Donavon Frankenreiter's STILL SALTY
The first annual Donavon Frankenreiter Still Salty surf contest and concert presented by Subaru went down on a bluebird Sunday this past weekend at Salt Creek in Dana Point. Upon arriving down at the point there were still plenty of head high south swell lines peeling in for competitors to take advantage of.
The event truly is a family affair with divisions for all ages, and even a few curveballs thrown in there to spice things up. For instance, in the first heat of the event all competitors had to ride Catch Surf Beaters, which proved to be equally difficult and fun. The later rounds allowed surfers to ride whatever equipment they wanted. When you were exhausted and famished from surfing you could post up on the beach, eat a PieNot Aussie meat pie and listen to some colorful commentary from GT and Donavon. By the final rounds the tide had dropped and competitors were connecting waves all the way through to the beach. Joel Parkinson and Laura Enever dropped in unannounced to do some judging and to present awards. Standout surfers from the day included Tyler Stanaland, Sam Orozco and many other underground rippers.
At 4 o’clock the event finished and everyone made their way up to the lawn where the award ceremony was held. As the winners were announced the lawn began to fill in front of the concert stage. Then, Matt Costa opened up the music for the night with some sultry lullabies followed by G Love jamming a few at sunset. Last but not least, the evening finished on a high note with Donavon rocking through to the end. At one point there were approximately three thousand people on the lawn, all happy and loving every bit of the Still Salty atmosphere. The day was as close to perfect as it gets. It was the ideal blend of beautiful weather, waves and music all with a community vibe that left everyone feeling pretty lucky to be apart of the event. It’ll be hard to beat the first annual Donavon Frankenreiter Still Salty contest and concert, but we’ll be back to one-up ourselves next year!