Junior sup surf division brings on the HEAT at the Charlie Miranda Surf Classic in Puerto Rico

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15-year old Dave de Armas turns up the HEAT at this year’s Charlie Miranda Surf Classic at Domes Beach in Rincon, PR. Photo: Joselin Jos Ramos
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Dave de Armas, a 15-year-old young sup surfer from Aguadilla Puerto Rico almost unseated ­legend Greg Carson in this past weekend’s Charlie Miranda Classic Surf Contest (CMC) at Domes Beach in Rincon, PR.

Held on November 26, 2016 the Charlie Miranda Classic is open to long boarders and stand up paddleboard surfers of all genders and ages. Named after legendary National Surf Team Member Esteban (Charlie) Miranda, the CMC are a series of events devoted to longboard and stand up paddle surfing in Puerto Rico. One of the event’s main objectives is to promote and support longboard surfing amoung the younger athletes, especially the Junior Puerto Rico Surfing Federation Members (SFPR). These members have the privilege of competing for FREE as a part of Charlie’s Junior Longboard and Sup Team. Charlie was also on hand as their team coach during the contest.

Alek Ramos, age 11, was the youngest but no less fierce competitor at the Charlie Miranda Surf Classic this year. Photo: Joselin Jos Ramos
Alek Ramos, age 11, was the youngest but no less fierce competitor at the 2016 Charlie Miranda Surf Classic. Photo: Joselin Jos Ramos

Young DeArmas, a sponsored team rider for both Starboard and Ke Nalu, had just returned from the ISA’s World Stand Up Paddleboard and Paddleboard Championship’s in Fiji where he rode for Team Puerto Rico.  DeArmas’ style and determination brought some serious competition to Carson in the final rounds, along with 14-year-old Max Torres and Carson’s own son, Meshach.

Max Torres, 14, punching through the competition to place 3rd in this year's CMC in Puerto Rico
Max Torres, 14, punching through the competition to place 3rd in this year’s CMC in Puerto Rico

Closely matched scores in every heat brought the competition down to these final four where Carson’s motivation to win (most likely brought on by this having to pay the $45 entry fee) eeked him out a narrow margin against this stand out field of young competitors. In the final standings, Greg Carson placed 1st, DeArmas came in a close 2nd, Max Torres 3rd and Meshach Carson in 4th.  Better keep training, Greg!

This year’s contest had 41 longboarders and 27 sup surfers for a total of 68 competitors surfing in the non-profit event.

Photos by Joselin Jos Ramos

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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.