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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 9:21 am

a letter from Krizta Dwyer – 2013 Chair of Jimmy Reilly Memorial Longboard Surf Classic

The Coronado Surfing Association wishes to give many thanks to all the wonderful people that made this fantastic event happen and for the support from the community. The 31st Annual Jimmy Reilly Memorial Longboard Surf Classic took place on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at “Shipwreck Beach”. The Coronado Surfing Association uses the funds to support local youth surf groups as well as competitive surfing teams here in Coronado. It is one of the oldest continually staged surfing competitions in San Diego County. First designed as a memorial event for a fallen friend, it has, over the years, become one of Coronado’s most anticipated events, always drawing a large group of spectators to the beach. More than a hundred Coronado surfers gathered to participate in the event and keep the memory of Jimmy Reilly alive. In true fashion Jimmy sent us some amazing waves and weather even though the day before looked rather bleak – so a big thanks to Jimmy is owed.

We can only begin to express our appreciation for all the behind the scenes support received from local business and organizations: Alldredge Construction, Joe Balla Family, Boathouse 1887, Boardworks, Boisset Wine, Boney’s, Brigantine Restaurant, Café 1134, City of Coronado, Cleanline Concrete, Dr. Michael Copp, DDS, Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado Optimists Club, Costa Azul Restaurant, Emerald City Surf, Jody Esquer Graphics, Mary Farley Yoga, Alan Hansen Family, Hobie Surfboards, Holland’s Bicycles, Indigo Acupuncture, Island Pasta Restaurant, Island Surf, Isle Surf & SUP, Taylor Jensen, Little Sam’s, Dan McGeorge Gallery, McP’s Irish Pub, Miguel’s Cocina, Lorton Mitchel Custom Homes, Night & Day Café, Oakley, Orange & Park, Part-Time PR, Dr. Suzanne Popp, Quicksilver, Mel Rogers Massage, Rose’s Salon, Rodger Welch, Sea 180, Dr. Ann Siefert – Scripps Clinic Dermatology, Scott Aurich - Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, Surf Hut Imperial Beach, Martha Torkington, Urt, Village Theatre and Walk in Salon by Robert Cromeans. We would not be able to hold the event without all the generous donations.

There were several amazing individuals, most being talented surfers themselves, serving as our judges for the event. The following folks ensured that the event was judged accurately and fairly to the best of their ability: Katy Fallon, Mike Gillard, John Holder, Tom Holder, Magnus Karlsson, Tim Searfus, Annika Walden, Rodger Welch and Jim Working. Our tireless tabulator was Terry Gillard, who always manages to keep results secret until the big reveal. Bruce Johnson kept us informed and entertained while announcing for the event.

Of course the event would never have even been held without the tireless energy and hours given by the JR Committee itself. These amazing folks put everything else, including families at times, second so that the event would seem so seamless and smooth. The committee for 2013 included: Peachy Alldredge, Joe Ditler, Patrick Dwyer, Jody Esquer, Michael Griffith, Miah Harbaugh, Lisa Herman, Tom Herman, Carolyn Mitchell, Lorton Mitchell, Darcie Nixon, Stan Searfus, Chris Searles, Alice Zoehrer and Jon Zoehrer.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for next year 32nd JR Longboard Contest on Saturday, November 29th, 2014. Also, check out the fantastic website, put together by our very own Chris Searles, for all club information and updates: www.coronadosurfingassociation.com.

Mahalo.

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