Garden City Beach surfer failed to garner enough votes in online video contest

07/31/2013 5:47 PM

07/31/2013 5:48 PM

A 17-year-old, whose family owns the Village Surf Shoppe in Garden City Beach, did not win an online video contest.

Cam Richards, son of shop owner Kelly Richards, was one of 16 surfers chosen from about 100 entrants for an online video contest, the Hurley Pro Video Trials. But Dane Reynolds was chosen to move on to the next round.

At, viewers are invited to watch 1-on-1 surfing heats, where each surfer has two recorded waves upon which votes were accepted through Facebook through 3 a.m. Thursday, after which another round of heats will soon ensue.

Ultimately, the winner of the online video segment, for which an announcement will be made Aug. 2, gains a wild-card entry into the Hurley lowers pro competition, Sept. 15-21 in California, going against 32 surfers considered the best in the world.

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