After one postponement the South Padre Island Open sponsored by the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau was called on for the weekend of April 16-17th, 2016.
Saturday, contestants and families had sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s to greet them. It was a beautiful day for a contest! Waves were running thigh to waist with short period wind swell, but forecast was calling for an increase in wave height and longer period later in the morning so officials made the call to delay running the first heat until 11:30.
Waves did indeed clean up a bit and were around thigh to stomach high for most of the day.
In spite of the small size there were no shortage of waves on hand for all the contestants to show their best to the judges.
Sunday dawned to cloudy skies, and as volunteers were getting the tent ready to begin the heats, a squall moved through with winds gusting into the 40mph range. Tents were taken down and everyone ducked for cover until the wind died back down.
After the squall went through, the waves cleaned up again. The first heat was in the water at around 10 and the finals were under way! Waves were bigger, running around stomach to chest high and had more power for the contestants to work with.
Taking the top slots for the weekend were:
Microgroms: Veda Pressley
Menehune Girls: Carly Hudson
Menehune Boys: Robert Murphy
Boys: Ian Appling
Girls: Maddie Garlough
Junior Men: Bradley Blades
Junior Women: Maddie Garlough
Men: Shane Wiggins
Girls: Maddie Garlough
Masters: Shawn Cooksey
Senior Men: Brett Hopkins
Legends: Brett Hopkins
Junior Longboard: Andrew Leal
Womens Longboard: Olive Smith
Mens Longboard: Zach May
Senior Longboard: Brett Hopkins
Open Shortboard: Shawn Cooksey
Teams: Dockside Red
Full results for the SPI Open can be found here.
TGSA would like to thank the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for sponsoring this event for us! Everyone had a wonderful time in the surf and sun on the beautiful island of South Padre. We would also like to thank Scott Ellwood of GScottimaging and Rob Henson Surf Shots for capturing all the gorgeous shots for the SPI Open.
It is now time for the State Championships!
THE TEXAS STATE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS Presented by The Texas Surf Museum first call has been set April 30th / May 1, 2016!
Online Registration for the Texas State Surfing Championships is now open. Please get your registration in asap.
Please remember all fees that you may owe must be current with TGSA.
We need your help in order to properly and efficiently plan the TGSA contests. If you are planning to surf this event, please sign up online or by downloading our entry form asap so that we can prepare for the contest. If you do not have access to sign up online or to download our form, please send your entry information to firstname.lastname@example.org with your desired divisions listed as well as your intent to pay on the beach. Deadline for signups prior to the contest is 4:oo PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. If you do not send your information in to TGSA you may miss out. Beach entries will only be accepted for open slots and we will not add an additional heats, with the exception of Open Shortboard and Open Longboard. Please get your entries in as soon as possible.
See you there!!