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SCSSL Awards Results

SCSSL Awards Results:

Great job to HMB Middle School and High School surf teams! An epic season of top turns, cross-stepping and 360s was marked at Mission Hill School in Santa Cruz last night. Congratulations to both teams and all the surfers who put on a strong show all year. And here are the results...

HMB Middle School - 5th overall

Individuals:

Burkley Eggers - 4th boys shortboard
Emma Stone - 4th girls shortboard
Clay Johnson - 2nd boys longboard
Emma Stone - 6th girls longboard

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HMB High School - 2nd overall

Individuals:

Thomas Lundgard - 5th mens shortboard
Kaira Wallace - 4th womens shortboard
Konrad Wallace - 3rd mens longboard
Kaira Wallace - 5th womens longboard
Kelby Kramer - 4th co-ed bodyboard

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Many thanks to the parents, coaches, HMB Surf Club board, Boys & Girls Club and all our sponsors for helping make this program possible. Great end of the season and send-off to States starting next weekend.

Your Coaches

HMB High Surf Team - States "Membership" AND "Waiver" Forms Past Due

To the HMB High Surf Team - States "Membership" AND "Waiver" Forms Past Due:

I have received notice from Director Sue Lister that she is missing both the Scholastic Surf Series Student "Membership" and "Waiver" forms for a number of our surfers that are required to compete in Oceanside. As previously specified, these were both due by the March-17 deadline and are mandatory whether competing for the team or individual events. Your surfer will not be able to compete unless these forms are returned directly to the SSS ASAP.

1) http://www.surfsss.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Student-Membership...

2) http://www.surfsss.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Student-Waiver-Hol...

They can also be downloaded from the SSS forms page:

http://www.surfsss.org/document-library/

If you have any questions, you can also contact the SSS directly at:

760-518-2727
info@surfsss.org
P.O. Box 996, Cardiff, CA 92007

Many thanks,
Coach Mike
650-704-2077

HMB High Final Comp at Lane a Scorcher

HMB High Final Comp at Lane a Scorcher:

King Neptune really smiled benevolently upon our surfers for the final regular season competition at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Sunday. As the day warmed up the swell filled in, the tide dropped and it turned into a classic "froth fest" at the Lane with a light offshore breeze and large glassy surf on tap building into the finals. Positioning for the best waves was extremely tricky as the tide drop and swell rise saw surfers switch between hugging the cliff at the Slot in the morning to swinging wide and even motoring over to Middle Peak by the afternoon. Some even made that move mid-heat to their advantage. The Cougars rose to meet the sublime conditions and finish out with a big win over SC Mountain by a margin of 80 to 56. What an epic season for HMB, who won 4 out of 5 of their contests this year, growing as surfers and competitors while displaying great sportsmanship.

Team Results:

Led by a hungry men's shortboard squad HMB sent 2 out of 3 surfers in each of its heats to the next round, as did the men's and women's longboard team to secure the big win. In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (1) and Luke Eveslage (3) advanced, as did Thomas Lundgard (1) and Malcolm Feix (2). As for women's shortboard, Kaira Wallace (2) advanced and in Co-ed bodyboard Kelby Kramer (1) made it through. The longboard team really stepped it up too, as Hunter (1) and Malcolm (2) dominated their team heat, while Kalea Johnson (1) and Kaira Wallace (2) did the same in women's longboard.

Individual Results:

In men's shortboard quarter finals the field was whittled down as Griffin Tietz, Luke Eveslage and Malcolm Feix were unlucky to exit there, while in women's shortboard Kyla Kemp and Kalea Johnson made it as far as the quarters. Senior Kyla got a couple Middle Peak bombs to punctuate her successful high school career. Cole Miller found some hollow runners in men's longboard semi, but ended his run there along with Malcolm Feix who got caught out of sync between the two peaks in the rising swell. Mia O'Brien and Kalea Johnson courageously navigated the heavy waters to reach as far as the semis in women's longboard.

