The morning setup with the crowd starting to roll in.
What a heck of a week in the Garden State. The Volcom TCT Jellyfish Surf Series went down this past weekend with smaller surf but no lack of stiff competition and good times for all. We also got a chance to have our pre-event signup party in one of the coolest and most historical venues the state has to offer in the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. There wasn’t much about the weekend that wasn’t memorable.
Stone Man....about to take a beating.
Friday night we rolled into Asbury Park to set up the pre-event signup party and also help the Volcom East crew with the evenings Psychic Migrations movie premier. The theater is something like a time capsule for talented artists, performers, and historical enthusiasts alike. The place is both awe-inspiring and stand up the hair on the back of your neck creepy with all the stories the staff told us. The theatre holds something like 1600+ people and there was hardly an empty seat in the house to watch local legend Mike Gleason get some killer tubes. We haven’t heard that many hoots and hollers and in a long time.
The competitors where giving the party barge high fives all day.
With some pretty stiff winds and weather forecast on Saturday we ended up moving the event to Sunday, and the weather was perfect all day. The surf was a little smaller but still very contestable; especially when the tide dropped out and the sandbars at Manasquan Inlet had a chance to show their unique form. There is a cool wedge style wave that breaks there and the competitors at this years TCT Jellyfish event gave the place a solid going over.
Breakfast...and it's friend Mrs. Ed.
The event powered on and the surfing was strong all day, thankfully for us the wind cooperated as well. Simon Hetrick was in great form all day and ended up taking the win the highly contested Juniors Division; which was no surprise to almost anyone that saw his heats throughout the day. He was ripping. The always crowd favorite Squids Division were surfing great all day as well and in the end CJ Mangio ended up with the win, while Maddie Ryan got her win and spot in the TCT Global Champs with great surfing in the Girls division. The Groms Division was loaded with talented competitors as well and Jake Dematteo snagged a win in the final heat of the day over some tough competition. Last but not least were the big kids, the Pro-Am Division. This was a heated battle in the finals and Spencer Bridges ended up with the win and a spot in Champs this June at Lower Trestles with solid surfing in tricky conditions.
Evan Brownell made the long trip up from FL to spread a little Seacow love with the Jellyfishers.
A huge Volcomgratulations to all the competitors and qualifiers at this years TCT Jellyfish in Manasquan New Jersey. We also would like to thank everyone for coming out to the pre-event signup party and Psychic Migrations movie premier in Asbury Park. That was a night to remember and we’re pretty sure the whole NJ surf community was there to celebrate the night and support their favorite surfer. Also thank you to all the competitors and families for coming down to the beach and making the event another one for the books. This has been one heck of an East Coast run and we can’t wait to come back next year. See you all at Lowers!!
You're going directly to jail, don't pass go, don't collect $200.
Jude Clark with a nice look at some rail work in the Juniors final.
This is how you antique an entire group of people at once. Thank you Toro leaf blowers.
The squids, got to love the squids.
The Squids finalists!
Weird sand settling warrants weird front flipping. Chiropractors dream photo.
Simon Hetric with a little Ocean City lip bash en route to a win for the Juniors division.
Trophies for the Kids.
Evan Brownell with a little southern hook up north in New Jersey.
Spencer Bridges sporting a big check, big smile, and big ole handful of cash!
Special Thanks Goes Out To Our Product Sponsors:
NEW ERA CAP
1. Spencer Bridges - $500.00 - Lowers Qualified
2. Pat Schmidt - Lowers Qualified
3. Zack Beaupan
4. Cooper Fortney
5. Pat Parenty
6. Jake Fritz
1. Simon Hetric - Lowers Qualified
2. Jude Clark - Lowers Qualified
3. Evan Brownell
4. Keton Fortney
5. Paul Fran
6. Lars Hamilton
1. Jake Dematteo - Lowers Qualified
2. Cole Deveney - Lowers Qualified
3. Chase Lieder
4. Drew Caraccialo
5. Quin Battalgliese
6. Bobby Thompson
1. CJ Mangio - Lowers Qualified
2. Jesse Hulsact - Lowers Qualified
3. Charlie Weiman
4. Setan Iglay
5. Ryan Tracy
6. Ty Collins
1. Maddie Ryan - Lowers Qualified
2. Emma Krasowski - Lowers Qualified
3. Alexa Muss
4. Brooke Baldasare
5. Julia Colins
6. Delaney Sudol
Your champions of the day!
All photos provided by: Carter McCoy
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Posted on 10/14/15