Still Frothy Surf Festival 2017
The event kicked off on Saturday with solid, chest-high waves and brisk, cool air for a proper celebration of the beginning of fall. After the preliminary rounds of groms, girls, boys and junior heats, organizers fired up the ol’ PWC and started whipping the talented rippers into onshore ramps for the Tow-At Air Team Challenge.
While some surfers were humbled with punishing wipeouts, Austin Neumann and Vinny Leonelli paired up, went big, and stomped hard for some serious coin. The remainder of the afternoon was focused on the Non-Profit Team Challenge, where groms surfed alongside some of their favorite pros for a shot at winning a Catch Surf Beater. In the end, Noah Wegrich and his team — local legend Mike Schwartz and groms Jack Canigiula and Jak Zietz — took the win and earned $1,500 for The Young & Brave.
On Sunday, the swell dropped off a bit for the Pro-Am and Kids finals, but the action did not cease. The Pro-Am Final wrapped up the day as surfers battled through some pretty strong onshore winds and serious glare before Santa Barbara’s Sam Reichel smoothly sliced multiple lefts to reign supreme. Ruett co-founder Jeremy Ryan was looking on track to win this thing but unfortunately could not find a rideable wave in the final and ended up with a 4th place finish.
There was amazing talent from all over California and even a few international rippers like Guam’s Jared Gogue and Brazilians Davi Toledo and Namor Cayres destroyed the brine. In the 10 & Under division, Jayce Headland was on the alternate list before his frothing grandmother emailed officials hoping to get him get a slot. He blew through the field for an inspiring victory. In the Boys division, a sort of family affair saw Ventura face off against Santa Barbara before SB’s Hamilton Jacobs claimed the win. In the always-graceful Girls division, Sydney Beckett triumphed. Then the Juniors contestants really raised the bar. Ruett team rider Mario Diaz was on fire all event up until the final. Tommy McKeown jammed up from the RVCA Pro Junior in Newport Beach on Friday, where he made the Quarters, to Pismo on Saturday, where he made the Finals, before driving back to Newport on Saturday night, where he ultimately finished 3rd, before hightailing it back to Pismo to win the Juniors. A true pro.
1. Sam Reichel, $3,000
2. Quinten Rubalcava, $1,500
3. Micky Clarke, $500
4. Jeremy Ryan, $250Tow-At Air Show
1. Austin Neumann & Vinny Leonelli, $2,000 ($1,000 each)
2. Braden Jones & Micky Clarke, $500 ($250 each)Best Individual Performance
1. Tommy McKeown, $1,000
2. AJ Menna, $500
3. Eithan Osborne
4. Zane Booth
5. Mario Diaz
6. Myles FreehBoys
1. Hamilton Jacobs, $500
2. Pitas Higgens
3. Jak Ziets
4. Marley Sapp
5. Curtis Jacobs
6. Liam OsborneGroms (10 & Under)
1. Jayce Headland, $100
2. Kash Ritchie
3. Reese Kelly
4. Ryder Eldridge
5. Makena Ermocida
6. Ava BeckettGirls (11-17)
1. Sydney Beckett, $100
2. Emma Higgins
3. Amelia Ermocida
4. Makena Ermocida
5. Caiya Mcallister
6. Ashley Monterio Non-Profit Team Challenge
Team Young & Brave: Noah Wegrich, Mike Schwartz, Jak Zietz & Jack Canigiula, $1,500
($500 each to Feline Network of the Central Coast, Team Mateo, Waves of Impact, Amp Surf and Soul Profit)In addition to the contest winnings, Still Frothy doled out this frothiness:
-$5,000 from the Still Frothy college scholarship funds to Eithan Marquis, Eric Knowles, Jonah Pierce, Joel Bishop, Cassidy Pierce, Vinny Leonelli, Cole Woodland, Taylor Freeh, Riley Cabanero and Tyler Hopp.
-$500 from the Still Frothy Surf Competition Aid to division winners Sam Reichel and Tommy McKeown for entering the upcoming WSL Pismo Beach Open.
-Channel Islands surfboards for the following frothers in the name of late local legend, Robbie Artiaga: Elias Kohler and Beckett Kohler.
-Billabong wetsuits for the following frothers in the name of late local legend, Robbie Artiaga: Chris Kohler, Beckett Kohler and Elias Kohler.
-Billabong wetsuits to Jim Leonard, Brady Leonard, Tommy Wooley and Rodney Way for finishing in the top four in the Artiaga Team Memorial Challenge.
-$500 to Megan George for the Frothiest Human award.
-$350 to Oceano Junior Guards and Pismo Beach Junior Guards for a JG scholarship.