Spring Fling Surf Contest Returns to Ocean City

first_img 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

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