Archived News and Club
September 21, 2010:
Club member and team rider, Ben Powell, and fellow
members of the Sweetwater Surf Shop team win the 2010
Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championships in
Huntington Beach, CA. Other members of the team include
former club members Michael Powell and Tony Butler,
along with Mason Barnes, Owen Moffett and Ross Stevens.
August 25-29, 2010:
Club member and team rider, Drake Courie, places 2nd in
the Pro Longboard division at the 48th annual East Coast
Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, VA.
July 18, 2010:
Club member and recent UNCW
graduate, Michael Powell wins the Reef Sweetwater Pro-Am
Surf Fest in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
16, 2010: The Surf Club's team
places 4th at NSSA Nationals on June 16 at Salt Creek,
CA. Mike Powell places first in the Men's Division, Ben Powell
places 3rd in the Men's division and Drake Courie places 4th in the Longboard division.
May 2010: Romy
Sidelsky is the 2010-2011 co-recipient of the WBLA
April 8-11, 2010: The
Surf Club team wins the NSSA East Coast Championships in
Sebastian Inlet, FL for the second consecutive year.
March 2010: Members
of the UNCW Surf Club go on a spring break surf trip to
December 2009: Hunter
Hay, President of the Surf Club, is selected as a
recipient of the
second annual Tower7/WbLiveSurf.com
August 2009: Surf
Team Captain, Cody Leutgens, is selected to participate
Expedition in Indonesia.
June 2009: The UNCW
Surf Club team places 2nd at the NSSA National
Interscholastic Championships losing in overtime to Cal
State - San Marcos. The team's 2nd place finish is the
highest of any team from the east coast in the history
of the competition. Ben and Mike Powell place 2nd and
3rd respectively in the contest's College Men's Division
while the team's longboarder, Drake Courie, places 5th
in the College Longboard division.
April 18-19, 2009:
The Surf Club
participated in the NSSA East Coast Championships in
Sebastian Inlet (FL) on April 18-19. The club team
fielded two teams in the competition. The “A” team won
the event and the “B” team finished in a respectable 6th
place. Two members of the “A” team also took top honors
in the College Men's division, Mike Powell (1) and Ian
Tilghman (2). Mike's brother, Ben Powell, placed 5th in
the College Men's division. Local Kure Beach standout
and UNCW team logger, Drake Courie also placed 6th in
the College Longboard division. Surfing conditions were
favorable throughout the event with a solid springtime
ENE swell that produced chest to head-high waves.
Winning these events earned the team an invitation to
participate in the NSSA National Championships which
will be held in California early this summer.
April 4, 2009: The
UNCW Surf Club helps out with the LIVE for LIFE event
sponsored by Thrust Clothing and held at Ogden Park in
Wilmington. The event was held to
raise money for a child in need of a heart transplant.
February 26, 2009:
Surf photojournalist and UNCW alum, DJ Struntz, provides
a talk to club members on his career and experiences.
February 26, 2009:
The Surf Club tours the Wrightsville Glassing surfboard
factory in Wilmington, NC.
UNCW Surf Club trip to Costa Rica.
September 24, 2008:
The UNCW Surf Club hosted the Wilmington premiere
for "The Pursuit," the first blue-ray hi-def surf film
at 17th Street Surf Shop.
August 19, 2008: UNCW Surf Team Captain,
Leutgens, recently won the
2008 SIMA Surfing America
USA Championships in Huntington Beach, CA. Leutgens
"left his fellow competitors looking for a combination
of scores after posting a total of 17.00 points (8.83
and 8.17). Leutgens lit up a pair of righthanders with
explosive, fins-free surfing." ... “I got a good wave
right off the bat and had the confidence,” Leutgens
said. “From then on it was just rip, tear, and lacerate
– RTL. I’m from the East Coast so surfing waves like
this is an everyday thing.” Congratulations Cody! (more
August 2008: Dr.
Dylan McNamara joins the Surf Club as the Team Coach.
Quiksilver sponsors the club's team.
Surf Team Wins at Scholastics! -
Bethune Park, New Smyrna Beach, FL
(March 15-17) - The East Coast Scholastics 2008
presented by TransWorld Surf started off with small surf
but ended with a big win for the UNCW Surf Team. This
year's event brought 4 different tag teams from the east
coast to compete in two separate 50-minute tag team
events on two different days to declare the winner. This
prestigious award was once won by Kelly Slater's team
back in 1987. The 2008 UNCW Surf Team members were Ben
Powell, Chris Curry, Cody Leutgens and
After winning the first round, the boys were confident
going into the finals. Curry started out the team with a
huge first wave, nailing the lip three solid times
before coming in to tag Ben. After seeing this wave from
Chris, the entire team was pumped and ready for
shredding. After Ben came out, his older brother Mike,
our double whammy guy, finished strongly and used his
double whammy on his second wave consisting of floaters
and top turns. By the time the first three were done,
the team was confident in the waves we had caught. Cody
finished the team's performance as the last to go out
only to keep the team's good standing. Every member of
the team and Surf Club at UNCW was ecstatic when we
raised that cup over our heads in triumph. Next year
will come fast so the other teams better get ready for
back-to-back wins from the UNCW Surf Team! -- Cody
Leutgens, Team Captain
Surf Club trip to Puerto Rico.
