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High School "A-team" Practice at Jetty Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

The High School "A-team" practice will be held at the Jetty at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Winds will switch around to the NW coinciding with a raw 20-foot Gulf swell that will hit Monday into Tuesday, leaving the protected Jetty the only viable option.

See you there,

The Coaches

High School "A-team" Practice at Kelly Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

A-team High School surfers: practice will be held at Kelly Ave on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. Oct-19. There should be some short-period windswell to work with and we plan to run some heats. Please double-check with Marty first thing to confirm conditions (773-0936).

Your coaches

High School "A-team" Practice at Jetty Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

The High School A-team practice will be held at the Jetty on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. The winds are supposed to turn a little offshore and the raw windswell may simmer down by afternoon, but northern buoys are still in the 10-12 foot range. Some 193-degree south swell should be filling in as well with low tide around 3-foot in the morning, so the Jetty could provide some hot-doggin little peaks for a change.

See ya there,
The Coaches

High School "A-team" Practice at Kelly Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

The high school "A-team" surf practice will be held at Kelly Ave. on Tuesday Sep-21 at 6:30 a.m. Please arrive promptly so that we can run through a few heats and award plenty of points.

Also, don't forget that we have a surf team meeting on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Round Table for families to go over some important topics for the season. We will also be turning in CORE paperwork and checks for the Boy's & Girl's Club and CORE dues, which can be made payable to the Boy's and Girl's Club of the Coastside.

Thank you,
The Coaches

High School Surf Practice at 6:30 a.m. sharp on Tuesday at Kelly

The high school surf team practice will be held at 6:30 a.m. sharp on Tuesday morning at Kelly Ave. Please arrive as promptly as possible for a short team meeting with Marty ahead of the practice.

Your coaches

Volcom's Totally Crustaceous Tour coming to Santa Cruz

Volcom puts on a free competition series that some of our team surfers may want to check out and take part in, called the VQS series. The two upcoming dates are November 6 at the Lane in Santa Cruz and February 5 at Pleasure Point. HMB high team captain Michael Joshua highly recommends the events for any up-and-coming groms, which are free, fun and have a lot of shwag to give away. For more details, see the website:

Coach Mike

High School "A-team" Practice at Kelly Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

The first early practice for the high school "A-team" will take place at Kelly Avenue (Francis State Beach)on Tuesday, September 7, at 6:30 a.m. before school starts.

The next practice junior high "A, B and C groups" will be on Wednesday, September 8, at 4:30 p.m., meeting at the Jetty. Please note that we have posted an instructional video on "Duck Diving" in the previous entry on this website, which we would like all the kids in "B and C" groups to carefully review.

Hope you all had a safe and sane Labor Day break,

The Coaches

Duck Diving Instructional Video

Duck Diving is the key ingredient to boosting confidence of beginning and intermediate surfers in larger surf. Those of you who have migrated to smaller boards need to learn the basics of the duck dive. We tried to film some dives at the last practice, but the brown water made it a mission impossible. So here is a corny, but effective, pool demonstration pulled from Youtube:

Please share with your teammates,
Coach Mike

Finless Surfing into the Fourth Dimension

Some say that finless surfing could the be Holy Grail into self-realization and opening the fourth dimension in wave sliding. Derek Hynd searches his surfing soul for a little tribute to the roots of the sport in some serious J-Bay:

Surf Team Meetings This Week for High School and Middle School

There will be lunch meetings for both the HMB High School and Cunha Intermediate surf teams this week to go over expectations for this coming season. Pizza lunch will be provided for the quick and the hungry.

- The High School meeting will be on Tuesday Aug-31 in Room A10 from 11:38 a.m.

- The Intermediate School meeting will be on Wednesday Sep-1 at the Boys & Girls Club from 12:45 p.m.

There will be no early practice for the High School team on Tuesday morning and the next team practice will be held Weds at 4:30 p.m., site to be announced.

