Gordon wins Van’s Pro Final at East Coast Surfing Championship

Gordon wins Van’s Pro Final at East Coast Surfing Championship


FLAT CONDITIONS THE FIRST FEW DAYS MADE FOR A DULL START TO THE EAST COAST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUT THANKS TO THE COLD FRONT THAT JUST MOVED THROUGH, WE GOT TO SEE ONE OF THE BEST FINALS IN THE HISTORY OF SOME OF THE BEST SURFERS IN THE WORLD BATTLE FOR THE 5 THOSUAND DOLLAR GRAND PRIZE—LUKE GORDON FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN RIDING A HOT STREAK LATELY–WON IN ACAPULCO LAST MONTH, AND AT THE U-S OPEN TRIALS—BIG AIR EARLY ON GAVE HIM THE LEAD—BUT EVERYONE ROOTING FOR THE LOCAL FAVORITE—THAT’S MICHAEL DUNPHY—BORN AND RAISED IN VIRGINIA BEACH—HE WON THIS EVENT FIVE YEARS AGO–VERY NICE RIDE GAVE HIM AN 8 POINT 4 SCORE—THAT MOVED HIM UP TO SECOND PLACE RIGHT BEHIDN GORDON—EVERYONE LOCKED IN ON THIS FINISH—HERE COMES DUNPHY—LOOKING FOR THAT WINNING WAVE—ALMOST HAD IT–AND RIGHT BEHIND HIM—-GORDON—AIR BORN!!—SCORES A 9, AND THAT’S YOUR WINNER—LUKE GORDON. HE’S BEEN RIDING THE WAVES AT THIS EVENT FOR SIX YEARS—BUT NOW, HE’S KING OF THE BEACH. “I REALLY CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I JUST WON. I REMEMBER BEING A LITTLE KID AND WATCHING EVERYBODY WIN, AND THEN NOW, I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I’M THAT GUY. IT’S INCREDIBLE. ” GORDON CELEBRATES, BUT IT WAS A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW FOR DUNPHY—-SO CLOSE TO HIS SECOND TITLE, THOUGHT HE HAD IT, BUT COMES UP JUST A BIT SHORT. “RIGHT THIS MOMENT, I’M KIND OF JUST WHATEVER ABOUT IT. I WANTED TO WIN, BUT YOU KNOW, IF YOU WERE GOING TO TELL ME AT TEH BEGINNING OF THE WEEK I WAS GOING TO GET SECOND, IT’S A GOOD RESULT FOR ME FO HERE. BUT GOING INTO THE FINAL, YOU WANT TO BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND.. ” DUNPHY NOT THE ONLY LOCAL WITH A GOOD SHOWING. THIS IS NICK COPENHAVER—NOT A PROFESSIONAL, BUT HE’S BEEN SURFING AT ECSC FOR YEARS NOW. FIRST TIME HE’S EVER MADE IT PAST THE SEMIFINAL, AND TODAY, HE RIDES ALL THE WAY TO THE LONGBOARD TITLE. COPENHAVER, DOES SOME REAL ESTATE WORK, GRADUATED FROM FIRST COLONIAL HIGH SCHOOL JUST LAST YEAR, AND GAVE MAYBE THE BEST ANSWER OF THIS TOURNAMENT. “TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T VOTE ME FOR SENIOR SUPERLATIVE, BIGGEST BEACH BUM, LOOK AT ME NOW, YA KNOW? I’M OUT HERE, BUT ALL YOU GUYS ARE COOL, YA KNOW!”

Antonio Breitenberg

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