April 15-17, 2007:
Cape Fear Surf Fest -
The contest was a fantastic success!
The UNCW Surf Club wants to thank all of the sponsors,
judges, volunteers, and contestants for their support
and participation. Despite the weather, it was a lot of
fun and we hope to see you again next year! Check out
full story and photos.
February 1, 2007:
article about the
Surf Club in the Lumina News.
Surf Team placed first in the 3rd Annual Terrapin
Collegiate Surf Contest in Ocean City, MD. Both the A
and B teams placed first and second in the college
tag-team finals at the Clean Water Classic, October 7-8,
2006 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Eastern Surf Magazine
features the Surf Team in its
Blah Blahs section.
UNCW Surf Club trip to Puerto Rico. Check
out the trip story,
"Going South" by Travis
Varga and Margy Coxe.
October 8-9, 2005: At the Cape Fear Clean Water Classic, the
University of Central Florida captured first, the University of
West Florida grabbed second, the crew from Monmouth University
held down the third spot, and the UNCW Surf Club finished fourth
respectively. Congratulations to all the teams and a big thank
you to all the schools for making the trip, enduring the
weather, and making the contest a really fun experience!
April 7, 2005: Rip
Current and Ocean Rescue Awareness Night
Baker of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue and Steve Pfaff of the
National Weather Service-Wilmington, provided an educational
awareness seminar on rip currents and ocean safety at UNCW.
March 18-21, 2005:
Thirteen members of the UNCW Surf Club traveled to New Smyrna
Beach for the ESA-GLOBE Scholastics competition.
November 30, 2004:
Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Josh Vach (K38 Baja
Danielle and Shana Bourgeois (Sweetwater Surf
the Surf Club's final meeting of the Fall semester. Club
t-shirts were also distributed to members.
November 20, 2004: Jess Baunhofer, Jamie Crutchfield, Jess Dinardo, Ben Kearns,
Claire Magee, Katie Martin, and Suzy Williamson competed in the
inaugural Cold Water Classic. Sponsored by the Wrightsville
Beach Chapter of the Christian Surfers International, the
contest was held at Wrightsville Beach. Jess Baunhofer placed 2nd
in the Men’s Division and
in that division as well. Martin placed 2nd in the
Women’s Division, and Magee placed 3rd in the
Women’s Open Longboard and 4th in the Women’s
Division. Dinardo and Crutchfield placed 6th and 7th
respectively in the Women’s Division as well.
2004: UNCW Surf Club trip to Costa Rica. PGNFA!
UNCW Surf Club's team participates in the OP East Coast
Scholastic Surfing Championships in New Smyrna Beach,
FL. The team includes Pete Erickson, Jeff Weisler, Carl
Wallin, Brad Sutton, and Peter Fritzler (club advisor).
Quiksilver's 'Unleash the East' tour stops at UNC
Wilmington to premiere one of its newest films, "People
Skills." Jason Borte, Josh Hoyer, Todd Morcom, and Cam
Powell are on hand to sign autographs. The UNCW Surf
Club hosts the event and Chip Hackler, a UNCW film
professor, wins the surfboard donated by Whalebone Surf
January 24, 2003:
UNCW's Randall Library hosts Surf Nite and features the
films, "3 Degrees" by Poor Specimen, "20 Some Years
Young," a senior project documentary on surfing by Pete
Erickson (President of the Surf Club), and a preview for
"Full Color," by local videographer Adam Hawley.
August 2002: Peter Fritzler is invited by Pete
Erickson and Jeff Weisler to become the Surf Club's
The UNCW Surf Club's team participates in the 2002
Freestyle Scholastics/AAU National Juniors Surfing
Championships in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Members of the
team include Pete Erickson, Jeff Weisler, Carl Wallin,
and Brad Sutton.
The UNCW Surf Club's team places fourth behind UC-San
Diego, Golden West Community College, and Point Loma
Nazarene at the 1990 NSSA Scholastic Surfing
Championships in Oceanside, CA. Robin Forti, a member of the team, places
third in the Women's Shortboard division.