Competitive surfers in Texas relish Pro/Am event with custom waves

The Tejasurf Waco Pro/Am went down at Waco Surf on November 19, 2022. This was the second time the Texas Gulf Surf Association ran an event in Waco. The post-COVID return was due in large part to competitors’ excitement about surfing the PerfectSwell pool.

To make it all come together Tejasurf signed on as the title sponsor and with the help of additional donations and sponsors TGSA organisers were able to run the highlight event of the year.

The format differed a bit from that of an ocean comp. Organisers took full advantage of the programable waves choosing to run an unsurfable “bump” between waves so judges could gauge each surfer’s performance one at a time.

“We ran three one hour practice sessions broken into two groups of nine,” said Kristen Darden of the TGSA. “We ran the grom comp wave program because this wave comes with a wave then a bump, then a wave, then a bump then the last wave. This allowed for our judges to see the entire wave for each competitor.”

TGSA Serena Nava Womens
Serena Nava claimed the Women’s division. Photo by Rob Henson

Contestants surfed six rights and six lefts with the top right and top left score counting toward entry into the finals. The top six Men, Junior Men and Senior Men went on to the finals. The top three Women and Junior Women went on to the finals. The finals consisted of another three rights and three lefts with the top right and top left counting in the score line. Open Longboard and Open Air were categories were run exhibition style. 

“The contest lasted until 6pm ending with the air show,” added Darden. “It was a cold but super fun contest and the hot tub was filled with our competitors all day and it really helped since the temperature was 47 degrees outside. Our competitors put on their 4’3 wetsuits, booties, gloves with some wearing hoodies as the water temp was 52 degrees. Despite the cold our members said it was one of the best contests we have ever had.”

zac smith at waco
Zac Smith surfing during the Senior Men’s division. He went on to claim first place. Photo by Rob Henson

1st Gabriel Prusmack
2nd Shane Wiggins
3rd Thomas Ellwood
4th Morgan Faulkner 

1st Serena Nava
2nd Caly Hayworth
3rd Betsy Salcedo

Junior Men
1st Connor Kryger
2nd Banyan Smith
3rd Jake Gonsoulin
4th Landon Morris

Junior Women
1st Isabelle Kryger
2nd Keagan Sohl 
3rd Cailey Yomoah

Senior Men 
1st Zac Smith
2nd Asa Cascavilla
3rd Chris Lonabaugh
4th Walter Sohl

Open Longboard
1st Nathan Floyd
2nd Morgan Faulkner
3rd Frank Floyd
4th Andrew Murphy 

Open Air
1st Gabriel Prusmack
2nd Morgan Faulkner 

With cold temperatures on tap, the hot tub proved to be the best place between heats. Photo by Rob Henson