In a “cutthroat” family rivalry, Charlie Bowman (right) takes no mercy on daughter Caroline (left). Some of the “legends” who helped build the surfing community in Ocean City: P.J. Miller, Rick Hoiler, Wayne Blizzard, Dean Randazzo, Don Pileggi, Charlie Bowman and Ed Gillin. The contest honored former Recreation Director Don Pileggi and was organized by current Recreation Director Wendy Moyle. Contestants after the close of the Spring Fling Contest. The contest was run from the beach at Seventh Street in Ocean City. 13-and-unders compete in the first wave of the Spring Fling Surf Contest in Ocean City. Charlie Bowman in the longboard division. Fifty years after former Ocean City Recreation Director Don Pileggi started it, the Spring Fling Surf Contest returned to Ocean City on Saturday morning.About 25 surfers of all ages competed in the casual event in clean hip-high surf that picked up as the contest proceeded.The event honored Pileggi for his many contributions to the Ocean City surfing community. Pileggi was a 1950 Ocean City High School graduate who later supervised the local Youth Center for eight years and worked for the Ocean City Recreation Department for 28 years.He was on the beach Saturday to watch the revitalized contest.The wave of the day went came from the youngest age bracket (13-and-under) and went to Kyle Tester.Winners were as follows:13-and-Under: 1) Kyle Tester, 2) Joey Kelly, 3) Steven ZakroffJunior Men: 1) Nick Brady, 2) Sam Chatzinoff, 3) Craig NordbergMen: 1) Pat McCarron, 2) Matt Aramando, 3) Matt DimarinoMasters: 1) Willie Fannon, 2) Ron Curcio, 3) Charlie BowmanWomen: 1) Caroline Bowman, 2) Zoe BourgeoisLongboard: 1) Charlie Bowman, 2) Caroline Bowman, 3) Jamie KellyWave of the Day: Kyle TesterThe event was sponsored by the Ocean City Recreation Department with the help of the local surfing community, which has vowed to bring back the Turkey Trot and Polar Bear contests this year.
Researchers, Unique Facility Fight Toxin in Peanuts (March 22, 2001) – Researchers at the Georgia Envirotron in Griffin, Ga., say the unique facility is helping them fight a costly foe of the peanut industry.Knowing a Little Biology Helps Fight Ants (March 28, 2001) – When you make your spring chore list, don’t forget to “feed” the ants. To fight ants properly, University of Georgia experts say you have to know a little ant biology.The GMO Controversy and the Ivory Tower (April 3, 2001) – In the age of the Internet and laser eye surgery, most people would agree with scientists that basic research and resulting technologies help society. But when technology has fallen short — from Three Mile Island to mad cow disease – the public has come face-to-face with science’s fallibility.One Wood Chip or Two? New ‘Sugar’ Source (April 4, 2001) – Would you like one or two wood chips to sweeten your coffee? How about sweetening your cereal with a few cottonseed hulls?Brave New Herd: UGA Unveils Cloned Calves (June 26, 2001) – After almost two years of research, University of Georgia scientists have successfully cloned eight healthy calves.Farm-crop Fuel May Become Industrial Cleanser (August 1, 2001) – Fuel made from farm crops has been around for years, but a University of Georgia agricultural engineer has found they make great industrial strength cleansers, too.Researcher Uses DNA to Track Termites (September 18, 2001) – Knowing which termites are kin and where they’ve been may be the key to more effectively controlling the pests. And scientists are closing in. They’re using DNA technology to track their travels and find their family trees.Scientists Getting to Point of Pollution (September 24, 2001) – Walk along the banks of the Savannah River. Fish the Chattahoochee. Swim in the Flint. Chances are you’ll see a sign warning of the potential risk due to pollution. But often, it’s not easy to determine exactly where that pollution is coming from.Electric Water Kills Plant, Food Pathogens (September 28, 2001) – A University of Georgia scientist has found an environmentally friendly product nurserymen can use to kill plant diseases. What is it? Water.Scientist Searching Genes in Self-cloning Plants (November 13, 2001) – A tool that could potentially improve the efficiency, yields and quality of agriculture around the world has remained elusive to commercial farming. But a University of Georgia researcher in Tifton, Ga., is trying to change that.Newfound Protein May Help Control Fire Ants (November 16, 2001) – University of Georgia scientists have discovered a protein in fire ants that may lead to a new way of using their own biology against them. The protein is linked to red imported fire ants’ senses of smell and taste.Scientists Complete Peanut Molecular Map (November 26, 2001) – University of Georgia researchers have completed the first comprehensive molecular map of the peanut plant. Like a roadmap, it will give scientists the directions they need to develop better varieties for farmers and better products for consumers.Study Paves Way to Water-efficient Cotton (December 18, 2001) – A six-year study by University of Georgia and Israeli scientists has paved the way to cotton varieties that can brave the weather’s whims by using water better.