First and foremost I want to thank my Lord God and savior Jesus Christ for answering the prayers of so many and making all things I do possible.
How do you properly thank so many that help make your dreams come true. First I want thank the sponsors of this event Datron World Communications, Inc, Kaptains BBQ Shack, Sticky Bumps Surfwax & Accessories, Bbraver handrims, SPY, Volcom, Life Rolls On Foundation, Major League Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning, American Tattoo, Vista, USA Surfing, Aaron Goulding Photography, Sun Bum, All American Garage Doors, Cobian, Beach Trax, Surf Ride Oceanside, Design Grotto, Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub. without the support of these sponsors this event is not possible.
It is hard to properly put this into words but I am going to attempt. To Greg Cruse, Randy Gilkerson, Mia Susan Gilkerson, Dave Schulte and your entire crew, you made this event world class in the first order. I can’t tell you how grateful we are to have such a great and professional crew to run the show. We are grateful to the judges that came out for this historic event and made it elite in the first order. Dave Shulte you and the judges did a great job and we thank you for your hard work.
To John Davis, thank you for stepping out in to the unknown and taking the step to help this sport that you blazed a trail for all of us to follow make history. We are honored and blessed to have your support for this event and the push to make change, love and respect from the SFL family.
Thank you to Beau Hodge for making the trip and being the voice of this historic event, we are honored to have you apart of this event. We are hoping that you will come out again next year and make this an annual trip. Much respect and love from the SFL crew.
I want to thank John Afshari, Mike Spikerman, Eugene Roberts and son, Kim McRae, Ian Tucker, Travis Fain, Ric Vaughn, Jamie Renner Mo and all of the students from University Of St. Augustine For Health Sciences, Jeff Bruder, Anthony and Jeannie Thiede Shute, Kelly Twichel, Eric Packard and so many more. To put life and limb on the line for others to live and achieve their goals and dreams is a gift and all the water team and volunteers did that and so much more. Stoke for Life Foundation is fortunate to have a core group of experienced water men and without them we can not function so thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to Molly and Amy McGuire for bring the troop out to assist you girls are awesome. I know I am neglecting to name some so please forgive me as there are so many I could go on all day.
Thank you Jeff Warner for all the amazing work on the logos, shirts, and such, you do the most awesome work. From training me for BOP to just talking story you are a great friend. Huge thanks to Jesse Lora and Jerry Jaramillo for shooting the event and always supporting the cause. Its the images you shoot that move people that see them. Thank you so much for your hard work and time. Love and respect.
To my team of Collin Renner, Melanie Greco, Tiffany Greco, and James Mcdonald without the support and hard work put in behind the scenes what happened this past weekend is not possible. There are no words that will ever relay the gratitude I have for the support, work, and belief you put behind this event. So much love and respect.
Here are just a few images we have from the Stoke for Life cam, I want to thank all the competitors and congratulate all the winners and participants for making history and pushing the limits in the most challenging and epic conditions a lot of us have faced. From Jesse Billauer shooting the pier in the assist prone final to the hearing impaired final heat that was truly epic. This event was more then I ever could dream or ask for and the competitors made it happen on an epic and historic level. Mark your calendars for October 6th-7th 2018 because we are coming back even stronger next year. We are working hard on next years event already, we will have a press release for this event out soon for those who have asked. Thank you so much for all the love and support, this is only the beginning.