Ocean City Pro Surfer Andrew Gesler’s Career Coming Full Circle

first_imgAlex DePhillipo & Andrew Gesler“Time is a funny thing,” Andrew Gesler mused during a recent conversation with OCNJDaily.“To be able to grow up with the sport I love and to be another link in a long chain of people who have (advanced the sport) has been pretty amazing. In a way my career has been a parallel to surfing’s growth.”And Gesler has ridden the sport’s surging popularity as adroitly as a Pipeline barrel. “My focus has progressed from competition to the media side of the sport,” he said.  I am really lucky to be doing something that I love and making a living at it.”The 32-year-old Gesler is an Ocean City native and Ocean City High grad who grew up on Wesley Road and still considers North Street beach “my home break.”He went from standing up on his boogie board to mastering his first used board around age 10 to becoming a member of the 7th St. Surf Shop’s team as a teenager. He put their sticker on his board, their clothes on his back and in exchange was given entry fees to local surf contests and a 50 percent discount on things he bought there.Around the water his whole life and encouraged by parents Keith and Kathy, a pro surfing career soon became his dream, his passion and his ambition – much to the chagrin of guidance counselors.“I was a good student, taking (advanced placement) physics and calculus. When teachers and counselors asked what my plan was, I said ‘the plan is to surf.’  They said ‘that’s not a plan’ and I said ‘it is to me.’ At that point I was committed.”It wasn’t long after graduation that he began competing and winning contests all over the East Coast. He picked up some early sponsors and was soon traveling around the country. He basically received free clothing, surfboards and a budget to travel to events. His compensation was incentive-based.“I was a professional, but it was a hard life. I was selling some of the boards I received just so that I could eat.”Despite the minimalist existence, he performed well on the waves and when he was 20 years old got a call that changed everything.“It was during a trip to California that one of my sponsors informed me that I was going to Australia to compete and then would be entered in three events in Brazil. “It was pure excitement at that point. I had been struggling up to that point. Here I was on a plane with guys I was in awe of growing up, like Chris Ward, and within a couple days we were friends. It was certainly a quantum leap.”In 2005 Andrew’s career took a different turn when his daughter Rory was born and single fatherhood presented some new challenges. He stepped away from incentives and held out for events that guaranteed a paycheck.  But he felt as if his career was in jeopardy.For a period of about a year, I wasn’t feeling good about my surfing or that I was still relevant. But Chris Drummy, a representative of Fox clothing, one of his main sponsors, renewed his contract and gave Gesler a raise.“That reaffirmed my purpose and confidence that I could still compete on a national level,” he said.Around that time, the Internet changed the sport and how the pros were compensated. It previously had to do with the print media.  “Before, you could make $10,000 from a sponsor for getting on the cover of Surfer magazine.  Things shifted to websites and hits and technology.  You could make real money.”Influenced by high school buddy Robbie Beach who had made some early surf videos, Gesler partnered with Alex DePhillipo to form Darkfall Productions. They made surfing videos, films and did video production work for businesses, including the Borgata Hotel and Casino. He picked up Hurley Clothing as a major sponsor along with Heritage Surf Shops.“I had come full circle, surfing on the boards I had used as a kid. The single fin short board I learned to surf on was shaped by Dan Heritage. I still compete. But mostly I do ambassador type work for Hurley and focus on the video side.”Readers may check out his work on the website www.darkfallproductions.tv.Andrew currently resides in Egg Harbor Twp with his wife Jeannine and son Gavin. Rory lives with him in the summer and with her Mom in California during the school year. Life is good and he knows he made the right decision to pursue his favorite sport as his profession.Today surfers can watch the weather on numerous websites, follow other surfers on Instagram and Facebook, watch their latest sessions and competitions on Surfline.“Sometimes I wish I could go back and watch myself when I was younger, but we didn’t have that stuff back then. I’m excited to see where we are going next.”“I owe surfing a lot,” he said. “Surfing has given me most everything I have in my life.”last_img read more

