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.
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.
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