Malibu’s Classic Goes Off Despite Conditions

OCEAN CITY- Less than stellar conditions did not put a damper on the 22nd Annual Malibu’s Summer Classic surf contest last weekend as dozens of young surfers competed in the latest installment of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva summer-long series.

Weeks of small surf have created shore-break conditions up and down the beach and the contest location for the Malibu’s Summer Classic between 7th and 8th Street last weekend was no exception. The competition started as planned, but was delayed while organizers waited for the tide to go out. Once the tide went out, the surfing conditions improved and the competitors hit the waves with enthusiasm, but the Malibu’s Summer Classic was cut short once the tide came back in and the shore-break conditions returned.

Nonetheless, the abbreviated contest did produce some good results and awards were issued to the winners in several categories. In the boys’ menehune, Kai Haughey finished first, Nash Rogers was second and Robert Makarovich was third.

In the boys under-14, Keenan Weich was first, Sam Schoenfeld was second and Haughey was third. In the boys’ under-16, Robby Pinzhoffer was first, Weich was second and Zach Koch was third. In the junior men’s under-18, Pinzhoffer was first, Koch was second and Schoenfeld was third.

In the girls’ under-14, Caroline Makarovich finished first, Lily Preziosi was second and Morgan Johnson was third. In the girls’ under-16, Isabella Preziosi was first, Elsa Quillin was second and Lily Preziosi was third. In the junior women’s under-18, it was Isabella Preziosi, Julia Wess and Quillin finishing first, second and third respectively.

In the menehune bodyboard competition, Chaz DiDominicis was first, Weich was second and Rogers was third. In the open bodyboard competition, DiDominicis was first, Koch was second and Wess was third.