Evridge, UW roll over Herd

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter rushing for 404 yards and only throwing the ball 10 times against Akron, the University of Wisconsin offensive attack took on a different identity Saturday.The start was less than ideal, but ultimately, UW was able to overcome a lackluster first quarter en route to defeating Marshall 51-14.The Thundering Herd took full advantage of a Badger team that committed six first-quarter penalties and simply looked flat early. Freshman quarterback Mark Cann connected with Darius Passmore for a 36-yard pass over the head of Mario Goins to set up a 1-yard Chubb Small touchdown run to put the Herd up 7-0.Cann found Lee Smith for a 25-yard pitch and catch on the ensuing drive, which ended in a Darius Marshall 1-yard touchdown run. Just like that, the Badgers found themselves in a 14-point hole.But they didn’t panic.“We settled down on the sidelines, had a few spirited conversations and put our guys on the right track,” head coach Bret Bielema said.Sophomore wide receiver Kyle Jefferson said it was quarterback Allan Evridge who rallied the troops.“He just told us that we’re a family,” Jefferson said. “We’re a group of brothers fighting for each other, and that’s what we did, we came out and fought. We just stayed focused, stayed on task, listened to our leaders and executed.”In only his second start in a UW uniform, Evridge led an aerial assault that the Marshall defense simply couldn’t handle. Evridge piloted a seven-play, 60-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard touchdown run by P.J. Hill. The lefty Evridge completed his first pass of the day on that drive — after starting 0-for-4 — on a 38-yard strike to tight end Lance Kendricks, who finished with a career-high 94 yards receiving. That shifted the momentum into the Badgers’ favor.“He threw a couple balls, threw them on time, on rhythm,” Bielema said of Evridge. “A couple guys made nice plays. Garrett Graham had a couple nice grabs, Kyle Jefferson, some nice individual efforts out there as well. It’s easy to get behind guys that are completing balls. We just got in a rhythm there. You could kind of see the pendulum swing. … That [play] might have changed the whole momentum of the game.”Kendricks agreed.“It was definitely a momentum swing,” said the Badgers’ tight end. “I definitely looked to the sideline to get them riled up. I looked to the o-line to get them going. I think it really got some confidence in everybody.”That was just the beginning, as Evridge finished the day 17-of-26 for 308 yards and a touchdown to tight end Garrett Graham. But don’t talk to Evridge about statistics; he only has one thing in mind.“The most important thing for me is the win,” Evridge said. “I don’t care how many yards it was, as long as we got the ‘w’ … I just love to win.”Still, his coach was excited.“Allan made an individual statement just doing what he did,” Bielema noted. “Any time a quarterback has to hand the ball off 40 or 50 times in their opener, everyone is going to say, ‘Why can’t you throw?’ but Allan knows. He started off 0-for-4 … didn’t start off on the right foot, but then battled back, settled down.”After a 45-yard Phillip Welch field goal into the wind, Wisconsin finally took a 17-14 lead — its first of the day — with 31 seconds left in the first half, as Zach Brown scampered for a 3-yard touchdown run. But again, it was Evridge leading the drive as he completed three straight passes — including a 34-yarder to Kendricks — to set up the score.“This tight end group has good leaders in Garrett, Travis and Mickey (Turner),” Kendricks said. “The tight end group is one you can look to when things aren’t going right.”No one had to tell that to Evridge, as Kendricks and Graham caught a combined 167 yards.The onslaught continued in the second half as Evridge and the offense fed off of three UW third-quarter interceptions — two by Niles Brinkley and one by Shane Carter.“Defensively, we got three straight turnovers, and we really kicked it into high gear,” captain DeAndre Levy said. “The offense responded and got some scores, and we just rolled from there.”In the third quarter alone, Evridge orchestrated three more touchdown drives and threw for 105 yards as the Badgers kept piling up what ended up being 51 unanswered points.“The run, they were shutting it down early so we decided to throw,” Evridge added. “Last week we were so dominant with the run, but this week they were shutting some things down. But then we really got it rolling, and I’m really proud of my teammates.”His receivers were proud of him, too.“[Allan] was a lot more comfortable, smiling, getting in the groove of things,” Kendricks said. “It was a lot of fun.”Winning is always fun. But completing a 2-0 start wasn’t the only thing these Badgers took away from Saturday’s comeback victory.“It’s always good to have adversity,” Jefferson said. “I’m glad we got it early, so we know what it looks like, so when we go on the road or have a game at home, we know how to overcome it.”Coach?“I’m excited because I just saw a football team that was down 14-0 and had every reason in the world to fold or continue with the struggles,” Bielema said. “But they haven’t done that.”“This team is excited about each other,” he added. “I like the chemistry of this football team. It’s been tested twice now, and they’ve responded positively both weeks.”last_img read more