Final Results:

A couple highlights leading into the finals bear consideration, as Kelby Kramer was rewarded after pulling into some massive close-outs on bodyboard in the semis and finals that nearly "destroyed" him. Hunter Murison threw down some risky double-grab rotators (aerials) and straight airs, but still advanced in second in his semis along with Thomas Lundgard, who was sharp on his backside attack all day long. Kaira Wallace peaked a hair early in the semis in women's short- and longboard, winning both with aggressive top turns and clinical cross-stepping before running out of gas in the finals. That gave us another pair of double-finalists with Hunter and Kaira displaying impressive stamina, focus and poise all day.

Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer - 5th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace - 4th
Men's Longboard: Hunter Murison - 3rd
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace - 3rd
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard 5th, Hunter Murison 6th

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How much fun was that? Next we head off to Oceanside in San Deigo for State Championships from April 5-7.

Your Coaches,
Mike, Kerri and Chris

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE HEAT SCHEDULE AT THE LANE

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE HEAT SCHEDULE AT THE LANE SUNDAY FROM SUSAN COFFEY:

Hi all,
Daylight savings starts Saturday night, which means it's going to be too dark to start running heats at 7:00 (and feel even earlier than normal). So we're moving the start time back to 8:00. Please make sure your surfers reset their clocks, and show up at the right time!

Round one starts at 8:00
Round two starts at 9:30
Round three starts at 11:00
Individual heats start at 12:30.

See you Sunday,
Susan

HMB High Surf Team Results at Pleasure Point

HMB High Surf Team Results at Pleasure Point:

The Cougars (55) on Saturday came up a few points shy this week against their arch-rivals Santa Cruz High (71), which fielded a very talented squad on their home break. We were also missing two seniors, which made it a tall hill to climb from the outset. The contest was shifted from The Hook to the Point at the last minute due to the small surf on tap, which proved to be a great call to get through the high tide lulls with inconsistent but contestable conditions for most of the day. That is never our strong suit, but made the advance of several individuals to the finals and two surfers making it through to two finals each all the more exemplary.

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Team Results:

In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (2) and Thomas Lundgard (2) advanced from the team round, while in women's shortboard Kaira Wallace (1) made it through. Both Kelby Kramer (1) and Coel Miller (2) advanced from bodyboard, which was our strongest category. In men's longboard Hunter Murison (3) made his heat with some fancy cross-stepping and in women's longboard Kaira Wallace (2) also advanced.

Individual Results:

Luke Evelslage bowed out in the quarters for men's shortboard, along with Grayson Capers and Hunter Murison as the flukey and soft conditions got the better of our power surfers, while Kelby Kramer and Malcolm Feix advanced as far as the semis in bodyboard. Four surfers made it all the way through to the finals with some savvy wave selection, tack-sharp surfing and last-minute heroics. Thomas Lundgard was the last man standing for HMB in shortboard, but was held off some the best set waves by the competition. Coel Miller was the standout men's Cougar for the day, finaling in two out of three events, really stepping up for the team and having a great time to boot. Kaira Wallace made two finals with last-minute back-up waves and Hunter Murison, much to his own surprise, made a longboard final with combinations of sharp cut-backs and nimble cross-stepping.

Final Results:

Bodyboard: Coel Miller - 3rd
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace - 2nd
Men's Longboard: Hunter Murison - 5th, Coel Miller 6th
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace - 4th
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard - 6th

Great job all! Next comp will be at the Lane on March 9th.

Your Coaches,
Mike, Kerri and Chris

Duck Diving Tips

Duck Diving Tips:

See the link below for detailed duck diving tips by Holly Beck. This is especially relevant to girl team surfers, demonstrating technique and foot placement tricks. It also has suggestions on how to modify your dives for bigger boards and opening your eyes underwater to find seams of to slip through when waves are bigger and turbulent:

http://www.theinertia.com/surf/surf-completely-holly-beck-teaches-you-ho...

Happy diving,

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Video

HMB High Surf Team Video:

Hey!

