Nationals

posted by / Photos / July 5, 2011

HB Crumbles

Huntington Beach, pulsing

5 minute paddle out

Pier paddle out

Cam Richards

Cam Richards, Open Mens champ

Cam Richards

Bringing it back to the East Coast

Cam Richards

Winning

Cam Richards

Cam Richards in the champ's chair

Cam Richards, Open Mens Champion

Cam Richards

"Just line up with that marker over there..."

"Just line up with that piling over there..."

Parker Coffin

Parker Coffin, winner of the Open Juniors division

Parker Coffin

Parker Coffin

Dad feeling the pressure

Dad feeling the pressure

Dax McGill

Dax McGill

Dax McGill

Dax McGill

Finn McGill, taking a play out of Fanning's playbook. Explorer Super Grom Champion

Finn McGill, Explorer Super Grom Champion, taking a page out of Fanning's playbook

Score board

Scoreboard

Ian Gentil, runner up in Open Juniors

Ian Gentil, runner up in Open Juniors

Jake Marshall, winner of the Explorer Menehuene

Jake Marshall, Explorer Menehuene winner

Kalani David

Kalani David, Open Mens finalist and Explorer Boys champion

Can't win 'em all

Can't win 'em all

Kalani David, Open Mens Finalist and Explorer Boys Champion

Kalani David

Leila Hurst, Open Womens Champion

Leila Hurst, Open Womens champion

The mini grom final

The mini grom final

Parker Coffin, winner of the Open Juniors division

Parker Coffin

Seth Moniz

Seth Moniz

Show Up and Blow Up,the line up

Tough heat draw in the Show Up and Blow Up

Show Up and Blow Up, royal flush

Royal flush

Show Up and Blow Up, T Rex and Sea Turtle battle for position

T-Rex and Turtle jockey for position

Show Up and Blow Up, T Rex foam climb

T-Rex foam climb

Steven Pittman

Steven Pittman

Steven Pittman

Steven Pittman

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark, reflecting

Tyler Gunter, chaired by friends Jake Marshall and Kalani David

Tyler Gunter, chaired by Jake Marshall and Kalani David

Tyler Gunter, winner of the Open Mini Groms division

Tyler Gunter, winner of the Open Mini Groms division

It's a jungle out there

It's a jungle out there

The women semis prepare for battle

Womens semi finalists prep

Ezekiel Lau

Ezekiel Lau

Griffin Colapinto. Photo: Sherm

Griffin Colapinto. Photo: Sherm

Jake Marshall. Photo: Sherm

Jake Marshall. Photo: Sherm

Knox Harris. Photo: Sherm

Knox Harris. Photo: Sherm

Leila Hurst. Photo: Sherm

Leila Hurst. Photo: Sherm

Hardware. Photo: Sherm

Hardware. Photo: Sherm

Seth Moniz. Photo: Sherm

Seth Moniz. Photo: Sherm

Steve Pittman. Photo: Sherm

Steve Pittman. Photo: Sherm

 

All photos by Peter Taras unless noted otherwise

 

When the mean weight of the competitors is 104 pounds, it doesn’t matter if the waves are two feet — the groms still go out and blow tail and minds hoping to put their names on the prestigious list of Nationals champs. Realizing those hopes this weekend were Open Mens champ Cam Richards of South Carolina, Open Womens winner Leila Hurst of Hawaii and Parker Coffin, who smoked the Open Juniors division to cap off a rather victorious week for the 15-year-old from Santa Barbara (he also won last weekend at the US Championships at Lower Trestles).

Injecting a shot of fun into the sometimes pressure-cooked environment that is competitive surfing was the SURFING Magazine Show Up & Blow Up contest, a 20-minute heat that sent 20 groms out in the water with blow-up pool toys with the sole purpose of letting loose. John Mel put together the most impressive heat, twirling a pair of El Rollos on both a Shark and a Dolphin, and embodying the spirit of the event by sharing his craft after every ride. But the hearts of the judges (Travis Ferré and me) and the fans were won by 7-year-old Liam Osborne, who charged past the shore break with no wetsuit, dragging a blow-up turtle three times his size and then air dropped into a bomb, stuck it, and rode that wise creature all the way to shore. For his efforts he won VIP tickets to see Kai Neville’s Lost Atlas when it premieres in Huntington next month. You know, cruise with Dusty and Dion and Dane. No biggie.

