2.1 – 3 to the beach

Bruce Irons Goes Two For Three Too bad we weren’t there to see it.

As this is being written we’re under a deadline – so normally it would say Breaking News. But the reality is we weren’t in Hawai’i for any of these events. We’re gonna pretend we were there by using information from the press releases.

Then I would say something like, “Not satisfied with beating his brother and winning the Da Hui V – land Shootout, Bruce Irons came damn close to winning the Billabong Pro Junior on Maui, and then rallied back to win the Xcel Pro at Sunset.

“The only reason Irons didn’t win the Billabong Junior World Championship was because Joel Parkinson was getting scores like 9.9 out of a possible ten in his first time ever at the long rights of Honolua Bay. Besides Parkinson in first, the all – star – filled final included Irons in second, Damien Hobgood in third, and fourteen – year – old Dustin Cuizon in fourth.”

Then pretending we had microphone in Parkinson’s face we’d get the quote off the release that says, “I’ve never surfed against Bruce before and I was really looking forward to it.”

As for the Xcel Pro, we called our Hawai’ian Editor Pete Johnson for the lowdown. Pete said Nick Wood – who was a surfing prodigy and then disappeared – was ripping the contest and definitely stood out. He also said Bruce paddled out for his final without a board caddie and broke his board on the first wave. North Shore lifeguard Mike Hart, who was surfing between the semis and finals with Brock Little, suddenly became Bruce’s caddie and loaned him his board. Apparently Bruce’s first two waves were incredible barrels – on a board he just borrowed with no logos. Here are the results:

Billabong World Juniors Championships, Honolua Bay, Maui

1. Joel Parkinson

2. Bruce Irons

3. Damien Hobgood

4. Dustin Cuizon

5. Mikala Jones, Jamie O’Brien (tie)

7. Tom Whitaker, Daniel Hardman (tie)

Xcel Pro, Sunset Beach, O’ahu

1. Bruce Irons

2. Nick Wood

3. Braden Dias

4. Jesse Merle – Jones

That Floyd Really Blows Hurricane Floyd forces Easterns to resume in October.

When the ESA Easterns got underway in September, good ol’ Hurricane Floyd made sure the adult divisions of the contest had perfectly shitty conditions. Floyd’s humping of the East Coast forced a postponement of the younger divisions with competition resuming October 23¿24 on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Their month – long wait paid off with head – high surf conditions and brisk northwest winds the entire weekend of the contest – good waves come to those who wait. – Aaron Checkwood

Girls

1. Sara Willis

2. Jamie DeWitt

3. Erika Dippolito

4. Eileen O’Conner

5. Kira Sheppard

6. Mary Paine

Menehune

1. Jeremy Johnston

2. Drew Moye

3. Ben Bobbitt

4. Tyler Abbatiello

5. Matt Wetmore

6. Chris Oliver

Boys

1. Alek Parker

2. Eric Taylor

3. Justin Jones

4. Coley Ferguson

5. David Awbry

6. Gary Wheeler

7. Alexander Morton

8. Peter Kaasa

Junior Men

1. M.J. Marsh

2. Jonathon Flick

3. Mike Sullivan

4. Kyle Jacobus

5. Brendan Gannon

6. Robbie Blevins

7. Ryan Kimmel

8. Matt Hardesty

Men

1. Jimmy Blumenfeld

2. Justin Schub

3. Randy Townsend

4. Peter Nelson

5. Eric Hatton

6. Luke Ditella

7. Harlie Stevens

8. Brian Carpenter

Open

1. Corey Sapp

2. Matt Gilligan

3. Jerry Burdine

4. Jason Venn

5. Harlie Stevens

6. Eric Hatton

7. Todd Pace

8. Todd Youngblood

Summer Series UpdateRatings can be deceiving – ask Blair Marlin.

Contest ratings are a funny thing. Why? Because a majority of competitive surfers are irresponsible. Jake “Roundhouse” Rutherford may be the best surfer in history, but the fact he had a party in New Jersey during a contest in California allowed Alvin “Off The Top” Edwards to win the series. You get my point? The top are guys are the top guys, however, a big hole in your standing screws everything up.

Take TW SURF‘s boy – toy Blair Marlin. According to the Volcom Starfish series ratings, Blair Marlin finished 34th. And you ask how can this be? Well, a good look at the event – by – event points reveals Mr. Marlin only surfed event number six obtaining a respectable 590 points (I think a final) and getting a well – deserved shitball overall.

Last summer there were a lot of contests due to the efforts of manufacturers like Hurley, Quiksilver, and Volcom. Volcom got creative and decided they’d go a little nuts and sponsor a series up and down the coast with names like Starfish, Blowfish, and Goldfish. In other words, you were given plenty of chances to avoid the mess they call Newport, bro.

