While Mick Fanning was being a total legend by punching a shark in the back and getting attacked during the finals at J-Bay in South Africa, New York had its own excitement to kick off Shark Week. NYSEA hosted their 6th Annual Surf Week.
NYSEA's Surf week is filled with activities to encourage love for the ocean and promote a surf culture in a city where barrels are hard to find. The week started with the NYSEA Pro Open, which had 3-4ft surf with a solid swell that allowed for perfect competition conditions on the East Coast. It was a close competition but at the end of the day Leif Engstrom ended up getting sprayed with the celebratory beer and taking home the win.
6th Annual NYSEA Pro Open Results:
NYSEA PRO OPEN
1. Leif Engstrom
2. TJ Gumiela
3. Alex Fawess, Balaram Stack
The all day surfing Pro event was followed by a Mini-Ramp-Skate-Jam which was presented by Red Bull. During the remainder of the week, there were beach concerts presented by Raised Fist Propaganda blaring good tunes and bringing crowds that filled the boardwalk. The week long festivities also included autograph signings, boardwalk fairs, and Surf 4 All charity events. The week was a monstrous success and Scrimshaw looks forward to next year's events! For more pictures and results go to NYSEA.com and check out their recent video below of the first ever, New York surf thriller, "Empire Now."