A couple of months ago, we said goodbye to a great man. On June 7, 2018, Louis “Kayo” Erwin Sr. passed away from this world into the next. He was a friend to all who knew him, a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was also one of the last remaining U.S.S. Indianapolis Survivors.
Mr. Erwin lived most of his life in East Ridge, Tennessee. This month, the city of East Ridge named a portion of Ringgold Road after him to honor his memory.
Now, every time we drive down this stretch of road, we will think of Mr. Erwin and his friendly, gentle nature, his smile, and his brave service for our country. We will never forget him.
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Erwin Marine was excited to host the FIRST Surf Competition in Chattanooga!
Sponsored by HeyDay and Phase 5, the competition was a huge success with competitors from all over Chattanooga and surrounding areas.
The event was held on a beautiful, busy Saturday on Chickamauga Lake. We started with a kids’ competition. They had a blast and wow, these kids can shred it! We have amazing talent here in Chattanooga!
First place of the Youth Division went to this awesome surfer girl, Kate Rogers. Here she is with her brand new Phase 5 surfboard! Congratulations, Kate!
The HeyDay WT-Surf was busy all day with beginner and intermediate surfers. Some of them made it look so easy and effortless. Even the wipe-outs looked like fun!
Did we mention this is the FIRST surf competition in Chattanooga?
Our driver, Ben Dorton of HeyDay, did a killer job through the heat of the day and the sometimes crazy traffic in the lake. And we couldn’t have asked for a better team of judges than Keisha Bentley of HeyDay and Drew Danielo of Phase 5. They had a really tough job. In fact, they really had to put their heads together to chose the winners.
In the “Beginners” Division, First Place went to Robert Kirby.
The First Place Winner of the “Intermediate” Division was Kevin Cook.
At the end of the day, win or lose, new friends were made, everyone had big smiles on their faces, and had a little fun on the water. All-in-all, the day was a big success!
If you missed the competition this year, don’t worry. We are already working on next year’s event! If you want to be sure not to miss out on it, keep up to date by filling out the form here.
We would like to offer a huge “Thank You” to all who made this event happen, especially Keisha Bentley and Benjamin Dorton of HeyDay, Drew Danielo of Phase 5, Michael Porter and Bryan Summers of Erwin Marine. And thank you to all of the competitors and spectators for showing up and being patient with us for our first run of this surf competition. We had fun and we hope you did too. Next year will be even better and we welcome your suggestions to make it so. Thank you!
Don’t Miss Chattanooga’s FIRST-EVER Surf Competition!
Sponsored by Heyday, Erwin Marine Sales, and Phase Five
Bring your board and your best surf game. We’ll bring the wake!
Erwin Marine Sales will provide the boat, driver, and refreshments!
AND… Pro Surfer Drew Danielo will be here to present the awards to the winners! You could win a brand new Phase Five Wake Surf Board!
There will be a separate competition for adults and one for kids as well as divisions for beginner and intermediate classes. If you can get up on a board behind a boat, you can be part of this competition!
Erwin Marine invites you to join us for our Spring Boat Show to welcome the boating season!
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
What to expect at the show:
– A wide variety of New pontoons, sport boats, cruisers, & yachts in the water & our showroom
– New Wake Boat Brands on display
– A huge selection of pre-owned boats available
– In-house financing & insurance
– Ask our Certified Sales Team about manufacturer’s incentives
– On-site dry storage at Chickamauga Marina
– On-site Service & Parts department
We also know that boating safety is the most important part of making sure your day on the water stays stress-free and fun. Erwin Marine Sales offers boating instruction and education classes throughout the year. Details can be found on our event calendar at erwinmarine.com.
We would like to make you aware of these upcoming safety classes designed to educate and make you more comfortable at the helm and be the best (and safest) boater you can be.
The Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS) will be teaching the United States Power Squadron America’s Boating Course on Saturday, Apil 7, 2018, and again on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The cost is $40.
America’s Boating Course includes:
types of boats and their uses
boating laws, both federal and state
safety equipment, both required and recommended
finding your way, and adverse conditions
trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics
The class includes a final examination that satisfies the TWRA Boating Safety Class requirements. If you need a TWRA issued boating safety education card, you must purchase a $10 boat safety Type 600 Exam Permit from any business (licensed agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, bait stores, marinas, etc.). The receipt from this transaction is your “ticket” to take the exam, and you must bring the exam “ticket” to the examination administrator (required only if you want to obtain a TWRA boating safety education card). The exam permit fee is in addition to the class fee. The permit will not be available for purchase at the class site.
THE LAW– Tennessee residents born after January 1, 1989, must have in their possession, a TWRA issued boating safety education card showing proof of successful completion of the TWRA administered boating safety exam if operating a boat or personal watercraft alone. Non-Tennessee residents, born after January 1, 1989, must show a certificate from any course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).