Since the beginning, Still Frothy has offered a free surf competition for kids 17 and under with a goal of getting kids off the couch and outside! Saturday, Billabong presented the Still Frothy Surf Festival in Pismo Beach, California, complete with the Tow At Air Challenge as well as a Pro-am division. The purpose of the festival is to inspire youth to leave their television and computers behind to go surfing, get hooked, and never stop shredding. It was also eco-friendly and solar powered, running the event off a UPG Ecotricity solar powered generator – Californians at their best.
The 3rd annual F.G.R.’s Billabong Still Frothy Surf Festival this past weekend at Pismo Beach was a huge success. For months now, the central coast of California had seen a serious lack of waves with horrendous onshore winds. That all changed this weekend! As the Groundswell Coffee warmed the crowd up, the fog cleared and the sun reared its head over the gorgeous coast, competitors were greeted with very contestable head high to occasional overhead swells on both days. Fortunately, the sun burned its way through the fog to help power the UPG Ecotricity solar powered generator to fuel the event. This could have very well been the first solar powered contest ever, but sure hope it’s not the last!
On top of the great waves, the sponsors came through big time this year with tons of goodies for prizes and giveaways. In addition, Pixelmags awarded $2,000 to the winning Tow At team, Radiology Associates gifted $1,500 for the Pro-am winner, Toyota/Honda/Scion of Santa Maria presented the Junior Guards of Oceano with a $500 check, another for the Juniors winner and one more for the Toyota Iron Man. Billabong also prized $500 for 2nd place in both the Tow At and Pro-am ($1,000 total) for grand total purse of $7,500!
Saturday saw the groms frothing most of the morning and made way for the Tow At Air Challenge specialists at 11am. Teams Reef (Nick Rosza and Austin Smith-Ford) and Analog (Josh Hoyer and Bobby Okvist) stuck giant airs and took 1st and 2nd respectively. The 1st place team took home $2,000 while the 2nd place team won $500. Great showings were offered up by Billabong‘s Jake Halstead and Cody Thompson and Rip Curl‘s Trevor Thornton and Pat Curren. Once the Tow At Air Challenge finished, the event returned to the groms, boys, juniors and tiny push ins. Stand outs were Trevor Thornton, Pat Curren, Isiah Hansen and Braden Jones. Results for these divisions are listed below.
After all the goodies, prizes and trophies were handed out, viewers raced up to Hoagies and watched a recap of the Tow At Air Challenge specialist and had the opportunity to vote on best maneuvers. Nick Rosza won $100 for best overall air, Bobby Okvist won $100 for best rotation, Addam Virs won $100 for best carve/cutback, Cody Thompson won a HSA tow rope for best attempt and Pat Curren won a $250 bro-card from Kustom for the sketchiest wipe out. He almost pulled a Gerry Lopez!
On top of that, Josh Hoyer won $500 at this year’s Toyota Iron Man. He’s been the hardest working surfer over the past few years and it was a well deserved award for him. Lastly, Channel Islands hooked up super amped and compassionate surfer, Johny Mcelgunn, and long time and dedicated MC Champ with some really fun surfboards that had been ridden by the impressive Channel Islands surf team.
Sunday brought the Tow At Air Challenge crew as well as other Californian and Hawaiian surfers to the Pro-am division where they entertained the audience with incredible maneuvers. The Semis and Finals were arguably some of the best contest surfing in the area. Reverses were being thrown down like MC Champ was throwing down one-line zingers. Though they didn’t quite make it to the finals, Nick Rosza, Johny Norris, Trevor Thornton, Shaun Burns and Matt Myers were absolutely ripping!
The final heat came down to Cody Thompson and Torrey Meister who battled it out for the $$1,750 presented by Radiology Associates. Thompson took home the money over Meister, but they both celebrated their excellent results.
Event coverage courtesy of Walter Cerny.
10 and Under Push In:
1st- Noah Davis
2nd- Nicolas Fernendes
3rd- Shane Adamski
4th- Jake Harvey
5th- Nate Penton
6th- Nick Worrell
11 to 14 Boys:
1st- Isiah Hansen
2nd- Braden Jones
3rd- Jonah Pierce
4th- Jeff Kenrel
5th- Joey Masters
6th- Dane Holroyd
11 to 17 Girls:
1st- Abby Brown
2nd- Evie Burke
3rd- Tori Burke
4th- Riley Cabanoro
5th- Jade Pierce
6th- Katie Huck
15 to 17 Juniors:
1st- Trevor Thornton- $500 presented by Honda of Santa Maria
2nd- Pat Curren
3rd- Vinnie Leonelli
4th- Tryden Brown
1st- Cody Thompson- $1,750 presented by Radiology Associates
2nd: Torrey Meister- $500 presented by Billabong
3rd- Johny Craft $350
4th- Pat Curren $150
5th- Austin Smith-Ford $100
6th- Tyler Payne- $50
Tow At Challenge:
1st- Team Reef, Nick Rosza and Austin Smith- Ford- $2,000 presented by Pixelmags
2nd- Team Analog, Josh Hoyer and Bobby Okvist- $500 presented by Billabong
$100 Best Air- Reef’s Nick Rosza
$100 Best Rotation- Analog’s Bobby Okvist
$100 Best Carve/ Cutback- Quiksilver’s Adam Virs
HSA (High Surf Accessories) Tow Rope for Best Attempt- Billabong’s Cody Thompson
Kustom Shoes $250 Brocard for Best Wipeout- Rip Curl’s Pat Curren
$100 and swag to Brycen for filming!