Longboard contest starts

Longboard contest starts

OCEANSIDE — Top professional surfers, tandem riders, and surfing legends will be at the Oceanside Pier for the three-day Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest Aug. 10 to Aug.12. 

Surfing legend Guy Takayama is the contest organizer and will be competing in the age 40 to 49 maters division this year.

Takayama grew up surfing. His father and uncle Donald Takayama were professional shapers and surfers.

“My family is a surfing family,” he said.

Takayama gained his own recognition as a longboard and tandem champion.

“I made my way in the 1980s,” he said. “It was an experimental period for surfing.”

During the 1980s surfers experimented with board shapes and the number and placement of fins to get the fastest ride and most maneuverability.

“Athletes were pushing the limits with more outrageous tricks,” Takayama said.

That experimentation led to a fast fluid style of longboarding.

Spectators can expect to see great surfing at the three-day contest. Professional noseriders will start off the competition Aug. 10. Riders need to get within 24-inches of the nose of the board.

“It’s very unique and hard to do,” Takayama said. “There is a lot of wave knowledge involved.”

Supergirl professional juniors will also hit the water on Friday.

The Supergirl event showcases top female surfers in Association of Surfing Professionals competition. Riders include Tyler Wright of New South Wales, Australia, Laura Enever of Sydney, Australia, Carissa Moore of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana.

Competition continues Aug. 11 with longboard team riders, masters, age 50 to 59 grand masters, and over 60 legends. Professional noserider finalists and Supergirl surfers will compete midday, followed by more team riders and standup paddleboard competitors in the afternoon.

Longboard finalist will compete on the final day of event Aug.13.

During the three-day contest venders, food booths, a wine and beer garden and live entertainment will be set up at the Junior Seau Beach Amphitheater. Entertainment will include Polynesian dancers and musicians and drop in special guests.

Takayama said the competition has developed into a family friendly event everyone can enjoy.

Proceeds go to the California Surf Museum, Scholastic Surf Series, and Oceanside High School and El Camino High School surf teams.

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