the day. Nick Rosza looked solid, Spencer Regan would be tough to beat, but with a surprising victory, Evan Mendelson took home his first ever 1st place finish. Dylan Perkins, Matt Mohagen, and Matt Johnson rounded out the final.
The Pro-Am would see amazing surfing all day long but in the end it would be anybody’s game. Brian Aresco, Kellen Ellison, Blake Howard, Aaron Ernst, Dennis Rizzo, Justin Swartz, and Anthony Petruso were all trying to win the $400 in Cash and a bag of prizes. Blake Howard’s point break knowledge proved worthy and he would end up taking the win, just edging out Tar Pit’s icon Brian Aresco.
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1.Blake Howard $400