Photos, story an captions by Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

The 5th Annual HOTDOGZ on a STIX contest went down Saturday July 1st in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Men’s Winner Gavin Idone has style and an understanding of how to ride the old logs from the 60’s. Gavin cruised into first in his first heat of the day ( shown here ) and never looked back. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos .

The contest is the brainchild of Dennis Griffin, owner of Coresurf in Cape Canaveral.  He has had the event on the beach a few blocks behind his shop every year except one.

The yearly artwork poster is done by Coresurf shop owner and contest promoter Dennis Griffin. Good stuff. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Due to small waves and a high tide, he moved that one north to Jetty Park. Every year there have been small contestable waves, but this year was a bit bigger, with light winds.  A beautiful July 1st beach day, with temps in the low 90’s and water at 82°.

Second place finisher Saxon Wilson hangs heels for a few extra points and a crowd pleasing ride. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The premise of the event is to ride only “logs” or AKA, longboards, made in the 1960’s.  If you aren’t fortunate to have one, you can use one provided from Coresurf’s huge inventory of vintage surfboards from which Dennis has picked a half dozen loaners.

The 2023 Hotdogz Women’s Winners ( L to R ) Emily Ulman 2nd, Olivia Jansen 4th, JoJo Clark 3rd, and winner Kaylin Weinrich. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos


Lined up and ready on the beach are boards way older than a lot of the contestants who rode them.  A few heats had to be on hold for a few minutes as the surfer in the heat before had to give their board to the next heat’s surfer.

Women’s Winner Kaylin Heinrich glides into first place. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

This year offered over $1,500.00 in prize money, with a cool $500.00 going for first in the Men’s and $250.00 for first in the Women’s.The difference this year was that a Women’s Final was added, with the four highest women from the co-ed competition being put into their own final for a bit of cash that could be added to any winnings from the regular co-ed event.

Men’s final heat with 4th place finisher Liam Kolkmeyer perched on the nose. @tomduganphotos

As usual, the surfing was on point with lots of nose rides, walking the board, a few fins firsts, and even a little tandem surfing thrown in. It was once again a great day of long boarding and with the addition of a women’s division, next year looks to be the place to be at the beginning of July.

It’s all about the fins. 1960 gems. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Results Hotdogz On A Stick 

Mens Winners :

1- Gavin Idone – $500

2- Saxon Wilson – $350

3- Shane Konrad – $200

4- Liam Kolkmeyer – $70

Third place winner Shane Konrad planted on the nose on a clean left. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Womens Winners :

1- Kaylin Weinrich – $250

2- Emily Ulman – $100

3- JoJo Clark – $70

4- Olivia Jansen

Women’s Emily Ulman cross steps her way into a second place finish and $100.00 for her effort. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

A nice cheater five for DC Lewis on a small runner. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Adele Holloway drove down from St. Augustine to compete this year. With a Women’s Final added and extra prize money, we expect she will be back along with many others in years to come for a chance to grab some winning cash. Adele after the morning board tryout. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Central Florida is one of the only places you can see a rocket launch a mile away when you’re in a surf contest. The Space X Falcon 9 rocket makes its way into space around 11am on Saturday morning. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The day started off with beautifull conditions and plenty of waves. Blair Dridden cruises in the glare. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The 2023 Men’s Hotdogz winners ( L to R ) Liam Kolkmeyer 4th, Saxon Wilson 2nd, Shane Konrad 3rd and winner Gavin Idone. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Colby Nicholas on a beautiful wave on his way to a 3rd in the Semi’s. Clean nose rides were the norm throughout the contest. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

A little morning practice before the contest started for eventual winner Gavin Idone. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Tails from the 60’s: Fins were big and put all the way back, as a way to allow riders to hold these wide boards to the face of the waves. Fast forward 60 years and you now have five fins to hold you in. How times have changed. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The contest overview with clear skies and warm sun in Central Florida, July 1st, 2023. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos