For the 19th stop on the 2014 ASP WQS Tour, the Wave Riding Vehicles OBX Pro (2-Star) gladly took what Hurricane Cristobal brought to Nags Head, North Carolina over Labor Day weekend.
Returning to an ASP-sanctioned contest this year, the tour pros took in a few days of fun, peaky waves at Jennette’s Pier. The hurricane, rolling through the Atlantic between the Outer Banks and Bermuda, brought solid wind surf swells throughout the contest; by the second day, the swell was overhead and barreling Thursday morning, dropping later that day to a frothy 2-3 feet for the remainder of the weekend.
Entrants rolled in from all over the world, but it was the 24-year-old Virginia Beach regular-footer Michael Dunphy (USA) besting Alan Donato (BRA) in the finals for his second QS contest win in as many weeks, taking down a quality field of surfers that included Eric Geiselman, Killian Garland, Nathaniel Curran, Cody Thompson, Brian Toth, Yago Dora, Colin Moran, Josh Burke, Balaram Stack, Kekoa Becalso, Asher Nolan, Brett Barley, Knox Harris, Rob Kelly, Dylan Kowalski, Nils Schweizer and Jensen Calloway, among many others.
Prior to the OBX Pro, Dunphy took the East Coast Surfing Championships in his Virginia Beach stomping grounds scoring rare back-to-back wins on the QS to up his ranking in the hopes of making the WCT next year.
In a close semifinals, Donato (16.67) with a slim victory over Geiselman (15.40) and Dunphy taking down Garland, 10.26 to 7.40.
For the finals, Dunphy found a peak a couple hundred yards south of the pier and made the best of the frothy . The pair traded waves on the south peak, yet Dunphy found the better swell to strike when it mattered, combo’ing Donato for a two-wave total score of 16.00 and the win, his second in a row. Along with taking home a $6,000 check, Dunphy carries the momentum into the season.
Special thanks to LG Shaw and the WRV crew.