Coach Loeswick put together a quick video of the high school squad at Montara today for you guys to review for style points and self-critique. Great job by all in challenging conditions, especially with the extra mandate of doubling your score on rights. See link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs0eFc4pfMc

As a reminder, Chris has arranged a x-training seminar for all on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. at Snap Fitness. As an added inducement to get some great fitness advice for surfing I will be offering extra roster points to high schoolers who attend (it is open to the junior high team too). Permission waivers will be available at the front desk on Tuesday.

See ya there,
Coach Mike

Maverick's Housing Request

Maverick's Housing Request:

Surf Club/Team Families -

Maverick's Invitational has issued a "yellow alert" to inform the Coast Guard of the possibility of holding the contest on Friday. The event volunteer coordinator would like to find out if any Surf Club/Team families would be interested in housing any support/production staff on Thursday and Friday nights, should Maverick's be given the "green light" later this week.

***PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL, INSTEAD SEND YOUR AVAILABILITY DIRECTLY TO: michelledragony(at)gmail.com***

Many Thanks!

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team results from Pleasure Point

HMB High Surf Team results from Pleasure Point:

The Cougar surf squad scored hard on an epic Saturday at Pleasure Point in bluebird conditions, a solid 7-foot swell in the water and a light breeze over the course of the entire contest. The swell was very consistent and clean rolling into high tide around midday, offering plenty of opportunities to catch waves and advance, before draining later in the day and making for trickier judgment calls into the individual rounds and finals.

Team Round: HMB 74-points vs Live Oak/Carmel 49-points

We advanced surfers from every division from the team round. In men’s shortboard Malcolm Feix, Hunter Murison and Coel Miller all advanced. Women’s shortboard saw Kaira Wallace and Kyla Kemp move forward. Body board was dominated by Kelby Kramer and Grayson Capers, who put on a show with some big flips and 360s. In men’s longboard HMB swept with Konrad Wallace, Malcolm Feix and Thomas Lundgard placing 1-2-3 respectively, while in women’s longboard Kaira Wallace and Kalea Johnson both moved on. When all tallied, that strong team performance brought HMB its 3rd consecutive win for the season against a very game new combined team of Live Oak/Carmel.

Individual Round:

Coel Miller made it to the quarter finals in shortboard and semis in bodyboard. Kalea Johnson, Kyla Kemp and Mia O’Brien advanced as far as the semis in Women’s shortboard. Omid Nouripour bowed out in Men’s longboard semis, as did Thomas Lundgard. Kyla Kemp also advanced as far as the semis in Women’s longboard. After fighting valiantly all contest long with local shredders in Men’s shortboard, both Thomas Lundgard and Hunter Murison came up just shy (4th) in the semis after impressive wins their quarter final heats.

Finals:

Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer 5th, Grayson Capers 6th
Women’s Longboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd, Kalea Johnson 6th
Men’s Longboard: Konrad Wallace 3rd, Malcolm Feix 5th
Women’s Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 5th

Standout surfers were Malcolm Feix who really flared up in shortboard and advanced to his first final in longboard. Kelby Kramer in bodyboard pulled off a huge “El Rollo” flip into the white wash and emerged as cheers erupted from the beach (while his coach was fiddling with the trailer). Kalea Johnson executed very clean multiple nose rides (even on the same wave). An exhausted Kaira Wallace made two finals and charged even after going down hard on some set waves. The depth of our team really showed and great effort by all is what set HMB apart on the day.

Special thanks go to Amanda at Cal Hi Sports, who came down to film and interview the team for a special TV feature in February, covering the sport of high school surfing for the first time in the Bay Area. We will provide links for the show.

Great job!

Coaches Mike, Kerri and Chris

and the photos...

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

There will be no formal practices for the high school squad this long weekend; so enjoy the swell and east winds. Buddy up with your teammates. If you wish to join in and help out with the club surfers at Dunes on Sunday at 9 a.m. that would also be swell.

