Last Saturday, Sept. 11, the 10th Annual URT WOMP Bodysurfing competition started with a moment of silence in memory of the tragic events of 9/11. The proceeds from the URT WOMP went directly to the non profit, One More Wave, which provides wounded and disabled veterans with customized surfing equipment and a community to surf with. (www.OneMoreWave.com)
The festivities kicked off with the legendary Jon Wayne Freeman taking the mic as the MC for the event, who kept the competitive field in stitches with constant comedy.
The event is called WOMP because it’s the word that personifies the bulky items washer-machine-like feeling a body surfer feels when flying down a wall of a wave to its dramatic conclusion.
There were 107 competitors that descended on Coronado’s North Beach and they were greeted with a lingering 2-4 ft South swell. The competition was light-hearted and stacked with talent and when the dust settled, winners were crowned. Youth Division crowned Collin Loren with first place, Dawson Aiello with second place and Lucio Sierra with third place. In the Women’s Division, first place was earned by Dana Griffith, second place by Meredith Rose and third place by Daryl Dawson. In the Men’s Division, first place went to Kelen “Dolphin Boy” Urtnowski, second place went to Kaleb Griffith and third place went to Richard Hall.
Along with the tasty waves, breakfast burritos were donated by Clayton’s Café and hot coffee was donated by local roaster Heave Ho Coffee Co.
The event organizer and owner of URT Clothing, Ian Urtnowski, encapsulated the moment. “An event like this is evidence that ‘it takes a village’ and that with local support we can all share in the success of the fruits of our labor. I can’t wait to see what surfaces in the next ten years of the WOMP.”