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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH,NC (news release) – Spectators numbering in the tens of thousands converged on Wrightsville Beach for the 7th Annual Reef/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest. Intense competition ended today featuring a $20,000 prize purse. The weather was perfect with blue skies, temperature in the 80’s, lower humidity, and great surfing conditions. The Wrightsville Surf Fest has grown into one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast and attracts surfers from around the world. In all, dozens of amateur surfers and 96 professional surfers from around the world participated in the 3-day event. Event Organizer, Tony Butler, thanked everyone on the committee for making this the most successful event since inception. “It is amazing to see everyone’s hard work, planning and execution flawlessly come together”, Butler said.

This year, a Music & Art Festival was added to the event on Saturday, from 4 to 9:30pm in Wrightsville Beach Park. Local artists along with musicians Selah Dubb, Fuzz and Mac, and Rob Machado (First Place Professional Winner) with Jon Swift entertained the crowd. Games, activities, and good food from Tower 7 made the evening a family friendly event. Chairwoman for the Park Festival, Kelly Barnes, said crowd estimates exceeded expectations with attendees hailing from all parts of the United States. Barnes was very pleased with the outcome of the first Music & Arts Festival, a true family event, with wonderful growth prospects for the future.

Photo courtesy Brad Butler http://www.cooldudesdiving.com/Reef-Sweetwater/album/

Here are the Winners:

Professional Division

First Place: Rob Machado, Cardiff, California; $5,000 Purse

Second Place: Fisher Heverly, Emerald Isle, North Carolina; $3,000 Purse

Third Place: Avon Cormican, New Smyrna, Florida; $2,000 Purse

Fourth Place: Phillip Gould, Virginia Beach, Virginia; $1,500


Women’s Open Long board

First Place: Cayce Patterson, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Second Place: Jo Pickett, Wilmington, North Carolina

Third Place: Carleigh Sion, Manisquan, New Jersey

Fourth Place: Hope Henderson, Oak Island, North Carolina


Women’s Open Short board

First Place: Katie Gordon

Second Place: Jessica Stabile

Third Place: Leilani Pickett, Wilmington, North Carolina

Fourth Place: Jo Pickett, Wilmington, North Carolina


Men’s Open Long board

First Place: Tony Silvagni, Kure Beach, North Carolina

Second Place: Bradley Rose, Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Third Place: Steve Mangiacapre, Wilmington, North Carolina

Fourth Place: Weston Williams, Wilmington, North Carolina


Guys 14 and Under

First Place: Joshua Burke, Barbados

Second Place: Gabe Morvil, Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Third Place: Tyler Faulkner, Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Fourth Place: Luke Gordon, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Guys 15 and Over

First Place: Cole Richards, South Carolina

Second Place: Knox Harris, Oak Island, North Carolina

Third Place: Cody Leutgens, Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Fourth Place: Daniel Glen, Florida


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