See you there,
The Coaches

Isurus HMB Team Wetsuit Deal

After meeting with the team, Isurus of Montara has decided to offer two versions of their highest quality suits to members that will provide the greatest durability, warmth and flexibility. The deadline for placing orders for the team will be May-31 for a September delivery. Pictures of the suits are available, and for more information please visit their website at

1) The ELITE 434 with interchangeable 2mm hood included. This is a versatile design specifically for durability and warmth, with the option of a removable hood. Recommended for ease of entry and variety of cold water surf conditions, this is a very lightweight, versatile performance suit for the value. A superior choice in warmth, durability and performance in comparison with current 5/4 or 4/3 technology. Note: This new 2011 edition will feature a non-smoothskin version of the ½ Aerodome Chest panel similar to that on the new EVADE below.

2) The EVADE 434 2mm Hooded suit. This is the suit of choice for the high performance surfer. Ultra lightweight, superior buoyancy and thermal insulation. This is the advanced design version of the suit that was in high demand out at Maverick's this past winter. Arguably the best built wetsuit for coldwater surfing, this suit is designed for those who are very serious about their surfing.. *(Depending upon proper care and maintenance of the user, this suit may be slightly less durable than the ELITE).

Please contact Rocky or Mike for details of the offer and place orders directly with Isurus: or (650)380-4460. Note the team is also working out the details of a recycling program for these durable suits when the kids grow out of them, which would involve a partial refund and resale to new team members or those needing an upgrade.

Many thanks, Mike, Oliver and Rocky

CSSL Award Ceremony Meeting Time

The CSSL Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 22, in Capitola at the Capitola Rec Center on 4400 Jade Street from 4:30-9:00 p.m. Many of you will already be in the area for the PacWave Spring Fling contest, but we would like to aim to meet at the Rec Center as a team at 4:00 p.m. As a reminder, please wear your Core League Tees or HMB hoodies to represent your team spirit.

Coaches Marty, Rocky, Oliver and Mike

Surf Team Deals on Isurus Wetsuits and Chemistry Boards

Isurus Wetsuits of Montara and Chemistry Surfboards of SoCal are offering their wares directly to HMB Surf Team members, coaches and their families for those not already obligated by any pending individual sponsorship deals. These are very high quality vendors! Pending final work on a new team logo, Isurus has offered to print this graphic on the back of their wetsuits and can do custom orders in special wetsuit sizes as well. Isurus has a new crop of refined 2011 models available and will also be auctioning a suit at the Luau, so you never know, you could get the lucky ticket! For more info, see the following links: and

For further details contact the coaches.

Stay warm and keep rippin',

Coach Mike


Tsunami Alert for Coast After 8.8 Magnitude Chile Quake


A strong earthquake has struck the coast of Chile and a Tsunami Advisory is now in effect for San Mateo County.

A Tsunami Advisory means a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to people in, or very near, the water is possible. It is estimated that these waves may arrive by 1 p.m. and could last for several hours. No general evacuation is required at this time.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio stations (KCBS 740 AM or KQED 88.5 FM) for additional information on this Tsunami Alert.

Sent by Stephen Mahaley to Miramar, Princeton, San Gregorio, Moss Beach, Coastal Communities, El Granada, Pacifica, Pescadaro, Half Moon Bay, Montara (E-mail accounts, Wireless devices) through SMC Alert.

Exercise caution around the surf today, thanks,

Coaches Rocky, Oliver, Mike and Dave


Calling All Groms to the Maverick's Competitors' Area...

HMB team:

You should all know by now that the Maverick's contest will begin at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday. It is very hard to see anything from the beach or cliffs and the scene will be pretty mobbed as usual. The best viewing will actually be on the net at:

They will also have an interactive Facebook page covering the event as well. That said, Tim West has invited you all to visit him in the competitors' area after his heats and I'm sure would appreciate your support (He is in Heat 3 from about 9:30-10:15 a.m.). You'll probably be able to hang with him and the competitors as well after the event, which is set to wrap up about 3 p.m.

The contest is set to be a very challenging one, with a large bumpy West swell, high tide and south winds conspiring against the first heats. But it should peak at about noon and clean up for some epic semis and finals. See Bruce Jenkins preview in SFGate:

This should get you all fired up for our longboard trials in Capitola on Sunday and next week's contest!





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