Glassy, small waves help youths perfect surfing
For three weeks in July, aspiring young surfers were flocking to the south end of the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach to participate in surf camps sponsored by West Coast Surf Shop.
Brandi Brady Gomez runs the camp, and along with a crew of instructors, including Charlene Belsito, Gigi Belsito, Izzy Gomez, Giorgio Gomez, Mary Williams, Mary-Kate Michalak, Kelly Guerin, Chris Pate, Joe Mattay, Travis Belsito and Spencer Carper, the youngsters get plenty of one-on-one on all of the basics of surfing.
First thing on the surf camp agenda is to circle up and run through a series of questions and answers between instructors and kids — a getting-to-know-you exercise.
More importantly, all the new surfers generate their surfer nicknames.
Jackson “Jaguar” Goldtein, grandson of Anna Maria Commissioner Sue Lynn, participated in all three weeks of the surf camp. He passed on a trip to Legoland to participate in the final week of camp.
When asked how he got the nickname Jaguar, he quickly responded, “I like Jaguars.”
After establishing nicknames and teaching the kids some basic safety rules, the instructors showed the kids — while safely on dry land — how to “pop up” on the board.
Then it was time to surf.
The kids went out into the water with instructors, who push the kids as a small wave comes into position. Several instructors also were stationed on the beach to catch the incoming surfers and their boards.
Kaitlyn “Steve” Liebel was asked to describe her favorite part of surf camp, which she said was “probably getting up on the board.”
Alexis Minick of Georgia had a more succinct reply to the same question. “Surfing.”
In addition to surfing, the kids did some cardiovascular work by running and swimming in the Gulf waters, and also took part in standup paddle boarding and paddle relay races.
Mostly the 25 campers had fun.
The camp culminated each week with a Friday surfing contest, and though official results of week three weren’t reported by press time for The Islander, Brooke “Fishy Fishy” McIntosh reportedly won in her group.
Indoor soccer action continues
Anna Maria Island Community Center’s indoor soccer league continues play in the air-conditioned gym and playoffs are quickly approaching.
Playoffs begin Aug. 13 with finals set for Aug. 17.
The 8-10 division remains tight with Beach Bums still on top with a 3-1-1 record. Gettel Toyota moved up to second place at 2-2-1, closely followed by Beach Bistro, which has a 2-3-1 record. LaPensee Plumbing follows in the standings with a 1-2-1 record.
Eat Here sits atop the 11-13 division with a 4-1 record, followed by rapidly improving Air & Energy, which won its second straight match to improve to 2-3 on the season. Waterfront Restaurant follows at 1-3.
Beach Bums outscored Lapensee Plumbing 7-3 during 8-10 division action July 25. Didier Avila scored four goals to lead the Bums, which also received a pair of goals from Luke Marvin and one goal from Devin Calderon in the victory. Ashton Pennell scored twice and Chris Snyder added one goal to lead LaPensee in the loss.
Beach Bums rolled past Beach Bistro by a 7-3 score during 8-10 action July 23. Marvin led the way with six goals, while Ozzie Lonzo added one goal in the win. Julius Peteriet scored two goals, while Andrew Burgess added one goal for Bistro in the loss.
Only one game was played last week in the 11-13 division. Air & Energy won its match, defeating first-place Eat Here 7-3. James Richards led the way with three goals while Stephen Whyte added two goals. Nicole Sewal and James Whyte completed the A&E scoring with a goal each in the victory.
Willow Cooper scored two goals and Shelby Morrow added one goal to lead Eat Here in the loss.
Adult flag football
Adult NFL flag football is ongoing at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
On July 26, Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins continued to lead the pack in the standings after edging Beach to Bay Construction Saints 46-45, keeping the Saints winless.
Duffy’s Tavern Vikings follow in the standings with a 4-1 record following a win over Miller Electric Chargers 37-25. The loss drops the Chargers to 2-3 and sixth place in the standings.
Jessie’s Island Store Jets moved into a tie for third with Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Sato Real Estate Browns after rolling past the Vikings 49-36. The Browns piled winless Slim’s Place Titans 49-13.
Regular season flag football continues until Aug. 9, and the playoffs will start Aug. 15.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match July 24.
Helen Pollock carded a 2-under-par 30 to take first place by one shot over second-place finisher Marty Clark. Judy Christiansen and Penny Williams both fired even-par 32s to finish in a tie for third place.
Sam Samuels and Jerry Disbrow were the only team to earn three pool-play victories and were the outright champs during July 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits.
The July 25 games had two teams emerge from pool play to battle for the day’s bragging rights. The team of Norm Good and Bob Heiger edged Tim Sofran and Samuels 21-15 in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC indoor soccer league schedule
Aug. 1 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens
Aug. 6 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens
Aug. 1 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Gettel Toyota
Aug. 3 6 p.m. Gettel Toyota vs. LaPensee Plumbing
Aug. 3 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Beach Bistro
Aug. 6 7 p.m. Gettel Toyota vs. Beach Bistro
Aug. 1 8 p.m. Air & Energy vs. Eat Here
Aug. 3 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Waterfront
Aug. 6 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Waterfront
NFL adult coed flag football schedule
Aug. 2 6 p.m. Jets vs. Chargers
Aug. 2 7 p.m. Dolphins vs. Browns
Aug. 2 8 p.m. Vikings vs. Titans
Aug. 2 9 p.m. Saints vs. Raiders
AMICC adult coed volleyball schedule
Aug. 7 6 p.m. The Feast vs. Lobstah’s
Aug. 7 7 p.m. Best Buy vs. FL Discount Signs
Aug. 7 8 p.m. Best Buy vs. FL Discount Signs