Sky Bet steps up for Brighton fans travel woes against Cardiff City

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share Share Sky Bet, the title sponsor of the English Football League (EFL), are sponsoring extra buses and coaches for Brighton & Hove Albion fans for the postponed fixture against Cardiff City.The original match day was due to be played on 30th December but it was rescheduled for ‪24th January after being postponed due to heavy fog. But with the new date affected by the industrial action of rail workers, thousands of Albion fans are having to arrange alternate ways to reach the game.Sky Bet, in conjunction with Brighton, have agreed to sponsor 12 contingency buses across two additional park-and-ride sites in Brighton & Hove, that will run fans to the Amex for the match.Cardiff City fans who made the 200-mile round trip left the south coast disappointed, but Sky Bet swiftly stepped in with an offer of free travel for the rescheduled game.Sky Bet sponsorship manager David Tweed said: “When we saw the rearranged fixture would be affected by the Southern Rail strikes, we thought it was only fair to help the Brighton & Hove Albion fans in the same way we’d helped Cardiff.“With both sets of fans catered for, hopefully the game will deliver a performance that is worth the wait!”Brighton & Hove Albion Chief Executive Paul Barber said: “We are very grateful to Sky Bet for their sponsorship. Due to the ongoing rail dispute it has been a really tough season in terms of travel for our fans; not to mention our operations team, who’ve done a tremendous job in terms of providing regular contingency travel around the rail disruptions.“This has been very costly for the club, particularly for the Cardiff City match – having already arranged and paid for contingency travel services for the original game – so this sponsorship is extremely welcomed by the club, and I’d like to thank Sky Bet for their support.”last_img read more

Another look at that statement flushing out all “PPP moles”

first_imgDear Editor,I read with great disquiet, the asinine statement made by David Hinds about flushing out all PPP moles from the public service. He made those remarks after Minister Sarabo-Halley fired members of her workforce at the Public Service Ministry. According to her – and Hinds is in full agreement – once you are a whistleblower you should be given the boot even if you are right.Their asinine assumption is that once you whistle blow on any wrongdoing done in the public domain using taxpayers’ money, you should be fired immediately, fired even without a hearing. This is the servile mentality David Hinds is exhibiting in this 21st Century and wants everyone to buy into it.Hinds’ servitude is not only apparent, but his statement is also empty and base because he is also assuming that once you oppose corruption, you are immediately classified as a PPP mole. This is very serious business because I am tempted to ask the question of what makes Hinds believe that the information of the corrupt transactions by a Minister came from this Ministry, and who gave him the impression that these folks are PPP members?For a man who claims to have the interest of The Race at heart, this is the foolishness he is pushing down our throats. Now I see why the PNC treated this man and his party the way they did because they knew what mettle these jellyfishes are made of.So, if Hinds is a modern-day slave of intellect, I can tell him we are not, our thoughts are not conditioned by anyone, far less by another man.These fired individuals are all upright good citizens of Guyana who were duty bound to do their civic duty in exposing corruption wherever and whenever it occurs. They are honest well-meaning citizens, irrespective of their race. According to these idiots, being Black means that you should uphold corruption just as Cathy Hughes asserted in that public press interview she had. She too is of that non-emancipated mentality like Hinds.So, if it is not bad enough that these people can make these vile remarks, even more distressing is the fact that they are trying to “herd” us into that school of thought!So, my message to Hinds and company, is that all Blacks are not like Pavlov’s Dog, we will not, and I repeat, we will not be conditioned into that retrograde thinking. And for Hinds’ information and most indelible records, we are emancipated Blacks of the highest order.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more