ZJ Boarding House and Beater Surf Presents: The Beater Surf Contest [PHOTOS]

Published On June 16, 2014 » 1218 Views» By Eddie Solt » Contests, events, Home Slider, News
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by Ted Vecchione

All photos by  Todd Roberts

The ‘Beater Surf Contest,’ organized by ZJ Boarding House and Catch Surf took place on the friendly beach of Santa Monica at tower 26 on Saturday, May 17th.Contestants could only ride the Catch Surf ‘black ball beater boards;’ stubby, foamy things that sometimes have fins and sometimes don’t. All sorts of style was encouraged for high points and all the contestants were up to the task. An array of surfers competed against each other as the celebrity judges, Jonny Redmond and Kalani Robb were busy jotting down points.


Dylan Melamed

The waves showed up and made for some exciting action including some stellar rides by Dylan Melamed and West Adler. The beater boards are squirrelly and can be ridden in many different fashions: on your belly, on your feet, on your knees… on your head.  The scoring was based on expression as much as technique.  Final results yielded a collection of some terrific surfers, with late comer Gracey George entering the last of the initial round of heats and taking first in the contest overall.IMG_1661



West Adler

ZJ wanted to thank all the boys and girls at Catch Surf, Zinka, Smith Optics, Vita Coco Coconut Water, House Beer and everyone else who came out to the event to support and surf. Look for another exciting Beater contest next year in the late spring!  DZ


The results:

1st Place: Gracey George

2nd Place: Andres Quiros

3rd Place: West Adler

Best Grom: Shaun Tenansnow

Best Ride: Dylan Melamed



Clara Wieder





Dylan Melamed



Cole Sweeney




Cole Sweeney




Catch Surf’s Joel Manalastas

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