Locals Surf School hosts the 3rd annual Foam Top Frenzy
Anyone lucky enough to witness Shannon Riley and Dave Humphries walking the Rockaway Beach promenade last weekend could spot them several feet away, with a dragon above their heads. Luckily the dragon was just an inflatable and they were heading to another group of surfers looking to ride abstract boards for charity and community building.
The 3rd Annual Foam Top Frenzy hosted by Locals Surf School just off Beach 69th Street meant a lot to those who remember the last time they attended the event many years ago. Surfers who took part in the frenzy were only allowed to ride real, working boards. It only meant foam trays, alternative boards, and craft boards.
Participants competed for the chance to win three awards and titles for best alt. Craft, Best Wave and Best Wipeout. The event was also sponsored by HyperFlex Wetsuits and JUNE SHINE CO. Proceeds from donations suggested to participate were to benefit Surfrider, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enjoying the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through activism.
The event lasted from approximately 10 a.m. to almost 2 p.m. with the announcement of the winners of each award category. Lois Klossner took home the award for best wave, J Scott Klossner with best wipeout and the duo of Riley and Humphries took home best alt. Arts and crafts. Paul J Schmidt with Paul Surf won 1st place with his foam board, posing with the first local foam board. In addition to the larger rewards, Locals Surf School was also able to distribute sponsored material to other surfers who participated. One lucky surfer even brought home a large portable futon.
Mike Kololyan of Locals Surf School oversaw the competition. Photos by Anthony Medina