Blog: JAW Stop # 5 Virginia Beach, VA.
On a cool breezy evening of August 21st, Quiksilver's EC men got busy setting up a first ever premiere located right on the beach behind a three story towering contest scaffolding at First Street Jetty in Virginia Beach. A 24 foot AV air screen began erecting, and getting a lot of attention from beach goers. The evening included free buffet food and drinks "thanks to Baxters". It was a perfect evening and the 2 to 300 viewers were very pleased with the powerful message and futuristic surfing layed down by Clay Marzo. Matt Kechele and Wes Laine remained busy on the mic promoting the new release along with the message in supporting "Surfer's Healing". Ironically, "Surfer's Healing" surf event rolled through VB a few days prior. The evening peaked out with 16 year old and under t-shirt and hat give aways. Groms were frothing for posters, stickers, and whatever Clay memorabilia they could get their sticky little fingers on! Groms walked away knowing who Clay Marzo was. The next day on the beach at the ECSC contest scene, you could see groms all over the beach sporting the bright blue JAW-Quiksilver T-shirts.
Special thanks to Bernie Wheeler, Rebecca, Jay Williams, Rick Banta, Jon Kleintop, Wes Laine, and Screen Play Entertainment. See photos below.
Quiksilver Super Groms
I'm not sure how EC VP, Rick Banta, pulled this one off, but at 12:00 noon front row of the ECSC Contest, Paul West, contest director, halted the pro division to allow Quiksilver to run the 11th Annual Quiksilver Super Groms event in front of a thousand plus people. We had Quiksilver tents and flags lining the beach front and center for the Groms to check in for free lycra, Quiksilver happy bags full of stickers, Wes Laine Surf Camp discount cards, and JAW posters! Spectators lined the beach while families were screaming and cheering as three year olds were taking late drops in the 3' shore dumpers. Kech was on the mic, Banta was on the bull horn, Wes Laine was in the water. Jon Kleintop was in the water and spreading apart the occasional clustered yard sale. One hundred and thirty plus kids got their first introduction to a super grom expression session with double heats for almost two hours. Every kid in the "Spirit of the Olympics" got a Quiksilver red, white, and blue medal up on the contest stage. Moms and dads were psyching and taking pictures as their kids threw double shakas into the air with big smiles. See photos below.
Quiksilver Team Nearly Wins ECSC
With the team's hotel room flying banners located right behind the contest scene on the fifth floor, Quiksilver brought in some of their best small wave surfers. The boys were well rested, psyched, and full of energy. Out of the gate in typical fashion, Ryan Helm and Dylan Graves showed strong first places while Logan Strook and grom, Tanner Strohmenger, pulled seconds. Going into the money round, Ryan Helm continued with crazy tail slides and amazing athleticism. Dylan Graves also looked to be a potential finalist. Logan Strook(got ripped off), but lost to Graves and grom, Tanner, who got a small taste of some cash and showed moments of flair with baby airs and nearly completed reversals. In the quarters, Graves lost in a close one, and Helm kept winning. Ryan Helm, the sole survivor, took out three time in a row ECSC champ, Arron Cormican, on his way to the final. In the final, Helm was in the game for a win early on until Asher Nolan found two beautiful set waves good for a 8.5 and a 9. Keep in mind, $10,000 was for first and $600 for second. The all Florida final was a sea saw battle. This was the best four man final I have seen in a long time. In the end, Ryan Helm lost by one point to Asher Nolan, while Kyle Garson and Arron "Gorkin" Cormican got 3rd and 4th respectfully.