2004 NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

posted by / News / April 27, 2004

THE 2004 NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN AND EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS O-SMAS (AIRSHOW) CHAMPIONSHIPS APRIL 15-18, 2004 SEBASTIAN INLET, FLORIDA

THE NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ALL OF THE 2004 NSSA CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE PROUDLY SPONSORED BY HURLEY INTERNATIONAL; BODY GLOVE; SURFING AND SG MAGAZINE; REEF; FREESTYLE; OAKLEY; HUNTINGTON SURF AND SPORT; O’NEILL/NSSA AIRSHOW SERIES; OP HALL OF FAME.

Fabulous Sebastian Inlet came through once again for the twelfth annual NSSA Eastern Championships. Consistent wind and ground swell produced good 2-5 foot waves for four straight days. A record number of competitors, close to 500 were on hand to battle it out for coveted NSSA Regional titles. The NSSA also followed suit with the Nationals and went digital for the first time in Regional Championship history adding computer scoring to the event. The NSSA will continue to use computer scoring and tabulation on the Regional and National Championship level. The computer system provides the utmost in scoring and professional efficiency much to the benefit of both the competitors and the crowd. 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 prestigious slot in the upcoming NSSA Nationals June 18-26.

Jeremy Johnston is no stranger to making Easterns finals. Since his first appearance in the division in 1997 where he claimed his first NSSA championship title in the Mini Grom division, Jeremy has made 15 finals and won of four of them. He also has two National titles under his belt winning the Open Juniors in 2003 and the High School Men’s last year. In his final year as an amateur, Jeremy was on a mission to finish it out on the east coast with a victory in the Open Men’s. Competing in three divisions, Open Men’s, {{{Explorer}}} Men’s and Explorer Juniors, it appeared that he was fully capable of pulling a Brian Toth maneuver of last year snagging all three titles. However in both Explorer finals, Jeremy had to settle for runner up behind the strong performance of {{{Sterling}}} Spencer in the Men’s and the explosive surfing of Dylan Graves in the Juniors. But when everything was on the line, everything came together for Jeremy in the prestigious Open Men’s final. He not only answered back, he sent a message to everyone and anyone who was watching and listening. He practically owned the final from the get-go nailing a 6.67 score within a matter of minutes.

The other five finalists, Eric Rheaume, Eric Geiselman, Gabriel Escudero, Dylan Graves and Rylan McCart, would have to fight their way back into contention. Rheaume, who was appearing in his first NSSA championship final, answered Johnston back with an identical 6.67 to keep it within reach. Rheaume earned the Southeast/North Conference’s Most Improved Surfer award this season and it was definitely clear by his surfing display at this year’s Easterns. However, Jeremy threw the gauntlet down midway through the heat with an 8.0 score. In the final five minutes, Rheaume needed a 7.85 score to take the lead with the remaining four finalists trailing further behind. He nailed a 6.83 score, the second highest of the final, but it wasn’t the magic score needed. Game, Set, Match to Johnston. Now with the Eastern Open title under his belt, Jeremy will take aim in June to finish out his youth career on the highest of notes at the NSSA National Championships.

MORE NSSA EASTERNS HIGHLIGHTS: After a year championship drought, Adam Wickwire, broken arm and all, clinched his NSSA Eastern title in the Open Juniors division in a photo finish over Eric Geiselman. Geiselman opened up the final with a solid 6.83 score and backed it up with another good 6.33. He was in a comfortable lead until Wickwire came storming back in the final minutes nabbing an excellent 7.33 score. With seconds ticking, Wickwire unleashed three good turns on a lefthander earning a 6.0, enough to take the lead and the victory from Geiselman by a slim 0.17 margin. Evan Geiselman staked his claim on not one, not two, but three divisions in the Open Mini Groms, Open Boys and Explorer Menehuene divisions. The ten year old from New Smyrna may be “Grom Sized” but he put on a “Shaq Sized” performance matching Brian Toths record shattering three-title triumph in 2003. Evan now has earned a total of four Eastern titles (he won the Mini Groms in 2003). The record for NSSA Regional titles (includes East, West and Hawaii) is eight set by Eric Taylor. If Evan stays at this pace, that record could be shattered sooner than we think. We’ll keep counting, because Evan’s got a lot of NSSA years left! In the Women’s division Kristin Wilson stepped it up and clinched her first prestigious Open championship crown. Former National Open Women’s Champion Karina Petroni was favored to take the title but basically fell out of contention when she got an interference call early in the final. In the Open Longboard division, Tony Silvagni successfully defended his 2003 Easterns title.

HIGH SCORING HEAT TOTALS/WAVES OF THE 2004 EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jeremy Johnston might have put down the gauntlet in the Open Men’s final but a much improved Dylan Graves made his presence known in a star studded Open Men’s repercharge which featured Graves, Eric Geiselman, Jeremy Johnston, Sterling Spencer, Steve Owens and Blake Jones. Graves turned the heat on with an electrifying performance collecting a 17.00 heat score based on a two-wave total. Evan Geiselman lit his own fire in the Open Mini Grom final tying Dylan’s high point totals with a 17.00 score. The wonder grom from New Smyrna also earned the highest scoring wave of the championship destroying a Sebastian nugget, which earned a near perfect 9.0 score from the judges.

O’NEILL NSSA AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sebastian flight conditions for the O’Neill Airshow Championships consistently produced good ramps for our east coast aerialists. In the final, Eric Geiselman opened up with a good rotation but the score came at a fair 4.83 because it didn’t have much in the amplitude department. Meanwhile, Brady McKenzie stroked into a good looking right, gained tons of speed down the runway and then launched a clean three-foot standard air. Scores came in for Brady at 5.67. 2003 Eastern Air Champ Jesse Heilman pulled a nice double grab 180 rotation but the wave was small, so there was not much boost power. Brady, Jesse, Eric, Eddie Guilbeau, Mark Dawson and Steve Owens will lead the eastern airborne charge at the 2004 O’Neill National Airshow Championships at Salt Creek on June 18-19 joining the top six from the West and Hawaii.

HOBGOOD MOST INSPIRATIONAL GROM AWARD: In annual NSSA Easterns tradition, former NSSA National and Eastern Champions {{{CJ}}} Hobgood and Damien Hobgood presented an authentic Hobgood surfboard to the grom who put on the most inspirational performance of the championships. It was a no brainer that this year’s Hobgood award would go to Evan Geiselman for his big league surfing display in three divisions. In the collegiate championships, the UCF surf team clinched its seventh career Eastern title just edging out FSU by a score of 64-63. Both teams came out swinging advancing four of their six man squads out of round one. FSU’s Jon Warren and UCF’s Shamon Burton were the only one’s left standing for the finals. Warren took fourth and Burton took fifth. Flagler’s Henry Martin dominated the College Men’s competition winning all of his preliminary rounds on the way to his first NSSA championship triumph in the final. In the special teams department, UCF took advantage with Lauren McLean from the ‘B’ team clinching the victory and Kristen Wilson from the ‘A’ team taking third. UCF also dominated the Bodyboard division with ‘B’ teamer Justin Walter winning it and ‘A’ team member Josh Hoilman taking third. FSU team member Chris Wessels came back to triumph in the Longboard final.

2004 NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

EASTERN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS FINAL SCORES BASED ON TOP 2 WAVES

OPEN MENS
1. Jeremy Johnston-New Smyrna Beach 14.67
2. Eric Rheaume-Jacksonville Beach 13.50
3. Eric Geiselman-New Smyrna Beach 11.67
4. Gabriel Escudero-Bayomon, PR 11.00
5. Dylan Graves-Isabela, PR 9.50
6. Ryland McCart-Melbourne Beach 9.34

OPEN JUNIORS
1. Adam Wickwire-Satellite Beach 13.33
2. Eric Geiselman-New Smyrna Beach 13.16
3. Blake Jones-Melbourne Beach 11.34
4. Wesley Toth-Aquadilla, PR 10.17
5. Caleb Johnston-New Smyrna Beach 9.17
6. Cody Thompson-Jacksonville 5.34

OPEN BOYS
1. Evan Geiselman-New Smyrna Beach 13.33
2. Fisher Heverly-Emerald Isle, NC 11.00
3. Taylor Brothers-Osprey 10.17
4. Evan Thompson-Jacksonville 8.33
5. Kedren Ferrero-Jupiter 7.50
6. Chad Ellingham 4.67

OPEN {{{MINI}}} GROMS
1. Evan Geiselman-New Smyrna Beach 17.00
2. Michael Ciaramella-Media, PA 8.83
3. Forrest Johnson-Cocoa Beach 5.67
4. Tristan Thompson-Jacksonville 3.67
5. Zack Bland-Wrightsville Beach, NC 2.50
6. Andrew {{{Stratus}}}-Wilmington, NC 2.00

OPEN WOMENS
1. Kristin Wilson-St. Augustine 8.00
2. Connie Arias-Melbourne Beach 7.33
3. Karina Petroni-Atlantic Beach 6.67
4. Ashley Bobb-Melbourne Beach 6.00
5. Amy Nicholl-New Smyrna Beach 5.83
6. Courtney Andren-Melbourne Beach 5.50

OPEN LONGBOARD
1. Tony Silvagni-Kure Beach, NC 14.33
2. Todd Kinsey-{{{Daytona}}} Beach 11.33
3. Cody Thompson-Jacksonville 7.16
4. Robert Graeff-Birchrunville, PA 5.67
5. Brooks McKinney-Gulf {{{Breeze}}} 5.17 tiebreak
6. JT Roberts-Hilton Head, SC 5.17 tiebreak

NSSA O’NEILL EASTERN AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS
RESULTS BASED ON TOP 1 AIR
1. Brady McKenzie 5.67
2. Jesse Heilman-Daytona Beachn 5.50
3. Eric Geiselman 4.83
4. Eddie Guilbeau 4.50
=5. Mark Dawson 0.00 no airs completed
=5. Steve Owens 0.00 no airs completed

