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Surprise winners in Spyder/South Bay Boardriders Hermosa contest

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Kevin Holmes surfs Hermosa

Kevin Holmes makes a statement with his 10-foot quad on his way to winning the legends division. Photo by Pete Henze (PeteHenze@gmail.com)

Some predictable results, some surprises and plenty of enthusiasm carried over from the previous two seasons marked the start of the 2012-13 South Bay Boardriders Contest Series on Saturday. The contest was sponsored by Spyder Surf at the Hermosa Beach pier. The surf was a consistent, two-to three foot with smooth conditions throughout the day.

Under the predictable heading was former South High standout Natalie Anzivino winning the open women’s division. Anzivino won five of last season’s six contest. Anzivino sealed her win by smacking the lip and then shooting the pier on one of the day’s few head-high waves.

Also predictable was Sean Burrell’s win in the open men’s division. Burrell used his signature speed in the generally soft waves to erase memories of his collapse in last season’s final contest, which cost him the 2011-2012 series title.

Don Wilson Dog Town surfer

Donny Wilson gives a Dog Town salute to the South Bay while winning the open men’s division. Photo by Pete Henze (PeteHenze@gmail.com)

Totally unpredictable was Kevin Holmes somehow tucking his 250-pound-plus frame, along with his 10-foot-long, 5-inch-thick four fin into multiple barrels to win not only the legends preliminary heat, but also the legends finals. Holmes banished perennial finalist Derek Levy to second place and former pro Mike Purpus to third.

Another surprise winner was Billy Atkinson, who finished ninth overall in the microgroms division (nine and under) last season. In his first move up to the groms division (12 and under), the Redondo 10-year-old won his opening heat, took second in the semi finals and surged into first in the finals.

The micro grom division was won by Matthew Hahn, who last year needed his dad to push him into waves, but this year was paddling in on his own.

Lifeguard Tom Seth

Ironman Tom Seth. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

If there was an ironman award, it would have gone to Tom Seth. The Los Angeles County lifeguard upset former Mira Costa stars Mike Siordia and Tommy Ostendorf to win the longboard division and then placed third in both the open mens and masters (40 to 49). Dog Town veteran Donny Wilson won the masters.

Over half of the approximately 150 competitors were 14-years-old or younger, evidence that the club is succeeding in its goal of reestablishing the South Bay as a breeding ground to top level surfers.

The next SBBC contest is sponsored by ET Surf and will held January 5 at 6th Street in Manhattan Beach. Contests are open to none members. For more information visit SouthBayBoardriders.com.

SBBC Surf Series Spyder-Waterman’s Contest #1 Results 12.08.12
Open Mens Open Womens Juniors (18 & under)
1st Shaun Burrell 1st Natalie Anzivino 1st Haruyoshi Shibutani
2nd Dane Zaun 2nd Julie Hernandez 2nd Chris Stimpfl
3rd Tom Seth 3rd Sara Kohrogi 3rd Codee Stamis
4th Warren Kushner 4th Cassidy Beukema 4th Wyatt Boyd
5th Kent Nishiya 5th Jessi Duston 5th Kyle Brown
6th Tommy Ostendorf 6th Jordan Wible 6th Kenta Elwell
Boys (14 & under) Grom (12 & under) Micro-Grom (9 & under)
1st Hudson Ritchie 1st Billy Atkinson 1st Matthew Hahn
2nd Nick Ferrara 2nd Luke Snyder 2nd Miles Gaffney
3rd Kyle Beatty 3rd Cole Trejo 3rd Jake Rosenberg
4th Cody Purcell 4th Alex Iantuono 4th Nina Chang
5th Ryan Ulrich 5th Shane Moseley 5th Victor Katz
6th Shane Crow 6th Alex Fry 6th Joey Samuelian
Open Longboard  Masters (40 – 49) Legends (50 +)
1st Tom Seth 1st Donny Wilson 1st Kevin Holmes
2nd Mike Siordia 2nd Dave Schaefer 2nd Derek Levy
3rd Tommy Ostendorf 3rd Tom Seth 3rd Mike Purpus
4th Hudson Ritchie 4th Matt Walls 4th Don Miller
5th Scott Bredesen 5th Warren Kushner 5th Bob Sievers
6th Dave Schaefer 6th Chris Rodrigues 6th John Ward
Junior Girls (18 & Under)
1st Sara Khorogi
2nd Juli Hernandez
3rd Chanelle Catuogno
4th Emily Seth
5th Jennifer Doyle
6th Jordan Wible