The First Annual Rip Curl Stew Surf Competition Ripped up Cox Bay!
Cox Bay in Tofino BC (June 16th & 17th) had a huge turn out with local talent ripping up t he beach.
Approximately 85 competitors battled Mother Nature all weekend, and faced a variety of conditions. Starting with no swell and rain Saturday morning it changed to medium swell and sun by the afternoon. A brisk onshore wind with shoulder-high sets started off Sunday, ending the event with the sun shining through the whole awards ceremony.
Our goal for the weekend was to bring the surf culture of Vancouver Island’s past, back to life with a realistic goal – to continue to develop home grown athletes and help them reach world-class level. The end result has exceeded our expectations for the first annual Rip Curl Stew Competition.
So, what do you do when home grown talent is ready to perform at its highest level? You push the competition to 2-days, and the result is unforgettable performances from all the competitors. As Contestants all battled for first place, they showed the crowd what they are really capable of….
The contest featured seven categories- which included open categories for men, women & children, a long board category, a masters over forty category and a expression session - allowing surfers at all levels & ages to showcase their talent.
Entertainment was out of the water as well, games were played to entertain the crowd such as, tug-a-war, teddy bear stands, egg throwing contest and much more. We also served stew matching the theme of the event, and it was the perfect touch considering the weather conditions. Access was free and over $10,000 worth of swag was handed out from Rip Curl & Sponsors.
All eyes and ears however, were focused on the well known athletes that were competing in the expression session on Sunday afternoon. This included Rip Curls very own team rider Christian Moutinho, The Bruhwiler brothers Raph and Sepp, Shannon Brown, Noah Cohen, Pete Devries, CC Unger Mayor, Reid Jackson, Leiah Oke and Isaiah Oke. From Best Air, Best Overall, Best Ride and Best Maneuver. These guys brought this competition to a whole new and exciting level!
Despite the weather the contestants went out and continued to perform as if it was second nature. The competitors enlightened the crowds with there talent and pushed them-selves to unforgettable levels while vying for one of the top spots in the event. However, in the end Noah Cohen and Tamarah Stephens came out of the competition with an unforgettable victory at the first annual Rip Curl Stew.
l Rip Curl would like to thank everyone involved!
Rip Curl Canada would like to thank all the sponsors, judges, competitors and volunteers for taking part in the 2007 Rip Curl Stew at Cox Bay in Tofino.
Rip Curl appreciates the opportunity of holding one of the only surf contest in Tofino this summer and wants to thank the district of Tofino and RCMP for letting us hold this competition.
The atmosphere at the event from the surfers, the beach, and weather to the vibe that flowed throughout the weekend made it unforgettable. The music set the mood for those two days and our MC kept the crowd focused and entertained.
Reflecting on the end result, with the number of competitors and spectators that showed up and supported our event through the unpredictable weather it has exceeded all of our expectations.
Rip Curl also wants to thank all the support from our retailers and sponsors. We are extremely grateful for everyone that put their time and effort into the event. As well as everyone that showed up and supported the first annual Rip Curl Stew Competition.
And a special thanks to all of our sponsors; Rock Star Energy Drink, Spy Eyewear, SBC Surf Magazine, Reef, Inner Rhythm, Storm, Live to Surf, Long Beach Surf Shop, Coastline, Alternative Groove, HTO, Sitka, Pacific Boarder, Boardroom, Second Wave, La Nina, North Hill, Red Nik, Red Truck Brewery, Arbor Long boards, Harrison Beach Jewelry, Barracuda Surfboards, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Long Beach Lodge, Pacific Sands, Coors Light, Channel Island Surfboards, Sticky Bumps & Creatures Accessories.
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Just confirmed !!!!
The RipCurl Stew presents Raph Bruhwiler, Peter Devries, Sepp Bruhwiler, Christian Moutinho + 4 guest surfers all competing in a expression session Saturday June 16th.
RIP CURL CANADA PREPARES TO DISH OUT SOME “STEW”…
TOFINO, BC – Attention all west coast surfers! Rip Curl Canada is proud to present “The Rip Curl Stew” a two-day judged surf contest, open to all ages - June 16th & 17th 2007 - held at Cox Bay in the heart of Tofino, B.C.
For over 40 years, Rip Curl has played a leading role in the surf industry and continues to move forward in Canada by gaining the rights to hold the only surf contest this summer in Tofino, BC. Looking into the future they feel strongly that this event will bring the surf culture of Vancouver Island’s past, back to life with a realistic goal - to continue to develop homegrown athletes to compete at a world-class level. “The purpose of this event is to give back to the surf community while developing the home-grown talent,” states National Sales Manager, Drew Hawkshaw. “we are stoked to be able to hold this competition and give back to the surf industry.” says Hawkshaw. The contest will feature seven categories – including open categories for men, women & children, a long board category, as well as a masters over forty category - allowing surfers at all levels & ages to showcase their talent!
With the estimated number of competitors in attendance being close to one hundred, it is lining up to be an unforgettable weekend. Along with the opportunity for up & coming surfers to showcase their talent, some of the well known athletes invited to compete include Peter Devries, the Bruhwiler brothers, Reid Jackson, Mike Stupka, Bastien Lanusse, Noah Cohen, Christian Moutinho and Brian Greig.
These guys are sure to take this competition to a whole other unexpected & exciting level. “I am confident this will be Canada’s premiere surf event for years to come.” states Hawkshaw.
Along with free admission for spectators, there will be over $10, 000 dollars worth of great give-aways from Rip Curl & the event sponsors, to be handed out all weekend. For the competitors there will be prize packs filled with amazing goods & winners will each receive a Barracuda Surfboard, Spy Sunglasses, Rip Curl wetsuit, Reef Sandals, Arbor Skateboard & much more!
(To entertain the kids there will also be games held on the beach all day long.)
Matching the event theme, stew will be readily available on the beach to feed the masses, with all proceeds going to a Tofino based non-profit organization.
Anyone interested in competing can sign up at one of the following locations:
Long Beach Surf Shop – Tofino, BC Sitka Surf Shop – Victoria, BC
Pacific Boarder – Vancouver, BC Second Wave – North Vancouver, BC
Sponsors include: Rock Star Energy Drink, Spy Eyewear, SBC Surf Magazine, Reef, Inner Rhythm, Storm, Live to Surf, Long Beach Surf Shop, Coastline, Alternative Groove, HTO, Sitka, Pacific Boarder, Second Wave, La Nina, North Hill, Red Nik, Red Truck Brewery, Arbor Long boards, Harrison Beach Jewelry, Barracuda Surfboards, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Channel Island Surfboards, Sticky Bumps & Creatures Accessories.