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Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Soquel/Cypress

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Soquel/Cypress:

HMB 72 vs Soquel/Cypress 63

Great team performance for first narrow victory of the season Saturday at our home break Kelly Avenue in contestable conditions that gradually deteriorated over the event. Great sweep by bodyboard team (Carson, Malcolm, Zander), who made the win possible.

A number of surfers also persevered through multiple heats and made it to the individual finals:

Bodyboard: Zander Dragony 5th
Women longboard: Katrina Sponsler 6th, Kyla Kemp 2nd
Men's longboard: Konrad Wallace 2nd
Women's shortboard: Kyla Kemp 4th, Kaira Wallace 2nd
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murrison 5th.

Nice Job! Good luck to the middle school team Sunday!
Coach Mike

Kelly Practice Photos Uploaded by Loeswick

Surf Team Rippers:

Wednesday's Surf Team practice at Kelly was photographed by Chris Loeswick, who generously thought you guys might light to check out some of your waves for technique and positioning ahead of this weekend's competition.

There are over 300 shots, so check 'em out:

Thanks Chris!

Coach Mike

Medina Clinic on Finishing

Yesterday the competitive squad was working on man-on-man heat strategy to practice offense vs defense in the line-up. We also held a couple heats to focus on finishing out your waves to maximize scores. Really good job by all in marginal and weak conditions at the Jetty.

ASP phenom Gabriel Medina in a free surf in Peniche, Portugal, put on a clinic on how to finish a wave with variety and flair, boosting a 6-foot air off a 1-foot wave into the sand.

Here's a link for any who missed it:

Keep rippin,
Coach Mike

Big Chill Out Longboard contest - Linda Mar Oct-6

The "Big Chill Out" longboard contest will be held next weekend at Linda Mar on Saturday Oct-6. Sponsored by the Pedro Point Surf Club, this is a perfect tune-up event for aspiring competitive high school team longboarders.

We have negotiated a discounted $50 entry fee for HMB team surfers (includes T-shirt and dinner/awards) and I would highly recommend that any high school surfers who want to compete in longboarding take part in this event. In order to reserve slots, I need to know immediately the surfers who plan to participate. I have extra copies of entry forms that I can email to you as well.

Entries can also be sent to or you can try to sign-up on contest day:

Pedro Point Surf Club
183 San Jose Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044

** Please note the HMB Surf Team discount and your age, name, shirt size, address, phone, email, etc. and whether you are in "Junior Men" (19 and under) or "Junior Women" (25 and under) categories**

Please do not "reply" to this email, but contact me directly via the details below.

Happy logging,

Coach Mike
mpw_mike(at) or 650-704-2077

HMB Surf Club/Team Practice @ Jetty Sunday

HMB Surf Team and Club practice will be at the Jetty @ 9 a.m. Sunday (Sep-30).

A new south swell and a hurricane pulse will be filling in, along with the NW swell holding firm. Conditions could be a little challenging for new club surfers, so parents please use your discretion. We will be running heats for the high school team and any junior high competitive surfers who wish to join in.

Congratulations to the Middle School Team for a fine opening performance at the Lane today in solid conditions!! Go HMB!!

See you Sunday,

Your Coaches

Video footage of Weds High School Practice Heats

Below is a link to video footage of last night's high school heats at the Jetty for those who may wish to check their style and execution. Conditions were fickle, but contestable:

Take away points:
1) Wave SELECTION key
2) Make MOST of conditions
3) PROWL the line-up, don't just sit
4) Surfers must bring ENERGY to weak waves
4) Set up and FINISH your waves

Special thanks goes to Koz Nouripour for filming last night and posting the raw footage. Please see the coaches if you want more insight into improving your technique after reviewing video.

Coach Mike

Comp/Team Surf Practice Meet @ Jetty Weds 4 p.m.

HMB Surf Team/Comp practice will meet @ Jetty Weds 4 p.m. (Sep-26).

There is a very high likelihood that we will move more experienced team members to another break as the NW swell backs off more and a SW swell fills in. Please look for an email and Twitter update tomorrow afternoon prior to practice. We plan to run heats.

Coach Mike

HMB Surf Club Practice @ Jetty Sunday - Team/Comp Practice @ Kelly

HMB Surf Club surfers will meet at the Jetty at 9 a.m. Sunday (Sep-16) for practice. Please check in with Rocky and Oliver, as Amber is out of town.

