Published on August 22nd, 2016 | by klem
Whomporama 2016: Make America Whomp Again
This event has my vote. About a year ago, the Intergalactic Body Surfing Championship known as Whomporama was one of the very first events I photographed for Cape Fear Gear. I vowed then to not only return to take pics, but to compete, as well. This laid back, fun and irreverent event is everything a community focused competition should be. Nobody takes themselves too seriously. Everyone is there to have a good time. It’s the perfect atmosphere to jump in and participate, no matter what your skill level.
One contestant used a restaurant tray as a hand plane. Tackling your competition mid-wave was encouraged by the announcers. Another participant deftly let nary a drop spill from his beverage while riding a wave. This merry collection of kooks are unrivaled in the local outdoor scene for their antics. El Surfo, the event’s mascot, lives and his following grew even larger this year. Here are some of my favorite pics from the day. Enjoy!