Surfer of the Month – May 2010: “Surf Moms”

May 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Columns, Surfer of the Month

by Jackie Richardson

May is the month we celebrate mothers.  Particularly, in the surfing community these are the women that make sure their children have food to eat at surf contests, carry all the various equipment (boards, chairs, coolers, etc.). Mothers sit in the hot sun, wind, rain, and cold to watch contests.  Mothers are constant cheerleaders for their children.  Mothers wipe away tears of disappointment and celebrate the smiles of victory.  So, the month of May this column is dedicated to these phenomenal Mothers in our ESA Georgia District.

I am so proud of my son, Josh, as he has become a good surfer representing our ESA Georgia District as an Allstar.  During the past month of April, Josh has competed in three contests in Florida.
On the weekend of Easter, Josh competed in the Ron Jon Easter Fest at Cocoa Beach and placed 2nd in the Men’s Longboard.  The following weekend, Josh competed in the National Scholastic Surfing Association East Coast Championship held at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.  Josh won the Southeast/North Conference Longboard Division.  He placed third in the Open and Explorer Longboard Division in the East Coast Championship and earned an invitation to the National Championships to be held in California in June.  Finally, April 24, Josh competed at the Daytona Longboard Classic held at Daytona Beach, FL. This was a pro/am contest.  Josh came in 3rd in the Junior Pro and was awarded a cash prize.  He also competed in the Jr. Men’s division and Open Noserider division walking away with 2nd place in both.

The month of May, he will be competing in the Christian Surfers of Ormond Beach, FL contest and then it is off to the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships at Virginia Beach, VA.  When he’s in town this summer, you might be able to catch him at Tybee teaching surf lessons.
But know this… his mother is very proud of him.

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