Pagan wins South Bay Boardriders,/Spyder inaugural virtual surf contest


Matt Pagan, of El Segundo, won the open men’s divisionin the South Bay Boardriders/Spyder Surf inaugural virtual surf contest. Video image courtesy of SBBC

The ET Surf/South Bay Boardriders Club Virtual Event 2 Surf Contest is underway. Contestants’ videos will be accepted through Sunday February 28. Waves must be ridden between Indicator on the south and the south side of the Santa Monica Pier, on the north.

In previous years, the SBBC contest series has been held throughout the winter on Saturdays in El Porto. But this winter, because of the pandemic, rather than surf together in heats, in front of judges, competitors are surfing individually, in front of video cameras. 

Contest announcer Mark Cole has emphasized that judging is based on the level of surfing, not on the quality of the video. 

January’s  Spyder Surf/South Bay Boardriders Club Virtual Event 2 Surf Contest drew 40 competitors. The top finishers were Micro Grom Assist: 1. Spencer Hennessey, 2. Connor Cady, 3. Kai Jimenez, 4. Lea Rea, 5. Lee leGrande. Micro groms: 1. Lucas Flores, 2. Coral Berry. Groms: 1. Cole Saffel, 2. Jonny Herrouin, 3. Alex Beggs, 4. Saul Sene, 5. Luke Ostrom, 6. Suzanne DeStefano. Boys and Girls: 1. Bryce Nicholson. Juniors: 1. Ethan Foley, 2 Brendan Griffin, 3. Beau Werger, 4. Kada kauffman, 5. Zach Mitchell, 6. Lucas Childs. Open Mens: 1. Matt Pagan, 2. Chad Parks, 3. Rodney Buck, 4. Zane Zaun, 5. Mark Jimenez,  6. Kade kauffman, 7. Colin White. Masters: 1. Chris Brown, 2. Brian Kingston, 3. Kevin Rea, 4. Greg McEwan. Legends: 1. Chris Wells, 2. Chris Brown, 3. Greg McEwan, 4. Shane Matthews, 5. Frank Mazzotta. Open Women’s 1. Darby Roath, 2. Sava Saffael, 3. Jamie Wilheim. Foamy: 1. Maggie Griffin. ER


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