Pinzhoffer Repeats As State Surfing Champ

Pinzhoffer Repeats As State Surfing Champ
The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District last week closed out its summer-long contest series with the Maryland State Championships. Pictured above, the winners in several categories show off their trophies on a picture-perfect fall day. Submitted photo

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District last weekend closed out its summer surfing contest season with the Maryland State Championships in Ocean City with a familiar name taking the state title.

ESA Delmarva hosted the Maryland State Championships on the beach at 35th Street last weekend with decent surf left over from the remnants of Hurricane Michael. Cool air temperatures prevailed and Ugg boots and mittens were the order of the day for participants and spectators on the beach with the air temperate about 10 degrees colder than the water temperature.

Local Robby Pinzhoffer repeated as Maryland State Champion, taking first in several divisions.

Pinzhoffer took first place in the junior men’s under-18 division, followed by Austin Bren and Riley Evans. Pinzhoffer also won the open shortboard division, followed by Brian Winklbauer, Eric Kurzbard, Austin Bren, David Giuseppone and Gavin Bren.

In the boys under-12 division, it was Kade Sommers taking first place, followed by Gavin Bren, Nate Winklbauer, Gray Bunting, Gunnar Ryall and Canton Ryall. In the boys under-14 division, Gavin Bren took first place, followed by Trey Winklbauer, Kai Sommers, Ben Loller, Gunnar Ryall and Kade Sommers.

Austin Bren took first place in the boys under-16 division, while Kai Sommers was second, Trey Winklbauer was third, Alex Sheckells was fourth, Noah Selt was fifth and Ben Loller was sixth. In the girls under-12 division, Catherine Schwind was first and Carolina Labin was second. Schwind also took first in the girls under-14 division.

In the junior women’s under-18 division, Elsa Quillin took first, followed by Isabella Preziosi, Meara Johnson, Calli Kaufmann, Miah Schwind and Cassidy Roark. David Giuseppone won the men’s division, while Brian Winklbauer took first in the masters’ division followed by Robert Mears.

Charles Labin took first place in the senior men’s division, followed by Mark Rivers, Craig Garfield and Jack Thomas. Eric Kurzbard took first in the legends’ division, followed by David Quillin and Chris Shanahan. In the grand legends’ division, it was Bill Helmuth taking first and Mike Fleming taking second. Cat Volmer won the ladies’ division.

In the Menehune longboard under-14 division, Kai Sommers was first, followed by Gavin Bren, Canton Ryall, Gray Bunting and Gunnar Ryall. In the junior women’s longboard under-18 division, Elsa Quillin was first, followed by Lily Preziosi, Isabella Preziosi, Miah Schwind, Cassidy Roark and Morgan Johnson.

Pinzhoffer finished first in the junior longboard under-18 division, followed by Austin Bren and Noah Selt. In the men’s longboard division, Alexander Emmer finished first, David Giuseppone was second and Zachary Hall was third.

Kaitlyn Keech was first in the women’s longboard division. Cat Volmer and Kathy Horst finished first and second in the ladies’ longboard division. Craig Garfield and Kevin Chandler finished first and second in the masters’ longboard division. In the legends’ longboard division, it was Eric Kurzbar taking first, followed by David Quillin and Chris Shanahan.

In the open bodyboard division, Gray Bunting was first, followed by Canton Ryall and Gunnar Ryall. In the open SUP division, it was Charles Lategano taking first place and John Mikulski taking second.

ESA Delmarva thanked its 2018 season sponsors including Assateague Island Surf Shop, Burley Oak, Chauncey’s, Deeley Insurance Group, East of Maui, Endless Summer Surf Shop, K-Coast Surf Shop, Ocean Atlantic,  Pablo’s Bowls, Quiet Storm, Malibu’s, the Surfrider Foundation-Ocean City Chapter, Walk on Water.

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.