Competitive/team surfers will start at Kelly at 9 a.m. Conditions are expected to be marginal, with a minor pick-up in windswell. Bring a floaty board as a back-up if you have one. We may try to run a couple heats depending on the conditions. We also have an option of heading 10-15 minutes south of town, if the surf better, pending an eye-witness update then. If you have missed some practices this may be a good opportunity to make up some roster points anyway.

Please check your emails and SMS texts in the morning for a further update in case of venue change.

See ya then,
Your Coaches

Surf Practice for Team-Comp Surfers will be at Kelly (Last minut Change)Weds 4 p.m.

HMB Surf Team/Competitive surfers:

Practice for Wednesday (Sep-12) will start at Kelly from 4 p.m. sharp. Arrive early and ready to go if you want to warm up in the surf. A steep-angle combo NW and windswell should still be in the water, while the wind may back off in the afternoon. Fingers-crossed, but we may move if conditions prove marginal.

See you then,
Your Coaches

Deadline for League and Membership Dues/Forms is Friday

Deadline for SCSSL League and Boys&Girls Club dues/membership is Friday Sep-14:

Thank you to all who showed up Sunday morning for a great team meeting and paperwork-fest, followed by a really good team practice in challenging conditions.

Those of you who did not attend or submit paperwork need to turn in the following by Friday if you want to take part in the competition this season. Club surfers need to fill out both forms as well to take part in practices. (Links and details are in the previous blog entry

1) Boys&Girls Club online application submitted directly.

2) SCSSL competition and liability form can be filed out and emailed to Coach Oliver at okeeton(at) or printed out and returned to him.

3) A check made out to Boys& Girls Club of the Coastside for $150/surfer.

***Please note we will be taking part in a Beach Clean-up Day at Dunes Beach on Saturday Sep-15 at 9 a.m., which will count toward your academic volunteer hours.

***Wednesday's Sep-12 practice for competition surfers will be at 4 p.m. sharp. Venue is TBA and it will be quick practice for HMB high surfers due to open house at 6 p.m. (Note: regular attendance will be one key factor in determining our rosters for upcoming competitions).

Looking forward to a great "El Nino" surf season ahead, Your Coaches

Martin's Beach Gathering

Open Martins Beach

If you prefer your coastal access "open," rather than "closed for repairs", stop by Martin's Beach on July 21 @ noon.

Surfrider Pro-Am Contest July 15

For those HMB surf team and club members looking for a local contest for a tune-up ahead of the 2012-13 season, look no further than the Surfrider Pro-Am on July 15 at Linda Mar Beach. This is a fun comp with multiple rounds and prizes.

Check it out and register online:

Happy Surfin,
Coach Mike

Practice Schedule Break

Formal surf club and team practices will be temporarily suspended with the end of the regular contest season this weekend.

The junior high team finished strong at final contest at the Hook and the high school will wrap things up this Sunday at the Lane with the final comp of a very long season. Please free-surf with your buddies in the meantime and feel free to contact coaches about the conditions, but there will be no supervised practices for now.

Coaches will notify those going on to regionals and states in April and we may hold some heats in late March for those taking part.

Mahalo and many thanks for a really great and fun season,

The Coaches

No Tuesday Morning Practice Due to High Surf Advisory

HMB Surf Team:

The Northern Pacific appears to be heating up on Tuesdays so far in 2012, evidently not getting the message that those days are reserved for the team to practice at Kelly. So, we will not be holding practice tomorrow morning (Jan-12) due to a large and in-charge 9-foot, 19-second, swell.

The balmy, offshore and clear afternoons, however, have been quite a treat and for those of you who are out of school early tomorrow, you may want to consider a road trip or early sesh at the Jetty.

Happy Surfin,
Your Coaches

All-New HMB Surf Club Hoodies and T's

Attn: Last-minute holiday shoppers!

All-new HMB Surf Club Hoodies and T's are finally here, just in the St. Nick of time...

They will be on sale at my house for a limited time only before Xmas, then will be sent over to Rocky's for safe storage and further sales after Dec-26. T's are $20 and Hoodies $50, with all proceeds going to your club.


Contact Mike at (650)704-2077
1012 Pearl Ave., Moss Beach, CA 94038

Special thanks go to Lisa Gilmour for her invaluable design and technical support, and Cassandra Clark at the Maverick's Surf Shop for her advice and help with the order.

Thank you for your patience,
Coach Mike

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