Junior sup surf division brings on the HEAT at the Charlie Miranda Surf Classic in Puerto Rico

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15-year old Dave de Armas turns up the HEAT at this year’s Charlie Miranda Surf Classic at Domes Beach in Rincon, PR. Photo: Joselin Jos Ramos
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Dave de Armas, a 15-year-old young sup surfer from Aguadilla Puerto Rico almost unseated ­legend Greg Carson in this past weekend’s Charlie Miranda Classic Surf Contest (CMC) at Domes Beach in Rincon, PR.

Held on November 26, 2016 the Charlie Miranda Classic is open to long boarders and stand up paddleboard surfers of all genders and ages. Named after legendary National Surf Team Member Esteban (Charlie) Miranda, the CMC are a series of events devoted to longboard and stand up paddle surfing in Puerto Rico. One of the event’s main objectives is to promote and support longboard surfing amoung the younger athletes, especially the Junior Puerto Rico Surfing Federation Members (SFPR). These members have the privilege of competing for FREE as a part of Charlie’s Junior Longboard and Sup Team. Charlie was also on hand as their team coach during the contest.

Alek Ramos, age 11, was the youngest but no less fierce competitor at the Charlie Miranda Surf Classic this year. Photo: Joselin Jos Ramos
Alek Ramos, age 11, was the youngest but no less fierce competitor at the 2016 Charlie Miranda Surf Classic. Photo: Joselin Jos Ramos

Young DeArmas, a sponsored team rider for both Starboard and Ke Nalu, had just returned from the ISA’s World Stand Up Paddleboard and Paddleboard Championship’s in Fiji where he rode for Team Puerto Rico.  DeArmas’ style and determination brought some serious competition to Carson in the final rounds, along with 14-year-old Max Torres and Carson’s own son, Meshach.

Max Torres, 14, punching through the competition to place 3rd in this year's CMC in Puerto Rico
Max Torres, 14, punching through the competition to place 3rd in this year’s CMC in Puerto Rico

Closely matched scores in every heat brought the competition down to these final four where Carson’s motivation to win (most likely brought on by this having to pay the $45 entry fee) eeked him out a narrow margin against this stand out field of young competitors. In the final standings, Greg Carson placed 1st, DeArmas came in a close 2nd, Max Torres 3rd and Meshach Carson in 4th.  Better keep training, Greg!

This year’s contest had 41 longboarders and 27 sup surfers for a total of 68 competitors surfing in the non-profit event.

Photos by Joselin Jos Ramos

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.