National’s weekend went about as it always does: Lots of smiles and laughs, a few tears, some crushes, sand throwing and trophies. A chance for the kids to be kids, to see and be seen — a preface to surfing’s future. And the groms all know it; they’re already practicing their speeches. One 8-year-old, brought up on stage to be recognized as one of the youngest in the contest, said to the crowd in a mousy voice, “First I’d like to thank my sponsors. I just got sponsored yesterday…by Billabong. Thanks guys.” —Taylor Paul

 

RESULTS:

OPEN MENS

1. Cam Richards-Garden City, SC 12.20

2. Taylor Clark-Encinitas, CA 11.60

3. Kalani David-Sunset Beach, HI 10.15

4. Jeremy Carter-San Clemente, CA 7.70

OPEN WOMENS

1. Leila Hurst-Kilauea, HI 12.40

2. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 10.00

3. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 9.00

4. Taylor Pitz-Laguna Beach, CA 7.75

OPEN JUNIORS

1. Parker Coffin-Santa Barbara 16.50

2. Ian Gentil-Paia, HI 10.75

3. Knox Harris-Ocean Isle Beach, NC 4.70

4. Kain Daly-Paia, HI 4.40

OPEN BOYS

1. Jake Marshall-Encinitas, CA 14.75

2. Kaulana Apo-Ewa Beach, HI 8.00

3. Noa Mizuno-Waimanalo, HI 7.70

4. Griffin Colapinto-San Clemente, CA 7.25

OPEN MINI GROMS

1. Tyler Gunter-Newport Beach, CA 8.80

2. Stevie Pittman-Newport, NC 7.65

3. Eithan Osborne-Ventura, CA 7.50

4. Barron Mamiya-Waialua, HI 5.35

OPEN GIRLS

1. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 10.50

2. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 7.50

3. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 7.10

4. Bailey Nagy-Haleiwa, HI 6.00

OPEN LONGBOARD

1. Steve McLean-Cocoa Beach, FL 10.00

2. Dane Petersen-Trabuco Canyon, CA 9.50

3. Shaun Thompson-Huntington Beach, CA 7.15

4. Noah Hill-Marina del Rey, CA 4.45

EXPLORER MENS

1. Chris Tucker-Satellite Beach, FL 11.90

2. Matty Costa-Ewa Beach, HI 11.83

3. Keala Naihe-Kailua Kona, HI 11.30

4. Keto Burns-St Augustine, FL 10.06

5. Dylan Kowalski-Wrightsville Beach, NC 9.67

6. Tabin Shamblin-Lawai, HI, 7.07

EXPLORER JUNIORS

1. Matty Costa-Ewa Beach, HI 13.00

2. Ezekiel Lau-Honolulu, HI 10.53

3. Keala Naihe Kailua Kona, HI 9.70

4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kula, HI 8.60

5. Skip McCullough-San Diego, CA 6.93

6. Isaiah Moniz-Honolulu, CA 5.27

EXPLORER BOYS

1. Kalani David-Sunset Beach, HI 16.33

2. Josh Moniz-Honolulu, HI 16.16

3. Elijah Gates-Kapolei, HI 8.53

4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kula, HI 8.33

5. Skip McCullough-San Diego, CA 6.80

6. Daniel Glenn-New Smyrna Beach, FL 6.77

EXPLORER MENEHUENE

1. Jake Marshall- Encinitas, CA 15.60

2. Dylan Lehmann-Lahaina, HI 10.37

3. Finn McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 9.90

4. Griffin Colapinto-San Clemente, CA 8.67

5. Cody Young-Haiku, HI 7.40

6. Ryland Rubens-Pacific Beach, CA 6.93

EXPLORER SUPER GROMS

1. Finn McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 15.83

2. Stevie Pittman-Newport, NC 9.83

3. Nick Marshall-Encinitas, CA 8.24

4. Tyler Gunter-Newport Beach, CA 8.20

5. Eithan Osborne-Ventura, CA 7.60

6. Ben Seaberry-Huntington Beach, CA 3.84

EXPLORER WOMENS

1. Leila Hurst-Kilauea, HI 14.27

2. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 13.93

3. Kulia Doherty-San Clemente, CA 11.73

4. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 9.83

5. Tia Blanco-San Clemente, CA 6.47

6. Alisha Gonsalves-Honolulu, HI 3.10

EXPLORER GIRLS

1. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 13.67

2. Kulia Doherty-San Clemente CA 11.06

3. Moana Jones-Sunset Beach, HI 10.53

4. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 6.96

5. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 6.90

6. Tia Blanco-San Clemente, CA 6.10

EXPLORER LONGBOARD

1. Shaun Thompson- Huntington Beach, CA 13.26

2. Mike Gillard-Coronado, CA 9.33

3. Nathan Thompson- Huntington Beach, CA 6.94

4. Kyle Ferris-Harlengin, TX 5.44

5. Cody Canzoneri-Houston, TX 4.40

6. Fisher Grant-Winter Park, FL 3.20

NATIONAL AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. Ezekiel Lau-Honolulu, HI

2. Keto Burns-St. Augustine, FL

3. Jeremy Carter-San Clemente, Ca

4. Taylor Clark-Encinitas, Ca

5.5. PJ Raia-Fair Haven, NJ

5.5 Chris Tucker-Satellite Beach, FL