EMERALD ISLAND – The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department hosted its first Youth Surf Series competition of the 2021 season on June 16 at Western Ocean Regional Access.
The series of three competitions introduces young surfers to competition and teaches them how to handle difficult conditions and sportsmanship, while teaching them more about the surfing community.
The first competition produced level playing conditions, including 2 to 3 foot waves with a constant wind from the southwestern shore. The young competitors showed a strong will to handle the windy conditions and took their share of the waves.
Due to a 24 hour delay, some competitors could not be present.
The contest saw the return of surfers from Charlotte, Raleigh and the local areas.
The 14 and under division is still strong, and this year is no exception.
Even though there were only a few, the separation between the surfers was tight.
Lane Gray used the experience he gained with the Eastern Surfing Association to take first place, while Luca Munoz, another ESA competitor, took second.
New Bern’s Nixon Christensen won the 11-and-under division, showing the experience he has gained over the past year. Nixon competed at a high level, ending his 2020 ESA season by qualifying for the ESA Eastern Championships.
Sofia Francese from Charlotte is back for her third season and has captured the girls 14 and under.
As always, the highlight of the contest is the push-n-go.
This division allows adults to help young competitors catch waves. It can be very competitive as young surfers go on long hikes.
Trinity Kromka of Pine Knoll Shores won the season opener.
The Youth Surf series featured many siblings competing, making it a great day out for the family.
Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation thanks the volunteers, sponsors and families for a safe and enjoyable day at the beach.
For young surfers looking to test their skills, the next contest will be on Tuesday July 13 at Emerald Isle’s Western Ocean Regional Beach Access.
Registration forms are available at the following locations: Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation, Atlantic Beach Surf Shop, Bert’s Surf Shop, Marsh’s Surf Shop, and South Swell Surf Shop.
Photos from the competition can be viewed online on the ESA / CNC Facebook page and are courtesy of Jamie Jones.
For more information, email Jasa Ellis at [email protected]
Here are the results of the competition:
Push-N-Go: 1, Trinity Kromka; 2, Carson Furtner; 3, Lucie Lyliston.
Girls 14-U: 1, Sofia Franzese; 2, Emily Gray.
Boys 11-U: 1, Nixon Christensen; 2, LÃ©o FranzÃ¨se; 3, Sam Furtner.
Boy aged 14 and under: 1, Lane Gray; 2, Luca Munoz, 3, Ben Furtner.