Jacksonville native, Cody Thompson was officially awarded with a day named in his honor by Mayor Alvin Brown in a special ceremony held downtown today.
In a press release released by the city late yesterday afternoon, the Mayor’s office stated
“Mayor Alvin Brown will congratulate and present a proclamation to Jacksonville Beach resident Cody Thompson in recognition of his recent win at the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Surfing contest. Cody Thompson, 23, won the inaugural 4-Star 2013 Rip Curl Pro in Jobos, Isabella, Puerto Rico on Feb. 13. The contest featured some of the best competitors among 150 contestants. This is the first time a Jacksonville resident has won a 4-Star pro surf contest. Thompson, a former member of the USA Surf Team, was both an Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) and National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) standout during his junior career, topping it off with a win at the 2008 Quiksilver King of the Peak contest in Florida. In addition, he was named #42 in Surfer Magazine’s “Surfer Hot 100” in 2010. Thompson is considered to be among the best talents emerging out of the Florida surf
Of course most of this information is already well-known among the beaches community but it’s pretty incredible to have the city of Jacksonville, especially the Mayor, take note of Thompson’s achievement by giving him the honor or having a day named after him.
Void was one of the first publications to get in contact with Thompson after his big win in which he said “In the beginning of the event, I was just focusing on making a few heats into the money round. Then in my quarter final after I got the 9.7 , the thought of winning the event took over my whole mindset. I was so fired up!”. He continued on “I was exhausted in the final. Once I got the waves, adrenaline just took over”.
You can read the entire interview with Cody Thompson in the latest issue of Void but join us in giving one big congrats to a local guy making a name for himself on one of the biggest stages in the world.
Below are a few pictures of Cody accepting his proclamation courtesy of Tanner Deprin…