Falcons Ride the Waves

Falcons Ride the Waves in 1st Competition of the 2020-21 Season
Posted on 11/01/2020
Falcons Ride the Waves in 1st Competition of the 2020-21 Season

On Sunday, November 1, the Flatbush Surf Team took to the waves off the shore of Spring Lake, NJ representing the Falcons in the first actual athletic competition of the 2020-21 season. What follows is a report on the event that appeared in The Phoenix, written by Phoenix Sophomore Editor Simone Amkraut:

“Pop Up, Pop Up!” . . . “Carve it!” . . . “My wave! My Wave! . . . “Keep Shredding!” These cries - and more - reverberated along the Jersey Shore as the sun rose up over the horizon and the waves crashed on the shore at the North End of Spring Lake Beach last November when some of the top high school surfing programs in the Northeast gathered to compete as they battled challenging breakers and rolling waves at the annual National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Northeast Regional Championships.

For the first time ever, Flatbush would be represented by a team of four surfers rather than a single surfer. Juniors Jacob Cohen and Ari Weingarten, sophomore Shimon Elbaz and freshman Norman Esses attacked the waves during the 13 boys' heats in the opening round, with 6 surfers in each 10-minute heat in which the surfers would try to ride as many waves as possible. Judges would evaluate each ride, with the top two scoring rides for each surfer counting to their respective final scores.

First into the water for the Falcons was Elbaz. Paddling hard, he popped up and turned in the first quality ride of the day for Flatbush, bringing cheers from teammates and supporters watching along from the shoreline. Two heats later, Cohen would soon “pop up” and crest a pair of waves, turning in a performance equal to Elbaz’s. Esses later got his first taste of high school competition. And, rounding out the opening round of competition, Weingarten battled the toughest surf of the early morning as his heat capped off the opening round of the event.

Although our Falcons did not advance past the opening round, there was a very positive take on the day by all who got in the water. Cohen shared, “Surfing has been a passion of mine for the past couple of years. This year, Flatbush gave my friends and I a great opportunity to represent the school in the Northeast Regional Championships. The atmosphere of the day was unbelievable, and although we didn’t make it so far it was a really fun day! I was extremely excited to have been given this opportunity.” Similarly, surf team member Corine Elbaz, who was unable to compete that day, added, “It was so much fun watching and rooting for the boys; I can't wait for our next competition so that I can represent the Falcons, too!”

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