Ocean City surfer Cooper Jewel in a July 2019 competition just won for under 14 in the first ESA competition in Ocean City this season. (Photos courtesy Becky Fleischauer) Submitted by BECKY FLEISCHAUERAfter two days of intense competition, five age-division winners and 20 finalists battled to the top at the first stop of the 2020 East Coast Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series on Jan. 26 in Sebastian Inlet in Florida.The ever-changing conditions and solid swell challenged competitors mentally and physically. Surfers had to position themselves at peaks and use smart heat strategies to keep advancing to the finals.The competition drew more than 80 of the best junior surfers from New York to Florida, battling it out for East Coast titles and qualification into the Toyota USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles in California.Six surfers competed from Ocean City: Sophia Whelan, Mia Gallagher, Brynn Gallagher, Cruz Dinofa, Ethan Dunn and Cooper Jewel.Highlights included a double win in Girls U18 and U16 by Palm City, Florida’s Zoe Benedetto. Zoe also had the highest wave score for girls – an 8.5. William Hedleston, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, had the highest wave score of the event – a 9.23.Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina’s Owen Moss had a buzzer beater, three-turn combo to take the Boys U16 win. And in her first ever Prime event Ocean City, New Jersey’s Sophia Whelan made the podium in Girls U16.See event results below and posts on Instagram and Facebook. The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is the highest level of junior surfing in the nation, featuring the best under 18 surfers who have proven themselves in local and regional competitions.The elite contest series is designed to prepare young surfers for the big leagues of surfing.Surfers competing in the Prime Series experience an event with judging, announcing and organization consistent with WSL pro events, including four-person heats with priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges, and professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers.The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series makes stops along both East and West coasts and culminates in the USA Surfing Championships in June.The competition was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when trying to make the leap from pro junior competition to next-level competition opportunities, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series and potentially the Olympics and WSL Championship Tour.The Prime Series champion and podium roster is a who’s who in American surfing.Mia Gallagher, of Ocean City, rides a wave.Results:Girls U181st Zoe Benedetto, Palm City, Fla.2nd Ava McGowan, New Smyrna, Fla.3rd Sarah Abbott, Jupiter, Fla.4th Taylor Green, Milton, Fla.Boys U181st William Hedleston, Cocoa Beach, Fla.2nd Owen Moss, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.3rd Ryan Huckabee, Flagler Beach, Fla.4th Blayr Barton, Virginia Beach, Va.Girls U161st Zoe Benedetto, Palm City, Fla.2nd Ava McGowan, New Smyrna, Fla.3rd Taylor Green, Milton, Fla.4th Sophia Whelan, Ocean City, N.J.Boys U161st Owen Moss, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.2nd Ryan Huckabee, Flagler Beach, Fla.3rd William Hedleston, Cocoa Beach, Fla.4th Gavin Coluccio, Flagler Beach, Fla.Boys U141st Logan Radd, Satellite Beach, Fla.2nd Benji Lange, St. Augustine, Fla.3rd William Deane, Nags Head, N.C.4th Kepa Mendia, West Palm Beach Fla.Ocean City’s Cruz Dinofa glides along.The East Coast continues to generate surfing talent. Florida native and member of Team USA’s first Olympic team Caroline Marks qualified for the WSL Championship Tour while still competing in the Prime Series at age 15. Caroline holds the most USA Surfing Championship titles for junior girls.In addition to Caroline Marks, several current WSL pro surfers honed their competitive skills through USA Surfing’s Prime Series, including 3rd-ranked Lakey Peterson, 5th-ranked Kolohe Andino, 2018 US Open champions Courtney Conlogue and Kanoa Igarashi, fan fav Ocean City surfer makes the podium in her first-ever USA Surfing Prime event.Ethan Dunn, of Ocean City, holds on strong.
Carroll Hall will host their signature event, Lakeside Music Festival, Saturday at 2 p.m. to exhibit student bands and musical talents. “Lakeside was started about five years ago, and its main aim is to better the music culture here at Notre Dame, because honestly in some aspects it’s pretty lacking,” junior Christian Cyrul, the commissioner in charge of the festival, said. “It’s just a fun time, a whole afternoon where people can enjoy music from student bands and also for student bands to get recognition.” Courtesy of Dani Meersman Students gather at the 2017 Lakeside Music Festival for an afternoon of entertainment, where all proceeds were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend.Unlike in previous years, this year’s Lakeside Music Fesitival was co-sponsored by the Student Union Board (SUB), which gave the event more funding to work with. “SUB got involved with it through Christian Cyrul,” senior Bailey Kendall, a director of programming for SUB, said. “He presented us with this really cool opportunity to help fundraise for a good cause and also it fits with SUB’s mission really well.” SUB, in general, looks to fund events that foster inclusivity across the student body, she said.“There’s no cap on the capacity of people that can go to Lakeside, which was something that was really important to us,” Kendall said. “It’s an inclusive event, its free, anyone can go to it, so we co-sponsored it to add more cool things to it.”Senior Bethany Boggess, executive director of SUB, said the collaboration was made possible in part because of extra money in the SUB budget. “The reason we had the awesome opportunity to sponsor Lakeside this year is because we had sort of a transition year with CJF, the Collegiate Jazz Festival, where we were able to work out a collaboration with them for CJF,” Boggess said. “So we had some money left over in our budget.”Boggess also said the co-sponsorship was a natural fit, especially given the similarities in purpose between CJF and Lakeside. “What we wanted to do was to find a way to spend that extra money in a meaningful way that still kind of went to the heart of what CJF does for students [and] provides entertainment via music to students,” Boggess said. “That’s the same thing Lakeside accomplishes, as well, so it was kind of a natural sponsorship for us and a great way for us to add to an already amazing event.” Cyrul said the additional funding has allowed the event to be more ambitious, with funds going toward food trucks, better-quality shirts and more advertising. “Last year we had to kind of go to a bunch of different places to get funds and really didn’t have enough to have a lot of the free food we’re going to have this year,” Cyrul said. “So a lot of that funding is going toward the food trucks, and so those are going to be free for all students who come. We’ll have over 900 meals throughout the day.”Cyrul said he also pushed for including more South Bend music culture in the event.“This year, I’ve kind of expanded [the event] a little bit by trying to bridge the gap between South Bend and Notre Dame,” Cyrul said. “So we’re advertising a lot to the South Bend community, and we’re also inviting a couple of South Bend bands to come and perform as well.” Cyrul said the event is made up of 12 acts. Performers range from single acts to duos and bands — some even including professors.While the event is free to attend and open to all, one of Lakeside’s main goals is fundraising, mainly through the Lakeside shirts which will be sold at the event. All the proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club in South Bend, Cyrul said. Cyrul said the event’s relaxed nature is important to the overall Lakeside experience.“The atmosphere going forward is not necessarily like a nighttime concert where everyone is focused on the stage but more of a chance to just gather with your friends, hang out in the sun and listen to some awesome music,” he said.Tags: Carroll Hall, Lakeside, lakeside music festival, Student Union Board, SUB