Adaptive surfers find clean waves, fun in final tune-up

Brock JohnsonLocal adaptive surfers spent their final practice day surfing the waves of Oceanside, California today in preparation for tomorrow’s Surfing America, US Surfing Championships.

Brock Johnson, the current ESA East Coast Champion, Veronica Tario, the current ASF East Coast Champion, Conway native Ernie Johnson, and Socastee High School rising junior Terrel Rawson spent the day on the beach at the north jetty of Oceanside Harbor getting acclimated to the contest environment.

After a tough day of surfing on Monday in La Jolla, the crew was excited to roll up to clean 6-8 foot faced waves. Rawson, who had chosen not to surf on Monday, was the first in the water, riding tandem. Thirty minutes later, Rawson emerged with a smile and a sigh of relief that conditions were turning favorable for the competition.

Myrtle Beach’s Veronica Tario fought through the final effects of an illness to paddle out into the cold water waves. Riding several waves to the beach from more than 100 yards outside, Tario giggled with excitement as she was hoisted back into the beach wheelchair after her session.

Brock Johnson put on the performance of the day. After losing the power of his first wave of the day, Johnson was caught alone outside when a large swell formed behind him. The quadriplegic began paddling and successfully caught the wave on his own, for the first time since his injury 6 years ago. Riding all the way to the beach before rolling off, Johnson stuck both arms up in the air in celebration as team members from the Adaptive Surf Project cheered the accomplishment. A 20 minutes session continued for Johnson as he weaved and carved up the waves of the harbor.

Conway native Ernie Johnson made the decision to watch from the beach, saving his energy for the competition tomorrow. Johnson broke his nose on a wave yesterday in his first surf session in California.

All four competitors, along with 14 volunteers, family members, and Adaptive Surf Project board members will make the journey back to Oceanside early tomorrow morning. Heat sheets are set for the adaptive assist division with Brock Johnson and Ernie Johnson surfing at 12:30pm against two other competitors. Tario will surf in the 12:55 heat. The top two surfers from each heat will advance to the finals at 2:25pm. Rawson will surf in the adaptive prone division at 11:40am.

Read more about their journey here, and here.
Photo by Luke Sharp

Comments

comments

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encore

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encoreIn his first year as head football coach at North [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing up

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing upEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 4 Tigers try rebuilding

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 4 Tigers try rebuildingEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

CF grad Beale follows in Keane's footsteps to CCU

CF grad Beale follows in Keane's footsteps to CCUMatt Beale always rooted for Tyler Keane. As a middle school [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reload

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reloadEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Steele deals shutout win, Pelicans top Rocks in series

Steele deals shutout win, Pelicans top Rocks in seriesJustin Steele did not allow a hit until the sixth [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 6 St. James on the rise

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 6 St. James on the riseEditor's Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Lady Chants shut out Elon, open regular season Friday

Lady Chants shut out Elon, open regular season FridayMackenzie Gibbs scored in the second half to push Coastal [more]

Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks

Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks Despite a three-hit, two-RBI night from Jared Young , the [more]

Big night for small schools at wild CNB Kickoff Classic

Big night for small schools at wild CNB Kickoff ClassicFriday's CNB Kickoff Classic proved to be a big night [more]

Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks

Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks Behind three home runs in a five-run third inning, the [more]

Busch takes turn to Strand to open school, race fans

Busch takes turn to Strand to open school, race fansNASCAR driver Kyle Busch cut the ribbon for the Palmetto [more]

Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff Classic

Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff ClassicLast year's CNB Kickoff Classic was rained out, spoiling the [more]

Dogs, cornhole, fireworks mark Pelicans' promotions

Dogs, cornhole, fireworks mark Pelicans' promotionsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans have only 10 home games remaining [more]

Lady Chants kick off 2018 with shutout over Citadel

Lady Chants kick off 2018 with shutout over CitadelThe Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team opened the 2018 season [more]

Pelicans losing skid grows to seven in defeat to Dash

Pelicans losing skid grows to seven in defeat to DashThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were handed their season-worst seventh consecutive [more]

Green's departure leaves NMB seeking new coach

Green's departure leaves NMB seeking new coachNorth Myrtle Beach High is looking for its third boys [more]

Coastal favored to defend Sun Belt volleyball crown

Coastal favored to defend Sun Belt volleyball crownThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team – defending Sun Belt champions [more]

Pelicans swept by P-Nats; MB duo wins July awards

Pelicans swept by P-Nats; MB duo wins July awardsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Potomac [more]

CCU hires former Conway coach Jordan as analyst

CCU hires former Conway coach Jordan as analystCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced this week [more]

Masters set records, Miller qualifies for swim worlds

Masters set records, Miller qualifies for swim worldsThe Grand Strand area was well represented at the Pan [more]

Pelicans pose as Mermen, suffer loss to Wood Ducks

Pelicans pose as Mermen, suffer loss to Wood DucksLeody Taveras delivered three RBI singles for the Down East [more]

Seahawks QB Doty gives verbal nod to Gamecocks

Seahawks QB Doty gives verbal nod to GamecocksMyrtle Beach High quarterback Luke Doty is entering his junior [more]

Monasterio's slam propels Pelicans past Wood Ducks

Monasterio's slam propels Pelicans past Wood DucksAndruw Monasterio's grand slam highlights a six-run fourth inning for [more]

Beach Ball Classic reveals field for hoops showcase

Beach Ball Classic reveals field for hoops showcaseThe field is set for the 37th Annual Beach Ball [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encore

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encoreIn his first year as head football coach at North [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing up

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing upEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach