Thank You 6/20/05 To the hundreds of friends who visited, sent cards & flowers, and supported our family in so many ways during this difficult time, we'd like to offer our heartfelt thanks. We'd also like to recognize the City of Folly Beach for their tribute of flying the City's flags at half-mast and their police escort as well as Joey "Casimir" Kowalski for painting (twice) the Folly Road boat. Joey along with Nancy Hussey have organized a paddle-out memorial for Dennis McKevlin at the Washout on Sunday, June 26 at 7 P.M. All are invited.
Dennis J. McKevlin 1920 - 2005
Final Contest 11/21/05 In the SSC ESA's final contest of the season held this past weekend, Glenn Tanner scored a perfect #1 in both his shortboard and longboard division - Grandmasters & Legends Longboard. At the same contest he competed in two Open Men finals and garnered fourth in both! In the the Just Cause Longboard competition held October 30, Kristin Tanner took first place in under 21 Women's Longboard. Congratulations to both.
It's A New GROM FRIENDLY RB5X Format 8/11/05 This year's RB5X is designed to please the youngest surfers. On August 24 @ 3:30 P.M. three or four Red Bull traveling pro's will land at Folly Beach. First, they'll put on a surf clinic for the kids. Then, the group will be divided up into heats for competition. The best and Final 5 will surf a Final 5X. This will be filmed and edited, then judged by the groms as well as the pro's. The groms actually judge each other to crown the 5X Champ. Any young surfers interested in competing or just watching should check in at the shop before 3:30 on August 24. Good luck!
SC Governor's Cup 8/11/05 The state's surfing championship (now known as the Governor's Cup) was held at the Washout this past weekend. McKevlin's Team was represented in full force. Holly Nettles picked up a fourth in the highly competitive Women's Open. And, the Tanner family certainly made their presence known. Glenn took second in Legends Longboard and first in Grandmaster's Shortboard. Kristin scored a first in Women's Longboard, third in 3A Jr. Women's Shortboard, and fifth in Open Women. Terri Tanner captured second in Open Women and third in Women's Shortboard. Finally, stylist Evan Tanner blew the crowd away with a first in 1A Menehunes. Congrats!
Red Bull East Coast Tour 7/23/05 Red Bull will be pulling their Airstream RV onto Folly Beach again this year. The RB5X (Red Bull Five By) contest pitting some of the Red Bull pro surfers (Ian Parnell, Billy Hume, Scott Posner) against Folly's finest is scheduled for August 24 - 25. We'll keep you informed of the RB5X local developments right here.
Regionals 5/16/05 The ESA Mid-Atlantic Regionals were held last weekend in Ocean City, MD. Glenn Tanner continued his "win when it counts" attitude and took first place in Grandmasters Shortboard and second in Senior Longboard. He competed against the very best from Delaware through Georgia. Congrats!
Folly Wahines 5/9/05 The Fifth Annual Folly Beach Wahine Surf Classic was held at the Washout this past weekend. Among the finalists, McKevlin's team rider, Kristin Tanner, captured second place in both 13 - 17 Advanced Shortboard and 13 - 17 Longboard. In Bodyboard she took third place. Kristin's mom, Terri, secured a second in 35+ Advanced Shortboard and fifth in 35+ Longboard. Pam Shealy, the shop's newest female staff member, in her very first contest, scored second place in the 18 - 34 Novice Shortboard division. Congratulations to all!
Best Surf Shop Award 2/18/05 McKevlin's Surf Shop has been voted by the Charleston City Paper readers as the Best Surf Shop once again. McKevlin's has won this honor every year since the Paper's readers' poll began. We consider ourselves very lucky to have so many loyal friends for so long - some of you even for all of our 40 years. Thanks to all for your votes and support.
Holiday Shoppers' Bonus 12/24/04 Three gift certificates were handed out to these lucky customers: $50 to Thomas Cooper, $75 to Matt Dohoney, and $150 to Jason Penington. Congratulations!
Eastern Surfing Championships 9/23/04 Congratulations to Glenn Tanner! Against the very best of the entire east coast, Glenn scored a third place in Senior Longboard and a first in Grandmaster's Shortboard. Way to go, Glenn!
Wahine Championships 8/24/04 The 8th Annual East Coast Wahine Championships were held on August 21 & 22 at Crystal Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Folly's own, Kristin Tanner and her mom, Terri Tanner, competed against women as far west as California and as far north and south as New Jersey and Florida. Kristin captured third in Junior Women's Shortboard and fourth in Girl's Longboard. Terri secured two seconds - both in Goddess Shortboard and Goddess Longboard.
SC Governor's Cup 8/19/04 This year's State Championship contest was renamed and held on August 7 & 8. The McKevlin's entourage was out in full force and posted excellent results. Glenn Tanner secured both a first in Grandmasters Shortboard and Senior Longboard. His wife, Terri, took both firsts in Senior Women's Shortboard and Women's Senior Longboard. Kristin Tanner won second in Junior Women Shortboard, second in Women's Bodyboard, and third in her Longboard division. Holly Nettles captured fourth in Women's Shortboard Congratulations.
