By Mike Field
SUN STAFF WRITER
Island skimboarders made a tremendous showing over the weekend
at the 3rd Annual Skim Bash held at Turtle Beach on Siesta
Eight skimmers riding for the West Coast Surf Shop team placed
in the top four spots in four different divisions at the contest,
which is sponsored by the St. Johns Methodist Church
In the Groms 8 and under division, Neil Carper, of Holmes
Beach, finished first, as did Blake Tyre, of Bradenton Beach,
who competed in the Mens 17 & 18 division.
In the Boys 9-12 group, three Holmes Beach riders finished
second, third and fourth. Giorgio Gomez, Neil Carper and Jonah
Caster came in two, three and four in what was almost a clean
sweep of the division.
In the Junior Mens division, Neils older brother, Spencer,
finished third while Joey Mattay, also of Holmes Beach, finished
right behind him in fourth. Chase Parker, of Anna Maria, also
finished fourth in the Mens 17 & 18 division.
On the girls side, 13-year-old Amber Weaver, of Bradenton,
placed seventh out of 15 competitors. Amber, whose dad, David,
is a former Island resident, was the youngest participant
in her division and made it three rounds into the semi-finals
before being eliminated.
Others kids who also rode well were Anthony Riccio, of Holmes
Beach; Tom Sanger, Mitchell Seguin and Ben Handley, all of
Bradenton; and Kevin Kirn, of Holmes Beach.