DYLAN GRAVES CROWNED NIXON'S 2009 HIGH TIDE HOLD'EM WINNER

DYLAN GRAVES CROWNED NIXON'S 2009 HIGH TIDE HOLD'EM WINNER

Dylan Graves won the title of overall winner at the 2009 Nixon High Tide Hold’Em which took place in Tavarua, Fiji February 12-21.

Now in its third year, The High Tide Hold’Em is an all island challenge ranging from poker to spearfishing, surfing and karaoke to fishing and ping pong- all in the name of fun. Attendees for this years High Tide Hold’Em came from the world of surf, skate and snow, and included: Andy Irons, Tony Hawk, Travis Rice, Danny Way, Dusty Payne, Claire Bevilacqua, Hana Beaman, Cheyne Magnusson, Lyn-Z Adams, Mark Cunningham and Mike Escamilla.

Graves had a strong showing across the board with wins in both surf events, including an entertaining showing at Kiddieland with Triple Crown runner-up, Dusty Payne, in a pirate themed kayak. Snowboarder extraordinaire Travis Rice took to the mic and showed he had what it took to be crowned the islands first official karaoke champion but only after narrowly nudging out Payne for the final win in this category. In the end, who would win the weeks overall High Tide Hold’Em title came down to a final bout of pong between Graves and T.Rice, which extended into three game point duce’s before Graves was able to walk away victorious. Said Graves about his win, “ I can’t even express how psyched I was to be a part of the whole crew that was in Fiji this year. I’m so stoked to have been a part of this event at one of my favorite places on earth.”

The 2009 High Tide Hold’Em Final Winners:

  • Overall Winner: Dylan Graves
  • Surfing: Dylan Graves
  • Karaoke: Travis Rice
  • Fishing: Mike Murciano
  • Kiddieland: Dusty Payne and Dylan Graves
  • Spear Fishing: Jason Napolitano
  • Poker: Keao Dechape
  • Ping Pong: Tani Vula

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