EASTERN EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
FINAL SCORES BASED ON TOP 2 WAVES

EXPLORER MENS
1. Sterling Spencer-Gulf Breeze 14.66
2. Jeremy Johnston-New Smyrna Beach 13.67
3. Eddie Guilbeau-Melbourne Beach 9.50
4. Jesse Heilman-Dayton Beach 9.16
5. Brady McKenzie-Yulee 9.00
6. Steve Owens-Virginia Beach, VA 6.33

EXPLORER JUNIORS
1. Dylan Graves, Isabela, PR 15.67
2. Jeremy Johnston-New Smyrna Beach 14.67
3. Eric Geiselman-New Smyrna Beach 13.17
4. Sterling Spencer-Gulf Breeze 12.17
5. Jesse Heilman-Daytona Beach 11.33
6. Thomas Bursian-San Juan, PR 8.50

EXPLORER BOYS
1. Kris Wiernicki-Melbourne Beach 11.00
2. Cody Thompson-Jacksonville 9.84
3. Caleb Johnston-New Smyrna Beach 9.83
4. Sean Poynter-Fernandina Beach 8.83
5. Chase Parker-Melbourne Beach 6.84
6. Eric Templeton-New Smyrna Beach 5.66

EXPLORER MENEHUENE
1. Evan Geiselman-New Smyrna Beach 10.00
2. Taylor Brothers-Osprey 9.17
3. Kedren Ferrero-Jupiter 8.50
4. Fisher Heverly-Emerald Isle, NC 7.33
5. JC Dillon-Jensen Beach 6.50
6. Nick Rupp- Shallotte, NC 6.16

EXPLORER WOMENS
1. Karina Petroni-Atlantic Beach 15.34
2. Connie Arias-Melbourne Beach 11.00
3. Ashley Bobb-Melbourne Beach 8.34
4. Margot Gosman-Palm Beach Gardens 6.33
5. Kira Sheppard-Merritt Island 5.17
6. Courtney Andren-Melbourne Beach 5.00

EXPLORER MASTERS
1. Anthony Passarelli-Satellite Beach 13.17
2. Teague Taylor-Stuart 12.83
3. Chris Davis-Wabasso 10.00
4. William Kimball-Juno Beach 8.33
5. Glenn Klugal-Melbourne 6.83
6. Dan Conover-Palm Beach Gardens 5.33

EXPLORER SENIORS
1. David Hoag-Palm Beach 10.34
2. Dave Smith-Melbourne Beach 9.83
3. Ricky Carroll-Satellite Beach 9.50
4. Craig Colburn-New Smyrna Beach 5.50 tiebreak
5. Jim Tolliver-Palm Beach Gardens 5.50 tiebreak
6. Dan Smith-Sebastian 5.17

EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS
1. Craig Colburn-New Smyrna Beach 10.67
2. Yancy Spencer-Gulf Breeze 8.83
3. Bill Miller-Melbourne Beach 6.67
4. Ken Osborn-Satellite Beach 6.16
5. Leon Johnston-New Smyrna Beach 4.17
6. Joe Keenan-Ocean City, NJ 2.50

EXPLORER LONGBOARD
1. Todd Kinsey-Daytona Beach 16.16
2. Tony Silvagni-Kure Beach, NC 15.33
3. Corbett Monica-Bradley Beach, NJ 9.00
4. Chris Hunt-Jacksonville 6.00
5. Ricky Carroll-Satellite Beach 5.33
6. Les Carrithers-New Smyrna Beach 3.84

EASTERN COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
FINAL SCORES BASED ON TOP 2 WAVES

COLLEGE MENS
1. Henry Martin-Flagler 12.16
2. JC Cox-UF 9.67
3. Kyle Alvare-FAU 9.33
4. Jon Warren-FSU 8.33
5. Shamon Burton-UCF 8.00
6. Matt Ollis-Flagler 7.00

COLLEGE WOMENS
1. Lauren McLean-UCF 8.50
2. Jenni Flanagan-FAU 8.16
3. Kristin Wilson-UCF 7.33
4. Emily Montgomery-UF 4.33
5. Brooke McNeal-FSU 3.67

COLLEGE LONGBOARD
1. Chris Wessels-FSU 11.50
2. Chris Reeves-UCF 10.83
3. Keith Mahon-UCF 8.50
4. Garret Morton-UF 6.66
5. Jenni Flanagan-FAU 4.83
6. Josh Hoilman-UCF 3.50

COLLEGE BODYBOARD
1. Justin Walter-UCF 10.83
2. Bill Smeltzer-Flagler 10.16
3. Josh Hoilman-UCF 5.17
4. Lewis VanAlstien-UF 4.50
5. Jon Warren-FSU 4.00 tiebreak
6. Juan Lopez-UCF 4.00 tiebreak

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