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July, 2009:

World Surf Kayak Championships Report: Santa Cruz Portugal July 30

US East Team Members in uniform peer out over the break at Santa Rita. - photo Effort.tv

US East Team Members in uniform peer out over the break at Santa Rita. - photo Effort.tv

The US East Surf Kayak Team 2009 - (Left to Right) Joey Hall, Tom May, Charles Salters, Matt Lewis, Lindsay Usher, Paul Scrutton, Anthony Bell, Russ Buskirk, Spencer Cooke, Andy Gates - photo Effort.tv

The US East Surf Kayak Team 2009 - (Left to Right) Joey Hall, Tom May, Charles Salters, Matt Lewis, Lindsay Usher, Paul Scrutton, Anthony Bell, Russ Buskirk, Spencer Cooke, Andy Gates - photo Effort.tv

We have some news today from the US East Surf Kayak Team, reporting from the 2009 World Surf Kayak Championships in Santa Cruz Portugal. First, the conditions today were very big and heavy.  This means there were more blown decks, some broken boats, and several swims.  Comes with the territory.

Our final team standing was 8th place, a bit lower than any of us would have liked, but we gave it all our efforts. Our team has enjoyed surfing here and experienced an incredible level of competition.

Here is a status of individual competition standings: 3 in finals, 1 more pending

Women’s IC (long boat)
Lindsay Usher has placed 1st in the semifinal heat and advanced to the finals.  She will compete against three other women in tomorrow’s championship heat.

Grand Masters (50 and over) HP (short boat)
Tom May and Russ Buskirk have both advanced to the finals and will compete in the championship heat.

Men’s IC (long boat)
Anthony Bell has placed 2nd in one of the quarterfinal rounds advancing to the next round.
Joey Hall and Charles Salters were eliminated in today’s competition.

Men’s HP (short boat)
Anthony Bell, Joey Hall and Russ Buskirk were all three eliminated from the quarterfinal round today.

South competition site in the AM, before quarterfinal eliminations.

South competition site in the AM, before quarterfinal elimination heats. - photo Effort.tv

Meditation before competition.

Meditation before competition. - photo Effort.tv

Anthony Bell offers a nervous smile before long boat (IC) quarter-finals.

Anthony Bell offers a nervous smile before long boat (IC) quarter-finals. - photo Effort.tv

World Surf Kayak Championships Report: Santa Cruz Portugal July 27-29

US East Coast Team has made the top 8 in the Preliminary round and has advanced to the Semi-Finals of Team Competition.  Several of our team members are still in the running for individual world titles as well.

Margot & Tom May hanging with Anthony Bell, our brave captain. - Photo by Effort.tv

Margot & Tom May hanging with Anthony Bell, our brave captain. - Photo by Effort.tv

World competitors all in a row.

World competitors all in a row. - Photo by Effort.tv

Here’s how things stand currently… “the situation…”

HP Mens Individual Preliminary Round
Joey Hall – 1st Place advance to next round
Tom May – 3rd Place eliminated
Spencer Cooke – 3rd Place eliminated
Anthony Bell – 1st Place advance to next round
Russ Buskirk – 2nd Place advance to next round

Masters (40 and over) HP Prelim
Paul Scrutton – 2nd Place advance to next round

Masters (40 and over) IC Prelim
Charles Salters – 1st place (? pretty sure but could have been 2nd, don’t think so though) he did advance to next round

Womens HP Quarter Finals
Lindsay Usher – 3rd Place eliminated

Womens IC Quarter Finals
Lindsay Usher – 1st Place advance to semi-final

Team placement is to be announced.  By the numbers it doesn’t look like it is possible for us to make the top 4 for the finals so we will likely fall somewhere between 5-8th place.  Not certain on this but seems likely.  Nonetheless we were pleased to advance to the next round and thank all of the other countries, especially our hospitable hosts here in Portugal, for the amazing and friendly competition.

