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Middle School Surf Team States Results

Middle School Surf Team States Results:

Conditions Saturday started out rainy and blustery with 3-5' peaks, and by the afternoon we were all enjoying a typical sunny Southern California day with the combo swell filling in. Those conditions played into our HMB surfers' strengths, as a number of our rippers advanced from the team rounds to the individual rounds at the Scholastic Surf Series Middle School State Championships.

Team Round:

Clay Johnson advanced in Boy's shortboard Saturday, but was eliminated in round 2. He also advanced with a 1st place in Boy's longboard. Luca Padua handily advanced through both rounds 1 and 2 in Boy's shortboard. Andy Vana just missed advancement in Boy's shortboard and Boy's longboard. Nick Wiley missed advancing in Boy's shortboard but advanced in Boy's longboard. Emma Stone advanced in her Girl's shortboard round, scoring a 9.5 (out of 10) on a single wave earning her 1st place. She also advanced with a 1st place in Girl's longboard.

Individual Round:

Sunday was a whole new game. We showed up to find a consistent 6-10ft bombing south swell. Surfers on the south side lucked out, able to use the channel/rip along the jetty, but surfers on the north side had to fight their way through 10 minute-long close-out sets. Clay continued to advance in Boy's longboard earning 1st place in both the quarter and semi finals. Luca advanced through round 3 in heavy conditions on the north side, but was eliminated in the Boy's shortboard quarter final. Andy Vana advanced with a solid 2nd place in round 1 in Co-ed bodyboard, but his run ended in the quarter final. Nick Wiley also advanced in Co-ed bodyboard, but just missed advancement to the semi final and was eliminated in the quarter final as well. Nick also advanced in Boy's longboard to round 2. Emma had a marathon day with a total of 5 heats all on the north side. Her luck ran out in round 2 for Girl's longboard, but she marched through all the rounds into Girl's shortboard finals.


Clay Johnson caught two of the biggest bombs of the event in his Boy's longboard final and that enabled him to lock down a fantastic 2nd place finish in the State Championships. Emma Stone endured a 10 minute double overhead set and yet was still able to catch three solid waves to finish 3rd in the State in a very tightly contested Girl's shortboard final. The HMB middle school placed 4th overall in Boy's longboard in the State.

Honorable Mention: Scott Johnson surfed the coaches' longboard final with the team hooting him on from the jetty and he finished with a solid 5th place.

Congratulations to all five surfers and coaches! Way to represent HMB at the SSS Middle School State Championships!

Coach Adam

HMB High Surf Team - State Championship Results

HMB High Surf Team States Results:

It was a special final long weekend of 2015/16 surf competition for the Cougar Surf Team at Oceanside Harbor Jetties from May 16-18 for the "Scholastic Surf Series" State Championships. Balmy weather and contestable surf prevailed for much of the contest window, though surfers had to make adjustments for a falling tide, rising winds and parallel heats during the course of the day and event.

Team Comp Saturday:

HMB men's longboard team advanced to semifinals, anchored by Hunter Murison (1), Malcolm Feix (3) and Coel Miller (5), before falling to San Diegito by a point. The Women's longboard team advanced to quarters, led by Kaira Wallace (1), Mia O'Brien (4) and Kacie Sorfleet (5), before matching up against a seasoned San Clemente team led by the WSL Women's longboard World Champion and narrowly losing by a point as well. Highlights in men's shortboard round I were a 1st place by Malcolm Feix, while Hunter Murison took 2nd in his shortboard heat and 1st in his longboard round 1 heat. Kaira Wallace also took first in both short and longboard heats. Some savvy contest surfing, especially the women's team by grabbing key last-second back-up waves on the inside made all the difference.

Individuals Comp Monday:

In the individual competition, the shredding Cougars had a really outstanding day with a number of impressive advancements. Freshman Ryan Bair made quarters (5) in men's shortboard with newfound confidence and another freshman Nate Feix made semifinals (4) with a heroic effort, while Hunter Murison advanced to the repassage stage (4th - just one shy of finals). Hunter was a force to be reckoned with for much of the comp with electric top-turns and sizzling runs to the beach, advancing the furthest of any NorCal competitors in shortboard. Hunter (5) and Mitchell King (6) also advanced to men's longboard quarters by connecting high-speed sections with style and raw power before succumbing more fleet classical cross-stepping competitors.

Kaira Wallace advanced to the finals of both women's short and longboard, where she placed 6th and 5th respectively in the State Championships after 8 arduous heats, a first for HMB, and the only competitor to double-final at the event. She was also the top NorCal finalist.

