On Base: The Point Mugu Surf Contest
Photos by William Sharp
The third annual Point Mugu Surf Contest Presented by Quiksilver went off in Ventura in, on and above five-foot peaky tubes and ramps. Local heroes, military heroes, friends and family congregated for what’s fast become a unique and beloved event. Don’t be jealous because you can’t go surf here — these guys and girls deserve every bit of it.
Matt Merel, clean white board on an anything-but-clean float section. Matt has no fear, as one would expect from the winner of the the Military Division.
A visual definition of the term “A-frame.”
Not all barrels on a military base are attached to firearms. Jake Kelly took the Young Guns Division, along with some happy memories of on-base shacks.
Local hero Keoni Cuccia won the Open Men’s Division with style and grace. This is how down-the-line floaters should look: arms below the stringer.
And then, you know, Dane Reynolds showed up. Then disappeared for a while. Then showed up again. Dane on the foamball, practicing for this week’s Teahupo’o contest.
Every day, soldiers on bases across the world perform maneuvers to practice for battle — but not maneuvers like this. Dane again, varial in the Expression Session.
Once a year, 180 entrants pour into this lineup to compete six at a time — but it breaks like this all year. Empty.
The Pt. Mugu radars registered an unidentified low-flying aircraft. It was Brandon Smith, flaring.
So long until next year, Pt. Mugu. You sure are pretty.
Point Mugu Surf Contest Presented by Quiksilver Final Results
1st Matt Merel
2nd Jonathan Flick
3rd Brent Travis
4th Nicholas Barringer
1st Demi Boesterli
2nd Chelsea Rauhut
3rd Chloe Buckley
4th Amanda Host
1st Jake Kelly
2nd Joe Rickabaugh
3rd Jacob Davis
4th Matty Parker
1st Jason Livingstone
2nd Jacob Reeve
3rd Thomas Gaulke
4th Mark Gruber
1st Keoni Cuccia
2nd Jeremy Ryan
3rd Matt McCabe
4th Jessie Mota
5th Matt Merel