Aaron Cormican Wins Blue Ribbon Pro

Aaron Cormican | Photo Logan Bowles

Aaron Cormican | Photo Logan Bowles

Tuesday Dec 22, 2009

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The first annual PBR PRO went on this past Thursday and Friday at the
Jacksonville Beach, Pier. The event was limited to 64 contestants with a
$10,000 cash purse! Needless to say the best of the best surfers were in
attendance.

With a solid 3-5 ft E/NE swell and names like Bryan Hewitson, Asher Nolan,
Adam Wickwire, Aaron Cormican and fresh off a plane from Hawaii Gabe Kling,
the stage was set for an amazing event! Due to 10K on the line and the
talent packed line-up, any one of the early round heats could have easily
been mistaken for an insane final. All day Thursday we saw tons of early
upsets along with some incredible surfing as competitors battled their way
through into the second day¹s money rounds.

Blake Jones | Photo Logan Bowles

Blake Jones | Photo Logan Bowles

Friday morning started off with howling SE winds and monsoonal rain. The
waves had almost doubled in size and there was a strong drift ripping right
through the pier. The contest was off for the morning with the next call at
12 noon. After studying the local weather channels it looked like we could
have a glimmer of hope for the afternoon. Spirits were optimistic and
everyone was hoping for the best. When lunchtime rolled around and everyone
arrived at the scene there was no doubt that the contest was on! The weather
had cleared and the waves started pumping with solid overhead sets coming
through on the outside sandbar. All the boys were ripping but Asher, Hewy,
and Cormican were starting to make there intentions clear as they dominated
heat after heat. By the time the semi’s rolled around the sun was out and
the beach and pier were both packed with spectators, photographers and news
stations all coming out to witness the big show in solid surf.

Semi #1 saw Hewitson and Cormican taking out Gabe Kling and Brady McKenzie
with huge hacks by Hewitson and gravity defying airs by Cormican. Semi #2
saw Blake Jones, Justin Jones, Asher Nolan, and Jeremy Johnson going to war
in the solid surf. It was a close heat but Asher and Blake came out
victorious and moved on to the final.

Asher Nolan | Photo Logan Bowles

Asher Nolan | Photo Logan Bowles

By 5pm the surf was still going off and the final was set. Asher Nolan,
Blake Jones, Aaron Cormican, and Bryan Hewitson were set to do battle for
the $4,000 first prize check, plus an executive VIP NASCAR 500 package
presented by Redbull and of course a cold case of Pabst Blue Ribbon. As the
opening buzzer blew Asher and Cormican got right to work taking off on some
overhead bombs right next to the Pier. Hewitson and Jones stayed just to the
south waiting for the peak that had been supplying them with head high walls
all day long. The final was tight with all of the competitors getting
amazing waves, but when the dust settled it was Aaron Cormican walking away
with the first place trophy.

PBR PRO proudly presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon, GHive.com, SurfJaxPier.com &
Landshark Cafe. A big thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make this
event happen: Aqua East surf shop, Sunrise surf shop, O’neill, Smith Optics,
Mellow Mushroom, Kechele Surfboards, Cannibal Surfboards, Vestal Watches,
Sector 9, Donovan Heat and Air, Tragic clothing, and Paco’s Mexican Grille.

RESULTS:

1st Aaron Cormican $4,000

2nd Asher Nolan $2,000

3rd Blake Jones $1,250

4th Bryan Hewitson $750

5th Gabe Kling $400

5th Jeremy Johnson $400

7th Brady McKenzie $225

7th Justin Jones $225

9th Adam Wickwire $150

9th Jensen Calloway $150

9th Ryan Briggs $150

9th Kyle Garson $150

11th Jon Leaf $100

11th Eric Taylor $100

11th Nils Schwizer $100

11th Lucas Rogers $100

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For full event results, photos, video and more check out
www.PBRPRO.com