Companies like Volcom make it so that if you’re a competitive surfer, you have no reason to complain about accessibility – contests were everywhere last summer and you were too busy putting sponsor stickers on your board to notice.

There were a lot of people and a lot of contests so there’s not too much room for placings beyond sixth – sorry. – Aaron Checkwood

Volcom Starfish Series – Newport

1. Zack Keenan

2. Peter Rangel

3. Josh Hoyer

4. Ben Brough

5. Dave Post

6. Travis Mellum, Geoff Moysa (tie)

34. Blair Marlin

133. Mike “Fart Grom” Guarino

Volcom Blowfish Series – San Diego

1. Nick Kovack

2. Roger Jeffrey

3. J.D. Carlson

4. Ben Mc Brien

5. C.J. Watkins

6. Danny O’Connell

Volcom Goldfish Series – Central California

Men

1. Carl Holm

2. Walter Cerney

3. Greg Pobst

Juniors

1. Trevor Hischier

2. Killian Garland

3. Kyle Blickley

Groms

1. Shawn Dudley

2. Killian Garland

3. Eric Shrader

Quiksilver Summer Series at 54th Street in Newport Beach

Six Contests

Men

1. Morgan “The Ratings Can’t Be” Wright

2. Yves Bright

3. C.T. Taylor

4. Mike Hoisington

5. Tim Frisk

6. Tim Reyes

Groms

1. Cheyne Magnusson

2. Darryl Goodrum

3. Patrick Gudauskas

4. Dane Gudauskas

5. Mike Klein

6. Tanner Gudauskas

The Hurley and Jack’s Surf Shop Huntington Beach Pro/Am Surf Series The ratings have two contests to go.

Boys

1. Willie Safreed

2. Chad Andino

3. Chris Waring

4. Matt McDonnell, Ricky Whitlock (tie)

5. Michael Frank

Juniors

1. Justin Brescia

2. Jon Gorak

3. Mikey Nitti

4. Shawn Ward, Brandon Long (tie)

5. Nate Moeiney

Men

1. Chad Labass

2. Chris Burdine

3. Ronny Brim

4. Dave Price

5. Benny Williams

6. Mark Beaty

Pro/Am

1. Jeff Deffenbaugh

2. Barry Deffenbaugh, Chris Lynch (tie)

4. Richie Collins

5. Asher Nolan

6. Mike Hoisington

The V – Land Shootout

As the whole surf world knows, October through May is surf season in Hawai’i (meaning big waves, braddah). Each year there’re six big contests held on the North Shore. The things that make these big contests are big money, big waves, and big exposure. This year a new contest was added to the list. This contest was The V – Land Shootout.

I’d have to say this was the biggest and best contest I’ve ever been in, but I’m only sixteen. I’ll be talking about the events that went on in this two – day charade (sounds like a drug bust or something). The holding period for this contest was October 18 through the 28. The first day of the contest was epic. It was

about five – foot V – Land and guys like Bruce Irons, Kai Henry, Andy Irons, and Kamalei Alexander were going loonytoons.

Out of all this ripping, the thing that stood out the most to me was the surfing of Perry Turnbull (young North Shore ripper). As he amped out, he told me this: “I’d rather get drilled on a bomb than get a sick barrel. I would rather visualize everyone on the beach going, ‘Oh, shit!’”

As I watched his heat, I saw a huge set approaching. Then the next thing I know, I saw Perry in position and paddling like a crazed villain. He stood up and the beast bottomed out from under him. He jumped, but as he free – fell, the lip and Perry connected. Boom! Oblivion. Everyone on the beached cheered. As he came up from the first wave of the heat (the gnarliest wave of the contest, “Betsy,” as I called it), two pieces popped up with him. He surfed the rest of the heat on my five – eight (which was about a half – foot too small) and got some sick ones.

Andy Irons and Kamalei Alexander were killing it in the first round. I saw flashes of brilliance from both of them. I started my second heat off with a pretty good wave and was paddling back out all happy, when suddenly, my joy was cut short from a devil by the name of Bruce Irons. As I watched him traveling, I saw a section on the shoulder pinch. Then I saw his outline for a second and thought, “Oh, yes! He ate it!”, but halfway though my relief he popped out of nowhere. As the heat went on, I got another little barrel, but Bruce was destroying. It was salt in the wound for me.

