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Contest organizer Haley Watson pushes Molly Marsca into a wave during the minnows push-in division.
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Surfers hit the waves for remembrance, prevention

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by: Shanna Fortier Associate Editor

The third-annual MayDay Memorial Surf Classic hit the beach Saturday, May 11, with 89 competitors, almost three times as many as the first year, which yielded 30 surfers.

The contest, which is organized by local pro surfer and Miss Flagler County Haley Watson, was started to honor Watson’s mom, Dollie Sue Watson, after she died in 2006. She was 48. The event is designed to promote awareness of heart disease. 

“I don’t think it could have gone any better,” Watson said, reflecting on the event. “The weather was awesome, the waves were great — I think it’s my mom that pulled through providing us with great surf all day.”

For Watson, the most exciting difference in the event this year was the addition of the Halifax Health Foundation as a sponsor. Proceeds from the contest will be donated to the foundation for continued heart disease education and prevention.

Though Watson had already founded MayDay Memorial as a nonprofit organization before she was crowned last June, she said having the event as her platform made the event that much more special.

“Before I had the crown, I always had the passion for helping people and carrying on my mom’s legacy,” she said.

And after she passes the crown on next month, Watson said she will continue in her quest to raise awareness and fight heart disease, especially in women.


The winners …

PRO MEN
1 Robbie McCormick
2 DJ Buchanan
3 Bubba Tyson
4 Blaize Carroll
 

PRO WOMEN
1 Amy Nichol
2 Sydney Herring
3 Ami Burg
4 Michelle Kienlen
 

GROMS
1 Robbie Goodwin
2 Ryan Huckabee
3 Tom Burger
4 Evan Tyson
 

GIRLS
1 Hannah Blevins
2 Jillian Bontempo
3 Kelsea McCormick
4 Eden Lange
 

BOYS
1 Logan Hayes
2 Forrest Linder
3 Robbie McCormick
4 DJ Buchanan
 

WOMEN
1 Michelle Kienlen
2 Jillian Bontempo
3 Sydney Harring
4 Hannah Blevins
 

MEN
1 Brandon Hoffman
2 Dylan Martin
3 Blaize Carroll
4 Forrest Linder
 

MASTERS
1 Eric Worley
2 JJ Crane
3 Travis Ajay
4 Sean Noble
 

SENIOR MEN
1 Todd Ayers
2 Bobby Lindsley
3 Dave Dalecki
4 Brian Kopec

LEGENDS
1 Jay Smith
2 Bones Hofer
3 Big Mon Kincade
4 Jim Eden
 

OPEN WOMENS LONGBOARD
1 Jillian Bontempo
2 Hannah Blevins
3 Stephanie Radu
4 Taylor Eddy
 

OPEN MENS LONGBOARD
1 Dylan Prestwood
2 Bubba Tyson
3 Dave Dalecki
4 Bones Hofer
 

OPEN BODYBOARD
1 Dan Woley
2 Bella Beaven
3 Bubba Tyson
4 Patrick Conklin

 

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