Flagler Surfers Bring the Heat Despite the Cold in Inaugural Competition



Local star Robbie McCormick dominates with the contest’s highest scoring wave

Mayport, Florida: The Flagler Board Riders Club traveled to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Mayport on Saturday March 20th to take place in the final contest of the Florida Board Riders Cup. Despite the strong nor’easter winds and cold, Flagler surfers made their presence known, shaking up the competition between rivals Jax, Space Coast, Fernandina and Ponte Vedra. Flagler finished 3rd behind winner Jax and runner-up Space Coast.

The MVP for the Flagler team was 20 year old Robbie McCormick, who on his very first wave, nailed an air reverse earning him a score of 9.33 which was the highest score for any surfer in any division. He led the 20’s team of Forrest Lindner, CJ Garren and Patrick Conklin, to a 2nd place showing.

Flagler’s 15-19 Team of Gavin Coluccio, Carl Burger, Ryan Huckabee & Robbie Goodwin, conquered their division with a combined total score of 30; the second highest score of all divisions.

The highest score for the 40s division went to Flagler Board Rider President Ben Lacy. Lacy was joined by Nick Baiata, Will Tant and Chad Brasol who’s combined totals placed them in second for their division.

Anthony Passarelli earned the highest score for the 50+ division. The team included Bob Lindsley and Marvin Butler. The team, who was missing their 4th rider, just missed a 2nd place finish.

Flagler Finish: Women 4th (6.44), 50+ 3rd (13.46), 40s 2nd (26.93), 30s 5th (10.5), 20s 2nd (28.76), 15-19 1st (30), U14 3rd (13.40) TOTAL 3rd (129.49)

About: Flagler Board Riders Club (FBRC) is a local chapter of the Florida Board Riders a 501(3)c grassroots organization meant to brighten the future of surfing in beach communities in the Sunshine State. Board Rider clubs foster a fun, safety, self-esteem, ocean and environmental stewardship, and community engagement for surfers of all ages through friendly competitions and other events. The Flagler chapter launched in February of this year and missed the first two Florida Cup competitions. The next season of competition will be in the fall. Besides the competitive surf team, the FBRC sponsors the Donna Cianciulli Memorial Academic Scholarship and the Jamie Ridgewell Legacy Trade School Scholarship to encourage local youth to pursue higher education. The club is open to surfers and those who are inspired and want to support surfing in Flagler. Future plans include fundraisers, such as local surf contests, surf film festivals, and fishing tournaments; beach clean-ups and surf lessons. FBRC wants to encourage Flagler’s youth to get off the tube and into the tube. For more information please visit our website www.flaglerboardriders.com or find us on social media.

FBRC is very grateful to team sponsors: Accu-Temp Heating & Air, Flagler Dental Associates, Flagler Psychiatry, Kurt Mitchler DDS, High Tides at Snack Jacks, Chenzo Does Web, Flagler SurfArtandCoolStuffand7-ElevenFlaglerBeach. These incredible businesses provided the capital necessary to launch the club.

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