Again, fantastic job at Manresa last weekend. But make sure you take advantage of the break to get caught up on any missing assignments with school and make one last push to finish the quarter strong. We will be discussing the importance of academics with a few surfers after the break to avoid this becoming a factor for the roster ahead of our rescheduled contest on Jan-18 at Pleasure Point: http://www.scsurfleague.org/

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Your Coaches,

Mike, Kerri and Chris

HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results

HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results:

The high school surf squad really stepped it up on Sunday Nov-24 in tiny, tricky, contestable conditions after the contest was relocated from Pleasure Point to this beach break south of Santa Cruz, which pulled in what little swell there was on a crystal clear weekend. Our team handily took the team competition over Aptos by 82 to 40, advancing at least 2 out of 3 surfers in every division to the individual rounds, everyone contributing. More importantly HMB conquered our arch-nemesis -- small, gutless, surf -- by surfing aggressively and bringing our own energy to the weak waves. Great attitude and hard training for the conditions paid off.

Team round: in men's shortboard our surfers cleverly came up with a strategy of practicing their reverses in warm-ups and some even removed center fins to maximize points on short rides. In one heat alone 3 of our surfers pulled reverses and comboed up with other moves. Very impressive! In Heat 1 Hunter Murison (1) and Konrad Wallace (2) advanced, while in Heat 2 Thomas Lundgard (1), Coel Miller (2) and Malcolm Feix (3) swept. Women's shortboard Heat 1 saw Kaira Wallace (1) and Katrina Sponsler (3) advance. In bodyboard Kelby Kramer (1) and Grayson Capers (2) made it through. In Men's longboard, Konrad Wallace (1) and Thomas Lundgard (3) both advanced. In Women's longboard Kaira Wallace (1) and Kalea Johnson (2) advanced.

Individual round:

Coel Miller, Konrad Wallace, Malcolm Feix and Omid Nouripour all advanced to the quarter finals in men's shortboard. In bodyboard Coel Miller and Grayson Capers made the quarters. Kalea Johnson and Katrina Sponsler also made the quarter final round in women's shortboard. Thomas Lundgard advanced to the semis in men's longboard and Katrina and Kaira Wallace made it to the women's longboard semis. Adam Bloomer advanced to semi-finals in men's shortboard as well.

Finals:

Coed bodyboard: Kelby Kramer 5th
Women's longboard: Kalea Johnson 6th
Men's longboard: Konrad Wallace 1st
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace 5th
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murison 4th, Thomas Lundgard 5th

Webcast available on-demand at:

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/77788

Again, a big shout out to the Merkes clan for trekking all the down from HMB to produce another fine webcast. Special thanks to Rusty, Rocky and all the other commentators for taking part too. Many thanks to Coach Kerri for her support and tabulator Mara for keeping score.

Next up will be our January contest, which will revert back the Pleasure Point at a date to be confirmed by the league.

Great job, congratulations!

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Kelly Results:

HMB High Surf Team Kelly Results:

In chilly and contestable conditions at Kelly Ave. the HMB High Surf Squad on Sunday followed-up a great junior high event with a tight and hard-fought victory of their own over Soquel/Cypress by 66 to 58. A decaying south swell was overtaken by a new NW pulse by midday, which made conditions challenging for our resilient surfers. Fire pits stoked by Kerri and Marty kept frostbite at bay, while Mara and Barb kept our insides fueled.

In small and clean morning surf for the team heats, HMB Cougars clawed their through with surfers advancing in every heat: Men's shortboard Heat 1 saw Hunter Murison (1) and Konrad Wallace (3) advance, while in Heat 2 Thomas Lundgard (1) and Coel Miller (2) also moved on. In women's shortboard Kaira Wallace (1) and Katrina Sponsler (3) advanced, while in co-ed bodyboard Kelby Kramer (2) moved through. Men's longboard saw Konrad Wallace (1) through and in women's longboard Kaira (1) and Kalea Johnson (2) made their heat.

Moving into the individual rounds, Coel Miller and Adam Bloomer advanced to the quarters in men's shortboard, along with Omid Nouripour. Kyla Kemp, Katrina Sponsler and Mia O'Brien made quarters in women's shortboard. Grayson Capers and Coel Miller advanced to bodyboard semis. Kyla Kemp, Kaira Wallace and Katrina Sponsler made it to women's longboard semis. Konrad Wallace and Thomas Lundgard ran out of luck in men's shortboard semis, as did a battling Hunter Murison.