The second day wasn’t as big, but it was still epic – about a three – foot west swell. The first heat I saw Dayton Segundo get the sickest barrell of the day. As I watched ies – Central California

Men

1. Carl Holm

2. Walter Cerney

3. Greg Pobst

Juniors

1. Trevor Hischier

2. Killian Garland

3. Kyle Blickley

Groms

1. Shawn Dudley

2. Killian Garland

3. Eric Shrader

Quiksilver Summer Series at 54th Street in Newport Beach

Six Contests

Men

1. Morgan “The Ratings Can’t Be” Wright

2. Yves Bright

3. C.T. Taylor

4. Mike Hoisington

5. Tim Frisk

6. Tim Reyes

Groms

1. Cheyne Magnusson

2. Darryl Goodrum

3. Patrick Gudauskas

4. Dane Gudauskas

5. Mike Klein

6. Tanner Gudauskas

The Hurley and Jack’s Surf Shop Huntington Beach Pro/Am Surf Series The ratings have two contests to go.

Boys

1. Willie Safreed

2. Chad Andino

3. Chris Waring

4. Matt McDonnell, Ricky Whitlock (tie)

5. Michael Frank

Juniors

1. Justin Brescia

2. Jon Gorak

3. Mikey Nitti

4. Shawn Ward, Brandon Long (tie)

5. Nate Moeiney

Men

1. Chad Labass

2. Chris Burdine

3. Ronny Brim

4. Dave Price

5. Benny Williams

6. Mark Beaty

Pro/Am

1. Jeff Deffenbaugh

2. Barry Deffenbaugh, Chris Lynch (tie)

4. Richie Collins

5. Asher Nolan

6. Mike Hoisington

The V – Land Shootout

As the whole surf world knows, October through May is surf season in Hawai’i (meaning big waves, braddah). Each year there’re six big contests held on the North Shore. The things that make these big contests are big money, big waves, and big exposure. This year a new contest was added to the list. This contest was The V – Land Shootout.

I’d have to say this was the biggest and best contest I’ve ever been in, but I’m only sixteen. I’ll be talking about the events that went on in this two – day charade (sounds like a drug bust or something). The holding period for this contest was October 18 through the 28. The first day of the contest was epic. It was

about five – foot V – Land and guys like Bruce Irons, Kai Henry, Andy Irons, and Kamalei Alexander were going loonytoons.

Out of all this ripping, the thing that stood out the most to me was the surfing of Perry Turnbull (young North Shore ripper). As he amped out, he told me this: “I’d rather get drilled on a bomb than get a sick barrel. I would rather visualize everyone on the beach going, ‘Oh, shit!’”

As I watched his heat, I saw a huge set approaching. Then the next thing I know, I saw Perry in position and paddling like a crazed villain. He stood up and the beast bottomed out from under him. He jumped, but as he free – fell, the lip and Perry connected. Boom! Oblivion. Everyone on the beached cheered. As he came up from the first wave of the heat (the gnarliest wave of the contest, “Betsy,” as I called it), two pieces popped up with him. He surfed the rest of the heat on my five – eight (which was about a half – foot too small) and got some sick ones.

Andy Irons and Kamalei Alexander were killing it in the first round. I saw flashes of brilliance from both of them. I started my second heat off with a pretty good wave and was paddling back out all happy, when suddenly, my joy was cut short from a devil by the name of Bruce Irons. As I watched him traveling, I saw a section on the shoulder pinch. Then I saw his outline for a second and thought, “Oh, yes! He ate it!”, but halfway though my relief he popped out of nowhere. As the heat went on, I got another little barrel, but Bruce was destroying. It was salt in the wound for me.

The second day wasn’t as big, but it was still epic – about a three – foot west swell. The first heat I saw Dayton Segundo get the sickest barrell of the day. As I watched him air – drop into V – bowl, I thought he got his lunch three times, but then he came flying out with cheers from the beach. Due to snakes in my heat, I didn’t get many good ones. You know who you are (tight asses). My friend Kui Lee Murphy destroyed his heat with a flurry of snaps and mind – boggling cutbacks. Nainoa Surratt must’ve gotten barreled on every wave I saw him catch.

On October 28, the winners were announced. First place went to Bruce Irons, second place to Andy Irons (he will have his revenge), and third place to Kai Henry. For the team event, Volcom came in first, with Straight Edge edging second place. I’d just like to say thanks a lot, Eddie, for putting me in the contest. Much mahalos.

– Garrett Bonnerhed him air – drop into V – bowl, I thought he got his lunch three times, but then he came flying out with cheers from the beach. Due to snakes in my heat, I didn’t get many good ones. You know who you are (tight asses). My friend Kui Lee Murphy destroyed his heat with a flurry of snaps and mind – boggling cutbacks. Nainoa Surratt must’ve gotten barreled on every wave I saw him catch.

On October 28, the winners were announced. First place went to Bruce Irons, second place to Andy Irons (he will have his revenge), and third place to Kai Henry. For the team event, Volcom came in first, with Straight Edge edging second place. I’d just like to say thanks a lot, Eddie, for putting me in the contest. Much mahalos.

– Garrett Bonner

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