Surf Contests

We are excited to hear about what Jonah has been up to recently! Please check out his guest blog below!

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

The past two weekends I had a Surfing America Prime event at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz and a Volcom event at Pismo Beach. The waves in Santa Cruz were big; big wave surfer Peter Mel was actually out there as water patrol surfing 15 foot waves on a 9’6 gun at the middle peak. the water was really cold, but i was warm in my 5:4:3 hooded Cypher wetsuit and neo-goo booties from Quiksilver. To get out into the water I had to jump off a rock about six feet high and there were eight foot waves breaking on it, with non-stop set waves coming through. I had a board that was too small and was really slidey, but luckily I still got 9th in the Prime event. For the Pismo contest the waves were really walled and it was super hard to pick a good one, so unfortunately I lost in the semi- finals. Although I lost earlier than I wanted, I still had a great time at the event hanging out with my friends from there, and getting to see Nate Tyler! Hopefully I will do better next time in the Prime event at Upper Trestles next month.


Jonah Pierce


**Photo courtesy of ASP/Rowland

Kelly Slater was all smiles on October 8, 2012 as he won his 51th ASP WCT at the Quiksilver Pro France. This is Slater’s 3rd win on the tour- Fiji, Trestles, France. Just 2 weeks earlier, Kelly claimed win #50 at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California.  That win was a special moment for him mocking his first win 22 years ago at the same spot- Lower Trestles.

“I have to thank the fans – not only today, but over the years. It’s such a blessing to be surfing at Trestles.” Slater continues, “It’s cool to win the 50th here. I won my first event as a pro here, and it’s great to get this win.”

It seems as though Slater is having a lot of repeats on this tour, bringing back memories from years ago. “It has literally been 20 years,” Slater said. “I had my first win here 20 years ago and that’s pretty crazy.” Since the first time he claimed the title 20 years ago, this is only his second in France.
**Photo courtesy of Tom Servais

 October 10, 2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugual kicks off and its anyone’s game! With only 3,000 points seperating 1st place and 3rd place, I can you this will be a great competition!  Check out the current standings for the ASP WCT:

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro France 2012):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 46,200 pts

2. Kelly Slater (USA) 45,450 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,000

4. John John Florence (HAW) 39,150 pts

5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 31,900 pts

Stephanie Gilmore Wins 5th World Title

Join the celebration and do some hashtaging on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Post creative uses of the number 5 and Hash tag #5STEPH

Quiksilver Foundation will donate $1 for every pic to charity so get creative!

Stephanie Gimore 2012 Womens TItle

More epic shots of South Coast shop rider Ryland Rubens from Steamer Lane. He did pretty well and took 5th overall in the 14U division.

Awesome shredding we’re proud!

Ryland Rubens Takes 3rd in HB – NSSA Open Boys

Congrats on the podium. Ride like the wind Ryland!

South Coast PB shop rider Ryland Rubens took home the 12U 1st place trophy at the West Coast Championships at Churches.  He is super stoked as he automatically qualifies for the limited slots for USA Championships at Lowers in July.

He was so relaxed that he stayed in his pajama bottoms all day and to the podium.

South Coast is proud to have Ryland on board and we wish him luck in national championships! Yea Ryland!

A contest with waves!

Words: Fabiano Sarmento
The exclamation heard up and down Oceanside pier from frothing groms, stoked moms, and everyone in-between. Surfers in the SSS Oceanside event over the weekend had the privilege of competing in consistent 4-6 Northwest groundswell as the howling offshore kept the faces steep and wide open for any maneuver they could contort their bodies to perform.

South Coast Team riders don’t take these conditions for granted. These team riders surf 2-3 foot on-shore slop as often as most of us beg Surfline to read something other than “Poor Conditions” on our day off. Middle School Surfers saw one of South Coast youngest and most polite talents Sean Purbaugh ride his 5’3 shortboard to a 6th place finish in the finals. Freshmen surfers Josh Larocco and Katie Magers effortlessly perched their way through their respective heats. A leash-less Josh showed immense confidence and control in his heats as he refused to back away from the nose even on the largest of sets earning 6th place in the Men’s Longboard final. Katie came out amping to compete on her one session custom South Coast Retro Longboard, There a few gambles greater in competitive surfing than riding a new stick in a heat and yet she stood tall, calm, rocking a spring suit and an ear to ear smile all the way to 4th place in the Women’s Longboard final. Shortboarders Cody Sherman and Cole Holderman used their repertoires of under the lip vertical snaps and rail burying gouges to earn top merits for Point Loma High school’s Team heats against Carlsbad. Cody “Squid” Sherman is a big kid weighting in at 170lbs standing at 6’0. Cody kept it simple, turn harder then turn harder. Cole displayed good variety as he moved from tight snaps to wide backside arcs and closed out with his favorite signature chop-hop to make sure we all stay entertained. You have a whole beach watching, might as well put on a show right? Special acknowledgement goes out to Freshmen shortboarder Spencer Bingham. Spence may have fallen short of advancement but proved he will not go down without a fight. In the heats dieing moments he battled priority away from a Carlsbad team rider only to take off behind the section and somehow found the speed he needed to throw down a nice 3 snap combination.