HMB had surfers in every finals but men's shortboard:

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Co-ed Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer (3)
Women's longboard: Kalea Johnson (6)
Men's longboard: Konrad Wallace (2), Thomas Lundgard (4)
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace (5)

For the first time in ever, the competition was webcast live and can be reviewed on-demand at:

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/73581

Big thanks for the production go to Blake, Greg and Martha and to our commentators Rusty, Mark and Chris!!

Great start to the season and congratulations to all our competitors on a fine event. Next stop will be Nov-24 at Pleasure Point.

Coach Mike

Warm-up Video for Weekend Comps:

Warm-up Video for Weekend Comps:

Hey groms:

Ahead of the competition at Kelly Avenue this weekend it's time to put on your game faces, your war zink and get amped for some aquatic antics. Along those lines, Coach Chris thought you might draw some inspiration from this Redbull ASP comp dramatization:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkAoo-mM0OI

You'll want to get your small wave equipment tuned up and be ready to pounce on any bumps in your heats before the next guy or gal and repeat the process throughout your heats. Also smile for the camera, as high school broadcasters will tentatively be filming heats for a live or on-demand webcast from Sunday afternoon. We may sneak a GoPro into the line-up as well -- so you could well be in our own surf comp video:

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/half-moon-bay-half-moon-bay-california

Here's the official forecast from our resident forecast guru at Stormsurf for both days, with our team rounds starting at 7 a.m. sharp:

Saturday - Swell 2.3 ft @ 10 secs (2.0-2.5 ft faces) early and fading, down to 2 ft faces later. Wind calm early turning northwest 7 kts late. Tide 4.0 ft at 7 am falling to 3 ft at noon then back to 4.3 ft at 4 pm.

Sunday - Swell 1.6 ft @ 11 secs (maybe 2 ft faces) early with new northwest swell building to 2.6 ft @ 14 secs (3.5 ft) by 1 pm with luck. Wind calm early turning northwest 8 kts later. Tide 4.3 ft at 7 am falling to 2.7 ft at 12:30 back up to 3.9 ft at 4 pm.

Also, note that there will be no practice for the high school squad on Friday given the Maverick's opening ceremonies from 2:30 pm.

Good luck!! See ya this weekend...

Your Coaches

Hurley Pro Live - how to surf small, gutless waves well

HMB Surf Team Homework -

For those team riders who want to improve their technique and results in small, gutless waves, you may want to check out heats-on-demand at the Hurley Pro at Trestles this week:

http://www.thehurleypro.com/

In our practice heats we have been emphasizing bringing YOUR energy to weak surf. Staying low, wide stance, compressing and extending, and leveraging your arms will make a huge difference. Watch how the Pros do it and listen closely to the commentary and analysis.

Staying tight to the steep breaking section, with a sharp and solid bottom turn will set up a more vertical attack on the lip. Reducing transition bumps and wiggles and keeping the board on-rail and high-lining will make a difference. Then look for that end-section for a solid finish. Remember, you are being judged on "speed, power, flow" and critical maneuvers, which go hand-in-hand. Rinse, repeat.

Good practice at Montara on Sunday. Let's keep it up!

Regards,
Coach Mike

High school squad Friday practice moved to Jetty @ 4 pm

Hi Folks -

Friday practice for the High School Squad has been moved to the Jetty at 4 p.m. due to strong onshores and swell. Since this will be the only spot around today, I will likely not hold any heats, but will be available for individual instruction and advice on technique. Please be respectful of others trying to grab a few waves.

See ya there,
Coach Mike

P.S. ANY HMB HIGH SCHOOL SURFERS WHO HAVEN'T ALREADY FILLED OUT AN "ATHLETIC CLEARANCE PACKET" FOR ANOTHER FALL SPORT WILL NEED TO DO SO AND RETURN TO JUSTIN FERDINAND ASAP. Here's the link:

http://hmbhs.schoolloop.com/file/1211910105777/1344348533899/23850236458...

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