Anything But 3 Surf Contest

2nd Place winner Kyung Seo
       On Saturday, September 14, 2013,  ZJ Boarding House held their second annual Anything But 3 Surf Contest near lifeguard Tower 26 in Santa Monica. An unique surf contest where all the competitors surf on boards provided by ZJ.  A mixed selection of boards that all have either 2, 4, or anything but 3 fins.

    ZJ Boarding House manager Spencer, along co-owner Todd Roberts came up with the idea for the contest, now in it's second year.  "It's a contest more about having fun and trying new stuff", explains Roberts, "You surf your same board everyday, so this is to get you out of your comfort zone, get on a different board, and have some fun." 
        Several groups of surfboards are spread out on the beach, and before every heat begins, each surfer picks a numbered chip out of a pot,  and that number determines from which group of boards the surfer can pick from  to use for that heat. As the surfers advance to the next heat,  they pick a new numbered chip, and  usually ended up with an different group of boards to choose from.

    The contest, open to all ages and skill levels, as well as both male and female surfers, was one of the rare times you such a huge mixture of surfers competing in the same heats.

1 - Rusty White
2 - Kyung Seo
3 - Will Degree
4 - Cole Sweeney
5 - Julie Russel             

      For the complete contest photo gallery of nearly 200 photos, including photos of the practice session before the contest, check out the Anything But 3 Photo Gallery

Check out ZJ Boarding House at http://www.zjboardinghouse.com/

                                                                           More photos: Anything But 3 Photo Gallery


Ocean Park 26 Surf Contest

Mens Final  -  Marcus Mclendon

   Back during the last weekend of July, Ocean Park 26 held their annual surf contest at Santa Monica's Tower 26.  A two day contest consisting of  Body Surfing, Boys, Girls, Juniors, Womens, Mens, and Masters divisions, with Qualifiers on Saturdays and Finals on Sunday. This is a recap of the Finals.
Breck Adler
   The contest started off early on this overcast morning with the Body Surf Division, with West Adler, Marcus McLendon and Vytus Bauskauskas taking the top 3 spots in that order. Up next was the Boys Final.  Beck Adler led the pack with several frontsides off the lip into first place. While Kolby  threw a few sweet floaters, it just wasn't enough to beat the waves of Colin White (2nd place) and Harry Fishman (3rd place).

Francesca "Frankie" Seely
  Francesca "Frankie" Seely rode her short board for the first half of the Girls Final, then switch to her long board to finish out the heat with a first place win. Chloe Klienman caught some mini tubes and a second place finish. Third place went to Maddie LoMonaco.  And in her first contest, Quincy Solomon rode out some long waves while doing Saturday Night Fever dance moves.

Maddie LoMonaco, while Quincy Solomon looks for her next wave.
Chloe Klienman
Cameron Packham
    The waves died down a bit as the Juniors started their heat, but Cole SweeneyKenta Elwell and  Matt Hodges were able to throw down some solid turns for the top three spots. Blasting out of the waves and  into fourth was Cameron Packham.

   Luckily the waves picked up a bit as the Women took the stage, with several solid waves Suzy Diaz placed first. Second place Mary Mills seemed to be having the most fun, with switching stances on most waves she got.  Tammy Mowery took third, while Liz Montgomery  got fourth.
Suzy Diaz
Mary Mills
Yves Bright
       The Mens Final saw the most aggressive surfing.   Throwing a few aerials and getting tucked in a  mini tube got Marcus McLendon a third place finish, while Rusty White's hard charging got rewarded with second.  Yves Bright took first with several floaters off the lip.

   There was a couple near collisions during the Masters Final. Sergio Lira and Ben Colvin tied for third. Some very stylish surfing by  Marc Sabatini earned him a second place finish. Getting in several waves with some aggressive surfing,  Donny Wilson earn first place.
Sergio Lira
Marc Sabatini

Everyone enjoying some music by The Ooks Of Hazzard
   The contest wrapped up with an awards ceremony over on the grass area of Ocean Park.  The band  The Ooks Of Hazzard got things underway performing several songs, then contest organizer  Kevin Osborne started calling up the winners to receive their trophies and goodies bag. Designed by local surf artists  Kit Kalionzes and Bob Boreman, the trophies were mini sculptures of lifeguard tower 26.  Each trophy was painted with the actual paint used on the lifeguard towers.

Tower 26 inspired trophies
Jeff Ho

1st Place Girls Francesca "Frankie" Seely

Beck Adler with his Boys 1st Place winnings
 To see even more photos of each surfing heat and the awards ceremony, check out the complete contest gallery with over 360 photos:   Ocean Park Surf Contest Gallery

For more on Ocean Park 26, check out their site: Ocean Park 26

Masters before they head out for their heat.
Charlie Gooding
Dylan Kruger
Antonia Fuller
Ocean Park flag
Julie Gandolfo & Apryl DeLancy

Frank Corona 
Julie Gandolfo barely avoiding Suzy Diaz
Nick Nevarez
Tower 26
                                         More photos:  Ocean Park Surf Contest Photo Gallery


"Those Folks" Best Trick Skateboard Contest

    On Saturday, August 24,  "Those Folks" held their first skateboard contest at the Venice Beach Skatepark.  A "Best Trick" contest on the 8-stairs/rail section of the park. A small informal fun contest, about a dozen skaters were split into two heats throwing down their best tricks to get into the finals. Leandre Sanders 360 ollied over the rail landing in 2nd place, while Matt Lemond took 3rd, and Jesus Esteban , who won the Bassride Bank-To-Wall Contest a few weeks earlier, chalked up another 1st place. (Scroll down for the video)

Jesus Esteban
Leandre Sanders

Product Toss
  No skate contest is complete without the infamous product toss, and Those Folks did not disappoint, they did two product tosses.  Clothing, sunglasses, shoes, skateboards, and even some trucks were tossed to the crowd. Check out the highlight video posted below.

For some more photos of the contest, check out the:

Matt Lemond