Seven surfers from Gold Beach competed in the Otter Rock n Roll Surfing Contest in Newport. Photo courtesy of Dave Lacey.
Seven Gold Beach youths competed in the sixth annual Otter Rock n’ Roll Surf Contest and Beach Cleanup Challenge on June 21 at Otter Rock Beach in Newport, Oregon.
The event, which featured 63 competitors from Washington to California, was hosted by the Newport, Siuslaw and Portland chapters of the Surfrider Foundation in celebration of International Surfing Day. According to the foundation’s website, International Surfing Day celebrates the sport of surfing and helps raise awareness about issues facing oceans and beaches.
Riders surfed in two heats for their group, with the top two waves being counted toward a final score. Scores from both heats were combined for a final score. The groups included: child with parent, 12-and-younger, ages 13-15 and ages 16-18 for both boys and girls.
“All the surfers got some good waves and we all had a lot of fun,” said South Coast Tours owner Dave Lacey, who oversaw the Gold Beach group.
Sarina Lacey was the standout for the Gold Beach contingent, carving waves to a first-place finish in the girls 12-and-younger group.
“It’s awesome. I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Sarina’s father Mark. “When she won it was a big surprise because we knew it was close between her and another girl. I knew she had first or second but I didn’t know she had won until they called out the score.”
Mark Lacey states his daughter, who has been surfing since she was 3-years-old, won by the sheer amount of waves she rode.
“She got a lot of waves. She’s an animal out there. When you get more waves you get more chances to win.”
It’s Sarina’s second victory in her young career: she won the 2011 Noll Longboard Classic in Crescent City.
Other Gold Beach competitors included Payton and Thatcher Timm, Isabelle Laurino, Joei Reisinger, Finley Lacey and Maize Martinez.