NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (October 17, 2008) -- This summer featured an unprecedentedly high level of surfing performances by 16-and-under surfers along Mainland USA coasts, but the wave of the season was ridden by Andrew Doheny of Newport Beach, California. Doheny, 16, won the "Small Fries" division of the Billabong Freewave Challenge Mainland edition with a pair of solid carves and an air reverse on an overhead wave at Lower Trestles on June 20, the opening day of the online free-surfing event. Doheny receives $3,000 for his performance on the wave while Noah Alani gets $750 for capturing the action with his video camera. To see all of the Small Fries finalist rides, CLICK HERE
The Small Fries award is just one of five divisions which acknowledge the finest freesurfing to take place in the USA this summer outside of regular surf contests. Other category winners recently revealed include the Best Barrel and the Heartbreaker Female Performance Awards. The top-line Monster Maneuver Award will be announced on Monday. In total, the event offers $40,000 in prize money for the surfers and videographers. Full rules and event format details can be accessed at the event website at www.FreewaveChallenge.com
The runner-up in the Small Fries division is Kolohe Andino, 14, of San Clemente, California for his demolition of another Lower Trestles right-hander on September 8, 2008. Andino, son of former US Champ Dino Andino, earns $2,000 for the single ride. Videographer Chris Gabriel receives $500 for his efforts in documenting the performance.
Finishing in third place is another San Clemente resident, 15-year-old Luke Davis who also took advantage of a good, long southern hemisphere swell wave at Lower Trestles on September 11. Davis is rewarded in the amount of $1,500 for his smooth air 360 and Chris Gabriel collects another $400 for obtaining the photographic evidence.
According to the published Freewave rules, the Small Fries Award will be won by "The best performance on a single wave by a surfer age 16 or under at the time of the ride." The rankings of the finalists were determined by a large voting panel made up of the surfers and videographers registered in the event along with select surfing media members from around the world. Over 150 video clips of spectacular surfing were uploaded to the Freewave website with nominees qualifying=20 from a diverse number of surf breaks from all over the East, West and Gulf Coasts of the USA. All the original clips can still be viewed by clicking on the Freewave Video Hub.
On Monday, October 20, the final results will be announced in the top category of the Billabong Freewave Challenge, the Monster Maneuver. Vying for $15,700 in prize money (including $5,000 for the winning surfer) are:
- Ryan Carlson Ryan Carlson, 540 Rodeo at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
- Aaron Cormican, Air Reverse at Gulf Coast, Florida. Video by Jerry Ricciotti
- Mason Ho, Backside 360 Air at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
- Zach Rhinehart, McTwist at Oceanside, California. Video by Boost Video Cody Thompson, Alley Oop Plus at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Evan Thompson
To see the Monster Maneuver finalists in action, click HERE.
BILLABONG FREEWAVE CHALLENGE MAINLAND
SMALL FRIES (16 and Under) RESULTS
- Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA) at Lower Trestles on June 20, 2008. ($3,000) Video by Noah Alani ($750)
- Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA) at Lower Trestles on September 8, 2008. ($2,000) Video by Chris Gabriel ($500)
- Luke Davis (San Clemente, CA) at Lower Trestles on September 11, 2008. (!,500) Video by Chris Gabriel ($400)