The best way to start off a great contest weekend is with a good ole fashioned pre-event signup party, which we got underway in usual Volcom TCT style. Friday afternoon the crew rolled into Hansens Surfboards in Encinitas and before we knew it the BBQ was fired up, the Groms were playing games of skate, and the good times were a plenty. After signing up half of the overall competitors in 2 hours everyone was amping and couldn’t wait for Saturday. Especially after taking a peep at the swell forecast.
Yeah, so it was this good...
The next morning bright and early we rolled in the Seaside Reef parking lot to see what we already expected, really fun looking, consistent surf. The day was looking up from the start. Right behind our convoy was a plethora of frothing Groms ready to help get the event site set up and get the heats in the water! First up was the Juniors division, and they made it known theirs was an act that was going to be tough to follow. There was such a great turnout we ran double beach heats from the first one almost all the way through the day.
Seaside Reef always brings a multi-talented group of frothing Groms, Levi Slawson and firecracker hair are in the category!
We pushed on through the day with tons of great waves throughout, and equally high scores to match. One thing can be said about the Blowfish Surf Series at Seaside Reef, it lacks no showing of great surfers chomping at the bit. Mother Nature blessed us with calm winds, bright sunshine, and consistently good surf all day just to help.
The surf continued to pump all day, Griffen Foy... Little dude big turn!
Moving into the end of the day spectators lined the seating area by the guard tower and packed the beaches to see what the remaining competitors had left in the tank. This was surely going to be an action packed finals all the way around! The Reef was firing and Palli’s was pumping as well, everyone was frothing.
The rocky beach setup at Seaside always make for a great viewing arena.
When it was all said and done Evan Gallen left with the grape juice shower for the crowd favorite Squids division, while Griffen Foy took top honors in the shredding Groms divison. Moving on Kirra Pinkerton snagged a win in the highly contested Girls division. Our final two divisions saw an always ripping Kei Kobayashi come over from Hawaii to snag the top honors in Juniors to seal up a seat at champs, and a very elated and ever deserving Kevin Schulz drenched in sparkling grape juice with a cool $500 to take home for the win in the Pro-Am division.
Jonah Carter fins out and giving the right the ole "going over."
Many thanks go out to everyone for coming down and making this years Volcom TCT Blowfish Surf Series, yet another great event. Thank you to our sponsors and also Hansens Surfboards for the continued support and we look forward to what’s next!
Our good friends at Wienerschnitzel provided lunch for all 210 competitors and then some!
When the surf is this good it's fun to see the groms using their power game. Jack Boyes on the backhand.
So he was going really really fast. Carlos Carpenter hits the e-brake.
The groms at Seaside are so rad we had to Watermelon Award them twice! Isiak Day and Cal Corn smiles for miles.
How can you not love the Squids division, these kids are the future!
Here are you Blowfish Surf Series Squids division winners, full froth.
You mind surf, Griffen Foy will make it reality.
If this spread doesn't make you want to reach the finals, nothing will.
The end sections of a Seaside Reef wave provide a perfect canvas for any finishing maneuver. Kadin Panesi showing us the ropes!
Kei Kobayashi, Griffen Foy, Kirra Pinkerton. Winner, Winner, Winner. Chicken for dinner.
Kevin Schulz, sweet turn, sweet lighting, sweet victory.
Let it rain sparkling cider gods, let it rain. Kevin Schulz reaping the rewards.
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That right there is a big batch of finalists! Congratulations a plenty.
1. Kevin Schulz - $500.00
2. Tommy Wehsener
3. Wyatt Brady
4. Danny Berk
5. Jonah Carter
6. Bronson Wheeler
1. Kei Kobayashi
2. Curran Dand
3. Colin Deveze
4. Connor Dand
5. Gunner Day
6. Jonah Pierce
1. Griffen Foy
2. Noah Hill
3. Levi Slawson
4. Kade Matson
5. Jackson Butler
6. Ryan Martin
1. Evan Gallen
2. Bane Corbett
3. Cal Corn
4. Gavin Frank
5. Harrison Gardner
6. John Bro
1. Kirra Pinkerton
2. Alyssa Spencer
3. Samantha Lamirand
4. Tiare Thompson
5. Alexxa Elssevi
6. Kiana Fores
Isiak Day and Cal Corn
Raymond loves to hear his voice, and everyone loves the product toss!!
All photos provided by: Kenny Morris
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Posted on 01/22/15