In New Smyrna Beach this past weekend, the UNF Surf Team took their fifth consecutive victory at the NSSA East Coast Championship. It comes as no surprise, considering the many hours of pier-bowl destroying the team’s been putting in during these recent runs of fun swell we’ve had in Jacksonville Beach.
Avery Aydelotte and Hunter Roland took first place in the women’s and men’s shortboard categories and Roland was also named the contest’s overall top performer. Additionally, Jon Jon Kaidy cruised into second place in the men’s longboard division.
“That was my last year,” Roland, a senior who’s a double major (!) in business and finance, said. “I’ve gotten second three years in a row at that contest so it felt really good end it with finally getting a win, it was finally my day.”
Incredibly, four out of the six finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s Shortboard divisions were UNF surfers. If the previous four years’ East Coast Titles weren’t definitive enough, this year’s triumph cements the team’s position at the top of the Atlantic’s collegiate surf contest food chain.
However, these local shredders can’t dwell on last weekend’s win for too long, as the NSSA Nationals at Huntington Beach are coming up in June. The team took third place last year and second place the three previous years, so they’ll need to show up and blow up if they want bring home the national title.