If for some reason you weren’t in Newport Beach this weekend you may have missed out on yet another incredible Starfish Surf Series Event at River Jetties…not to mention the sign-up pre party at the Frog House with TK dressed as a Weinerschniztel throwing shrimp on the Barbie. Wooly was there, Balaram Stack was there, and of course a small army of amped groms were there, frothing and ready to get signed up for Saturday’s event.
Saturday morning brought early light with the recent time change and also our first view of what looked to be very contestable surf. As always the crew was there and so were the groms ready to help set up and get the Starfish event under way. We fought a high tide for the first part of the morning but the kids made the best of it, and as the tide dropped the River Jetties sandbars came to life! Through the middle of the event and into the later rounds we were witness to some of the most insane surf Southern California has to offer.
When it was all said and done, Jake Kelley took home the coveted Pro/Am division, the giant check, and the $500 smackaroos. Also taking top honors was Connor Dand shredding his way though the Juniors, Rairu Ito grabbing the top spot in Groms, Dane Matson slid into the squids leading role, and Meah Collins winning out for the Ladies. It was a great day of surfing and we can’t thank our sponsors Penny Skateboards and Rev’d Bars for coming down and hanging out with us all day and giving us a break from the screaming children, also New Era Caps, Surfing Magazing, and of course Wienerschnitzel for keeping us feed all weekend. As always thank you to all the competitors and families that made this event so special!