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Salad Days Magazine | January 27, 2023

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Volcom’s 2010 VQS Blowfish Surf Series – Oceanside, California!

Volcom’s 2010 VQS Blowfish Surf Series – Oceanside, California!

With the sky still pitch black, the tents not even erected and the time showing 5:30 am, we were greeted with trickle of human shadows lining the beach for the first Blowfish event of the year. What we thought was crazy, was really the calm before the storm as 7:00 am hit, we were bombarded with 240 competitors around the tents screaming, yelling and waving their entry forms in the air. The heats filled up quick and so did the lineup as 4-6 foot waves peeling in both directions off South Jetty. It was time to get this thing started with the first heat of Juniors.

All divisions were stacked with stiff competition and made for a great day surfing. Max Doucet cruised threw his first heat with a big-ass front-side air and was in the running all day for the Volt Thrower award for most of the day, until Jake Marshall stuck a mental slob grab air and took the $50, a pair of shades and the Electric Volt Thrower move of the event. The Groms division saw Kanoa Igarashi edge out Jake Marshall for the Grom top spot and a heap of prizes along with the new Tony Hawk Shred game! Thorne took out the Juniors Final and earned himself $250 and the Muscle Milk award. In the Girls Division Chandler Parr scored a grip of goodies, including a sweet beach cruiser for winning the final. In the Pro-Am final Duran Barr looked to be the local favorite to make it a repeat from last year, but was taken out as Gabe Garcia earned the victory, $500 cash and grip of prizes.

Carlsbad’s Gabe Garcia took down 72 competitors in the Pro-Am division and earned himself $500 cash, an abundance of prizes and a 1000 qualifying points towards the VQS World Champs.

1. Gabe Garcia – $500.00
2. Jeff Lukasik
3. Igor Lunierte
4. Duran Barr
5. Victor Done
6. Joey Coury

1. Jared Thorne – $250.00 Muscle Milk
2. Brandon Maguso
3. Eli Besser
4. Kyle Timm
5. Logan Laubach
6. Jake Caughill

1. Kanoa Igarashi
2. Jake Marshall
3. Jay Christionson
4. Remi Jubari
5. Joel Btesh
6. Justin Croteau

1. Shane Hardy
2. Ethan Mudge
3. Braeden Steele
4. Ashton Wright
5. Alexis Hix
6. Casey Ford

1. Chandler Parr
2. Kulia Doherty
3. Meah Collins
4. Chelsea Rauhut
5. Samantha Lamisand
6. Joalys Ramos

Electric Volt Thrower
1. Jake Marshall – $50.00

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