San Clemente surf contest doubles as a beachfront toy drive for Marine Corps families – Orange County Register
Surfers from Orange County, and from up and down the coast, hit the waves at the San Clemente Pier recently – enjoying a weekend of sizable surf while helping Marine Corps families enjoy a nicer Christmas at Camp Pendleton.
The waves were at times were big and crunchy, other times small and gentle, during the competition over the weekend, Dec. 2 and 3, the fifth stop on the Western Surfing Association’s 10-event 2017-18 tour. Meanwhile, the WSA conducted a Toys for Tots drive from a booth on the beach.
The association filled more than eight Toys for Tots collection boxes, Andrea Swayne, beach marshal, said via e-mail. Anyone who brought a toy got a competition T-shirt.
Out in the surf, Orange County athletes won 13 of the contest’s 24 divisions. Nine division winners were from San Clemente, two from Dana Point and one each from Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.
Dana Point’s Bella Kenworthy won two divisions. Other winners included Petey Romaniuk of Huntington Beach, Tess Booth of Laguna Beach and San Clemente surfers Aidan Sautner, Pedro Todaro, Kai McPhillips, Jeff Jesse, Philippe Chagas, Jack Hopkins, Indie Hoffman, Makai Bray and Mia McLeish.
Kai McPhillips of San Clemente goes for the barrel on what proved to be a close-out wave Dec. 2 at the San Clemente Pier. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Travis Booth of Laguna Beach lands an air-drop at the Western Surfing Association’s annual San Clemente Pier contest Dec. 2. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
When a barrel outraced Mathis Martinelly’s surfboard, the competitive surfer visiting from France decided to abandon the board … and then imagine what happened. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Mathis Martinelly goes for a barrel, minus his board. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Mathis Martinelly, visiting from France, slotted in the barrel, San Clemente Pier, Western Surfing Association contest, Dec. 2. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Huntington Beach’s Sage Guinaldi rockets off the lip Dec. 2 in a Western Surfing Association contest at the San Clemente Pier. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Bella Kenworthy from Dana Point smacks the lip during Western Surfing Association competition Dec. 3 at the San Clemente Pier. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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