Team PPSC brings home 1st Place trophy from Log Jam
Stephanie Phillips, 3rd Place Womens
Pat Faughender and Ryan Devine, 1st Place Aloha heat
Photos: Izzy Szczepaniak
Thanks to team capt, Stephanie Phillips, who recruited a winning team for this year’s Big Stick Surfing Assn Log Jam vintage longboard surf contest at Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz held April 16-17. All the results are on Big Stick’s website at http://www.bigsticksurfing.org/. Click on “Sundays Results”. For PPSC Todd Smith took 2nd in Paddling, Danny Cortazzo 1st in Masters, Ashley Lloyd 1st in Jr Womens, Beth O’Rourke, Stacy Willis and Stef Phillips came in 1,2 and 3 in Womens, Greg Cochran took 2nd in Legends, Karen Cochran 3rd in Sr Womens, Ryan Devine and Pat Faughender took 1st and Alex Thompson and Ashley LLoyd 2nd in the Aloha heat and Vince Pando got 2nd in Kahunas to give PPSC the Team 1st Place trophy. Quite an accomplishment considering the competition. Several more PPSCers placed in the finals, so take a look at the Big Stick site.
As the longest-running classic longboard surf contest in the world, the Big Stick Logjam drew more than 100 competitors from the top Coalition of Surfing Clubs on the West Coast. Longboarders from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Washington state competed in this year’s event.
The logjam requires that all surfers ride boards shaped prior to 1970 and weighing a minimum of 20 pounds. Competitors are also restricted from using leashes. The result is a fun, laid-back contest that helps keep the spirit and history of surfing’s golden age alive and well. (See Leo Maxam’s SC Sentinel article.)