A former alumni member, Jeff Deffenbaugh, surfed for Huntington Beach High School and East Coast ripper Hunter Heverly surfed it up for Katin.
And even little Kanoa Igarashi slashed a few for the Pac Sun Team to name a few. Some former winners — the “Ambassador” South African Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, who took the win as an amateur and pro, the “Rubber Man” Larry Bertleman twin finning to victory one year, and can’t forget about Hawaii’s Michael Ho picking off some bombs, back in the day. No results as of press time yet; stay tuned.
Over in Florida, the first w.q.s. event of 2009 has concluded — the four-star O’Neill Sebastion Inlet Pro. The overall points winner on the w.q.s. from Oxnard, Nathaniel Curran started off where he left off — taking the win. Curran found a few runners down the beach, slashing some turns, punting some airs flawlessly to the likes of the crowd. Hot on his heels was Aaron Cormican, who almost pulled a big air named after him, a Gorkin Flip, beside some other nice turns, to place second. Third was up-and-coming Floridian Blake Jones, who landed a nice reverse air, just back from Oz from the world junior championships. And rounding out the top four spots was veteran Cory Lopez, who was going off too. Huntington Beach’s Peter Townend did the announcing and at the end told spectators they’d just witnessed one of the finest displays of high performance small wave surfing in competitive history.
The surf in Hawaii was big enough to hold the Quiksilver big wave Eddie contest, 25 feet, but conditions were thrashed with heavy winds, so it’s still on hold for mo betta days and up north here in Cali, Mavericks broke, but was deemed not big enough to hold the event.
Well, that’s it for now, Fig over and out.
RICK FIGNETTI is a 10-time West Coast champion and a longtime KROQ-FM surfologist. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at (714) 536-1058.