By Andrea Swayne
The Swamis Return to the Reef contest is a highlight of the Club Coalition contest series each year, not only for the fun and camaraderie present but also for the Cardiff Reef venue. At this year’s event, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 18 and 19, the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association team brought home a third-place finish, up two places from last year.
With a wind swell hitting from the west, the waves on Saturday were on the small side. On Sunday they picked up, delivering overhead sets and fantastic conditions for the finals.
“We were super happy with our performance as a team. In individual competition, I was looking for a repeat of last year when I trophied. I was bummed I didn’t make the finals but my boyfriend Charlie Zyvoloski trophied in the 60-69 division, so I was stoked about that ,” said Sabrina Pearcy, a San Clemente resident and DLSA team member of seven years.
Other finalists in individual competition included a win for Mark and Debbie Gale in the tandem division, along with second-place honors for Hallie Rohr and Ben Cardoza, third-place for Daniel Williams and Josh Rapoza, Mark Calkins and Zyvoloski in fourth, and sixth-place finishes for Kyle Perez, RJ Hervey, Rubio Smith, Steve Stirrett and Mark Gale, in their respective divisions.
Pearcy said the team looks forward to competing at Cardiff Reef each year.
“It’s a really good spot and we always love going down there,” she said. “ It’s cool too that during the course of the weekend the people we meet always have kind words to say about our team and seem to be impressed by what a fun and tight-knit group we have.”
Next, the team will head to the Tourmaline Club Challenge in November, followed by the DLSA’s big event, the Gathering of the Tribes at Church Beach, coming up in January 2015
For more information, visit www.dohenylongboardsurfingassociation.org.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. WindanSea Surf Club, 2. Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club, 3. Doheny Longboard Surfing Association, 4. Swamis Surfing Association, 5. Long Beach Surf Club, 6. Pacific Beach Surf Club, 7. Cardiff Reef Surf Club, 8. Malibu Boardriders Club, 9. La Jolla Shores Surfing Association, 10. Malibu Surfing Association, 11. Coronado Longbarding Surfing Association, 12. Huntington Beach Longboard Crew, 13. Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association, 14. Ventura Surf Club, 15. Big Stick Surfing Association.