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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