April 25, 2023

McPhillips Crowned Overall Champion at the 2023 Carolina Pro-Am

Three-time World Longboard Champion, Colin McPhillips took the overall event title at the Salt Life/Infinity 2023 Carolina Pro-Am sup surf event in Wrightsville Beach, NC this past weekend. In challenging 2-3′ conditions, McPhillips won the Longboard Pro, Masters Pro and 3rd place in the Open Pro to take the Haywood Newkirk Sr. award overall title that has been given for 10 years to the best overall performance by a competitor in the event.

McPhillips prevailed over Dave Boehne, Bernd Roediger, Candice Appleby and April Zilg on points and taking home $2,000.00 in prize money.  The overall title and Waterman award is named after the longtime Haywood Newkirk Sr. who was one of the original waterman in Wrightsville Beach. Competitors from around the world attend the annual Sup Surfing event that is the longest running Sup Surf event in the world. Past overall champions have been Candice Appleby (2022), Izzi Gomez (2020), both of whom are women and past World Champions along with the likes of past champions Bernd Roediger (2021), Ciao Vaz and the first champion, local surfer Jarod Covington.

Overall performances were also awarded to Austin Howard in the Men’s Open, Lama CoClough in the Women’s Open and the highest wave total in the final heats given to Campbell Carter who won the Junior 17U.  Mason Kober, at 13 years old won the Junior Pro division becoming the youngest to prevail in any division. Several divisions are offered at the Carolina Pro-Am along with first time categories with the Masters Pro 40+ and the First Comp division that is offered for those who have never competed in a Sup surf competition.

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Presenting Sponsors:  Salt Life Apparel and Infinity Sup Co.
Official Apparel Sponsor- Salt Life Apparel
Official Sup board Sponsor- Infinity Sup Co.
Official Hotel-Hilton Garden Inn – Mayfaire Town CenterBlockade Runner Beach Resort
Partners- Jason Colclough Real EstateClotz-NewkirkPaddle SyndicateWorld Paddle Association
Official Surf Shop- South End Surf Shop
Official Bullyboard – Wahoo Bullyboard
Official Junior Sponsor – Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry and Gierie Orthodontics
Official Social and Dinning Sponsors – K BuenoSUNdays Surf CafeOceanic RestaurantFish BitesVito’s Pizza

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