Pacific Coast Journal
The $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix, presented by HUNT+iJUMP, designed by renowned course designer, Olaf Petersen, of Munich, Germany, yielded just the kind of result a designer likes to see; sixty starters attempted to negotiate the course, with a number of clear rounds within the time allowed.
Even better, a classic ding-dong battle between two of the world’s finest riders ensued early on, and had spectators in suspense and on the edge of their seats until the very end. Among the world’s most decorated course designers, Petersen designed his signature tough course which claimed faults at several obstacles with challenging distances, angles, and combinations.
The epic battle between first-up, Richard Spooner, on Jill Henselwood’s Quidam Blue and Eduardo Menezes riding his own Quintol, was waged about half-way through the field. Spooner returned on his Chivas Z, went clear, and waited with bated breath for the penultimate ride on Menezes’s aptly named Clear Me, to see who would take the top prize. Menezes staked his claim to first on Clear Me and third on Quintol, while Spooner settled for second on Chivas Z, and fifth on Quidam Blue.
Photos by Osteen.
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