This past weekend marked the end of the regular season contest series for Volcom Stones Totally Crustaceous Tour in US with the Starfish Surf Series, and boy was it a doozy. Fittingly so the final contest on the schedule this year took us back to were it all started in the home stomping ground of Newport Beach’s 54th St.. With Volcom being housed right up the street and the history this wave has with the TCT, the tours regular season could not be more appropriately capped off.
Aryn Ferris. Surfs sooooo good. Style, don't forget style kids.
The crew rolled into Surfside Sports right around the corner from Volcom’s HQ on Friday afternoon and got all setup for the pre-event signup party along with the crew from Wienerschnitzel providing free dawgs for the pack of frothing Grommies. The Groms packed in to Surfside’s parking lot to play some games, ride some skateboards, snag some swag from Volcom, Penny Skateboards, Rev’d Bar, and of course have some free fun from all! Not to mention while all this was going on we signed up about 100 competitors for the following mornings event that was filling up quickly!
Huge thank you to Surfside Sports and Wienerschnitzel for a great Pre-Party!
Saturday morning brought calm winds, super fun clean peaky waves at 54th, and a whole beach of fired up competitors chomping at the bit to get the event going. Everyone pitched in a hand to help our pumped up staff and next thing we knew the contest was up and running in no time. We sent the Juniors out first to test the waters and get eyes on what was in store for the rest of the day…a very high level of surfing and an event loaded with local and regional talent from all over the state. Everyone vying for those coveted final spots in this years Volcom TCT Champs at River Jetties and Lower Trestles in June.
Larry Layback showing off the fins for the ladies!
It was all fun and games until Mother Nature threw us a heater of a curve ball. California is not particularly know for its East Coast style, out of nowhere, violent squalls. This day proved to be different and we had some weather come in being pushed by very strong winds, not to fret though our talented staff and helpful bystanders we were able to batten down the hatches, keep the contest pushing, and the competitors did not let the weather phase them one bit, they just kept on ripping!
If this doesn't just make you go awwwwwww...you have no soul. The Squids are the BEST!
We moved right into the finals and the competitors just kept raising the bar with the advancing rounds. When the event was all said and done Cole McCaffay snagged a win in the crowd favorite squids divison. Keanu Igarashi took the title with a dominating performance in a huge Groms division that started with 10 heats in the morning. The girls division was impressive as usual with Tiare Thompson snagging the win in the finals and securing her spot in this years TCT Champs. Next up was the Juniors final where we saw Parker Cohn snag the win in a highly contested division. Last but not least we had the Pro-Am final where Matt Passaquindici took home the win in drifty choppy conditions that still provided some diamonds in the rough that not of these competitors let sneak by un-ridden, that was an action packed final!
The little guys didn't seem to be affected by the windy conditions. Cole MacCaffay capping off the end section.
Thank you once again Newport for being you and keeping us on our toes. Special thank you to Surfside Sports for providing us a great pre-event signup party and location and allowing us to have some fun with the Groms. Also a huge thank you to all the competitors and their families for coming out and making this Starfish Surf Series so special!! See you at Champs!!!
Try and find the adult. I'll wait. Crazy Jeff and the frothiest Groms!
Kevin Meza seemed to be in tune with the choppy conditions all day.
Peter Piper and his loyal followers.
Jack Boyes has a progressive bag of tricks. Fears no wind squall.
Groms learning how to lay the wood!
Said it before and will say it again. A good bottom turn is the key to it all.
Games!? I Love games!! Jeff Richardson and the game squad.
The little bowls at 54th St. still had some powerful little corners on them.
Matt Passaquindici on a fin free ride to a first place final.
She's a looker, these Volcom TCT Starfish Surf Series events.
Full commitment and complete disregard for fin systems.
The weather may not have been anything to write home about come end of the day, but Matt Passaquindici's performance sure was.
Smiling. Happy. All these kids walked away with goodies from PENNY SKATEBOARD, KICKER, OAM and many more!
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Winning and locking down his spot in the champs, Matt Passaquindici!
1. Matt Passaquindici - $500.00
2. Eros Earahou
3. Jack Boyes
4. Jay Christenson
5. Bronson Wheelan
6. Kevin Meza
1. Parker Cohn
2. David Economos
3. Will Reid
4. Jarik Fink
5. Noah Atwood
6. Brock Piro
1. Keanu Igarashi
2. Ben Seaberry
3. Dagon Stagg
4. Sage Burke
5. Dylan Hord
6. Peter Stewart
1. Cole McCaffay
2. Ryder Fish
3. Ryder Salberg
4. Miles Biggs
5. Noah Steinmetz
6. Cannon Carr
1. Tiare Thomson
2. Malia Osertcamp
3. Ella McCaffray
4. Kayla Coscino
5. Kloee Oponshaw
6. Becca Standt
It was super clean with plenty of ramps before the weather rolled in. Kevin Meza taking advantage.
All photos provided by: Landon Knight
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Posted on 04/27/15