Red Bull Night Riders 2014: Thompson brothers keeping it in the family

Robert Curtis

Large globes illuminated the south side of the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier as six north Florida professional surfers competed in the Red Bull Night Riders on Friday night, Nov. 21.

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Tristan Thompson won with the best scoring wave in the upper 8 range.
Photo by Robert Curtis

Tristan Thompson won, beating out his brothers Cody and Evan, Asher Nolan, Gabe Kling and Ryan Briggs.

The water was frigid as the surfers attempted their best tricks on 1-2 foot waves. Jetskis towed them into the waves so they could get enough speed. Despite less than optimal conditions, there was a large turnout watching from the pier and the shore line.

Bundled up spectators listened to emphatic announcers who gave background on the surfers, even making predictions on who would win.

Evan Thompson won the contest in 2012 and Cody Thompson won in 2011.

Gallery photos by Robert Curtis

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