Groms claim Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta title in Manhattan Beach

Groms soaking it in.

Groms soaking it in.  To see more Jimmy Miller Fiesta photos click on PHOTOS link at top of page.

A team of groms, led by stand-out performances from the brothers grom Zachary, 13, and Jake Rosenberg, 9, won the 9th Annual Fresh Brothers Jimmy Miller Fiesta contest at El Porto on Sunday. Zachary Rosenberg’s performance in the grom-size surf earned him the Sector 9 Best Performance by a Grom award.

Filling out the grom team were Nathaniel Harris, 12, Gavin Gasperov, 11, and cheerleading elders Aaron Rosenberg and Michael Snavely.


Peff Eick and protege.

Nearly 200 surfers competed in the event, which raised over $25,000. The sold out contest matched surfers of all ages and both sexes on five-member teams. Except for the “A” surfers, competitors had their choice of three dozen demo boards brought to the contest by JC Surfboards’ Steve Meidroth. The “A” surfers rode boards selected by the opposing team — usually a delaminated soft top or a 5-foot Spyder thruster.

Matt Walls.

Matt Walls.

The surf was small but clean in the morning, not so good mid day, and glassy again in the afternoon for the finals, where the groms knocked off a team of mostly open division men. Spyder Surf’s Dickie O’Reilly was the groms final victim, along with teammates Chris Maloney, grom Connor Taylor, 6, Jake Johnson and Mark Silva. The contest was Silva’s 800th consecutive day of surfing.

At last year’s Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta, Bud Light committed to donating 25 cents to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation for every case sold in the South Bay over the following 12 months.

At the awards party, hosted by Veranda’s and catered by Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ, Bud Light presented JMMF with a check for $20,000.


Coach Chyo Baldocchi and future aerialist.

The premier of Peff Eick’s music video recounting his experience returning from Vietnam and his volunteer work with JMMF elicited an emotional, standing ovation.

Dozens of local surf business contributed auction items. An online auction, which continues through Nov. 1 include a four night Eco Adventure at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui for two; Astronaut training for four at the Kennedy Space Center; and three nights at Whistler. All include airfare.

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Other contest award winners included:

ET SurfboardsBeach Lounger Award: The Ulrich/Coate families.

Body Glove Best Performance by a Family: Matt Walls and sons Kieran and Shea.

Trilogy Spa Best Performance by a Female: Diane Silva.

Spy Best Wipeout: Juliette Ulrich.

Electric Longest Traveler Award: Makeala Seeger, from SeattleWashington.

Pure Surfing Experience Award: Beck Cherry.

JMMF offers ocean therapy, including surf lessons to the United States Marine Corps. Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at CampPendleton, as well as to veterans at the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from several care and shelter facilities for abused and foster children.

For more about the Jimmy Miller Foundation, visit JimmyMillerFoundation.orgER

Brothers grom Zachary and Jake Rosenberg are heading up a fundraiser for the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. Photo by Aaron Rosenberg

Brothers grom Zachary and Jake Rosenberg are heading up a fundraiser for the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. Photo by Aaron Rosenberg

Wave O’Rama fundraiser

Manhattan Beach Middle School seventh grader Zachary Rosenberg is organizing a Wave O’Rama to raise funds for the Jimmy Miller Foundation. Fellow surfers are asked to pledge money for every wave they catch in a single hour.

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