The Battle of the Beater went off!
This weekend the Catch Surf Battle of the Beater went down at Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside and 50 competitors from all over Southern California showed up and ripped their Beaters! The contest was greeted with clean 2-4 surf and clear sunny skies by 11am! Here is a group shot of some of the Beater warriors that came to do business!
The finals of the first annual was made up of some of the baddest Beater ripper shredders from California! Here’s how the finals ended up:
1st place: Steve Maccarone (San Clemente) won $200 cash, 2011 Catch Surf Y-Quad & skate deck ($410), Freestyle Shark watch ($65), AMBSN Clothes ($120), Jens Sunglasses ($90)
2nd place: Justin White (Seal Beach) won $100 cash, Custom stamped Beater & skate deck ($200), Freestyle Shark watch ($65), AMBSN Clothes ($100), Jens Sunglasses ($90)
3rd place: Bill Bryan (Laguna Beach) won $50 cash, Beater & skate deck ($200), Freestyle Shark watch ($65), AMBSN Clothes ($100), Jens Sunglasses ($90)
4th place: Shea Porter (San Clemente) won Catch Surf skate deck ($50), Freestyle Shark watch ($65), AMBSN Clothes ($60)
5th place: Rocket Klein (San Clemente) won Catch Surf skate deck ($50), Freestyle Shark watch ($65), AMBSN Clothes ($60)
6th place: James Luccarelli (Capistrano Beach) won Catch Surf skate deck ($50), Freestyle Shark watch ($65), AMBSN Clothes ($60)
The shredders of the day walked away with some nice prizes and to think that entry was FREE!!
The finalists right before they paddle out to do battle!
Two of the top competitors of the day, Bill Bryan and Justin White chilling before one of their heats. Justin White was the darkhorse of the event, he showed up out of nowhere and ripped his Beater all day long, busting big snaps and even a new move where he would do a fronside 270 spin and reverse to a 360 all at once!!! Justin is part of a crew of Beater rippers out of Seal Beach and they all represent and work at Inflight surfshop, so if your in Seal Beach make sure to go to Inflight to pick up a new Beater!
There was a solid crowd on the beach to watch the finalists do battle at the end of the day.
The judging panel was on it all day long and the scores were consistent and perfect everytime! Big thanks to CJ Drummy, Johnny Redmond, Joel Manalastas and Brian Peterson for all their help judging. In this photo is also Catch Surf founder George Arzente and Bill “Beaker” Bryan rapping out while the judges do work.
The goods up for grabs.
We ran the Battle of the Beater a little later than most contests so the competitors could get a tad more sleep before the big day. This picture was taken probably around 8:30am when all the riders started to show up.
Competitors posing for a photo before their heat. Unlike other contests, the Battle of the Beater was all about fun and it showed, everyone was having a good time. When guys lost, they didn’t get mad, they went and skimmed their Beaters!
Junior Pro skimboarder Blair Conklin ripped all day and came up just short from making the finals. Blair didn’t go home empty handed though, him and Shea Porter both won the mini skim jam we held and both took home new Catch Surf skateboards.
15-Time World Champion skimboarder Bill “Beaker” Bryan shredded all day and managed to pull down the highest scoring wave of the day when he pulled a pop shuv-it over a kid that was in his way on the inside. It was SICK!!!!
We put signs all over the beach so people knew it was a Beater contest….
Junior competitor Rocket Klein used the power of his mullet to guide him to the finals.
More competitors preparing to battle on the Buccaneer beach grinders!
This is Vinny De La Pena, the proud father of three mini Beater shredders.
Best announcer ever, Ricky Miller all the way from Virginia Beach.
Grom competitor and his custom stamped Beater looking sick.
The Beater ‘O’ Dart game.
Grom ripper Jonathan Ross checking what heat he’s in.
Spectators watching some of the early round action in the morning.
Morgan Just ripped his way to the semis and even pulled off a kickflip in front of everyone while skimming on his Beater.
Two Beater rippers, Heston Gale and Roy Callahan.
Check back tomorrow on the blog for more pictures and videos from the Battle of the Beater.