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MARTIN COUNTY --
Unseasonably cool spring weather and a clean ground swell set quite a stage for the fifth annual Single Fin Showdown raising $5,500 for United Way of Martin County.
Hundreds of beachgoers came out in droves to watch the 125 surfers of all ages compete on an original retro surfboard provided to them at random in one of the largest one-day amateur surf contests in Florida presented by Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart.
"I'd rate this contest a 10. Out of all the contests I do every year, the Single Fin Showdown has to be the best. As far as riding different boards, it's matched by nothing else," said Rob Bitzkowski, 2013 Single Fin Showdown Senior Men's Champion. "It's so much fun to get out there and see how boards used to ride and then having to figure them out along the way because you're riding so many different boards as you advance."
Although competitors came out for bragging rights and cool prizes, such as a brand new beach cruiser and the coveted Single Fin Showdown championship sport coat, everyone who participated understood that the day was about giving back to the community through surfing.
"It's great to see so many local people and businesses coming together to do something fun while raising money for a United Way," said Jordan Schwartz, Single Fin Showdown organizer and owner of Ohana Surf Shop. "We like supporting United Way because it's an organization that truly understands the community's needs and is able to allocate the funds where they're needed most."
In addition to raising money for United Way, more than $2,000 was raised for Brooke Thabit, a 17-year-old Martin County resident and member of the Ohana Surf Team who broke her neck last year during Labor Day Weekend. Ms. Thabit has since made great strides in her recovery thanks to support from Ohana Surf Shop and the local surf community.
For more information, visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call (772) 283-4800.