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Offshore mayhem at the New England Spring Champs

Lily © Lisa Haase/ESA





New England Spring Championships

Eastern Surfing Association
Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island, New England
8 April, 2017

Competition fired through all day at the Narragansett Town Beach in strong winds

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2017 - After almost one week of big, unruly surf, the ocean settled down for competitors at the ESA New England Spring Championships, held this past weekend.

Surfers still had to contend with heavy offshore winds up to 40 knots, which provided a challenge for many riders. “The stiff offshore conditions made it difficult to drop down the wave faces,” said ESA Competition Director, Mario Frade. “But if you were in the right spot, there were some outstanding rides to be had.”

This was evident in the premier division, the Open Shortboard, when local hotshot, Lily Gartner put the boys to shame, topping a stacked heat of New England’s best. She did it on her second wave of the final heat, tearing up a left peak that shot her almost across the entire south parking lot.

Jayden Parry came on strong at the end, grabbing a pitching right peak, but it was not enough to top Gartner for the title. Lily continued to have an outstanding outing, winning both the Girls Under 16 and the Junior Women’s Longboard finals.

Jayden Parry got the “Outstanding Wave of the Contest” award, when he trimmed out on a perfect right slide that reeled off for what seemed like an eternity to the judges in the Junior Longboard Final. Parry’s flawless riding got him the highest point totals of the entire event, and the win over John McGeough. Jayden also won the Junior Men’s division.

There were several other noteworthy results in various age divisions. Luke Allen won his second straight contest in the Menehune category. Jarrett Parker returned from a decade long hiatus, winning both the Masters and Men’s Longboard crowns.

Newcomer Ray Way topped Chris Herbert with some nice noseriding, to win the Masters Longboard final and Noah Gartner picked off two nice right peaks to win the Boys Under 14 division and repeated that to win the Menehune Longboard title.

The next ESA competition scheduled is the 2017 Northeast Regional Surf-Offs, to be held at Belmar, New Jersey on May 19-21. This is an invitational contest for the top finishers from 2016, and will determine invitations to the East Coast Championships at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in September. The next local surfing competition scheduled is the Annual New England Longboard Championships, at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, on June 11th.

Final Results of the 2017 ESA New England Spring Championships, held in 2-4 foot surf at the Narragansett Town Beach on April 8th, 2017.

MENEHUNES-1.Luke Allen  

BOYS UNDER 14-1.Noah Gartner  

BOYS UNDER 16-1.John McGeough  

JUNIOR MEN-1.Jayden Parry  

GIRLS UNDER 14-1.Sophia Martino  

GIRLS UNDER 16-1.Lily Gartner  2.Ella Fontenot  

MEN-1.Jamie Kelly  2.Mick Jabs  

MASTERS-1.Jarrett Parker  2.Chris Herbert   Grand Legends-1.Peter Pan  

MENEHUNE LONGBOARD-1.Noah Gartner  2.Sophia Martino  

JUNIOR LONGBOARD-1.Jayden Parry  2.John McGeough  


MENS LONGBOARD-1.Jarrett Parker  2.Jamie Kelly  

MASTERS LONGBOARD-1.Ray Way  2.Chris Herbert  


OPEN BODYBOARD-1.Pat Redmond  2.Peter Pan  

OPEN SUP-1.Peter Pan  

OPEN SHORTBOARD-1.Lily Gartner  2.Jayden Parry  3.Jamie Kelly  4.Jarrett Parker  5.Nick Jabs  6.Noah Gartner  7.Sophia Martino

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