Red Bull Results 8/11/04 The Red Bull team pulled into Folly around 2 AM the Tuesday of the contest. After checking the waves at 7 AM (small but clean), the local competitors convinced the visitors to postpone the 90 minute heat until the incoming tide. At 11:40 (2 -3' and semi-clean) Billy Hume and Ian Parnell challenged our three local surfers. Anthony Osment, local resident pro, Charlie Guss, the only surfer from S.C. chosen for the U.S. Team, and Glenn Tanner, former U.S. Champion, ESM's Kingpin Of The Washout, and last year's ESA Male Surfer of the Year, proved that the locals know their break best. Overall winner was Anthony Osment accumulating 104 points. The Folly surfers took the lead in all judging categories except one: Torque - Anthony 28 points, Boost - Charlie 22 points, Mojo - Glenn 24 points, Combo - Bill 22 points, and Push - Anthony 24 points.
Red Bull 5X Update 8/2/04 As they're given to us, we're going to pass along all details to you. So far, we have most of the necessary info. The Red Bull crew's Airstream (where you can view the video and hang out) as well as Ian and Billy should arrive at Folly the evening of August 9. The 5X should begin at least by 9 AM (they've started as early as 7 AM) the next day. It will last 90 minutes in the water where two cameras will film every wave ridden. After the 5X, it will take approximately three hours to edit the footage. During that time the Red Bull Pro's will meet with customers at the shop and pizza will be served in the Airstream. The five surfers in the 5X as well as a few others will determine the winner. The judging criteria can be checked out at Red Bull's link below. More info to come ... don't miss this event!
Red Bull Comes To Folly 7/26/04 The RB5X (pronounced: R-B-5-by) will be making a stop at Folly Beach, SC on August 10. Ian Parnell and Billy Hume will challenge three local Folly surfers to a unique surf off. The mini-contest will be video taped and shown in the Red Bull caravan RV. We'll also keep you informed of any local details as we're made aware.
Wahine Results 5/17/04 The 4th Annual Folly Beach Wahine Surfing Classic was held at the Washout on May 15 & 16. McKevlin's Team & Staff took home several impressive victories. Alana Davis placed fifth in 18 - 34 Advanced Shortboard and first place in 18 - 34 Longboard. Holly Nettles captured sixth in 18 - 34 Advanced Shortboard. Kristin Tanner won 13 - 17 Longboard and took second place in both 13 - 17 Advanced Shortboard and Bodyboard.
Mid-Atlantic Regionals 5/11/04 The McKevlin's crew made themselves heard at last weekend's ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional competition. The contest, held at Carolina Beach, NC, pits the best amateurs from Georgia up through Delaware. Holly Nettles scored a second place in Women's Shortboard. Her driving companion, Alana Davis, took third in the same division. Kristin Tanner captured a fourth in Women's Bodyboard. And, finally, Glenn Tanner took first in Grandmasters Shortboard and second in Senior Longboard. Congratulations!
Glenn & Rings 3/1/04 What do Glenn Tanner and Lord of the Rings have in common? Well...almost a clean sweep. This past weekend at the first SSC ESA contest of the 2004 season, Glenn nearly won everything he went for. He took first in Grandmaster's Shortboard, first in Senior Longboard, first in Open Longboard, and, against all ages, he took fourth in Open Men! Additional team members, Holly Nettles and Kristin Tanner, also fared well. Holly took first in Women's Shortboard. Kristin captured first in Women's Bodyboard, second in Women's Longboard, and third in Jr. Women Shortboard. Also, shop staffer, Ian Riggs, took fourth in Master's Shortboard. Not a bad day at the office!
Lost Surf Jam 2004 2/26/04 McKevlin's will again sponsor the Folly Beach leg of the Lost Surf Jam tour. The contest is Saturday, April 3 at the Washout. Party and ...Lost Girl Model Search to follow that evening.
And The Winner Is ... 2/23/04 McKevlin's Surf Shop has been voted by the Charleston City Paper readers as the Best Surf Shop once again. McKevlin's has won this honor every year since the Paper's readers' poll began. Thanks to all for your votes. We'll try not to disappoint.
ESA Banquet 1/29/04 Congratulations to Glenn Tanner, Alana Davis, and Kristin Tanner for their honors received at the ESA-SSC Annual Banquet held on January 24. Kristin was named Iron Woman of the Year for accumulating the most combined points in several divisions. She also took home this past season's Champion title in both Girl's Shortboard and Women's Bodyboard. Alana was announced as Champion of Women's Longboard. Glenn received a gift for being a Top Three judge, took the Championship title in Senior Longboard, and received the Hottest Longboard Maneuver award. Then, as if all that wasn't quite enough, he was named Male Surfer of the Year! Congratulations.