Special thanks to all the parents who helped with the BBQ Saturday, especially grill-masters Bill Sorfleet and Clark Capers. We also bid adieu to 3 graduating seniors: current Team Captain Hunter and former team captains Malcolm and Kaira, who will be sorely missed as they head off to college. Well done HMB on a fine finish to the season and good luck to the Cunha Surf Team next month!


Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Results from the Hook

HMB High Surf Team results from the Hook:

HMB finished the regular season with a solid performance in clean and contestable surf at the Hook on Sunday, unperturbed by the high tide lulls and swing sets that made lining up the best waves a distinct challenge. The weather was pretty balmy to start and the forecast contrary south winds fortunately never showed, though the tide drain and mist later kept team on its toes.

Team Round:

HMB (60) took down rival Santa Cruz Moutain (45), doing the heaviest damage in the first two rounds where a remarkable 5 out of 6 men's shortboarders from HMB advanced. Many of our surfers had taken part in a Life Guard training swim qualifier the day prior, in a testament to the superb fitness of our surfers. Hunter Murison (1), Nate Feix (2) and Coel Miller (3) swept the first heat and Malcolm Feix (1) and Ryan Bair (3) advanced in the second. In women's shortboard Kaira Wallace (1) advanced. Men's longboard saw Coel (2) and Hunter (3) progress, while in women's longboard Kaira (1) also moved forward.

Individual Round:

In the alternate seed into the individual round Mitchell King asserted himself by advancing from men's shortboard (1) and longboard (2) with keen wave selection and energetic carving. Our favorite twin competitors Nikki Sorfleet also moved on in women's longboard (3) and Kacie Sorfleet in women's shortboard (3). Nate, Mitchell, Coel and Malcolm ended their run in quarter finals of men's shortboard, while Hunter and Mitchell made the semi-finals of men's longboard before retiring. Nikkie bowed out in women's longboard semis and her sister Kacie in women's shortboard semis after some newly inspired surfing. Freshman Ryan Bair stuck with the plan to get on the first set waves and rode them maturely to men's shortboard semis. Hunter did his best imitation of WSL Snapper Rocks victor Matt Wilkinson with a deadly backside attack through the early rounds, but the wave-starved shortboard final was not his friend. Kaira finished the season strongly with solid tactical positioning, improved fitness and adapted her game well to the shifty conditions.

Final Results:

Kaira Wallace: (3) women's shortboard, (1) women's longboard
Hunter Murison: (5) men's shortboard

Special shout out to Team Padua for providing a very tasty hot plate lunch to both the junior and senior high teams this weekend. Gino and Wendy - we really appreciate you going the extra mile. Tom Feix thanks for running the heat results.

Next up is the SSS State Championships in Oceanside the weekend of April 16th. I want to meet or speak with each of you over the next week or two to discuss individual training plans/techniques to work on for states. There will be only Sunday practices if conditions permit.


Coach Mike

SCSSL Weekend Comp Schedule Released

SCSSL Weekend Comp Schedule Released:

From Susan Coffey:

The conditions look good for the coming weekend! The team vs team schedule is below. Please note the 7:30 start time to the day. It’s still a bit dark at 7:00 since the time change so we’re pushing it back 30 minutes.

We will run the middle schools on Saturday at the Hook and the high schools on Sunday at Pleasure Point (with the Hook as a back up location). We will make the final decision on the location for the high school contest when we arrive Sunday morning so make sure your team knows to look for us. We won’t be hard to spot!


Middle School: Saturday, March 19 at the Hook

7:30 Aptos v SC Mountain
9:00 New Brighton v Mission Hill
10:30 Shoreline v Half Moon Bay

High School: Sunday, March 20 at Pleasure Point (with the Hook as a back up)

7:30 Aptos v Harbor / Carmel
8:45 Soquel v Santa Cruz
10:00 Half Moon Bay v SC Mountain

Let me know if you have any questions.
See you this weekend,
Susan and Ward

****HMB High Squad: please be at the venue by 9 am for a team meeting.****

High School Surf Team State Championships Forms

High School Surf Team State Championships Forms:

Coaches will be submitting the team roster and fee for states this week, which will be covered by the Surf Club, but surfers will have to fill out two forms to take part: an "Individual Competition Entry Form" (for those who wish to take part in this additional event Monday, April 18) and "Student Membership" waiver (required for both team and individual events).

1) "Individual Competition Entry Form"

- Specify which individual events you wish to take part in - $50/event
- You must get a coach's signature on the form
- Surfers will send in their own individual entries, membership waiver and checks

2) "Student Membership" waiver

- Everyone must fill out the form online and submit directly
- Then print out form and include with your individual entry form with a check
- If not participating in individuals, print a copy send to the SSS

Let's try to get this all done by this weekend's practice for coach signatures. The drop-dead due date is April 4th, but by then many of the slots may be filled. Surfers are responsible for their own individual entries, payment and getting a coach's signature.


Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Lane

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Lane:

The sleeping giant Cougar Surf Team final awoke on Saturday, breaking a 3-contest losing streak with renewed energy and panache in challenging conditions at the marquee Steamer Lane. High tide in the morning, sunny skies and offshores greeted the squad, with solid overhead short-period swell ensuring plenty of large waves. Heats mostly ran at the Slot before at high tide before shifting over toward Middle Peak and Indicators as the tide plunged to negative in the afternoon, making for some tricky positioning decisions in the heats. Surfers were forced to enter the contest zone off the point and exit all the way at the statue or Cowells in the early rounds, followed by a biathlon-like run-around for their next wave or heat. To put it in perspective, locals were surfing their Maverick's guns out the back by the afternoon. HMB surfers were hooted into waves by the likes of former WSL Rookie of the Year Nat Young, who was rumored prowling the line-up.

Team Round:

HMB (61) handily prevailed over a depleted Harbor/Carmel (31), with the men's shortboard team in particular really stepping it up, with Hunter Murison (1) and Coel Miller (2) advancing in heat one, while Nate Feix (1) and Malcolm Feix (2) advancing in heat two. In women's shortboard Kaira Wallace placed (1) and Mia O'Brien (2). Men's longboard saw Coel (2) and Hunter (3) also advance, while in women's longboard Nikki Sorfleet (2) and Kaira (3) made it through to individuals.

Individual Round:

In the alternate round Malcolm Feix (1) took the back door in longboard and rode that opportunity all the way to the finals. While Dominic Padua failed to advance on shortboard alternate, in a major coup he challenged the Lane on his own self-shaped board and fins, while Nate (6) was halted at quarters. Nikki (6) bowed out in women's longboard semis, but only after a very courageous effort in huge, hollow surf at low tide. It was the Coel, Malcolm and Hunter show after that, with the first two lighting up the Lane with their power surfing into BOTH short- and longboard finals. Coel stole the show with aggressive turns, grab-rail cut-backs and strong finishing, while Malcolm heroically overcame a cold to double-final (same as last year at Kelly). Hunter was unfortunate to bow out in mens' shortboard semis, but advanced to men's finals in longboard. All three caught some epic Middle-peak bombs in longboard semis (HMB swept) and finals, fighting off the local gun-slingers. Kaira scratched into finals in both divisions as well.

Titans of the Lane:

Final Results:

Kaira Wallace: (5) women's shortboard, (1) women's longboard
Coel Miller: (4) men's shortboard, (3) men's longboard
Malcolm Feix: (3) men's shortboard, (4) men's longboard
Hunter Murison: (2) men's longboard

That's three double finalists folks and a 1st and 2nd place in women's and men's longboard at a world class break where home court advantage is huge. Tremendous job HMB! Very proud of the rebound in this team and the character and energy they reclaimed. Next comp is March 19-20, mostly likely at Pleasure Point.


Coach Mike

Surf Contest Nutrition

Surf Contest Nutrition:

Those planning on surfing more than one heat on contest day should be prepared to bring healthy snacks in their contest packs. Noshing in small portions between heats and staying hydrated is key to success -- keeping your energy levels elevated over the course of a potentially long day, even if you'd rather free surf, is crucial.

"Healthy snacks" include the likes of power bars (Kashi- or granola-type), trail mix, grapes, bananas, cuties (tangerines), veggie sticks, multi-grain chips or crackers, Gatorade, or juice mixed with water in your water bottles, etc. Or pick your favorite, so long as you can peck away at your snacks over the course of the contest, metabolize them easily and stay fueled. Donuts (sorry Marty), hamburgers, burritos or other big entre's can wait until after the comp and will not leave you light on your feet or belly. Coaching studies have found that on contest day healthy carbs and glucose will give you the greatest shot in the arm. And you want to be able to sustain that over the day.

Formula 1 drivers wouldn't put sugar cubes in their tanks (maybe their competitors'); so as athletes, put the "high octane" fuel in yours. Don't stand there shivering wondering when the folks are going to leave their front-row parking space to go get you a big meal. Be prepared in advance and take responsibility for your own success. A couple power bars, fruit, Gatorade at a minimum will do. This is especially true at the Lane, which has minimal concessions nearby.

Let's finish the season strong in our last two regular season comps, with some energy and passion for your sport and teams! Tide will be high for team heats in the morning, so don't be caught napping in your heat and let's make the next rounds. May both teams have a fantastic contest at the Lane this weekend. Good luck!


