Koastal Kaos Series 2007 Finale

Against the festive and bustling backdrop of a sun-soaked Cinco de Mayo weekend in Pacific Beach, the season finale of the Koastal Kaos Amateur Surf Series and the $25,000 Sobe No Fear Airshow Series delivered an action-packed, weekend for the competitors, spectators and KK crew. It was such a scene, the No Fear corporate helicopter hovered by a few times to check out all the Kaos.

To make sure the inaugural, 8-event series ended with a bang, No Fear pumped up the prize money--including a $500 payday for the Men's Division winner and ${{{200}}} for all other division winners. On top of all the cash, the faithful band of Koastal Kaos product sponsors kicked down a truckload prizes and swag. The series' top competitors were fired-up to compete in a format that would feature 20-minute, four-man heats in the preliminary rounds, and man-on-man WCT style heats in the semi-finals and finals.

Grom Final
It was no surprise that the grom division's overall points champion, Taylor Clark, ripped and styled his way into the final. Taylor surfed steady throughout the day and took down Jacob Halstead (ranked #3 in the series points) in the semis. Making it all the way into the final as a wildcard (alternate), Erik Vanstrom gave Taylor a respectable run for his money, throwing down smooth cutbacks and floaters in the windy afternoon conditions. Erik impressed the judges throughout day, including his win over #2 ranked Trevor Thornton in the semis. In the end, Taylor's longer, multiple turn waves were just enough to score the win, $200 cash, and a sick Gravity skateboard.

Women's Final
"It's bigger than it looks out there," said a winded Breanne Custodio as she walked up to the contest tents, after the final. Breanne, the KK women's division points leader, faced hard-charging, three-time winner Erin Rietow in one-on-one duel in the late afternoon. Breanne had been on fire in earlier rounds, including a big win in her semi final battle with Danielle Dickerson, who won the KK Oceanside event, and had a 2nd place finish at D Street. It was a determined Rietow, who had her eyes on the $200 prize. She put together some strong, rail-to-rail turns on both her frontside and backhand attacks to win the final in decisive fashion.

Masters' Final
As the Masters Division overall points champion, Brazilian Yufu Penrose was the odds on favorite in the final, especially after hitting a big vertical snap and posting two solid scores early in the heat. With just a few minutes left in the 30-minute, man-on-man final, Keith Bybee caught the wave of the heat, executing two big backhand snaps and busting the fins loose on the close-out section for score of 6.0. Yufu stayed on the outside, trying to track down a set wave, but the ocean didn't give it up. Bybee, who didn't have a series going into the Invitational, took the upset victory by a single point, stealing the $200 cash prize and bragging rights as the 2007 KK Master's Division Invitational Champ.

Boys' Final
After battling head to head through seven KK series events, Austin Ganz had racked up three victories and 7060 points, edging out his friend Dale Timm by just 20 points for the Boys's division overall points title. With both of these top performers in the final, the stage was set for a shootout. The first half of the heat featured good exchanges. Dale pulled ahead on a nice left, busting a vertical backside snap and a floater for solid 7.0. Austin came roaring back. He hooked up with a long left, linking strong carves and cutbacks on the outside and connecting to a steep inside wall that he pummeled with three consecutive lip cracks for a 9.0. Austin backed that up with another big score to take the victory, the $200 cash and a Gravity longboard skater.

Juniors' Final
Fresh off a victory at the previous KK event at D Street, David Suhadolnik was a stand-out performer throughout the Invitational. He ripped all the way to the men's semi finals, where he was out by Rick Takashi. For the juniors' final, David would go one-on-one against Adam Wiegand, ranked a respectable #7 in the division in overall points. With $200 in cash and a new Crossland surfboard up for grabs, David took an early lead and never looked back. In what was clearly the heat winner, David threw a big frontside snap, linked to smooth roundhouse and connected the wave to the inside for an air reverse. Adam gave it his all, but couldn't find the open-faced waves he needed to get the big scores. Final two-wave scores were 14.5 for Suhadolnik and 8.5 for Wiegand.

Men's Final
Let's get ready to rumble! The men's division's final lived up to its billing as the "main event" for the inaugural Koastal Kaos Invitational. The final showcased the series' two top seeds, Colin Wagschal and Rick Takahashi, who had been going toe-to-toe all season long. Takahashi was on a mission for redemption after Wagschal stole the previous two wins on miracle waves in the waning moments of the heats. Both surfers came out bashing and gouging. Takahashi drew first blood, shredding a long righthander all the way to the inside, finishing with a huge snap for a 7.5. Wagschal counter-punched, linking a series of power carves and hacks to the inside and finish with a huge floater for a 6.5. Throughout the heat, they exchanged blow for blow. But this time, it was Takahashi who clinched the knockout, scoring a 7.0 on two big backside snaps on the outside and cracking the lip on the close-out section. This match-up produced some of the most spectacular heats of the inaugural Koastal Kaos series, and this final will be remembered as the best one of all. Wagschal walked away with the overall men's division points title, but Takahashi took the $500 cash and a new Crossland surfboard!

Thanks to All Our Competitors and Sponsors...No Fear and contest organizers, PA Industries congratulate all the winners of the PB Invitational, as well as the overall points champions from all six divisions. We also thank all the competitors who made the inaugural Koastal Kaos Amateur Surf Series such a huge success. Huge props and appreciation go out to all of our product sponsors for their generous support throughout the series: No Fear, No Fear Energy Drink, Destination Surf, Gravity Skateboards, Spy Sunglasses, Fortess Watches, Ocean Minded Sandals, Futures Fins, Crossland Surfboards, Bubble Gum Wax, Surfing Magazine, Wetsand.com and Knockout Pizza. Please support these sponsors that make these events possible!

We hope you will all hook up with us again for an even better Koastal Kaos Series slated to launch in the Fall. For news and updates, surf over to www.nofear.com and www.koastalkaos.com