Gallery: Dempsey Holder Surf Contest

Near 150 surfers took to Imperial Beach waves Sunday to compete in the annual contest, now in its ninth year.

Updated 12:35 p.m. Monday to include more information about award winners.

Despite small waves and poor weather, near 150 surfers from San Diego and Baja California took to Imperial Beach waters Sunday for the 9th Annual Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest.

The contest is named after Dempsey Holder, a former IB lifeguard and local surfer whose 16-foot statue stands at the end of Palm Avenue and Secoast Drive.

The meeting room and its surf museum in the lifeguard station is also named after Holder.

Due to recent sand replenishment, competition shifted north of the Imperial Beach Pier. Waves were about 2-3 feet high.

"It was the best surf possible, given weather conditions," said Serge Dedina, executive director of WiLDCOAST.

About 500 people attended, organizers said.

For receiving the highest score of any man or woman competing, Candice Appleby was crowned the Queen of the Dempsey, a new tradition that began this year. Appleby also won 1st place in the Women ages 18-39 division and 2nd in Longboard and Stand-Up Paddle divisions.

In another new award category, for competing in three back to back divisions, Josh Burns was won the Waterman's award.

Money raised at the contest goes toward WiLDCOAST's efforts to conserve and protect shoreline environment in South San Diego and Baja California.


Menehune Boys

Lance Mann 2nd
Peter Stewart 3rd
Cole Quinlan 4th
Jack Stewart 5th
Jack Outlaw 6th
Emiliano Mendez


Menehune Girls

1st Lily Mann 2nd Shaylin Weygandt


Boys (12-14)

1st Gavin Doan 2nd Tanner Ford 3rd Jack Stewart 4th Ben Outlaw 5th Vincent Claunch 6th Loukas Lopez


Jr. Men (15-17)

1st Josh Johnson 2nd Jay Christensen 3rd Daniel Dedina 4th Sean Franks 5th Shane Landry


Jr. Women (15-17)

1st Dani Rose Hill 2nd Daphne Mannhalter 3rd Aries Chavira 4th Zoey Curley 5th Paloma Lopez


Women (18+)

1st Candice Appleby 2nd BreAnne Custodio 3rd Landy Spencer-Daly 4th Peachy Allredge 5th Michelle McDonald


Mens (18+)

1st Sean Fowler 2nd Jacob Szchely 3rd Joe Cowen 4th Ed Custodio 5th Chavo Nunez 6th Jay Christensen



1st Eric Seles 2nd Cameron Bartz 3rd Joshua Shaw 4th David Apodeca 5th Tanner Ford 6th Robert Tschakart



1st Sven Karlsson 2nd Candice Appleby 3rd Noah Bender 4th Terry Gillard 5th Darren Smith 6th Arthur Curtis


Stand-up Paddle

1st Anthony Vela 2nd Candice Applyby 3rd Arthur Curtis 4th Matt Bagby 5th Mark Field


Masters (40-49)

1st Michael Doan 2nd Craig Macia 3rd Terry Gillard 4th Matthew Lord 5th Mike Jackson


Masters (50+)

1st Tim Gillard 2nd Dave Lopez 3rd Jim Malabanan 4th Billy Huddleston



1st Billy Huddleston 2nd Evan Odom 3rd Joseph Coyne 4th Jeffery Wallis 5th Fred Rodriguez 6th Alex Pina 7th Will Johnson
Serge Dedina October 22, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Thanks everyone for coming out today--and Khari and Paul for covering the event!! We had a great day--and it wouldn't be possible without all of our sponsors and the cooperation of the City of IB-who helped us move the event to the North Side after the sand messed up the surf on the South Side. We look forward to next year and creating the best day of the year in IB. Serge Dedina Executive Director WiLDCOAST
Andy Arciga October 22, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Hi Serge,Sorry I missed the event. I didn't here about it until it was almost over. I have the last known pic of Dempsey surfing. I'm gonna have to dig it out.
Serge Dedina October 23, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Thanks Andy--would love to see the photo.


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