The second stop of the Blowfish Series went down under sunny skies, off shore wind and fun ripple chest high peaks at Oceanside Harbor, California on 25 – 26 November. Just over 120 competitors showed their faces Saturday morning to throw down in the water, get dirty on the beach and stuff their face with Chipotle burritos.
Even Volcom’s East Coast event dude Daniel Terry showed up and got the groms fire up on some East Coast tactics. Here are some highlights from the finals. The Grom were looking cold and a little sleepy in the early morning hours, so we whipped them into shape with some monster energy drinks and had them wrecking havoc on the beach in no time. In the final Dashel Pierson and Luke Rife open up with some impressive scores and continued upping the ante and when the horn sounded to end the final, it was Taylor Clark edging out Dashel for the win.
It was Taylor’s first win and he was ear-to-ear smiles with his new Remote control monster truck. He also picked up a Santa Cruz skate deck, Vestal Watch and a custom one of kind Volcom trophy. Rounding out the final was Nick Rowe, Austin Rowe, Dashiel Pierson and JD Lewis.
The Girls division had some huge prize at stake and more and more young girls continued to sign up as the morning progressed. After having to surf threw two round to get to the final, it was clear that it was a top-notch level of competition in the girls final. Kristi Rife started out the final with an impressive score, but was quickly taken out by her board and sent to the hospital for some stitches. Get well soon Kristi.
The other girls wasted no time taking over were Kristi left off. Jen Pollack and Tina Spadafora had it out till the bitter end and when the final horn sounded Jen edged out Tina by half a point to earned herself a 1000 valuable VQS points, Dakine board bag and backpack full of other loot. Marissa Shaw, Kristi Rife, CJ Soto and Cheyenne Arnold rounded out the final.
The Juniors final was top notch with Daniel Blaze setting the pace early on with a 7.0 score. Matt McCabe sat close to the jetty looking for his lucky left hand runners that had paid off threw the previous heats. Gabe Garcia also had a strong run threw out the day, but both Gabe and Matt couldn’t stop Daniel momentum and Daniel took the win.
He was blessed with a whole grip of good for this victory which included a H20 Audio waterproof ipod housing, Sector 9 skate deck and bag of other goods. Taking a respectable second was Matt McCabe, with Gabe Garcia, David Suhadolnik, Sean Bacon and Micheal Berg rounding out the final.
The Pro-Am division had stacked heat right of the bat from round one competition in the morning. 60 men’s competitor battled threw out the day to come down to 6 in the final. With $500 on the line, the boys were extra fried up for the win. Justin Quirk, Josh Buran and Brandon Ragenovich had been flaring up all day and as predicted it can down to then exchanging blows in the final.
Justin was fresh off a second place at last weekend Starfish event and with Oceanside being his stomping rounds, he was extra fired up. However, he couldn’t fend off Brandon and Josh who both were equally as hungry. When it can down to tallying the sheets afterward, Josh too the cash with Brandon in a respectable second, Justin in third and Austin Ware Zach Plopper and Scotty Hammonds rounding out the final.
1.Josh Buran $500