Russ Buskirk styles it in the Men's HP Division on a nice wave. - Photo by Effort.tv

Russ Buskirk styles it in the Men's HP Division on a nice wave. - Photo by Effort.tv

This fly-by was really high compared to the first one.  - photo Effort.tv

This fly-by was really high compared to the first one. - photo Effort.tv

That is a large flag.  The Portuguese may have "borrowed" this from their Capital building. - Photo by Effort.tv

That is a large flag. The Portuguese may have "borrowed" this from their Capital building. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf Wizard, Tom May, shows that wave who's boss in the Grand Master's HP Division. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf Wizard, Tom May, shows that wave who's boss in the Grand Master's HP Division. - Photo by Effort.tv

This morning, game faces on, Anthony Bell and Russ Buskirk prepare for Team Competition in HP. - Photo by Effort.tv

This morning, game faces on, Anthony Bell and Russ Buskirk prepare for Team Competition in HP. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf mellowed out a bit for this morning's competition, plus the high tide took somesize off of it.  Anthony cuts back to the lovely pocket. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf mellowed out a bit for this morning's competition, plus the high tide took somesize off of it. Anthony cuts back to the lovely pocket. - Photo by Effort.tv

Our IC Master, Paul Scrutton either put on too much sunscreen or got deloused.  Either way he's okay now. - Photo by Effort.tv

Our IC Master, Paul Scrutton, either put on too much sunscreen, got a horrible case of poison ivy and has applied calmine lotion, or he got deloused. Either way he's okay now. A little itchy perhaps, but he'll survive. - Photo by Effort.tv

Carlisle Landell from the West Coast of Delaware prepares for his team heat. - Photo by Effort.tv

Carlisle Landell from the West Coast of Delaware prepares for his team heat. - Photo by Effort.tv

Teams meet at the Green judge's tower to get some news from the WSKA officals. - Photo by Effort.tv

Teams meet at the Green judge's tower to get some news from the WSKA officals. - Photo by Effort.tv

Youngster, David Speller, from Jersey and the Channel Islands makes the most of a high-tide righty.

Youngster, David Speller, from Jersey and the Channel Islands makes the most of a high-tide righty.

Our competitors heading out for the HP Individual Preliminary Round. - Photo by Effort.tv

Our competitors heading out for the HP Individual Preliminary Round. - Photo by Effort.tv

WSKA, maybe you've heard of them?  Their new album is out next month.  J-ho on 'da mic. - Photo by Effort.tv

WSKA, maybe you've heard of them? Their new album is out next month. - Photo by Effort.tv

Jim Grossman from the West Coast US Team also works at Home Depot (notice back brace).  Jim, can we get a pound of 16 penny nails when you get a second? - Photo by Effort.tv

Jim Grossman from the West Coast US Team also works at Home Depot (notice back brace). Jim, can we get a pound of 16 penny nails and a couple 2x4's when you get a second? - Photo by Effort.tv

Come back soon for more results and coverage of the 2009 Surf Kayak World Championships and news from the US East Coast Team.

Quick update

Well, the US East team advanced several more surfers out of the 1st round of Men’s short boat yesterday.
Also, we began the first round of the team event and we are currently in 7th.  Lots of good surfing from our team.

Apparently you can see a live score and video feed of the event at this link

http://www.santacruzoceanspirit.org/OS_LIVETV.html

World Surf Kayak Championships Report: Santa Cruz Portugal July 26

US East posted some impressive scores today in the IC Class and advanced most of our paddlers to the next round.  Surf today was small, dumpy and choppy for the most part, around waist to chest high.  Today’s results for our team:

Charles Salters – 1st Place IC – advance to next round
Spencer Cooke – 3rd Place IC – eliminated
Andy Gates – 4th Place IC – eliminated
Anthony Bell – 1st Place IC – advance to next round
Joey Hall – 1st Place IC – advance to next round
Lindsay Usher – 1st Place IC – advance to next round
Matt Lewis – 3rd Place Mens HP Qualifier – eliminated
Tom May – – 1st Place Mens HP Qualifier – advance to next round

Tomorrow morning HP individual preliminary rounds begin, 35 heats strong of Men, Women and Juniors.  Additionally the surf is forecast to pick up to 8 feet, potentially huge.  We’ll see what mother ocean tosses our way.

Charles Salters hikes down the beach to warm up for heat #1.

Charles Salters hikes down the beach to warm up for heat #1 this AM. - Photo Effort.tv

The wind didn’t chop up the conditions until late morning so half of our team got to surf decent waves.  The other half, not so much, but we fared pretty well nonetheless.

Team USA East stakes thier claim on the beach.

Team USA East stakes their claim on the beach. - Photo Effort.tv

Our camaraderie and team morale continue to be strong, something that was established by the past US East teams.  This is a great group of people and truly talented surfers and paddlers to be involved with.

"Coach" Tom May surfs in after winning his third heat in a row.

"Coach" Tom May surfs one in after winning his third heat in a row. - Photo Effort.tv

World Surf Kayak Championships Report: Santa Cruz Portugal July 25

The opening ceremonies have occurred and day 1 of competition is over here at the 2009 World Surf Kayak Championships in Santa Cruz, Portugal.

