On the Edge
Micro Surf for New England Longboard Classic
By Peter Pan
All Photos by Lisa Haase
Regardless of the surf conditions, the Annual New England Longboard Classic is always a good time. This year was no exception, despite what contest officials and contestants alike agreed was micro surf. Yes. It was tiny. But it was rideable. Many contestants used what Senior Men’s champ Andrew Marsden suggested. “Stand in the shorebreak, and look for what might turn out to be a micro wall you can slide across before hitting the sand.” This strategy, as humorous as it sounds, worked well for many of the seasoned competitors. Some riders resorted to taking the fins out of the boards, looking to lengthen their rides. This plan backfired, as they spun out of control in the mini surf. It did prove to be entertaining for the spectators and judges, however.
The ESA veteran Marsden family had a field day in their home break, as Andrew won the Seniors, Haley won the Girls, and Cade finished 2nd in the Boys divisions. Both children followed their father’s advice, as they pushed across some glassy rights to top their categories. Home town ripper Jessica Kenny took the Women’s SUP title and the Junior Women’s crown, while Carver’s top surfer, Sarah Procaccini styled her way to a win in the Women’s main event. Cape Cod ESA veteran Sue Glidden slid into two lefts to top Christine Bonnichon for the Senior Women’s title. Ed Traniello tip rode his way to a big win in the Men’s division, edging past Travis Henchie and Tim O’Shea got the longest lefts of the heat, to beat Phil Jessaume in the Grand Master event.
Pat Redmond did an amazing “El Rollo” in a micro tube, to top the Open Bodyboard, while Peter Pan managed to dip into two clean left walls to win the heavily contested Open Men’s SUP final.
The best part of this annual affair was the after party, held at Daddy’s Beach Club, right across from the contest site. Participants were treated to free pizza, lots of prizes, contest tee shirts, and outstanding frozen Margaritas. ESA Massachusetts Competition Director Chick Frodigh always put on a great show, and this year’s band, The Dave Foley Band, rocked the place until it was dark.
The next ESA contest of the 2016 season is scheduled for July 9th at 2nd Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island. This contest will be on call for the night before.
Results of the New England Longboard Classic, held in micro surf, at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, on June 12, 2016. Boys 12 and Under-1.Issac Gutterman 2.Cade Marsden Junior Men-1.Nick Jessaume 2.Conrad Bailey 3.John McGeough 4.Dylan Key 5.Tanner Lornell 6.Nick Stavis Men-1.Ed Traniello 2.Travis Henchie 3.Ross Lagoy 4.Charlie Frodigh 5.Dave Oxner 6.Art Seaman Masters-1.Allan Tambio 2.Chris Herbert 3.Tom O’Brien 4.Naoto Ohashi 5.Milton Valencia Senior Men-1.Andrew Marsden 2.Paul Key 3.Dan Santos 4.Gab Cattani 5.Dale Pariseau Grand Masters-1.Tim O’Shea 2.Phil Jessaume 3.Ken Merrill 4.John McInerney 5.Tim Timmerman Legends-1.Peter Pan 2.Jim Papadonis 3.John Burns 4.Hal Stokes Girls-1.Haley Marsden 2.Sam Kizner 3.Katie Frodigh Junior Women-1.Jessica Kenny 2.Alycia Davies Women-1.Sara Procaccini 2.Nancy Hastings 3.Denise Lamb Senior Women-1.Sue Glidden 2.Christine Bonnichon 3.Libby Cote Men’s Open SUP-1.Peter Pan 2.Gab Cattani 3.Ben Yoder 4.Dan Santos 5.John McInerney 6.Branch Lane Women’s Open SUP-1.Theresa Kenny 2.Jessica Kenny 3.Maria Beretta Open Bodyboard-1.Pat Redmond 2.Gab Cattani 3.Charlie Frodigh 4.Don Santos 5.Peter Pan Beast Heat-1.Joe Fillon 2.Jessica Kenny 3.Josh Hills 4.Casey Brown
Andrew Marsden photo by Lisa Haase
Christine Bonnachon photo by Lisa Haase
Conrad Bailey photo by Lisa Haase
Dan – photo by Lisa Haase
Denise Lamb – photo by Lisa Haase
Peter Pan – photo by Lisa Haase
Phil Juassano – photo by Lisa Haase
Sue Glidden – photo by Lisa Haase
Tim O’Shea photo by Lisa Haase