Triple Crown For Surfer Sandon Karinsky
Nine-year-old surfer and Rockaway resident Sandon Karinsky has posted a clean-sweep of the summer’s surfing contests held in Rockaway Beach and surrounding areas. Competing mainly in the Boys 10 and under division, Karinsky took first place at Rockstock & Barrels, the UnSound Right Coast Cup and Richie Allen Memorial Surf Contest.
A resident of Beach 96 Street, Karinsky’s goal is to become a professional surfer and his favorite thing in surfing is to get tubed. These are lofty goals for a kid growing up in an urban environment where the surf conditions can be very fickle.
The season kicked off on August 25 with the sixth annual Rock, Stock & Barrels, an Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) event presented by Boarders, St. James and NYNJSurf.com. Karinsky claimed the top award in the ESA’s U10 division amid a field of five competitors.
Held each June at Beach 90 Street, Rockstock & Barrels has become the de-facto season opener for the Rockaway Beach summer surfing season. The emergent popularity of Rock- Stock & Barrels has inspired $2,000 in cash prizes from sponsors like Nike and Red Bull.
A week following RockStock, Karinsky was off to the UnSound Right Coast Cup in Long Beach presented by Quiksilver and the Atlantic Surfing Federation (run by local surfer Rick Anthony). He placed first in the U10s and second in the U14s longboard at the UnSound event.
Karinsky saved his best effort for the Richie Allen Memorial Surf Contest, an event that honors the legendary Rockaway Beach surfer and fallen 9-11 hero fireman. A five-time winner of the event in the U11 division, a sixth victory was hardly guaranteed.
The contest was held in Rockaway amid thumping surf from Hurricane Leslie. After some nail biting heats, a semi and then a final with the five remaining contestants, Karinsky finally emerged as the winner. “It was the tube ride you got that won it,” commented one judge.
Karinsky’s next test will take place on October 13 when he competes in the ESA NY State Championships to be held at his home break, the Beach 90 Street jetty.