Pinzhoffer Finishes Second At Easterns

Pinzhoffer Finishes Second At Easterns
Ocean City’s Robby Pinzhoffer finished second in his division in the Eastern Surfing Championships in Nags Head last weekend. Pictured above is Pinzhoffer getting barreled during one of his heats. Photo courtesy MEZ/ESM

OCEAN CITY- Ocean City’s own Robby Pinzhoffer turned in an outstanding effort last weekend in the Eastern Surfing Championships in Nags Head, finishing second in his age group.

Over 300 surfers from Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) districts all over the east coast and beyond gathered at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C. last week for the Eastern Surfing Championships. The contest included competitors for ESA districts from Maine to the Gulf Coast along with districts from Alabama and the Great Lakes.

Pinzhoffer was representing the ESA Delmarva District in the boys’ under-16 division, one of the most highly-competitive divisions in the Easterns. Throughout late last week, Pinzhoffer, who was competing in his fifth Eastern Surfing Championships, continued to advance through heat after heat to reach the finals. He ultimately took second-place in the division among some of the top surfers in the eastern half of the country.

According to ESA-Delmarva Co-Director Laura Bren, Pinzhoffer began surfing at the age of four until he broke his board. By the time he reached age 10, his mother, Donna Pinzhoffer, bought new surfboards for Robby and his brother and he hasn’t slowed down since.

In addition to competing in the Delmarva ESA summer-long series, through which he accumulated points to qualify for the Easterns, Pinzhoffer has also competed in other events around the east coast. This summer, Pinzhoffer was invited to compete in the east coast championships in California.

“Not only is Robby an amazing talent in the water, he is a great encourager and supporter of our younger groms,” said Bren. “We are super proud of what he’s been able to accomplish.”

Delmarva ESA Co-Director Jeff Phillips also had high praise for Pinzhoffer’s dedication to his sport and the effort he puts in day in and day out.

“Robby has always been talented, but his ability to learn and constantly improve is what really sets him apart,” he said.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.