BRIAN TOTH HAT-TRICKS THE NSSA EAST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

posted by / News / April 22, 2003

(PRESS RELEASE) It’s a springtime Caribbean celebration as Puerto Rico’s Brian Toth takes a page out of the NSSA record books.

THE 2003 NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS
OPEN AND EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS
COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
AIR CHAMPIONSHIPS
APRIL 3-6, 2003
SEBASTIAN INLET, FLORIDA

THE NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ALL OF THE 2003 NSSA CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE PROUDLY SPONSORED BY HURLEY INTERNATIONAL; BODY GLOVE; SURFING MAGAZINE; sg SURF, SNOW, SKATE GIRL; HUNTINGTON SURF AND SPORT; REEF; O’NEILL/NSSA AIRSHOW SERIES; KGRIP.

The NSSA Eastern Championships has been a fixture at Sebastian Inlet for the past ten years. Eleven years ago the NSSA established it’s first Eastern Championship at New Smyrna but made the move the following year to legendary Sebastian Inlet where it has found it’s perfect home. This year’s championship brought a record number of competitors, over 400, while expanding the contest to four days. The waves cooperated throughout the entire event with small but contestable 1-3 foot. Surfers and College Teams from the NSSA’s four east coast conferences, Southeast, Southeast/North, Northeast and Florida Gulf, were invited to the Eastern Championships with the hopes of qualifying for a coveted slot in the upcoming NSSA Nationals June 20-28.

For six consecutive years, 17-year-old Brian Toth has been making the monthly flight from his home in Puerto Rico to Florida to compete in the NSSA Southeast Conference with the goal of becoming a more skilled competitor and the aspirations of becoming a National champion. At this year’s NSSA Easterns, it became clear that Brian is one step closer to his National title dreams. On the afternoon of April 6, the final day of the 2003 NSSA Eastern Championships, Brian cut right to the chase and cleaned house collecting a record shattering three titles in Open Men, {{{Explorer}}} Men and Explorer Junior — a first in NSSA regional championship history. For a kid that comes from the powerful surf of his homeland, it’s quite a contrast to the 1-3 foot surf that was on offer at Florida’s famous Sebastian Inlet during the entire four-day championship. The big kid from Aquadilla even claimed a perfect 10.0 score in the Explorer Juniors final.

An all star cast set up a much anticipated showdown for the Open Men’s final featuring Toth with 2002 National Open Juniors Champion Jeremy Johnston, 2003 Southeast Conference Open Men’s Champion David Awbrey, 2003 Northeast Conference Open Men’s Champion Raven Lundy, Alek Parker and Bradley Margol. From the get-go, it was Brian’s final all the way. His dynamic backhand skills, which he has honed in the right-handers of his local break Jobos Beach, proved to tough for his rivals. Brian sat on the famous right wedge of first peak and opened up with a good 7.5 score, but as it turns out he didn’t need it. He followed it up with a blistering 9.0 ride and another 8.0 for a 17.0 total. Brian bettered that total in the Explorer Juniors final, still sticking to the rights while utilizing his powerful backside manuevers. He picked off a good right cracked a multitude of vertical turns and earned a perfect 10. He added another good 7.5 ride for a 17.5 heat tally-the highest of the entire championships.Photo courtesy Eastern Surf Magazine. For more East Coast coverage go to www.easternsurf.com.

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