Luan Piazera from Itajaí, Brazil, competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Tiare Thompson, of Bird Rock, won the longboard division. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Magno Pacheco, of Brazil, won the men's shortboard. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Jay Christenson competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Emily Collins, Molly Tuschen, and Sidney Tisdel ready for their women's shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Lucy Jarrad won the women's shortboard division. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Molly Tuschen competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Namor Cayres goes off the top during an early round shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
The Sun Diego AM SLAM Surf Series brought its brand of fun in the sun to the shores of Mission Beach on Sept. 30. The competition, the single largest surf and skate event in San Diego, featured a festival in Belmont Park’s parking lot with skateboarding, music, vendors, and world-class surfing.
Many of the women’s shortboard finalists pulled double duty in the women’s longboard divisions. Tiare Thompson, of Bird Rock, owned the longboard final and finished second in shortboard. Lucy Jarrard was the class of the women’s shortboard final, separating herself with superior wave selection and critical placement of her maneuvers. Other double finalists in the women’s division were Molly Tuschen, Peyton Kemp, and Sive Jarrard.
In the open men’s final, Magno Pacheco and Pedro Nogeuira turned the heat into a two man race as they traded the lead multiple times. Pacheco, however, came out the victor and walked away with $500. Maxxswell Rebeiro was named overall men’s champion and also earned $500. Joe Kisling won the men’s longboard final.