Coach Mike

SCSSL Comp Schedule Set for this weekend

SCSSL Comp Schedule Set for this weekend:

From Susan and Ward:

The schedule for this weekend’s contests at the Lane is below. The forecast shows bigger surf on Saturday, decreasing through the weekend. We will run the high schools on Saturday and the middle schools on Sunday.


High School: Saturday, Feb 20 at the Lane

7:00 Santa Cruz v SSC Mountain
8:15 Harbor / Carmel v Half Moon Bay
9:30 Soquel v Aptos

Middle School: Sunday, Feb 21 at the Lane
7:00 Mission Hill v Shoreline
8:30 SC Mountain v Half Moon Bay
10:00 New Brighton v Aptos

Let me know if you have any questions.
See you this weekend,
Susan and Ward

Jetty Surf Classic February 27th

Jetty Surf Classic February 27th:

For any team or surf club surfers who didn't already get the message, former assistant coach Chris Loeswick is putting on a fun surf contest at the Jetty. Pro-Am, groms, shortboard, longboard, womens and Masters (old guy) heats are planned. Or just come down to cheer and picnic.

You can sign up here:

or check out Chris' Facebook page for details:

See ya there,

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Hook

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Hook:

Another very large swell came careening from the Northwest to greet us on Saturday at the Hook, where the lines pinwheeled around the point in nicely groomed overhead sections all day. Conditions were meaty but clean and very contestable, groomed by mild off-shores all day for a dreamy set-up. The only drawback was the contingent of hungry non-contestants who relentlessly poached into the contest zone despite wave-acres of space down the line, but that's not an entirely unusual challenge at such famous venues.

Check out Oliver's photo stream on Flicker:

And Tom's:

Team Round:

HMB again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and kept its unvictorious streak intact, losing by just over 5-points to Aptos at a score of 49.5 to 55. Wave selection and positioning was key, but not our strong suit collectively on the day against very in-form Santa Cruz surfers. In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (1), Grayson Capers (3) and Malcolm Feix (2) all advanced. In women's shortboard Kaira Wallace (1) and Mia O'Brien (3) moved on. Our men's longboard team was swept and in women's longboard Kaira Wallace (1) advanced.

Individual Round:

Things brightened up a bit in the alternate round, where Mitchell King (3), Nate Feix (1) and Ryan Bair (1) all redeemed themselves in shortboard. Hunter Murison (1) jumped into men's longboard with both feet and Nikkie Sorfleet (3) moved forward in women's longboard. With the exception of Hunter (3) all our remaining men's shortboarders bowed out in the quarters (Grayson, Mitchell, Ryan, Malcolm and Nate), while Hunter made it to semi's (4). Nikki's fine run ended at women's longboard semis (6), as did Mia's (6) in women's shortboard.

Hunter battled through some wave starved heats in shortboard, but really switched on in longboard, where he cranked some new school cut-backs along with a few outrageously long cheater-5s on the nose. He also won top marks for embodying the surfing truism: "the best surfer is the one having the most fun in the water." And it showed in his results.

Sibling Round:

Competition really heated up in the Feix family, where Nate and Malcolm found themselves squared off in the quarter finals of shortboard for the first time. You'll just have to ask them who won that round for bragging rights until the next comp.

Final Results:

Kaira Wallace (5) women's longboard; (6) women's shortboard

Hunter Murison (3) men's longboard

Next up is Steamer Lane, coming up fast on February 20-21.


Coach Mike

Surfrider ProAm Update

Surfrider ProAm Update:

This contest has been moved from Sunday to Saturday December 12 at Linda Mar with a 7:20 a.m. start.

The contest director says there are 8 slots available, though beach entries may be considered if not filled by then.

Sign up ASAP: $68/surfer for shortboard, all-comers and no gender split. Prize money 1st: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100

Conditions may still be pretty unruly after massive swell Friday, so only advanced HMB team surfers (and alumni) should consider participating. There should be south winds, however, which may help.



Coach Mike

P.S. Any coaches, surfers, parents who might like to help judge Saturday 7-12 noon, please contact me.

HMB High Surf Team Results at Waddell

HMB High Surf Team Results at Waddell:

The High School surf contest was moved to Waddell Beach on Sunday. Conditions were small, clean and contestable all day; high tide in the morning falling to a low after lunch, which made for a “wave catching” contest in the early team rounds and sectiony, close-out, conditions for the individual rounds. Incredible beach day, with calm conditions and warm weather from dawn ‘til dusk.

