Please join us at the south parking lot, Linda Mar Beach, in a memorial paddle out this Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2pm for long time Pacifica resident and Linda Mar surfer Jimmy Doran, who passed away Jan. 4 after a brief illness.
Jim came to Pacifica in 1973 and lived almost his whole life there. He was well known at Linda Mar Beach since he loved to surf. He got a skim board when he was very young and used to ride it along the surf's edge. Later he learned to surf, and it became the love of his life.
About 20 years ago, he went to Costa Rica with a group of surfers. Costa Rica became his second love. He would travel there almost every November to surf and hang out with friends he had made there.
Jim also liked to play soccer. He played into his early 20s. He played on several teams and made a lot of lifelong friends. In addition to his soccer buddies, he made friends with a lot of wonderful people while surfing. These wonderful friends' thoughts and sympathy have been a great help to his family.
We've been losing far too many friends in surfing in the past couple of years, it seems. Those who were well known in the Linda Mar surfing community are often honored with a paddle out at Pacifica State Beach, Linda Mar. Since PPSC is the collective face of the Linda Mar surfing community, the club is host to this tradition of surf lore locally. This tradition in remembering the passing of surfing friends has caught the attention of the local media and a segment on the paddle out of Sky Parsons aired recently. Take a look: http://youtu.be/P3QgKgqqzao
The Club sent a team of 19 riders to Santa Cruz over the Memorial Day weekend to take part in the 27th Annual Santa Cruz Longboard Union's Memorial Day Weekend Club Invitational held at Steamers Lane. PPSC made a strong showing finishing 3rd out of 13 teams including Swamis, Malibu and Oceanside.
Unlike the last 3 years the weather was beautiful. It was the first day of summer-like weather with warm sunny skies and just a slight breeze late in the afternoon. The waves were a steady waist to head high with some larger sets sneaking in on the contestants.
PPSC had 4 women surf into the finals in 5 divisions. Michelle Simpson, the youngest PPSC team rider at 12 yrs old, surfed in the Novice Division and finished second. Beth O’Rourke and Sarah Gerhardt surfed in the Sr. Womens Division. Sarah finish third and Beth finished 6th. Sarah also surfed in the Open Women Division and took first. Karen Cochran finished 5th in the Women Masters Division.
Vince Pando, the most senior PPSC team rider, in his early 70s, finished 3rd in the Senior Legends Division. Ryan Devine, like Sarah Gerhardt, advanced to the finals in his division (Sr. Mens) and the Open Mens, finishing 5th in the Open and 4th in the Sr. Mens. Danny Cortazzo finished 3rd in the Masters Division. PPSC had 5 surfers surf in the Legends Division with Greg Cochran and Joel Baldwin making it to the finals. Greg finished 4th and Joel finished 5th.
PPSC finished 4th in the Paddle (relay) race. The talk of the town about the paddle race was when Michelle Simpson started paddling about 75 yards behind one of the best paddlers in Santa Cruz and passed him before the turn-around buoy. She finished well ahead of him which helped propel PPSC to the 4th place finish.
Other Pedro Point Surf Club members who participated in the weekend contest and were also responsible for the 3rd place finish were Dave Duncan, Pat Faughender, Matt Hertzberg, Asi Ghiassi, Heart, Krista Howell, Rick Loeper, Todd Smith, Izzy Szczepaniak and Dave Zarate.
Here are the results from the 27th Annual Memorial weekend Club Invitational at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz:
Michelle Simpson 2nd Novice
Ryan Devine 4th Sr Men & 5th in Open Men
Danny Cortazzo 3rd Men's Masters
Beth O'Rourke 6th Sr Women
Sarah Gerhardt 3rd Sr Woman & 1st in Open Women
Karen Cochran 5th Master's Women
Joel Baldwin 5th Men's Legends
Greg Cochran 4th Men's Legends
Vince Pando 3rd Sr Legends
Team Paddle Race Results:
Pedro Point Surf Club 4th
Windansea (La Jolla) 1st
Santa Cruz Longboard Union 2nd
Pedro Point Surf Club 3rd
Doheny Surf Club 4th
Malibu Surfing Association 5th
Big Stick Surfing Associaiton 6th
out of 13 teams
Other Pedro Point Surf Club members who participated in the weekend contest & were also responsible for our 3rd Place Victory: