Near gale force winds were still blowing when set up began at 5 a.m. Saturday morning for the Becker Surf/South Bay Boardriders. But there was never a thought about canceling the contest, said contest marshal Wright Adiza.
The challenge was paddling out. By 7 a.m. when the first heats began the wind had stopped, but overhead waves were marching in at six second intervals. The relentless white water, coupled with a fast moving current sweeping south, humbled more than a few contestants into settling for soup sliding to record the two waves needed to advance.
But as the tide receded the paddleout became easier and the waves remained plentiful. Eventual open men’s winner Matt Pagan popped up so often in the 25 minute final that the judges were concerned he’d exceed the 10 wave limit. He stopped at nine. The other five finalists — Shaun Burrell, Jamie Meistrell, Tom Seth, Dayton Silva and Kent Nishiya — also approached the 10-wave limit.
Following the contest, Pagan took on the role of sponsor, presenting women’s open winner Natalie Anzivino and Junior Boys winner with awards for best maneuvers. Pagan and his brother Mike operate the surf web site One4LA.com.
There was no ironman award. But if there were one, it would have gone to Tom Seth. The LA County lifeguard won the masters division, finished third in the longboard division and fourth in the open division. His daughter Emily nearly matched her dad’s effort with a third in the junior women’s and a fourth in the women’s open.
The fourth contest in the six-contest series is April 13 in El Porto. Surf Concepts is the sponsor. For more information visit SouthBayBoardriders.com DZ
|SBBC South Bay Surf Series Becker Contest #4 – 03/09/13|
|Open Mens||Open Womens||Juniors (18 & under)|
|1st||Matt Pagen||1st||Natalie Anzivino **||1st||Peter Healey **|
|2nd||Shaun Burrell||2nd||Rachel Tominaga||2nd||Jack Rowan|
|3rd||Jamie Meistrell||3rd||Maddie LaMonaco||3rd||Kairi Noro|
|4th||Tom Seth||4th||Emily Seth||4th||Will Reid|
|5th||Dayton Silva||5th||Natalie Hubbard||5th||Jared Boyd|
|6th||Kent Nishiya||6th||Chloe Klineman||6th||Wyatt Boyd|
|Boys (14 & under)||Groms (12 & under)||Micro-Groms (9 & under)|
|1st||Kairi Noro||1st||Alex Fry||1st||Jake Rosenberg|
|2nd||Kyle Beatty||2nd||Billy Atkinson||2nd||Joey Samuelian|
|3rd||Jack Rowan||3rd||Alex Iantuano||3rd||Matthew Hahn|
|4th||Peter Healey||4th||Luke Snyder||4th||Finn Bertino|
|5th||Cody Purcell||5th||Ethan Ward||5th||Kelly Murphy|
|6th||Will Reid||6th||Zach Rosenberg||6th||Miles Gaffney|
|Open Longboard (all ages)||Masters (40 – 49)||Legends (50 +)|
|1st||Scott Bredesen||1st||Tom Seth||1st||Roddy Williams|
|2nd||Dave Shaefer||2nd||Matt Walls||2nd||John Ward|
|3rd||Tom Seth||3rd||Ted Robinson||3rd||Mark Silva|
|4th||Ethan Pezzolo||4th||Chris Rodrigues||4th||Nick Christensen|
|5th||Jordan Weintraub||5th||Pat Murphy||5th||Dougo Smith|
|6th||Emma Roll||6th||Brett Riegler||6th||Tom Horton|
|Junior Girls (18 & Under)||Assisted Micro-Groms||**||Winner of the “Best Manuever|
|1st||Rachel Tominaga||1st||Rhett Messer||of the day” $50.00|
|2nd||Maddie LaMonaco||2nd||Austin Moseley||from One 4 L.A.|
|3rd||Emily Seth||3rd||Anna Iantono|
|4th||Jennifer Doyle||4th||Shea Walls|
|5th||Chanelle Catuono||5th||Kai Carver|