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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:


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:

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:

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:

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:

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!

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


HMB High Surf Team Sunday Practice Footage & Practice Friday at 4 pm

HMB High Surf Team Sunday Practice Footage:


The link below has raw practice footage from Sunday put together by Coach Chris and also filmed by Kelby. Once you are past the first 10 seconds it starts.

Chris observed: "What I really liked were the long waves guys like Hunter, Thomas, Coel and Malcolm were getting. From a judging standpoint, the longer you're up on waves the easier it is to give you a score. I liked Tommy's linking turns all the way to beach. Hunter did a good job of throwing out variety on the little inside section."

"The waves were poor quality last weekend. But most contests aren't very good conditions anyway - so good training. You all did a good job of making them look fun. Every practice I hope to film and post something for you to evaluate. Who knows maybe we'll get some good waves to film one day?" ;)

Next time around, Chris plans to bring a GoPro and get into the water for some close-ups of your finishing moves. So if you like reviewing footage of your surfing, please don't head to the beach before your heat is done.

See ya Friday,
Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team-Club Docs and Fees

HMB High Surf Team-Club Docs and Fees:

Any high school club or team surfers will need to fill out the following forms and return copies ASAP to Coach Mike to participate this season. They will be the basis for the high school roster as well.

1) Please make out a check for $130/surfer to "HMB Surf Club"

2) Go on to the club website and the 6th item down on the upper left of "Club Info" is "Surf Club Docs":

Once you are on the HMBsurfclub Docs page, click on the "Boys and Girls Membership Application" form (Fill this part out electronically). At the very bottom of the form check the 2013-2014 membership box and the surf club box. (This is important for Caitlen at the Boys & Girls Club).

3) You will also need to fill out the contestant & liability forms for the SC SSL, which are also linked on our Docs page. Please return these two forms with checks to Coach Mike at the next practice.

We will have information for you about upcoming wetsuit deals soon.

Go HMB! Thanks,

Coach Mike

No High School Team Practices This Week

No High School Surf Team Practices This School Week

Fun start to the season last Sunday at Montara for the high school squad. The hint of fall in the air over Labor Day was most welcome.

But there will be no formal practice for the high school team today (Weds) due to the coaches' meeting Santa Cruz, nor on Friday since both the men and women's water polo teams have a tournament then. Good luck HMB!

Next practice for the high school will be on Sunday at 9 a.m. We will make a call closer to that time on the location.

Coach Mike

HMB High Mandatory Fall Sports Info Meeting tonight at 7 pm

Reminder: There will be a mandatory High School Fall Team Sports Informational Meeting for all high school athletes/surfers and their parents tonight (Tuesday, Aug-27) from 7 pm in the MU at HMB High. Coaches will meet in advance from 6:45 pm.

See you there,
Coach Mike

End of Season Surfboard Sale in Moss Beach

End of Season Surfboard Sale in Moss Beach:

I have several used shortboards for sale priced to go from $85-190 that team Wallace has grown out of and I want to give HMB surf team kids a crack at them before placing on Craig's List.

Boards range from 5-3 to 6-1 and some enterprising groms have scooped a couple up already. There is also a snowboard, though the skim board in the photo has already been sold.


Give me a shout at 650-704-2077 if you're interested or shoot me an email at mpw_mike(at) if you have any questions.

Coach Mike

HMB High School State Championships Results

HMB High School State Championships Results:

It was a long weekend for the surf team from way up north, which traveled the furthest to get to Oceanside for the State Championships. For the first time in a couple of years surf team participation was sanctioned by the HMB High School administration. The event was attended by Athletic Director Justin Ferdinand, who was a very welcome addition.

HMB did not advance in their team heats on Saturday despite strong performances by Hunter Murison, Luke Eveslage and Griffin Tietz in shortboard. Konrad Wallace won his heat in longboard and Kaira Wallace finished 3rd and 2nd in her shortboard and longboard heats respectively. HMB finished equal-9th in all divisions, but took a 5th in co-ed bodyboard, thanks to Hunter Murison and Malcolm Feix.

Full results can be found on:

We fared better on Monday during the individual round, with some outstanding efforts:

- Freshman Hunter Murison was the standout performer for HMB in men's shortboard, slicing and dicing his way to the quarter finals with stylish, smart and aggressive tactical heat surfing on the lefts at the south jetty, just missing the semis by a place. He placed 2nd in his first heat and won his second.

- Luke Eveslage also advanced a round with the tide dropping, making for tough wave selection. He made up for this with strong finishing maneuvers that sent him through.

- In women's shortboard Hannah Tonnessen advanced to the second round by staying busy and capitalizing on her opportunities.

- Konrad Wallace won his opening heat in men's longboard with long nose-rides and strong finishing moves, but ran out of luck in the quarters and did not advance further.

