Venice Centennial Surf Contest
VSA Debris By the Sea Skate Contest
JULY 9, 2005 – VENICE, CA



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VSA SKATE CONTEST – The VSA hosted a Skateboard Contest in Venice, CA July 9th at the end of Windward. Divisions included Pro Men and Pro Women. Ams Men and Jr Men, Kids, Women and Girls. The first heats started at 10:00AM. Each contestant had two 60 second runs. Top 10 out of each heat advanced to winners bracket. All participants received a limited VSA 100th Venice Anniversary competitor T-shirt (designed by a legendary local artist) plus a super nice commemorative medal. Great keepsakes. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Dennis Agnew Polar Bear fund.

The VSA Debris By The Sea Street Style Sk8 Contest had 71 contestants with skaters from Long Beach, South Bay, Bell, The Valley, Santa Monica and Venice participating. All ages were also well represented from age 5 to age 32. Winners included – Beginners- 1st- Angel Mare 2nd- Eric Aguilar and James Ball, 3rd – Tyler Marret…. Intermediate – 1st: Matty ‘Ziggy’ Lamond, 2nd – Louie Lopez, 3rd – Tom Van Allen. Advanced – 1st Alec, 2nd James Anson, 3rd – Noah. Congratulations to all.

The Venice Centennial Surf Committee makes donation to the city of LA for the local Jr. Lifeguard Foundation.

Venice Centennial Surf Contest

July 9th, 2005

On Saturday, July 9th, 2005, Venice Beach hosted the Venice Centennial Surf Contest, a celebration of Venice’s unique contribution to the history of surfing in the United States in conjunction with a two-week festival marking the 100 year anniversary of Abbott Kinney’s dream. The one-time event was held at Venice Breakwater at the end of Windward Avenue. The Breakwater is approximately the exact spot where 100 years ago Hawaiian surfing legend George Freeth introduced mainland Americans to the sport of surfing.

Over 140 contestants competed in eight divisions including shortboard and longboard. All participants received ‘goodie bags’ and one-of-a-kind Centennial medallions. Awards were presented to the first four competitors in each division. All contest proceeds were donated to scholarship funds for the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Junior Lifeguard programs.

The contest was a celebration of the true spirit of Venice and paid homage to two enduring legends, California surfing and Abbott Kinney’s Venice by the Sea. Sponsors included Jeff Ho – Zephyr, Quicksilver, Vans, Alan Sarlo/Sarlo and Smith Real Estate, Juice Magazine, City of Los Angeles and the Venice Centennial Committee. The Venice Centennial Surf Committee included Chairman – Tom Wright, Secretary – Leigh Johnson, Members – Jeff Ho, Scott Adams and Drew Lewis. Donated surfboards provided by Anderson Surfboards, Guy Okazaki and Jeff Ho. Additional Sponsors included – Horizon’s West, ZJ’s Boarding House, Venice Breakwater, Cult Industries, Abbotts Pizza, SVS, Bikini Island, Cotter Pin, Cove Surf Company, Venice Beach Surf Co., Carver, DogTown, Grind King, Naked Sushi, IMS Entertainment, Gold’s Gym, Surfrider Foundation, City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles.

Contest Winners – Menahune Girls – Kiera Kekoe, Morgan Adams, Brooks Resnick

Menahune Boys – Kyle Jarel-Girgis, Darren Angora, Cyrus Croskery

Junior Women – Chandler Parr, Jasmine Lyons, Rachael Hiatt

Junior Mens – Adams Angora, Kevin Courtney, Evan Mendelson

Women – Jaime Shoemaker, Sharon Shaeffer, Molly Logan

Men – Rusty White, Justin Schwartz, Rickie Massie

Longboard Open – Women – Jasmine Lyons, April Grover, Kiera Rehoe

Longboard Open – Mens – Scott Adams, Steve Siegrist, Hayes Overton

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