This past weekend Red Bull came to town and ran a unique formatted surf contest dubbed, “Call em out.” 16 Surfers battled head to head in a double elimination surf contest. The event allows surfers to call each other out and pick who they wanted to surf against.
Sunrise had a great showing with all of our team riders finishing in the top 10. Some highlights from the day were Tristan Thompson and Ryan Briggs throwing out some insane upside down air reverses which scored above the 9-point range. White sunglasses aka Cody Thompson snagged the highest score of the day a 9.8 with an assortment of moves that left his opponent in “combo land.” The double elimination format aloud everyone to get a fair chance at brining home the $1,200 first place prize. In the quarterfinals Evan Thompson had a choice to choose between younger brother Tristan and older brother Cody. Without hesitation Evan chose Tristan and handed little brother his second loss of the day putting him out of the contest. After that heat you could really tell that Evan was starting to get into a rhythm. He plowed through another heat and placed himself in a heat with Gabe Kling who also had zero loses. Evan was narrowly beaten by Gabe and ended up in a drama filled heat versus older brother Cody. The heat started out very slow with both competitors struggling to pull in a score over a 4. It started to heat up when Cody ripped the bag out of a chest high right runner. When Cody got to the inside something was wrong. He took his leash off and grabbed his right leg in pain. It turns out Cody had a cramp in the top of his quad and couldn’t get rid of it. This left the whole line up to kid brother Evan who executed two scoring waves and put older brother out. After this heat Evan put himself in the final with Gabe Kling. Both surfers battled back and forth over the 20 minute final and gave the crowd something to watch and cheer for. In the end Gabe edged out Evan and won this years Red Bull “Call em out”. Good job and congratulations to our whole team who represented all day. Results are below. Till next year, we outch here. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS
1st Gabe Kling – $1,200
2nd Evan Thompson- $700
3rd Cody Thompson- $300
=4th Asher Nolan
= 5th Wayne Satterwhite
= 5th Brady McKenzie
=7th Justin Quintal
=7th Chris Ropero
Sunrise Surf Shop has teamed up with Volcom and the City of Jacksonville Beach to bring the areas best and longest running surf camp to the local area. Registration for the camp is now open and can be turned in at our shop between the hours of 9am- 7pm. A link to the registration form is below. Simply click the “surfcamp2012″ icon below to download form.
Come see the premier of “Get in the Van” produced by Sunrise Surf Shop
and Autoline at the Atlantic Beach Skate Park on April 5th at 8pm. The
movie which features the areas best skaters will be projected inside
the park on the deep end wall. This is an event you don’t want to
Check out the link to the blog from the trip below:
This years Matt Rasta Gray memorial marks the 6th anniversity of this uniqe and wonderful event. The dates for this years event will be the weekend of April 12th-13th. The contest this year is a uniqe format which encompsses skating at the local skatepark and surfing. Scores from both skating and surfing combine to produce a champion. All proceeds go towards next years contest along with a scholarship in Matts honor at Fletcher High School. You can sign up and receive more information for the event at www.floridasurfing.org
5th Annual Video:
4th Annual Video:
On Sunday, April 21st, professional skaters Donny Barley and Levi Brown will be stopping by the shop to introduce Element’s new “No Board Left Behind.” This program Element has implemented is definitely one of a kind! If you buy a new Element board at Sunrise between 1-4pm on Sunday, April 21st, Element will turn your old dilapidated deck into a new cruiser – complete with trucks, wheels, bearings, and bolts. (a $90 dollar value)
Make sure you mark your calendars for April 21st and come take advantage of this awesome deal!
If you have never been to a Florida Bowl Riders, you need to. Since 2007, Kona has been hosting the Bowl Riders in Florida. This grass roots event brings the top 100 best amateurs and professional skaters in the nation together to skate in a multi-event weekend. Last Friday afternoon was the secret backyard bowl. Located in the middle of urban Jacksonville, this backyard bowl is one of the best bowls I have ever seen. There is an upper pocket with a brick coping which flows and spits out into a huge deep end which wraps in a perfect oval shape. The event started at noon and ended at 5pm and the parking lot was filled with fans and competitors all tailgating and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. The Sunrise Skate Team ripped their way through the event and all finished in the top 5. Dane Quintal and Cason Kirk finished 3rd and 4th in the pro division. Matthew Despres got 2nd in the boys. Buck Smith won the Masters division and Todd Johnson finished 5th.
Saturday and Sunday’s event moved over to Kona skatepark and spread across the whole park with events taking place on the vert ramp, in the pool, and on the tomb stone. Once again, the Sunrise Skate Team came out and ripped. Cason Kirk topped Dane Quintal in the pro division flip-flopping their placing with Cason in 3rd and Dane in 4th. Pat Brown also skated the pro division and finished in a solid 6th place out of 15 other pro’s. Todd Johnson edged out Buck smith with a 2nd place finish while Buck ended up in 3rd. Matthew Despres kept up his solid streak and won the boy’s division. Marshall LaFrance finished 5th out of 25 people in the amateur division. Overall it was another solid weekend for the Sunrise Skate Team. Thanks to everyone who came out and hope to see you next year !!
Our friends over at Green Room brewing in Jacksonville beach are going to start having a surf movie night on the second Thursday of every month. This month it will actually be tomorrow on the 7th since next Thursday will be valentines day. They bought a nice projector with a screen and they set it up in the back of the brewery. Plenty of seats and you can enjoy a nice cold beer while your enjoying the video, in fact they are releasing a new beer tomorrow, i’ll put a link to the facebook page for the event details. They are premiering Taylor Steeles movie “This Time Tomorrow” which features Craig Anderson and Rasta chasing a swell all around the globe. Its actually an amazing movie, i put a trailer for it below. Come watch the movie, see how good it is, then come by the shop and grab a copy for yourself because i promise its worth buying.