Texas Gulf Surfing Association closed out the 2016/2017 season with the Texas State Surfing Championships on May 20th and 21st at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi, Texas. Surf was solid waist to chest high on Saturday with workable sections on the inside bar and Sunday was slightly smaller but still workable and with sections that held up until the end of the competition. This year’s contest crowned new champions in both individual and team divisions and showcased many of the young up and coming competitors along with our long-time members and competitors.
Anchored by it’s Junior division and younger members, Board House Surf and Skate A and B took 1st and 2nd place team honors followed by Dockside Surf Shop White and Red in 3rd and 4th place. These finishes resulted in tie for the overall Teams Points Championship between Board House Surf and Skate A and Dockside Surf Shop White. Congratulations to both teams on a strong 2016/2017 Season effort. Many thanks to Atomic Omelette Surf Team, Benjamins Surf Shop, Board House Surf and Skate, Dockside Surf Shop, and Wind and Wave Water Sports for supporting their teams throughout the year.
Individual performances were strong and led by two division winners Kelly Scroggs (Junior Men and Men), John Johnson (Senior Men and Legends) and Morgan Faulkner (Men Longboard and Open Longboard). Other division winners included: Keagan Sohl (Micro Grom); Isabelle Kryger (Menehune Girls); Phi Pecore (Menehune Boys); Isabella Bertero (Girls); Andrew Leal (Boys); Aransas Blaha (Junior Women); Maddie Garlough (Women); Kris Hopkins (Masters); Ian Appling (Junior Longboard); Olive Smith (Women Longboard); Frank Floyd (Senior Longboard); Katherine Mathews (Women SUP); Ben Schuette (Men SUP); Bradley Blades (Air); and Shane Wiggins (Open Shortboard).
Season points champions were also crowned for the season. At the 2016 TGSA Board meeting, the TGSA Board approved new points structure for the Season Points Championships and the TGSA All-Star Team, putting an emphasis on the Texas State Surfing Championships. Points at the TSSC were doubled and one contest from the season was dropped in the championship calculations. Taking home the honors for the 2016/2017 Season were: Keagan Sohl (Micro Grom); Isabella Bertero (Menehune Girls); Phi Pecore (Menehune Boys); Isabella Bertero (Girls); Dallas Cunningham (Boys); Aransas Blaha (Junior Women); Kelly Scroggs (Junior Men); Maddie Garlough (Women); Shane Wiggins (Men); Bronson Hilliard (Masters); John Johson (Senior Men and Legends); Ian Appling (Junior Longboard); Olive Smith (Women Longboard); Ian Appling (Men Longboard); Frank Floyd (Senior Longboard); Walter Sohl (Men SUP); Katherine Mathews (Women SUP); Shane Wiggins (Open Shortboard); and Frank Floyd (Open Longboard).
The 2017 All-Star Team berths were announced as well. This year’s team is Isabella Bertero (Menehune Girls); Phi Pecore (Menehune Boys); Mia Marr (Girls); Dallas Cunningham (Boys); Aransas Blaha (Junior Women); Kelly Scroggs (Junior Men) and Ian Appling (Junior Longboard). Wildcard spots are currently being considered and all interested competitors must submit an essay to TGSA to be considered. Please get your submissions in ASAP to Patty Garlough or Morgan Faulkner.
The Spirit of Surfing Award was re-introduced at this year’s TSSC. This award is presented annually to an individual that exemplifies the characteristics to promote surfing in Texas, encourages others within the sport, actively participates in TGSA as a competitor or active member within the organization, and is a driving force for surfing in Texas. This annual award is chosen through a nomination and voting process that is carried out by past recipients of the award. This year’s recipient was Bronson Hilliard. Bronson is a long-time competitor and is currently an active board member of TGSA. With years of experience and a never ending support of the Texas surfing community, Bronson is a well deserving recipient and the TGSA family congratulates you.
The TGSA Board would like to thank all of our members, competitors and families for your support throughout the year. A big shout out to our contest sponsors who play an integral role in making TGSA events possible. This include: Third Coast Beach Co. (Packery Channel Open); Southern Spears Surf Shop (Galveston Open); MyFunPortAransas.com and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce (Port Aransas Open); Bingo’s Surf Shop, Sparkling Clear Industries, and Thermal Polymer Systems, LC (Surfside Open); and South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (South Padre Island Open). Lastly but certainly not the least, a big THANK YOU to Scott Ellwood, GScott Imaging, and Rob Henson, Rob Henson’s Surf Shots, for capturing the lasting images through out the year. Your efforts allow the season and individual memories to live on forever.
The TGSA Board looks forward to the 2017/2018 Season and we will have the season schedule and other details available in the near future. Have a great summer!