Nation’s best wave riders fly at Grayland Open


GRAYLAND — Small waves made life tough on the riders, but the Grayland Open showcased most of the best professional and amateur wave riders in the world last weekend at Grayland Beach.

More than 75 riders attended the Open clinic on Friday, which was followed by two days of competition. This year, the Grayland Open was the first event on the four-stop Krush Nationals USA freeride tour.

Two Grayland locals finished in the top-five spots in their respective divisions — Gavin Utley, fifth in the amateur class and competition organizer Dan Lindgren, fifth in the master’s class.

The sixth-annual event saw its biggest crowds of its history on Sunday for the championship rounds.

Mark Gomez, of Fullerton, Calif., won the professional class, while Dane Dials, of Portland, Ore., won the amateur class.

The top-three podium finishers from the Grayland Open were:

Rookie

Demian Morgan, Clarkston; Donovan Iverson; Ky Hyytinen, Lake Tapps.

Amateur

Dane Dials, Portland, Ore.; Jerry Cox, Gelgrave, Mont.; Jay Braillard, Redmond, Ore.

Professional

Mark Gomez, Fullerton, Calif.; Brandon Lawlor, San Carlos, Calif.; Zack Bright, Oceanside, Calif.

Masters (35-over)

Jerry Cox; Chris Batten; Jay Braillard, Redmond, Ore.

Runabout

Jason Lindstrom; Roy Rook; Eric Wilson.

 

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