Gettin’ a long at Martinique Beach

Dean Petty hangs five at the 2010 Why Can't We All Just Get A Longboard Contest at Martinique Beach on Saturday. Petty went on to win the men's dvision while Cape Breton's Michelle Richards won the women's division.

Dean Petty hangs five at the 2010 Why Can't We All Just Get A Longboard Contest at Martinique Beach on Saturday. Petty went on to win the men's dvision while Cape Breton's Michelle Richards won the women's division.

Despite a grim forecast, the surf gods showed pity on Nova Scotia and delivered ideal conditions for the inaugural Why Can’t We All Just Get A Longboard Contest at Martinique Beach on Saturday.

Light offshore breezes combined with small but clean longboard waves to supply plenty of stoke for the 25 or so contestants who participated in the contest.

And in a Nova Scotia rarity, the water was so warm most contestants left their wetsuits on the beach and surfed comfortably in boardshorts and bikinis.

In the men’s division, Dean Petty took top honours, followed by Justin Huston and Brian Villeneuve. On the women’s side, Cape Breton’s Michelle Richards captured first followed by Jill Manos and Sylvie Julien (aged 14).

Sam Julien, aged 10, competed in the men’s division and was awarded a trophy for the youngest competitor in the contest.

The contest was graciously sponsored by Quiksilver/Roxy, Happy Dudes Surf Emporium, and the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS).

The contest was graciously sponsored by QuiksilverRoxy, Happy Dudes Surf Emporium, Steve-O-Reno’s (coffee), and the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS).

Special thanks to all volunteers and judges who took part including Rob, Vic, Marcelle, Maya, Corey and John.

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7th Annual Point Michaud Surf Classic

7th Annual Point Michaud Surf Classic

It’s that time of year again for the Point Michaud Surf Classic. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29.
This is a fun surf contest, free for any surf student of the summer surf program at Point Michaud Beach. Registration is also open to non-students for a fee of $10. This includes entry into all divisions and activities.

All events will run on Saturday and include divisions in Surf Open: Women’s, Men’s, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Kids and Masters.

Other divisions will include kayak surf, skim board, body surf expression session (team), body board, stand-up paddle, open longboard, open shortboard and surfboard team relay. [Read more...]

Longboard surf contest at Martinique Beach

2010 SANS longboard contest poster

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No aggro, no drama, only good karma.

The first ever “Why Can’t We All Just Get A Longboard” Contest will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Martinique Beach.

The contest is being presented by Happy Dudes Surf Emporium and the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) and sponsored by Quicksilver/Roxy.

The contest will feature men’s and women’s divisions and possibly a masters’ division. Those who would like to participate can sign up at Martinique Beach at 9 a.m. on the day of the contest. Cost to enter is $20.

Following the contest, there will be a barbecue at the Happy Dudes Martinique location.

Summer Surf Program at Point Michaud Beach

Summer Surf Program at Point Michaud Beach, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, CanadaIt’s that time of year again for beach lovers to hit the shores, enjoy good weather and the ocean. For those looking to do something exciting, the Richmond County Recreation Department will be offering surf lessons and surf rentals at Point Michaud Beach for the eighth straight summer.

“We expect to see a lot of people from past summers. They’ve been waiting all year to get back out and ride the waves. They will be bringing family members and friends to share their excitement and love of the activity,” says head surf instructor Michelle Richards.

The surf program has grown immensely every year since it’s start in 2002. This year will be no exception. With the increase popularity of Point Michaud beach the Richmond County Council past the motion to have life guard service in place for the summer; [Read more...]

2010 Billabong September Storm Surf Classic

Billabong September Storm Surf Classic 2010 poster

The 2010 Billabong September Storm Surf Classic contest will take place September 4-6, 2010. If conditions are not suitable, the event will be postponed until the following weekend. Here are the following categories for the contest:

  • Boys Under 16 (can’t be older than 15 on Jan 01, 2010)
  • Boys Under 18 (can’t be older the 17 on Jan 01, 2010)
  • Girls Under 18 (can’t be older the 17 on Jan 01, 2010)
  • Men’s Amateur Short board
  • Women’s Short board
  • Groms 10 and under fun surf
  • Open Pro

There will be a maximum of 20 spots for Open Pro, which will have a prize purse of $2,500. There will be a maximum of 80 spots for non-pro divisions.

Registration: Open from Aug. 1-Aug. 14, 2010. You can register and any of the below surf shops:

Cost is $25 for all classes, except for Open Pro which is $50.

Heats will be posted after registration closes on Aug. 14 on www.surfns.com