WB PRO 2018
IN MEMORY OF RYAN ROBERTS
photo gallery: Patrick Murphy - The Kings Lens
On Sunday, May 20th the Water Brothers PRO 2018 in Memory of Ryan Roberts was held at Second Beach, Middletown RI. Early morning it looked as though there where near flat conditions and the wind swell event organizers were counting on could be no more. But within the date window scheduled it proved to be the the only and best day to run the event. Vendors and contestants gathered to the beach for the one day event and the parking lot quickly filled with spectators anticipating the surfers entry to the water. The first heat went off at 9:30AM, originally set for a 7AM start, the waves had began to pick up and thankfully continued to build throughout the day. Four man heats battled it out as the rain held off climbing past the beginning rounds till around 5:30PM for an intermission where Tora Surfboards AM-JAM sponsored heat began crowing a new Champion and Middletown's own, Seany Dugan.
As the last ten surfers entered the semifinalist round the wind turned a little more side shore and looked to set up the best waves of the day for finals where a new WB PRO Champion would emerge.
But before the final heats of the day would go down, the anticipated Legends heat kicked off with seasoned surfers from throughout Newport and South County in a combined shortboard and Longboard heat. Again, crowning Middletown local and Second Beach's own Billy Gomes.
And then there were four. Four remaining surfers entered into a glassing off wind swell with shoulder high sets. And after thirty minutes of progressive surfing, a day long on the beach, tent huddeling rainstorms, and a rainbow, it was Lucas Rogers of Pungo Beach, Virginia edging out last years winner Rob Kelly to become the new WATER BROTHERS PRO CHAMPION!
Runner up and 2nd Place belonged to last years champion Rob Kelly, NJ
3rd Place, Kia Nichols
4th Place, Ted Eberhart
5th Place, Chad Bruce
6th Place, Konoa Wong
surf pics: Ken Shane
photo gallery: Jessica Pohl
Sponsored by :
Middletown, Rhode Island
The 2nd Annual Water Brothers Pro 2018 in memory of Ryan Roberts will take place at Second Beach, Middletown RI as an ON-CALL Contest, to be run on ONE of the following dates:
May 12th - May 25th 2018
This date window provides 14 potential days we are permitted to run the WB PRO 2018 surf contest. Leading up to the event WB founder, Sid Abbruzzi, and his trusty board of advisors will be following swell predications closely. With up to date reports on social media, there will be an official call on the contest 48 hours prior to its start...
*NOTE: This is a wave reliant contest, if there are no waves, there will be no contest.
First OPEN PRO heat enters the water at 7:00 AM..
An Invitational Shortboard and Legends AM-JAM sponsored by Tora Surfboards will take place between the semi-finals and finals of the OPEN PRO event. The Invitational AM-JAM will welcome 6 pre-selected Shortboarders and 6 pre-selected Legends to compete in individual heats.
Tora Surfboard prizes will be awarded to both AM-JAM and Legend Winners!
An Awards Ceremony will begin immediately after the final onsite at Second Beach!
An after party will follow the close of event at Parlor, 200 Broadway Newport RI at 7:30PM!!