The results are in for the fifth annual Quiksilver sponsored Point Mugu surf competition, and the 2012 finals held a few surprises for the crowds who’d gathered to watch surfers charge draining barrels on Naval Base Ventura County.
Pt. Mugu is revered as one of the best waves on the California coast- in fact, it is widely considered to be a world-class wave when it’s pumping. The combination of a south facing beach and submarine canyons creates a steep, powerful, a-frame wave. However, access to the surf area is restricted to active duty or retired military; the opening of the base to the public for this competition is a highly anticipated, once a year event. This years competition brought out the best in military and professional surfers alike, with heaps of barrels and airs drawing oohs and ahhs from beach spectators.
The preliminary heats took place on Saturday, in great conditions: head high surf with overhead sets bombing their way to the beach. Standouts during the preliminary heats included two perfect ten waves: the first, a beautifully executed left hander surfed by Coast Guardsman Kuilee Murphy of San Diego; the second perfect ten was awarded to none other than epic aerialist and surfing hall of fame inductee Dane Reynolds.
The favorable conditions had everyone stoked to enjoy a day at the beach watching the all day surf spectacular.
Some of the most notable waves included a sick air reverse 360 by local surfer Jake Kelley and a frothy heaving barrel for Dane-R.
Jake Kelley gave a comment to the Ventura County Star, stating that the Mugu competition is his “favorite event of the year. Thanks to the military and everyone who makes this event happen.” Ventura county local Cory Arrambide was also killing it in the men’s open final, making hairy drops look effortless and putting the icing on the cake with multiple well-executed airs. The competition circuit should expect to see more of Cory in the next few years.
It wasn’t just the boys ripping at Mugu this weekend, either. The women’s final was a heated battle between ASP and O’neill team rider Sage Erickson, and Santa Barbara surf chick Demi Boelsterli. Both women were charging hard, pulling in deep, and throwing massive spray with hacking turns. It was a close heat, and inspiring to watch.
All in all, it was a weekend full of superior surf performances. Tom Curren surfed alongside his son Pat, renowned aerialist Christian Fletcher dazzled spectators with his mad skills, and everyone in the water looked super stoked to be surfing Mugu.
At the end of the day, the winners were announced, and though I think some poor judging was at hand in the military final, I’ll post the results anyway. Then feel free to stare in amazement at the photos of this years competitors giving Mugu their best.
*note, Sage Erickson competed but left before judging.
1st: Demi Boelsterli
2nd: Angelita Noche
3rd: Kloee Openshaw
1st: Jake Kelley
2nd: Micky Clarke
3rd: Eric Ronning
4th: Charlie Faucett
1st: Matt Merel, USCG
2nd: Kuilee Murphy, USCG *should have won. Seriously, ask anyone with eyes.
3rd: Chris Stacy, USAF
4th: Simon Blanco, USCG
1st: Dane Reynolds
2nd: Cory Arrambide
3rd: Jeremy Ryan
4th: Mike McCabe
Please note, if known, the surfers name will be captioned; if not, it will be labeled unknown. Feel free to email me for photos of yourself.