Glenn Victorious 10/27/03 Glenn Tanner has just captured two first place finishes at the Eastern Surfing Association Championships in Cape Hatteras! Glenn defeated the very best of the entire east coast in Grandmasters Shortboard and Senior Longboard. Plus, Glenn was once again chosen to be a member of the elite ESA All-Star Team! Congratulations to Glenn and the SSC District.
Joe's Longboard Contest 10/21/03 In this event the McKevlin's tribe captured two of the three divisions. Glenn Tanner took top honors in the over 21 division, and Alana Davis took first in Women's. The contest was held this past Saturday to help one of our own, Joe Hiller. Besides being a former member of the McKevlin's staff and owner of Liquid Motion Surf Shop, Joe has always been a great friend to all of us here. All proceeds from Joe's Longboard Contest went directly to his medical expenses.
Eddie Would Go 10/16/03 Former Charleston area surfer and McKevlin's shop rat, Stuart Coleman, will be visiting Charleston next week for some signing events promoting his book, Eddie Would Go: The Story Of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero. Stuart will be at the Terrace on Marion Square on Oct. 23 from 7 - 9 P.M., at the West Ashley Barnes & Noble on Oct. 24 from 2 - 3:30 P.M., and at the Mt. Pleasant Barnes & Noble Oct. 25 from 2 - 4 P.M. Stuart also promises to stop by Folly Beach and sign all of our copies of his new book.
State Championships 8/12/03 The crew from McKevlin's performed their magic at the recent SC State Championship on August 1 -3. Ding repairman, Chris Burch, scored a fifth in Masters while Alana Davis took third in Women's shortboard and fourth in Women's longboard. Team member Holly Nettles captured fourth in Women's shortboard and first in Women's longboard; Kristin Tanner took second in Iron Woman, third in Girl's shortboard, and second in Women's bodyboard; and Glenn Tanner finished with ninth in the Open division, third for the Hottest Wave award, first in Grandmaster's shortboard, and first in Senior longboard.
Sponsorship News 6/18/03 One of McKevlin's Surf Team members, Holly Nettles, has just landed an impressive big-fish sponsor - Billabong. This, one of the largest and most recognizable core surf lines, has chosen Holly to be one of only an elite few sponsored east coast women athletes. Congratulations! In other sponsorship activity, another McKevlin's Team member, Drew Pringle, was just chosen to represent Electric eyewear.
Contest #4 6/10/03 The fourth contest of the SSC ESA district was held on June 7 at the Washout, Folly Beach, SC. Again, the crew from McKevlin's finished with impressive results. Shop staffer, Alana Davis, took 3rd place in Women's shortboard and 2nd place in Women's longboard. From McKevlin's Team, Holly Nettles finished with another 1st place in Women's shortboard. Glenn Tanner captured 1st in both Grandmaster's shortboard and Senior longboard. Kristin Tanner took home 1st in Girl's shortboard, 1st in Women's bodyboard, and 5th in Women's Longboard. Congratulations to all! By the way, Drew Pringle is missing from the results for a good reason. Thanks to his clever writing skills, Drew was awarded a trip to Costa Rica where he is currently surfing alongside Damien and C.J. Hobgood! After that excursion, Drew will be traveling throughout California from mid-June to mid-July!
Girls Rule 5/18/03 The girls from McKevlin's took home some heavy hardware at the two most recent "larger-than-usual" contests. At the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Delaware (May 9 - 11) Holly Nettles took 2nd in Women's shortboard and Alana Davis captured 4th. The girls competed against the very best from Delaware south through Georgia. Then, on May 17 & 18, at the Folly Beach Wahine Surf Classic, Holly won her shortboard division while Alana took 2nd. Kristin Tanner won two divisions: Bodyboard and Longboard.
Lost Surf Jam 4/27/03 On April 15th …lost brought their Surf Jam '03 to Folly Beach.
First up, over 90 competitors surfed for prize money and the prestige of being the "Best of the Beach." Despite a flat early morning the previous day, by contest start the surf was definitely fun. The …lost crew put on a well-organized, free-entry competition that fired-up the local talent into an expo of some of the best east coast surfing Mike Reola, Dustin Ray, and the rest of the west coast gang has ever seen. 1st place and $200 went to Josh Veit, 2nd and $100 went to Anthony Osment, and $50 and 3rd was awarded to McKevlin's Team rider Glenn Tanner. The youngest finalist was Kyle Busey in 5th who gained a free entry to the …lost Pro Jr. during the U.S. Open to be held in Huntington Beach.
If that and free pizza weren't enough, that evening ...lost treated a sizeable crowd to a premiere of their new video Planet Lost and sponsored the …lost Girl Model Search. Among the finalists shop staffer, Alana Davis, and McKevlin's Team rider, Holly Nettles, tied for 3rd place. Everyone in the place went home with a throbbing head and at least one free t-shirt.
The …lost crew promised that we'd see footage of the contest and the evening's party in a future …lost video release as well as in an upcoming Fox Network special. Plus, they promised (threatened) to return and do it all again next year!