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2009 ECSC Results

Congrats everyone! Results are all posted via Surf USA.

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ECSC 2009 is a wrap!

Well, the event is all done. Thanks to everyone for coming out! We’ll have competition results, more photos, and interviews from the event posted tomorrow. Yaaaayyyyy!!!

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Quiksilver Super Groms

In the super groms division the little kids take over and simply get out and have fun. There were about 120 of them this year. Everyone gets something. Everyone wins.

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Look at their little faces! Don’t trust ’em though. Shifty little surfers will steal you blind. Look at them…yep. Watch out.

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ECSC Hermit Crab Championship

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Here’s where the real nail biting goes down. Who will win? Top seed Edmond Bacon was looking strong this morning, but Christoph has had a good last heat.

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Checking in – Surf results

Here’s what the day looks like so far…

Pro mens round two 12.30
Wesley desousa
Mark dawson
Kyle garsen
Aaron cormican
Balaram stack
Philip goold
Todd holland
Wayne satterwhite jr
Asher nolan
Scott rosner
Ryan helm
Pat mcmannus
Cole richards
Tanner strohmenger
Brenden petticrew
Michael powell
John mincher
Jensen calloway
Adam lambert
Daniel terry
Steve owens
Lucas rogers
Shane upchurch
Hunter heverly
Mason sapp
Jody davis
Ford archbold
Rob kelly
Niles schweizer
Shae lopez
Jason borte
Travis beckman
Steve owens

Junior women round one 2pm
Emily ruppert
Haley watson
Katie gordon
Carly casella
Jessie dverr
Allison parks
Brook hiltz
Alison bowman
Amanda siviter
Katherine hullinger
Savannah mann
Alex papariello
Jessica kweicinski
Taylor brill
Caroline dverr
Bree kleintop

Menehunes round three quarterfinals 3pm
Pierre graham
Eric kaiser
Luke marks
Billy mcgarry
Quentin turko
Grady kenner
Katie gordon
Luke gordon
Michael lukeson
Parker sawyer
Chase travers
Oliver simon
Alison bowman
Wes laine jr
Tristan jimemez
Charles ward

Pro junior round three semi finals 4.20pm
Cole richards
Rob kelly
Brenden buckley
Brett barley
Baralam stack
Philip gould
Spencer regan
Bryce humphrey

Junior longboard division round one 4.30pm
Cam fullmer
Joseph monaghan
Kenneth andrews
Brandon minor
Bud trent
Luke kohart
Forrest roberts
Michael agnew

Boys division round three 5pm
Julien payne
Noah conboy
Weston williams
Morgan taylor leavel
Corey howell
Seth conboy
Jennings sessoms
Dane zoretic
Brad flora
Jack sessoms
Dylan barnhardt
Matthew aycud

Pro women round two semi finals 5pm
Karina Petroni
Kayla beckman
Emily ruppert
Caroline duerr
Hayley watson
Lauren mclean
Connie arias
Liz hauer

Open shortboard round two quarter finals 5.40pm
Cole richards
John belote
Luke gordon
Connor lester
Julien payne
Jake horton
Dalton gilley
Tyler bohn
Brad moran
Ken hunt
Evan barton
Josh beveridge
Nathan evans
Chase baryhak
Raven lundy
Granger clark

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ECSC Contest Map

here’s an arial view of what you can expect at the event. there’s a lot going on here.

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Footage from 1967 ECSC

This footage is from the film Summer of ’67. Link via Surf USA dot org.

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Lowdown from a Guy at the Top: Interview with ECSC’s Paul West

US Surfing Federation President Paul West has a history that goes back decades with The East Coast Surfing Championships. Even though he’s got his hands full with the event now less than 14 days away, he still made a few minutes to answer questions from a newbie attendee. Its my first time attending the ECSC. Talking with Paul got me all stoked to check it out.

NS: You’ve been involved with the event for 31 years, correct? How did you get your start with the ECSC?

PW: I started as a competitor. It was really unorganized so I offered to help. Judging first, then as a district director for the Eastern Surfing Association, ESA, VA District who used to run the contest. I ran it with a small group of individuals and then eventually became solo director, but it take a team to do an event successfully of this magnitude. And I have always been blessed to have some great people helping me. I have met some incredible people over the years and developed many long lasting friendships.

NS: What’s the most difficult thing about judging a surf event?

PW: It is very difficult, you are taking something as subjective as surfing and converting it over to a concrete numerical value. It is a split second decision that you have to do over 1,000 times in the course of day. In takes intense concentration and focus. I have been fortunate to work under some of the best head judges in the world at the US Championships, World Games, Pan American Surfing Games, etc. And I learn something new every contest.

NS: Compared with all of the other contests that you run & produce, why the continued involvement with this one? What makes this contest so special?

PW: I love Virginia Beach. I have a lot of emotions invested. We moved to VB from Africa. My father was in the Navy and [did] attache’ work in Dakar Senegal. I went to First Colonial High School. I grew up with VB. It used to be a tiny little navy beer town. The hotels would board up after labor day, and the season really didn’t get started till July 4th. We were not allowed to run ECSC in the resort area for a while and had to be down at Camp Pendleton. Surfers did not have a lot of respect. There were a lot of us who worked hard to change that image. Surfing was not respected in Virginia Beach like in California where I was a young kid and my brother was born. But through many years of hard work and public relations and working with the city, state, etc. we changed the perception and the image of surfing. It is a respected and viable sport now – ECSC played a huge roll in that. ECSC was an opportunity to put surfing on the map. To give the athletes the recognition they deserved. To give opportunities to kids either through developing life lessons or maybe getting sponsors. I love the Super Grom event where it is for 10 and under beginners. It is free. All the families come out and the parents push the kids into waves. It is fun and reminds me of what surfing is all about. Enjoying life, family, respect — healthy, good, positive things.

NS: I’m sure you’ve seen top talent come out of this event. Any recollections of up & comers that turned into heavy hitters?

PW: A few years ago we brought Adriano de Souza to VB from Brazil. He was about 15 years old. He could not speak one word of English. It was his first time outside of Brazil. He was amazing. We used a translator and he did interviews. He won every amateur division he surfed and he won the pro junior and came in 2nd in the pro men. He is now 3rd in the World. Every major talent out of the East Coast has surfed ECSC at some point. Whether it was Kelly Slater, the Hobgoods, etc. A few years ago Tom Curren (5 time world champ) flew in from Europe to catch the hurricane swell we had for the contest and won. Another year we had Colin McPhillips and Joel Tudor (both world champion longboarders) surf the contest. So, for me there are almost too many to mention. There is always a standout every year. It is always a show. And it is a major accomplishment to win the contest because of the level of talent. It may be called the ECSC but we always have surfers in the past 5+ years come from all over the world to surf the contest.

NS: Who are the people you are most excited to watch compete this year?

PW: Pro men it would be Aaron Cormican, Asher Nolan, Paul Fisher, and Ben Bourgeois. There are many others, but those are the first that come to mind.

NS: Locals to watch?

PW: Phillip Goold and Michael Dunphy are the first two locals that come to mind.

NS: Five words that sum up the feeling of this event?

PW: Anxiety (because of surf conditions and all the details that make it happen), Stoked (it is exciting), Aloha (because of the Super Groms and the end of each day) Exhaustion (self explanatory) Smile (all the people, energy, and good times – it is the summer party).

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Paul has promised to dish the dirt with me on hurricanes, lightning bolts hitting the ground, and the police in part two of his interview. Considering the subject matter, I’m going to say the next one needs to be a video!
-nikki s.

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A few good shots: ECSC 2008

I stumbled across these shots from Norfolk, Virginia photographer Chris Hannah’s 2008 coverage of the event. The surfers are unknown, but I bet they’d be pumped on the shots. See more of Chris’ photos on Solstone Art.

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ECSC 2006 / THE GROMS

This is a quick look at the life of the Groms at the East Coast Surfing Championships 2006. Wonder if we’ll see any of these kids in the contest this year?

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