Wet ‘n’ Wild with Rockin’ Fig:Labor Day action

September 06, 2007|By RICK FIGNETTI

The three-day Labor Day weekend went off at Surf City with scorching air temps that climbed into the 80s, with triple digits inland and a pumping south swell that drove a million people down to the beaches to cool off.

Downtown was packed, traffic was thick on the sidewalks and in the streets, too.

Part of the crowd came down to the beach to check out Boardfest, the women’s surfing event on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. And the girls were ripping, stoked to get some swell action.

In the pro-am short board division, Carlsbad’s Kyla Langen took the win with an assortment of slashes for first-place.

Second was up-and-coming hottie Courtney Conlogue, who’s been on fire all summer. While in third, from just down the road in Newport Beach, was ripper Erica Hosseini. Rounding out the top four was Santa Cruz’s Kim Mayer.


Longboard was won by the female “styler” Cristina Pires from Portugal, and Hawaii’s transplant to Huntington, Kamalehua Keolokapo, who took second place.

Meanwhile, tons of snow was put on a 30-foot ramp, giving 22-year-old board master “Blaster” Chanelle Sladics a place to show her stuff. Sladics took the triple-crown win: best overall in snow, skate and surf combined points.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Assn. threw its 18th annual Waterman’s Ball recently and raised more than $500,000 for a bunch of good causes and organizations pertaining to the environment. They also gave some major awards that night: Environmentalist of the Year award went to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, whose motto is “Save Our Oceans.”

The Waterman of the Year award went to H.B. resident and four-time world champ Lisa Andersen. Lifetime Achievement award went to Hawaii’s Randy Rarick, and Special Achievement award to eight-time world champ Kelly Slater, who gave a big speech, too. Congrats.

The Boost Mobile presented by Hurley, the WCT event, is slated for Trestles Sept. 9 to 15. The top 45 will be on hand, plus some hot wild cards.

Going into this event, Australian Mick Fanning is No. 1 in the standings and is looking for his first win at Lowers. Last year, Aussie dark horse Bede Durbidge won, scoring the huge upset over favorite Kelly Slater.

Local surfer and former West Coast champ Jeff Combs, the lead singer of the Standard band, played at Bear Nutz last Saturday night to a full-capacity, raging crowd. And the NSSA kicks off their new season at Ninth Street this weekend.

Fig over and out.

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