The Chill Out’s 16th was sweet
The skies were overcast and there was a chill in the air but Mother Ocean offered up 3-4 foot waves the entire day, providing great contest conditions.
More than 125 surfers competed this year representing teams from as far south as Wind & Sea in La Jolla and as far north as Crescent City near the Oregon border, making this the largest longboard contest along the Pacific Coast north of Santa Cruz.
Surfers competed in 8 divisions based on age and sex. In a very competitive Women’s’ division Pacifica’s Brianne Sampson beat out Ashley Lloyd, one of the top women surfers in the world, and other well-known local surfing greats Camille Keating and Celina McWherter, both of whom had won this contest previously, and Meghan Alexander.
The Senior Women’s’ division final was won by local surfer Beth O’Rourke who edged out Asi Ghiassi in the closest of the finals. Finishing behind them were Monica Lee, Stephanie Phillips, Amelia Valley and Karen Cochran.
The Junior Men’s’ final was a competition between 5 local surfers and one surfer from Santa Cruz. Woody Robinson of Santa Cruz took first with Pat Faughender finishing a very close second. Following in order were: Lenny Richards, Ben Chambers, Chris Duran and Nick McWherter.
Jim Tjogas, surfing for the NorCal surf team took top honors in the Senior Men’s’ division. Heart Hartlife, Danny Cortazzo, Shawn Rhodes (NorCal Surf Shop owner), Todd Smith and Kevin Rhodes were the other Senior Men’s’ finalists.
The Masters’ division was won by Sean Scallan. Following Sean, in order, were Steve St. Clair, Gordon Guptil, Joel Baldwin, Jim Kahm and Tim Cissna.
Kurt “the Ant” Munchmeyer was the winner of the Grand Masters’ division. Bill Newlin finished second. Tom Trauntvein, who traveled the furthest to come to the contest and surfing for the Santa Barbara Surf Club finished third. Cal Tenney, Butch Colyear and John Chiles finished fourth through sixth respectively.
The local surf shops held five of the six positions in the Men’s’ final. Log Shop owner Taiten Cowen took first. Barney Sullivan, also surfing for the Log Shop finished second. Big Stick Surfing Association’s Thomas Bishoff placed third. K-Star Surf Shop owner Todd Johnson placed fourth. Local Ryan Devine, surfing for the Log Shop, finished fifth, and NorCal’s Brian McDevitt placed sixth.
In the Novice division Justin Rhodes edged out Justin Gubser for top honors. Finishing third through sixth were Cody Eastman, Roland Nazar, Lena Warren and Myla Stevenson.
The final team standings were: 1st – Pedro Point Surf Club, 2nd.- NorCal Surf Shop, 3rd – Log Shop Surf Shop, 4th – Big Stick Surfing Association (Santa Cruz), 5th – K-Star Surf Shop/Red Triangle Surf Team, 6th – Northern Coast Surf Club, 7th – Santa Cruz Longboard Union, 8th – Cold Water Surf Club (Bolinas), 9th – Santa Barbara Surf Club
After the contest the awards banquet was once again held at the Pedro Point Firehouse. We were treated to an outstanding dinner prepared by Carolyn and Arnie Louie. The highlight of the evening was a performance by Pedro Point Surf Club’s own surf band, Jim Kalm and Simon Govan-Smith.
A special thanks goes out to our major sponsors, 1st National Bank of Northern California, Harbour Surfboards and Jackson Pacific Builders. They, along with all of our generous sponsors helped us reach a new record in funds generated for local and ocean-related charity organizations including Ride-A-Wave, San Mateo County Surfrider Foundation and the Pacifica Beach Coalition. The tireless energy of our dedicated volunteers lead by our Beach Master, Izzy Szczepaniak made the event run like clockwork.
Preparations are already underway for the next Chill Out scheduled for Oct. 20, 2007. If you’re interested in the planning phase of next year’s contest, give Greg Cochran a call at 650 355-4956.