After kicking off the 2012 tour with three stops in Hawaii, the ambush surf contest arrived on the mainland this morning at Fort Point. It was a crowded “locals-only” lineup of about 25 to 30 surfers, with solid shoulder to head high surf. One guy in particular stood out – Ragnar Johnson, a 30-year resident of San Francisco.
“It was a close race between Ragnar, Bryan Dickerson, and few others,” noted Kevin Campion, one of the three judges on hand for the event. “But the wave that really sealed the deal was when Ragnar took off on a swing wide set that started with a few solid turns and ended with a legitimate tube section.”
Upon realization that he had won a contest he didn’t even know he was participating in, Ragnar exclaimed, “I wasn’t sure what the deal was, but I decided to just surf it like I would, and maybe get a lucky wave like I did! I’ll probably use the money to take my wife and eight year-old son surfing in Central America.”
“We are not sure if any contest has ever been held here,” said Dustin Smith, the company’s Event Director. “It is so sketchy out here…If the rocks don’t get ya, the locals might. But, you know, it’s such an iconic break that we just had to risk it.”