The 5th Annual Bearback Surf contest took place last Saturday. I am not sure what was more unusual to see.. 30 guys surfing with no wetsuit or a handful of them either nude or in girls bikinis. The photos and poem below will tell it all!!
Getting ready to brave the cold water...
True Style points...
Jack Daley finishing his heat.
Scott and Jack Daley
From the beach...
Winner Greg Browning getting showered with Champagne.
Trophy in hand.
Ode to the Bearback 2012 (Fifth Annual)
The ocean kisses my toes. My brain says, "NO!" but my body goes.
I cringe, look around, Too late to back out now. What is wrong with me? Can I fake an injury?
The ocean kisses my knees, I start to chatter, I start to freeze. Jimmy and Greg are staring me down, Too late to back out now.
The ocean kisses my balls, I see Chyo go over the falls, I wonder aloud, Is it too late to back out now?
These other guys can't be as cold As my old bones, I could be warm at home, I howl, "IT'S TOO LATE TO BACK OUT NOW!"
Why, why do I do this? The lips hit like cold, liquid bricks I can't breathe, now up to my hips, I should just dive and get it over with!
I duck dive.
And then it's me And some friends, Shivering in the medium tide, Surfing bearback at the pier. Northside.
57 degree water 51 degree air Sunny
Founders & participants: Jimmy Young Greg Browning Jeff Browning
Participants: Matt Walls- Last year's champion Kevin Cody Matt Singley Aaron Osten Bill Sanders Connor Beatty Rob Kalafut Elias Shepherd Chyo Baldocchi- Past champion Kieran Walls- Youngest competitor Davey Latter Conrad Scouton Jani Lange Sean Larned Scott Daley
Jack Daley Ron Roebuck Tom Bowlby JP Frank Mazzotta Scott Smith Cheyne Magnusson Garrett Quon Steven Stanley Kiwi Justin Quirk Scott from Pitcherhouse Adam Buckley Jex McCartney Satchel Roebuck- 10 years old