Andy Gates carries our flag to the opening ceremony.

Andy Gates carries our flag to the opening ceremony. - photo Effort.tv

Today 5 of our 10 team members surfed and advanced.  This is individual competition only, as the team event does not occur until next week.  Here are today’s results for USAEast:
(first heat of the event) Tom May – Men’s HP – 1st Place, advance to next round
Matt Lewis – Men’s HP – 2nd Place, advance to next round
Paul Scrutton – Masters HP (40 and over) – 2nd Place, advance to next round
Tom May – Grand Master’s HP – 1st Place, advance to next round
Russ Buskirk – Grand Master’s HP – 1st Place, advance to next round
Lindsay Usher – Women’s HP – 2nd Place, advance to next round

Expect Men’s IC and HP along with more of the aforementioned to occur tomorrow.  Enjoy some more photos.

Margot May and Anthony Bell prepare a spaghetti feast for the team.

Margot May and Anthony Bell prepare a spaghetti feast for the team. - photo Effort.tv

The US East castle.  Though, Anthony will not let down his flowing locks to let any other teams up.

The US East castle. Though, Anthony will not let down his flowing locks to let any other teams up. - photo Effort.tv

Russ claimed our beach spot this morning.  This land is our land, but not really.  Just like 10 square feet and only for a couple hours.

Russ claimed our beach spot this morning. This land is our land, but not really. Just like 10 square feet and only for a couple hours. - photo Effort.tv

The Judge's Stand

The Judge's Stand - photo Effort.tv

An example of a heat sheet  - Photo Effort.tv

An example of a heat sheet - Photo Effort.tv

A veteran surfer from the New Smyrna Beach FL region, Tom has the perfect eye regarding surf.  He is our beach coach, telling us where we need to be for the best waves.

A veteran surfer from the New Smyrna Beach FL region, Tom has the perfect eye regarding surf. He is our beach coach, telling us where we need to be for the best waves. - photo Effort.tv

Tom May, our eldest and wisest surfer and team member.  It must be the hat.

Tom May, our eldest and wisest surfer and team member. It must be the hat. - photo Effort.tv

Anthony and Matt meet Tom after a tough but excellent heat.  This was actually the kick-off heat for the 2009 Worlds and Tom won it!

Anthony and Matt meet Tom after a tough but excellent heat. This was actually the kick-off heat for the 2009 Worlds and Tom won it! - photo Effort.tv

Team Captain, Anthony Bell helps Matt into his boat for round 1 of mens HP. - Photo Effort.tv

Team Captain, Anthony Bell helps Matt into his boat for round 1 of mens HP. - Photo Effort.tv

World Surf Kayak Championships Report: Santa Cruz Portugal July 24

Thanks for visiting the ESKA Site to check on the progress of the US East Surf Kayak Team and the 2009 World Surf Kayak Championships in Santa Cruz Portugal.  The current status is as such:  Surf is big and clean and we have had some excellent days of practice.  Competition begins tomorrow, Saturday July 25th at 9am.  Each day we will compete from 9am-7pm and the contest will be complete next Friday evening.  Enjoy some photos and come back soon to see how we’ve done.

Anthony Bell surfs a big one - photo by Andy Gates

Anthony Bell surfs a big one - photo by Andy Gates

Competitors filing into the event site for the boat check-in.

Competitors filing into the event site for the boat check-in. - Photo Effort.tv

The event site from the surf perspective.

The event site from the surf perspective. - Photo Effort.tv

Event setup at Santa Rita beach.

Event setup at Santa Rita beach.- Photo Effort.tv

Anthony Bell heading out for a little IC practice. - Photo Andy Gates

Anthony Bell heading out for a little IC practice. - Photo Andy Gates

USA East team members, Charles Salters and Andy Gates, mingling with the locals. - Photo Effort.tv

USA East team members, Charles Salters and Andy Gates, mingling with the locals. - Photo Effort.tv

Until next time, ESKA

US East Surf Kayak Team is off to the World Championships

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Spencer Cooke checks in his surf kayak at the airport

The US East Surf Kayak Team will be competing at the 2009 World Surf Kayaking Championships in Santa Cruz Portugal from July 23rd-Aug 4th.  This year we have a strong team, with a mix of seasoned veterans and paddlers who are relatively new to the international scene.  We will be posting updates to the ESKA site, so check back over the next two weeks.