Check out Oliver's photos on Flicker:

Team Round:

HMB went against our main rival Santa Cruz High and came up just short at 48 to 57 in a hotly contested team round. Freshman Nate Feix (1) and Ryan Bair (2) distinguished themselves in the team mens shortboard heats, while Team Captain Hunter Murison (3) just squeaked through in shortboard as well. Senior Malcolm Feix (3) moved forward in longboard. Kaira Wallace advanced in womens shortboard (2) and longboard (2).

Individual Round:

Several HMB surfers took advantage of the Alternate Round to advance. Mitchell King (3) in mens longboard, Kacie Sorfleet (1) in womens shortboard and Nikki Sorfleet (2) in womens longboard moved forward. All three advanced as far as semi-finals, where Malcolm Feix also bowed out in mens longboard and Hunter Murison, Ryan Bair and Nate Feix also exited after some very feisty and savvy contest surfing in small surf.

Kaira Wallace found a little mystery seam that broke left and allowed for some cross-stepping and top turns, using it to her advantage over her long-standing friendly Santa Cruz rivals in the womens heats.

Finals Results:

Kaira Wallace (1) womens longboard; (2) womens shortboard

Next comp will be January 30-31 at Pleasure Point/The Hook. Note, there will be no practices over the Thanksgiving break - have a great one!

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results

HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results:

There are not too many sports in which you are simultaneously part of the food chain and your "playing field" is in a constant state of flux. Surfing is one of those few and the challenges at the season opener at Manresa built in proportion to the sinking tide and fast-rising swell Sunday. Team heats at the crack of dawn were held in fast, glassy, head high conditions. By the end of the day finalists faced double-overhead walls that detonated in waist deep water and tested their courage as much as their surfing skills.

Team Round:

HMB had a number of surfers advance from the team round, including Nate Feix (1) and Hunter Murison (2) in men's shortboard, Kaira Wallace (1) and Nikki Sorfleet (3) in women's shortboard, Coel Miller (3) in men's longboard and Kaira Wallace (2) in women's longboard. Despite those solid efforts HMB (47) fell to a reinvigorated Soquel (57).

Individual Round:

There were a number of outstanding efforts that demonstrated the deep reservoir of talent and potential of the 2015-16 team. The alternate round saw Mitchell King (2) through on men's shortboard with intelligent reads of the reforms. Malcolm Feix (1) advanced in men's longboard and Nikki Sorfleet (2) in women's longboard.

Nate continued to march through men's shortboard to the semi-finals with some very mature and clean rail work for this freshman, before bowing out. Also a freshman, cool headed Nikki extended her impressive run to both shortboard and longboard semis. Hunter had an outstanding semi in shortboard, sticking huge floaters and top turns into exploding close-outs just as he planned, earning 8's for single critical moves.


Women's longboard: Kaira Wallace (1)
Men's longboard: Malcolm Feix (4), Coel Miller (5)
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace (4)
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murison (5)

Congratulations to all the team after a very challenging start to the season. Looking forward to the next contest on November 21-22 at Pleasure Point/The Hook, where we should get a little more protection from the elements.

Your coaches,

Mike and Kerri

Weekend Comps Moved to Manresa in Santa Cruz

Weekend Comps Moved to Manresa in Santa Cruz:

Heads up Folks,

This weekend's contests have been moved to Manresa State Beach due to surf conditions. Map and schedule on the website: Still middle school on Saturday (Oct-24) and high school Sunday (Oct-25).

You will need to leave HMB at 5:30 a.m. to get to Manresa by 7 a.m.

See you at the beach,

Your Coaches

HMB Surf Teams Competition Schedule

HMB Surf Teams Competition Schedule:

The SCSSL has confirmed the competition for this weekend will be located at Pomponio State Beach.

- Saturday, Oct 24th: Middle School Teams (7:30 a.m. Team Heats for Cunha)
- Sunday, Oct 25th: High School Teams (7:30 a.m. Team Heats for HMB)

***Please be at the beach ready to go by 7 a.m. each day for a team meeting***

- Conditions should be 4-5' and fading on Saturday, rebuilding on Sunday especially by the afternoon, which could get a bit rougher.

- Club surfers are encouraged to attend the competition either day and cheer on their teams!!

- There is a fee to park. The closest food/supplies is in San Gregorio -- so plan accordingly! Have enough food and hydration to last you all day.

Experienced Team surfers (both middle and high school) are also invited to join the "Titans of Maverick's" paddle out opening ceremony on Saturday at the Maverick's beach, gathering from 2-2:30 p.m. Please be respectful and do not follow the invitees out past Mushroom Rock. Club surfers and their families are also welcome to attend the event as spectators on the beach.

See you this weekend,

Your Coaches

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