(Blake Jones winning the cup with Don Juan of unsOund & Pro Surfer Gabe King. Photo courtesy of BoardshortReport.com)
Raymond of local Long Beach surfing blog BoardshortReport.com was kind enough to share this update and photos on the unsOund Right Coast Cup, which took place in our city by the sea, Long Beach, NY. Go to Boardshortreport.com for more stuff and visit them on Facebook where you will find a ton more photos: facebook.com/BoardshortReport
unsOund Right Coast Cup
The annual unsound surf contest took place September 5-6th. Unlike the Quiksilver Pro of 2011 the Unsound right coast cup 2012 was made up of junior pros competing for $20,000 in prize money. Founded by the owners of Unsound Surf shop, Dave Juan and Mike Nelson have been holding surf contests in Long Beach for years. The cup is co-sponsered by Quiksilver, Zico Coconut water and Red Bull.
The cup consist of five rounds and started with 41 competitors including local boys Balaram Stack (Unsound & Quiksilver rider), TJ Gumiela, and Leif Engstrom (NY Sea rider). Leif and Balaram coasted through the first 3 round while TJ was eliminated in the first round.
The contest was a new format of SKINS. Winners of each heat from each round won money. So the winner of the first 12 heats (made up of 3 or 4 contestants) got $250, while the 12 second places finishers just got to move to the 2nd round. The 8 heat winners from the second round (3 contestants) got $450 each while second place got to move on. The third round winner got $550, second went home. The quarter finals were worth $750, the semis $900 and the final winner got $2000! There was also a prize for the biggest air of the contest that went to Leif with a score of 8.0 while Andrew Gessler got the prize for best barrel of the event. Both got $500
Thursday saw giants waves that were over head through out most of the contest until the early afternoon. The waves died out and the second half of the contest was moved to Friday morning. Balaram the goofy footer and local hero had a huge advantage in the third round and quarter finals destroying his competition each time. Patience was the key to Friday’s part of the contest. Waves were few and far between as the day went on. For our local boy Balaram, he just couldn’t find the right waves and couldn’t get to his feet under him after launching into the air on some big waves. Balaram finished third taking home a total of $1800, not bad for a surfer that just turned 21 this week.
The final was an all Florida battle of friends and travel mates Gabe King and Blake Jones. Gabe had dominated Blake all year but the Unsound Right Coast Cup was Blake time to shine. Both started off strong and were nearly tied through the first 20 minutes of the 30 minute heat. But then Blake pulled away scoring 8′s and high 7′s to take a commanding lead over Gabe. In the end Blake won the cup and over $4500 and was showered in Red Bull and Corona from fellow surfers as he accepted his trophy.
Dave and Mike from Unsound know how to put on a great surf contest. We should all thank them and hopefully this successful Cup will encourage the Quiksilver Pro to come back to Long Beach next year. Unsound Right Coast Cup t-shirts, posters and Quiksilver gear was available on the boardwalk and are always available at Unsound Surf shop and the Quiksilver store in Oceanside.!
You can visit Boardshortreport.com’s facebook site to see the whole contest. There are over 1000 action shots from the contest. Check them out and like them at facebook.com/