N.Y. surfers defend home water vs. N.J. competition
Beach Haven native Jamie DeWitt Baittinger, who now lives on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, took second in the Unsound Women's Pro in New York on Sunday.

New York surfers won the Association of Surfing Professionals Unsound Pro and Unsound Women's Pro on Long Island for the first time Sunday.

Balaram Stack, 20, of nearby Point Lookout, became the first New Yorker to win the state's most prestigious event and the $2,000 prize, while Quincy Davis, 15, of Montauk, N.Y., won the Women's Pro and $400.

Southern New Jersey surfers fared well at the contest.

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Most notable was Randy Townsend, 31, of Surf City. Townsend won this event in 2001 and made the finals in 2008. In the second round, he took a 3-foot left and lofted an alley-oop air. Then he continued the wave and performed an air reverse to earn a score of 8.67 out of a possible 10. That was the highest wave score until eventual winner Balaram Stack got a 9. Townsend lost in the quarterfinals to Christian Saenz of California by a half-point.

"It happens," Townsend said. "I was pleased with my performance early, so I can't get too upset."

Matt Keenan, 35, of Ocean City, cruised through two rounds with effortless style, laying turn after turn on the small lefts and clean frontside airs. He was stopped by Stack and Michael Dunphy, who faced each other in the final.

"That was the best result I've ever had in an ASP junior (event)," Stack said after Sunday's win.

In the Women's Pro, Davis beat Jamie DeWitt Baittinger by less than one point, 11.87-10.80. Baittinger, 27, grew up in Beach Haven and was an East Coast threat in the 1990s and early 2000s before leaving competitive surfing. Now living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, she returned to the contest scene last season.

The waves weren't spectacular, but surfers were pleased with the conditions, considering the forecast was very poor. All throughout the day, a small, long interval swell filtered into National Boulevard.

The contest was postponed for a few hours in the mid-morning due to high tide. The swell lasted through the day, with winds coming light onshore in the afternoon.

Many of the surfers will compete at the Foster's Belmar (N.J.) Pro, which starts Friday.

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