The awards ceremony always provides a fun time as contestants move front and center to accept their trophies and prizes. The Women’s Open, which is always a crowd favorite, was as competitive as ever with Sydney Zoehrer defending her crown by taking the top spot followed by Jordan Alstad, DaniRose Hill, Trudie Nixon, and Rosie Harris. While Sydney won the top spot, she was also recognized with the Best Wipeout Award after charging a big set wave full throttle proving that taking big risks can lead to great rewards!
The Men’s Open is always hotly contested and the year-long bragging rights that come along with the 1st place trophy are priceless. This year, defending champion Bryan Guter of Emerald City Surf Shop came out on top again and it was no coincidence that Bryan also managed to hoist this year’s trophy for Best Noseride! Close behind in the Men’s Open were Liam Casey, Sven Karlsson, Doug Smith and Bart Albin.
The Men’s Masters division was lead by local surf maestro Mike Gillard who is not only a surfing legend, but has also taken on the mantle of Coronado Middle and High School surf coach this year! In 2nd place was Tommy Harris followed by Terry Gillard, Don McCleod, Craig Warriner, and Tim Casey.
Each year the Women’s Masters division showcases some fierce competition and amazing camaraderie. Mallory Zeller lead the pack followed by Dawn Nguyen, Mel Riley, Lisa Thompson, and Sarah Farnsworth-Neilson.
The future of surfing in Coronado is bright indeed with plenty of our young surfers turning out to showcase their skills! The winner of the Boys Under 13 division was Shane Cannon followed closely by Luke Johnson. Ryder Albin, Noah Pierre, Lincoln Blauert, and Shilow New rounded out the results. Lincoln was also the recipient of the first annual Most Inspirational Grom award after judges were impressed by his sheer stoke throughout the day!
The competition was also fierce in the Junior Men’s Division (14-17 years old) but it was Shane Gillard that was left hoisting the winner’s trophy at the VFW. He was followed by Ben Ruef, Jo Williamson, Anthony Dick, Ryan Herman, and Sam Zoehrer.