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July 26th, 2009:

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