ESA, Island Sports Wrap-Up – August 2010

September 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Eastern Surfing Association, Sports Events

by Joe Richardson

Surf Report:
by Joe Richardson

The Tybee surfing community truly wishes best of luck to one of its own who recently moved to the west coast to attend college. Ben Thompson recently moved to California to further his college work at a school of music, which has been his dream for some time.

For years, Ben has been one of the top ESA competitors in Georgia and consistently represented our district at Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. We will miss you, Ben, and we wish you the best. Hopefully we will continue to see you occasionally on “Ruby.”

You don’t need to read it here to know that we are in the midst of the sea wasp jellyfish season! They started making their presence known gradually and off-and-on during mid to late July; but by the end of July, they were here in full force. If this year’s population behaves normally, they should become less numerous (but not completely gone) by late August. So hopefully as they leave, the early fall waves will start appearing. Speaking of waves, we got lucky for a few days in early and mid July, and the waves held steady long enough for the ESA Georgia District to get its first 2010 season contest in.

Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District News:
The Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District got its 2010 competition underway with its first contest on Tybee July 17th.  For anyone who missed seeing the contest, Joey Wilson has posted more than 1200 photos of the day’s action at: photographybyjoeywilson.com.   Check under the “surfing and skimboarding” gallery for the July 17 ESA contest.  Our contest, along with some of Joey’s pictures, was featured on the Eastern Surf Magazine website:  easternsurf.com/home.html.   Check  the “Amateur Hour” link under the “competition” tab. The Coastal Source (WJCL/ FOX28 TV) also covered the contest (thanks Big Guy), so there’s still a way to review some of the day’s action from their website: http://www.thecoastalsource.com/content/ news/localsports/story/Making-Waves-on-Tybee-Island/E_pl5Qw4HE6UF89ut-K6QQ.cspx.  Back by popular demand, was a “Push and Surf” session during the contest for the mini-menehunes.

Surfing was very competitive in all divisions from the Menehunes to the Legends.  The Open Division competition produced some great surfing during the early heats, semifinals as well as in the final round.  In the end, Phillip George won the Open Division.  Phillip was one of a few surfers to post double wins – he also took first place in the Masters Division. Other double-division winners were: Noah Mosely, Josh Richardson, Jimmy Manning – Georgia Cook captured the Girls’ crown. Below are final results of the July 17th contest.

Mini Menehunes:
Noah Williams    1st
Carson Mosley    1st
Celia Tate Cook    1st
Sadie Cook    1st
Menehunes (11 & Under):
Noah Mosely    1st
Georgia Cook    2nd
Anna Bloess    3rd
JT Sparkman    4th
Boys (12-14)
Robert Powers    1st
Alex Powers    2nd
Spencer Fonseca    3rd
Junior Men (15-17)
Josh Richardson    1st
Conrad Fonseca    2nd
Men (18-24)
Leland Lively    1st
Joey Crook    2nd
Devin Close    3rd
Masters (25-34)
Phillip George    1st
Vaughn Keener    2nd
Chris Black    3rd
Roy Overstreet    4th
Andrew Firstenberger  5th
Senior Men (35-44)
Dave Vanhorn    1st
Dustin Nichols    2nd
Grandmasters (45-54)
Mack Kitchens    1st
Atsushi Yamada    2nd
Legends (55+ )
Jimmy Manning    1st
Joe Richardson    2nd
Steve Horton    3rd

Girls (17 & Under)

Georgia Cook    1st

Lauren Bloess    2nd

Open Bodyboard (ALL Ages)
Eric Close    1st
Patrick Linkenhoker  2nd
Menehune Longboard (14 & Under)
Noah Mosely    1st
Georgia Cook    2nd
JT Sparkman    3rd
Junior Longboard (15-17)
Josh Richardson    1st
Conrad Fonseca    2nd
Mens Longboard (18-34)
Joey Crook    1st
Vaughn Keener    2nd
Devin Close    3rd
Masters Longboard (35-49)
Atsushi Yamada    1st
John Cook    2nd
Legends Longboard (50 & Over)
Jimmy Manning    1st
Mack Kitchens    2nd
Joe Richardson    3rd
Steve Horton    4th
Open Shortboard (All Ages/Men & Women)
Phillip George    1st
Josh Richardson      2nd
Vaughn Keener    3rd
Andrew Firstenberger  4th
Joey Crook    5th
Chris Black    6th
Roy Overstreet    7th
Dave Vanhorn     8th
Mack Kitchens    9th
Conrad Fonseca    =10th
Jimmy Manning    =10th
Leland Lively    =10th
Steve Horton    =13th
Devin Close    =13th
Atsushi Yamada    =13th
Lauren Bloess    =16th
Georgia Cook    =16th
Noah Mosely    =16th
Charles Sparkman    =19th
JT Sparkman    =19th
Dustin Nichols    =19th

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