The ninth annual surfing and body-boarding competition in the Rick’s Reef Classic competition series concluded successfully Saturday, March 5 with more than 40 contestants taking to the waves in five categories. It was the first time since the inaugural event in 2008 that the event occurred on the initial actual forecasted date. Past years’ contests had to be held over to contingency dates when surf conditions were not conducive or optimal for quality competitions. The event venue was hosted by Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. Financial sponsors were SPPC 76 Circle K, First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Visitors Bureau. In-kind donations of prizes came from Proa Restaurant, DNA Evolution, Fokai Industries, Primo Surf, Lotus Surf Shop, Da Kine and Trivision Media. Graphic and video promotional production services were provided by Gonzo Ink.
Rick’s Reef Classic IX winners from left to right: John Barber, Robert Bucek, Austia Mendiola, Lindsey Bowman, Willi Byerly, Guahan Napu president, Martin Leon Guerrero, Cheyne Purcell, Kenny Pier, Shane Pier with daughter, Lily, and Jared Gogue. Photo: John Barber / Guahan Napu Inc.
Results are as follows:
Gender-neutral Legends (50 years and older) surfing:
1st place – Kenny Pier
2nd place – Martin Leon Guerrero
3rd place – Rob Bucek
Gender-neutral long board surfing:
1st place – Kenny Pier. It was a double coup for the 63-year-old Pier who competed back-to-back in the Legends and long board surfing finals with a quick board switch in the water.
2nd place – Lindsey Bowman
3rd place – Richmond Arciaga
Women’s short board surfing:
The women’s surfing category was reinstated after an absence of five years since Rick’s Reef Classic IV in 2010.
1st place – Aki Siatan
2nd place – Austia Mendiola
3rd place – Lindsey Bowman. Bowman, like Kenny Pier, competed in consecutive finals, when she came off the long board surfing category to change boards mid-ocean and paddle out immediately for the women’s finals.
1st place – John Barber
2nd place – Brian Cruz
3rd place – Jonathan Leon Guerrero
Men’s short board surfing
1st place – Jared Brandon Gogue
2nd place – Shane Pier
3rd place – Cheyne Purcell
For more details about the 2016 Rick’s Reef Classic IX competition, contact Willi Byerly at 483-1376 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org