Monday, July 4, 2022

Annual URT WOMP Raises Funds for One More Wave

Annual WOMP event bodysurfers head to the waves.

On Saturday, September 11th, the URT WOMP bodysurfing competition raised funds for One More Wave, a non profit that helps veterans heal through surfing. The event brought together 96 competitors, aiming to catch the best waves and ride them all the way to the crowded shoreline.

With a total of 20 heats and one final round, the best of the best competed multiple times in the day as heats of two went out at a time. The sun scorched overhead as the day progressed and the waves picked up into some fast moving curls.

Jon Wayne Freeman MCing

Jon Wayne Freeman, surfer and social media maven, engaged the crowd as he called out to them and other patrons on the beach, highlighting what was seen in the surf. The Coronado Times caught up with Jon last week to learn about his involvement in the event which you can read here.

Ian Urtnowski, owner of URT, shared his thoughts during the event, “Everything is going better than expected, we are happy the surf showed up and people are having a good time. We are glad to support One More Wave.”

Alex West of One More Wave was also feeling encouraged. He shared, “Ian and I have been close friends and he was one of our first supporters back when we were nothing. In 2017 the annual WOMP contest began and it’s great to see the community come out for it.” Alex adds that they have expanded chapters for One More Wave in San Diego, Oahu, Santa Cruz, Pismo, and North Carolina that people can join. He also highlights that they just finished their 520th veteran surfboard and the entire One More Wave team is made up of veterans.



Alyssa K. Burns
Alyssa K. Burns
Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos. Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her husband and shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado's favorite cafes.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]