Perfect weather but minimal surf graced the 8th Annual Donnie Solomon Memorial event this past weekend, held at C-Street in Ventura. Solomon, a top competitive surfer who passed away while surfing Waimea Bay in 1995, continues to have a profound effect on the community. His dedication to the Red Cross lives on as the overriding theme of this USSF event, with more than $40,000 raised in his name since the contest’s inception. This year, Brent Flatten and the Harold Jones Construction Co. provided a special gift: three palm trees planted along the C-Street boardwalk in memory of Donnie. And surf or no surf, the pro division always showcases top-level surfing, with guys like Tom Curren, Micah Byrne, Sean Hayes, Dylan Slater, Ryan Simmons and Dane Reynolds battling it out for a good cause. Carp ripper Henry Mills found the ultimate heat winner, followed by Simmons. “Every year, this event gets better and better with more and more people involved,” says finalist, close friend of Solomon and event organizer Chris Drummy. “Donnie’s stoke will never die.”

1.Henry Mills
2.Ryan Simmons
3.Chris Drummy
4.Dylan Slater