The 4th annual NVBC Point Mugu Contest Presented by Quiksilver took place this past weekend at the famed surf break on the private Ventura Naval Base. The 157 competitors were broken up into 5 divisions: Military, Open Men, Women, Young Guns, and Bodyboard. With this beach normally closed to the public, 7,000 excited spectators came out to watch the amazing surf and surfers light up the left and right barrels.
In addition to the surf contest, there was an amazing village consisting of food booths, military booths, Quiksilver and Roxy tents with games and prizes, as well as a stage with live music and a beer garden.
The event started off on Saturday with the national anthem and words from Commanding Officer Naval Base Ventura County Captain Jim McHugh as well as NVBC's Marketing Director, NBVC Morale, Welfare and Recreation Dan Alpern. Captain McHugh said “Quiksilver has been a fantastic partner, the professionalism they bring to this event is very much appreciated by all of our troops and families. This event is a great opportunity for NBVC to showcase our award-winning environmental stewardship of the sensitive beach and wetlands areas. I look forward to partnering with Quiksilver for next year’s event!"
Alpern added, “Thanks to Quiksilver for all their help; bringing top caliber surfers to help announce the event and demonstrate their talent is priceless. Many of the military competitors have never competed before, and Quiksilver made them feel like rock stars out in the water and on the beach."
To add to the majestic and proud feel of the weekend, there was a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that gave the entire crowd goose bumps as it flew low leaning back and forth close to the water.
Saturday and Sunday produced some great waves for the event, with Tropical Storm Greg bringing in some extra heat on Sunday – there was everything from amazing barrels to critical turns and mind blowing airs.
To top off the weekend, Quiksilver hosted an amazing one hour Quiksilver Expression Session with some of their top athletes showing the crowd what the top pros can do on a wave like that. The line up included Craig Anderson, Tyler Newton, 4-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, Peter Mel, John Mel, Kanoa Igarashi, Strider Wasilewski, Adam Virs, Benji Weatherly, Pascal Stansfield, and a handful of very enthusiastic core local Quiksilver retailers. Chad Wells, Todd Kline, Pete Mel, and Dan Alpern commentated both days for the crowd. This year Beachbyte (official ASP judges) were on hand to judge the competition which added another awesome dimension to the event. It was an amazing contest at one of California’s best wave breaks.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of all the divisions. Quiksilver also extends a special thanks to the Ventura Naval Base for allowing everyone onto the base, and to the Ventura Fire Department for keeping everyone safe.
1st Matt Merel US Coast Guard (Hat trick! 3X Winner in three consecutive years)
2nd Jeffrey Easson US Navy (Past winner and finalist, senior enlisted competitor)
3rd Simon Blanco US Coast Guard
4th Craig Owings US Air Force
Men's Open Division
1st Tyler Newton
2nd Cory Arrambide
3rd Jeremy Ryan
4th Pierce Flynn
Women's Open/Military Division
1st Haley Taich
2nd Tia Blanco
3rd Demi Boelsteri
4th Chelsea Rahut
Honorable Mention: Angelita Noche US Navy (Semi Finalist and only military competitor in this division)
Young Guns (17 and under)
1st Jake Kelley (2nd straight win)
2nd Kanoa Igarashi (13 years old)
3rd Colt Ward Robinson
4th Jonah Carter
1st Joe Gordzen
2nd Julien Durand
3rd Jason Belzer
4th Bob Forbes