- Kyla Kemp and Kaira Wallace advanced in women's longboard before getting knocked out in the quarters.

- Hunter Murison and Malcolm Feix competed with flare in their bodyboard heats, but did not advance.

In between the team and individual events the team scored some exceptional south swell conditions at Oceanside, Trestles and San Onofre beaches. It was as great weekend for surfing, fun and memories. A full box of wax was scored from Sex Wax and Pedro's Tacos in San Clemente was assaulted with extreme prejudice by hungry surfers. Special thanks to Cindy and Marty Phelps for being great camp hosts.

Looking forward to next year,
Coach Mike

HMB High School State Championships Update

HMB High School State Championships Update:

- There will be no high school surf team practice Weds (Apr-17)

- We will hold a team meeting Friday night at Carlsbad State Campground between 8-9 p.m. to go over details of Saturday's team event in Oceanside.

- Heats and schedules are now online. Contest will be held at BOTH the North and South Jetties (Exit from I-5 in Oceanside is "Harbor Jetties"):



Forecast is for small, clean conditions:

Some families will be going down Thursday afternoon and others Friday morning. Try to get in a practice surf Friday afternoon between the Oceanside Jetties before meeting up in Carlsbad.

See Ya Friday, should be a great trip!!!

Coach Mike


HMB High School school driver registration and permission forms

HMB High School school driver registration and permission forms:

For the High School Surf Team ONLY, please print and fill out the following forms, which are due by the next team meeting.

  1.  Each parent/driver will have to complete a school driver registration form (including copies of auto insurance and drivers licenses).
  2.  Trip Permission Slips must be filled out for each surfer from HMB High and from any other schools as well.

We will collect the forms and go over the details of the trip to Oceanside on Wednesday, April 10th.

Many thanks,

Coach Mike

HMB Surf Team - SCSSL Awards Ceremony Results

HMB Surf Team - SCSSL Awards Ceremony Results

Mission Hill School in Santa Cruz hosted our end of season awards ceremony, which was a fun Thursday night of pizza and camaraderie in Santa Cruz after a quick surf on the way down.

HMB surfers completed their season in style with several strong finishes and really solid team results. Congratulations to all participants for a really fun season.

HMB Middle School Results:

Team #3 overall
Bodyboard #2 Kelby Kramer
Girls Longboard #1 Kalea Johnson
Girls Shortboard #4 Kalea Johnson

HMB High School Results:

Team #2 overall
Bodyboard #2 Hunter Murison
Bodyboard #5 Malcolm Feix
Women's Longboard #2 Kaira Wallace
Men's Longboard #2 Konrad Wallace
Women's Shortboard #4 Kaira Wallace

Onward and upward to State Championships!

Your Coaches

HMB High Goes Big for final SCSSL comp @ Lane

HMB High Goes Big for final SCSSL comp @ Lane:

Congratulations to all competitors for a great final match-up for the regular season at "all time" conditions at the Lane. HMB surfers showed tremendous maturity and poise in well overhead and super-clean waves, with some really smart contest surfing. Several surfers posted their best heats/waves of the season with really great energy and renewed confidence to bring it home for the year. Outstanding job, super proud of all of you!!!



-Men's shortboarders swept both team heats in first round, advancing ALL HMB surfers.
-Hunter Murison, Peter Lundgard advanced to the semis in men's shortboard.
-Griffin Tietz charged into some huge middle peak bombs to make his first longboard final.
-August Howell gets the warrior award for taking two massive multiple wave sets on the head in his longboard semis and coming back for more.
-Women's team and body board teams remained super consistent, advancing several rounds.
-Hannah Tonnessen also gets warrior queen award for some brave drops and really consistent surfing.
-Hunter Murison lost his body board in a cave and had to body-surf in.

Final Team results:

HMB 73 vs Santa Cruz Mountain 51

Individual Finals:

Body Board: Malcolm Feix 3rd, Hunter Murison 6th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace 4th
Men's Longboard: Griffin Tietz 4th, Konrad Wallace 6th
Women's Shortboard: Hannah Tonnessen 4th

Great finish to the season, looking forward to States.

Coach Mike

Attention! HMB High Surf Team Comp Update - Sunday Changes

Attention! HMB High Surf Team Comp Update - Sunday Changes

The High School competition has been been pushed back by one hour due to Daylight Savings Time. This means we will compete against Santa Cruz Mountain at 11 a.m. (new time), not 10 a.m. Please set your clocks ahead 1 hour tonight and arrive at the Lane in time for a mandatory 10 a.m. team meeting.

Conditions should be good Sunday, but high tide in the morning will make inside positioning key.

We are currently in second place behind Santa Cruz after last week's loss. But this is the last chance to boost your individual standings, which are now available on:

Anyone still needing my signature for State Championship individual entries, please bring your forms.

Good luck to the middle school at the Hook today and see you manana,

Coach Mike

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