A solid set of results for our SC riders, congratulations everyone. Team riders from the Ocean Beach South Coast Surf Shop have been keeping busy on the contest front. The Scholastic Surf Series formerly the Interscholastic Surfing Federation started their season in October.

Here is an update from Team Manager Donn Clark:

In the San Diego County Middle Schools competition Sean Purbaugh is ranked #6 in short board and Zack Clark is ranked #1 in long board. In the San Diego High School competition Katie Majors is ranked #4 in girls long board, Cody Sherman is ranked #5 in short board, Spencer Bingham is ranked #10 in short board and Josh LaRocco is ranked #1 in long board. Look for the team to finish strong in the 2nd half of the season with the top 3 from each division going to the State Championships in Oceanside.

By Jody W. Wood

The SCSA 2007 Tony Mezzadri Contest & Spaghetti Dinner is just around the corner! This annual event, in its thirteenth year, takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sun. Aug. 19, at the Ocean Beach Pier. Several years ago, Tony suffered an injury that left him paralyzed, with no movement in his legs and limited movement in his arms and legs. Since the contest began in 1994, all proceeds from entry fees, t-shirt sales, raffles, spaghetti dinner, and donations have gone to benefit spinal cord research.

Get ready for Gromfest 2007! It takes place Aug. 25, 2007. Gromfest is a surf contest for kids, as well as a barbecue for everyone. This event is always a success and it gets better every year. Everyone is welcome to check out the action and if you’d like to volunteer to help out, contact one of the committee members. Use this link for more information.

By Robb Bailey

Ten years ago Steve Cowan of South Coast, Parker McNaughton of Black Rock Entertainment and Roger Lee of P.B. Bar and Grill started a summer surfing event that has turned into a tradition here in San Diego. Back then it was a smaller event, with a focus on creating rivalry between surf shops in a “team event” format.

As the event has grown, the PB Summer Surf-off has become to provide more entertainment for people than the average surfing contest. Resident MC’s Jonah Mechanic and Luke Murdock have continued to up the ante every year with exceedingly hilarious contests on the beach to get the crowd participating in the event.

Events like the Grom Race, where our younger participants had board bags pulled over their bodies, got spun around, and then had to run a race to the finish line only sparked the creativeness of the events planned year after year.

This year the surfing conditions were a fun, peaky 2 to 4 feet that allowed the surfing contestants to pull off some very good maneuvers in the water. (See results page) But as every surf contest has experienced, the conditions don’t always allow for those types of heats. That’s where the idea came in to have Jonah and Luke make the event not only a surfing contest for the surfers, but also for beach-goers as well.

Amidst the top of the day’s events was a helicopter that dumped 25 shirts onto the beach crowd, five of which were red. The people who picked up the red shirts got a $50 gift certificate to South Coast Surf Shops.

Next in line was the Sumo Wrestling Event, followed by the Partner Paddle, which entailed two grown men hopping into the same ladies’ one-piece bathing suit to form a paddling team on a longboard. Steve described the event only as “disgustingly funny” as lots of the participants were reps for major surf companies and personal friends of many on the beach.

The event was a huge success and continues to grow each year in popularity, although the goal is to keep providing a fun contest for local surfers and crowd participants alike. See you there next year!

10th Annual PB Summer Surf Off – PB Drive

Saturday, June 9th 2007
2-4 feet, good peaky conditions.

Junior Division Final
1. Ariel Ageoro
2. Daniel Blase
3. Kevin Watley
4. Sterling Weatherly
5. Tim Senneff Jr
6. Mason Dereaux

Masters Division
1. Pedro Diaz
2. Scott Quarrie
3. Keith Bybee
4. Chad Labass
5. Quintin Macklin
6. Chris Munsterman

Men’s Open
1. Hunter Lysaught
2. Jordan Gaudet
3. Danny O’Connel
4. Matt Vargas
5. David Dupont
6. Quintin Macklin

Team Competition Individual
1. Austin Ware
2. Nick Kovack
3. David Diaz
4. Kyle Knox
5. Ratboy
6. Scott Hammonds

Team Competition results
1. Sun Diego – 107 points
2. Quiksilver – 98 points
3. Freestyle – 90 points
4. Reef – 79 points
5. Smith – 67 points
6. Vans – 55 points
7. Hurley – 49 points