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Clean Water Classic PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 June 2007
The 6th annual Clean Water Classic surfing contest has just wrapped up at Westport, Washington. This event was a benefit for the Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation. The 2007 Clean Water Classic was presented by Global Surf Industries (GSI), the worldwide leading surfboard distribution company. The event drew more than 100 competitors and also drew many first time surfers to the beach as well. “It’s great to see so many people surfing for the first time- it’s just perfect!” said Mark Kelly, the President of Global Surf Industries Mark continued “"The surfing community of the Pacific Northwest should be very proud of itself. The quality of the surfing I saw on the weekend was sensational. The local guys can hold their head up high on the performance side of things. This was my first trip to the region, and having travelled extensively throughout the world I have to say that the “Aloha spirit” was alive and well in Westport. The surfing culture here is pure and the joy of surfing that I witnessed really fits with our company mantra - Life is better when you surf!” GSI brought several well known surfers to participate in the event, including Bonga Perkins (who is currently on the cover of Longboard magazine) and Steve Walden, a successful surfboard shaper/ manufacturer from Ventura, CA.

The event started with a GSI sponsored surfboard dealer heat on Friday, which drew three man teams from six surf shops.  The three man teams surfed three boards (a shortboard, a fish, and a longboard). The shop winner was awarded a $2500 shop credit, which drew spirited competition to start off the surfing weekend. Steepwater Surf (Westport, WA) was the eventual winner of the GSI shop challenge.

On Saturday June 2nd, the first heats started at 8:00 AM at the jetty in Westhaven State Park, Washington. The event concluded at 3 PM on Sunday, June 3rd. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, 50 heats were run with most being 15 minute heats. Six competitors per heat was the norm on Saturday, with the semi finals and finals on Sunday drawing between two and four competitors per heat.  The weather was calm and foggy at times, with nicely shaped waves in the two to six foot range. 

On Saturday night, GSI and Quiksilver combined forces to provide an extraordinary surf theme party which attracted over 450 people.  The party turnout packed the Westport Convention Center, and featured a Quiksilver raffle, the donation of boards by Mark Kelly from GSI, and several surf movies and movie previews.  One of the movies previewed was Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer which will be released by Fox on June 15, 2007.  In this movie, the lead character rides a silver surfboard.  The Clean Water Classic was selected by Fox to feature a very limited edition silver surfboard similar to the one used by the movie character.  On Sunday, this board was given to the winner of the Master’s Shortboard division (Matt Loughren).  Matt is the well known owner of a local surf shop in Westport, and the crowd roared appreciatively as Matt stepped up to claim his one of a kind prize. 

Other major sponsors who made the 2007 Clean Water Classic a great success include Rebel Boards,  Awesome Surf Videos, Vitamin Water, One Ball Jay, Cleanline Surf, Sex Wax, XCel, Perfect Wave, Hammersurf, and Biofoam Boards.

2007 Clean Water Classic division winners included:

Pro/Am Shortboard Division (shortboards are less than seven foot four inches):

1st = Noah Cohen (Tofino, BC) .  Noah also won the Best Wave and Shortboard Highest Scored Wave.  Noah received $500 for his win.
2nd = Steve Martin (Westport, WA).  Steve received $150 for his win.
3rd  = Bastien Lanusse (Tofino, BC).  Bastien received $100 for his win.

Master’s Shortboard (40 + years of age):           

1st = Matt Loughren (Westport, WA)
2nd = Andrew Drake (Seattle, WA)
3rd = Gary Smither (Coos Bay, OR)

Women’s Shortboard:           

1st = Leah Oke (Port Renfrew, BC).  Leah won $150 for her win.
2nd = Rachel Ward (Seaside, OR)
3rd = Katt Dunn

Men’s Longboard (longboards are more than nine feet long):   

1st = J.P. Canis
2nd = Steve Martin (Westport, WA)
3rd = Andy Cordeiro

Master’s Longboard:           

1st = Perry Abedor (Dana Point, CA)  Perry also won the Longboard Highest Scored Wave.
2nd = Andrew Drake (Seattle, WA)
3rd = Gary Smither (Coos Bay, OR)

Women’s Longboard           

1st = Rachel Ward (Seaside, OR)
2nd = Yvonne Mendel (Tofino, BC)
3rd = Hannah Nicholls (Depoe Bay, OR)

Junior’s Division (between 12- 17 years old):           

1st = CC Unger-Mayor (Tofino, BC)
2nd = Kye Peladeau (Tofino, BC)
3rd = Janek Peladeau (Tofino, BC)

Surf Kayak High Performance:

1st = Gary Korb (Port Angeles, WA)
2nd = Jameson Riser (Seattle, WA)
3rd = Kate Howell (Corvallis, OR)

Surf Kayak Novice/ Intermediate:

1st = Joe Dietrich
2nd = Jeff Daniels

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 63 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2007 )
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