What’s the old saying about standup boards being good for small surf?
That was certainly apparent this weekend at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California during the US SUP Tour, where a talented contingent of surfers battled each other, and small conditions, and were still able to make the sport look pretty darn good.
Daniel Hughes won on the men’s side while relative SUP newbie Sophia Bartlow—whose mother is World Champion longboarder Jericho Poppler Bartlow—topped a talented bunch of women surfers in a final that included Izzi Gomez, who won twice on the Standup World Tour last year, and Emmy Merrill, a two-time ISA champion.
The men’s draw was also impressive as Dave Boehne, who finished second, surfed incredible all day and found the only barrel of the competition. Colin McPhillips (3rd) was also in form and showed his uncanny ability to find that one wave each heat that would stay open and allow for multiple turns. Fernando Stalla finished with a solid 4th and also surfed extremely well throughout the day.
For Hughes , it’s been a year since his last win. “I really hope this get’s me going so I can get on a roll,” he said.
From a spectator standpoint, the location for the competition was ideal on Malibu’s north side with plenty of foot traffic throughout the day. US SUP Tour organizers Chuck Hendsch and Ian Cairns signed on Michelob Ultra this year as a sponsor, which has them teaming up with other Michelob-sponsored events. The result was a tightly run competition and a stellar after party. Prone surfers, SUP surfers and beach volleyball players mingled at the after party hosted by Casa Escobar across from the Malibu Pier.
This high-profile sponsorship could really solidify the Tour’s future. “We’re going to finish things of strong in 2014 and we’re hoping for even bigger things in 2015,” said Hendsch.
The US SUP Tour’s next stop is August 2nd and 3rd in Hermosa Beach with a race only. Here’s hoping their next surf event in Huntington Beach September 13th and 14th sees “bigger” surf.
Men’s Pro Surf
1st Place Daniel Hughes
2nd Place Dave Boehne
3rd Place Colin McPhillips
4th Place Fernando Stalla
Women’s Pro Surf
1st Place Sophia Bartlow
2nd Place Emmy Merrill
3rd Place Izzi Gomez
4th Place Nikki Newland
Men’s Open Surf
1st Place Jedd Hasay
2nd Place Dave Figlioli
3rd Place Mitch Taylor
4th Place Joe Carberry
Men’s Over 40
1st Place Chuck Trout
2nd Place Mitch Taylor
3rd Place Ralph Bill
4th Place Ian Cairns
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