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45th Annual Kipona Surfing Competition Ends In Disappointing Tie For 45th Year

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(HARRISBURG) – The surfing competition held as part of Harrisburg’s annual Kipona festival ended in a tie for the 45th consecutive year today after none of the ten surfers who had signed up were able to catch any waves.

There was a brief glimmer of hope that this year would be different when at 10:05 a.m. — five minutes into the competition — the wake from a passing motor boat created large ripples that some witnesses called “small waves.” But the waves died down to small ripples by the time they reached City Island Beach, rendering them useless to the surfers.

“It was a bummer, dude,” said Dierks Rahouille, a surfer from Lemoyne who has been participating in the competition every year for a decade. “I was surprised to see the Susquehanna River so calm yet again this year.”

The first surfing competition at Kipona was held in 1967. Among those who competed in the inaugural year was a young surfer named Stephen Reed, who later went on to become Harrisburg’s mayor for 28 years until his reign was ended by a series of bad decisions, the most notable of which was a drunken, scantily-clad dance atop the Pep Grill float in the 2008 Harrisburg Holiday Parade.

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Written by centralpagazelle

September 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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