Posted on May 07 2010
A Classic 10th Year of Retro Big Stick at Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz The 10th annual Logjam! presented by the Big Stick Surfing Association took a stylish cross-step back in time last weekend, April 24-25, at the Dirt Farm and Pleasure Point on Santa Cruz's Eastside. True to the mantra of “old boards, no cords,” some 100 participants competed for two days on yellowed, 20-pound vintage longboards that were crafted prior to 1970. [caption id="attachment_1785" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Big Stick Turn Out"][/caption] Vintage boards were littered along the cliffs, keeping one another company in between heats, providing shade for stray dogs and spectators alike. Some water-logged, others well-kept, the boards were the stars of the event, with pedigrees such as Hobie, Yater, Noll, Hansen and Bing hauled out of rafters and garages, dusted off for the show. Competitors in several divisions ranged from juniors to grandmasters, with paddle racing, tandem riding and aloha team surfing as well. Juniors like Kai Madeiros and Liam Hession rode boards at least a couple decades older than themselves, demonstrating maturity and dexterity beyond their years in navigating the kelp balls and the slippery, mossy, low-tide reef pockets. Like the classic boards they were riding; leathery, barrel-chested old-timers trimmed up to speed and shed years with each nimble step. Some of the most graceful surfing was done by the wahines (women), like Cathy Mayerhoffer and Ashley Lloyd, who found the equipment complemented their natural grace and style. The event was a fundraiser for the Big Stick scholarship fund, which supports “young surfers who rip in the waves and excel academically.” Funds also go to the Ride a Wave Foundation that brings surf riding to underprivileged and disabled kids, and the Surfrider Foundation in Santa Cruz, which is the custodian of our coast. [caption id="attachment_1787" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Big Stick Grounds"][/caption] Boards for the raffle were provided by local surfboard makers City Fog, Paradise, Junod, Arrow, Coffey, Freeline, GP and Surftech, who rounded out an army of more than 20 longtime sponsors that showed the deep reservoir of support for surfing and giving back to our sun-kissed community. Longevity, health and stoke of the surfing habit was well-represented in the Legends final, which came down to an epic showdown between Michel Junod (1), Steve Bigler (2) and Rym Partridge (3). Team standings resulted in a very tight finish between SCLU (1), PPSC (2) and BSSA (3). Special Honor awards went to several deserving candidates: Waylon Olsen received the Jay Moriarity Award, Tonya Pham the Phil Matthews Award, and the Hot Dog Logger Award went to Michel Junod. Full results can be found via the following link: http://www.bigsticksurfing.org/ Victory Koredry supplied Koredry rash guard contest jerseys to be used for this event. Victory supplies their water repellent surf shirts and rash guards for this and many other events which gives us great feedback and testing under the harshest conditions enabling us to offer the most durable as well as comfortable surf shirts and rashguards on the market today. This testing and resulting improvements and innovations is why we believe we offer the "Best Surf Shirts Period".