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

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

Surf comes back up this weekend along with the wind, but Coach Mike will be out of town unfortunately and there will be no formal practice on Friday or Sunday. Please buddy-up and continue to work on your "S-turns" in order to create speed for a powerful bottom-to-top turn combo. If you have that mastered, continue to work on using your hands and arms to set up your turns.

Check out style master Sean Mattison's video below for some excellent tips:

Also check out Julian Wilson's "15 Exceptional Ways to Improve You Surfing":

There will be a test when I come back. ;)

Happy Carving,

Coach Mike



At our SCSSL league meeting last night in Santa Cruz some very important improvements were made to the competition schedule and structure.

See below from Susan and Ward Coffey:

It was great to see everyone at the meeting - and we missed those of you who couldn’t make it. As discussed, we will be keeping the contest dates flexible this year, like a contest window. The middle and high school teams will both compete on the same weekend, but we will wait until we know the conditions to determine who surfs on what day. We hope to make the call by Wednesday before the contest and are making the change so we can put surfers in the best and safest conditions for their age and ability.

The contest weekends are:

Oct 24 - 25 Half Moon Bay
Nov 21 - 22 Pleasure Point / The Hook
Jan 30 - 31 Pleasure Point / The Hook
Feb 20 - 21 the Lane
Mar 19 - 20 Manresa

The other changes we discussed affects the HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION ONLY:

1) We are going to drop the body board division from the "team round." but will be accepting alternates to surf in a body board semi and final in the "individual round."

2) With that extra time, we will be adding 6 additional shortboard men's alternate spots. Each team is guaranteed 2 spots. Any slot left vacant will be filled by lottery.

3) Finals will now be 20 minutes long vs 15 minutes for heats.

Let me know if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to another great year!

Susan and Ward

Coastside Beach Club

Coastside Beach Club:

Former Surf Club member Michelle Dragony is seeking to generate interest in a new Coastside Beach Club that would front the harbor just east of the Yacht Club and would be available year-round to coastside families. The aim would be to provide a picnic and access point, with fire pits, storage, hot showers, music, food and aquatic-centered socializing. There may also be a reciprocal agreement with the Yacht Club and Surf Club members who fill out the survey below would get a $100 initiation fee waived.

She needs help with a with a survey response to convince the property owner and investors that this is viable economic use of the space and that local demand will support it. If you are interested, please take a moment and fill out her survey:


Coach Mike

SSS State Championships Results for High School Surf Team

SSS State Championships Results for High School Surf Team:

HMB Cougars faced tough competition against 40 teams over two days last weekend, but ably acquitted themselves at Church's beach in San Clemente against the best in the state in challenging conditions spawned by a solid south swell and late winter storm.

Highlights - Team competition:

Men's shortboard - 5th
Men's longboard - 5th
Women's shortboard - 5th
Women's longboard - 5th
Coed bodyboard - 3rd

Individual competition:

- Hunter Murison and Malcolm Feix made quarter finals in mens shortboard
- Coel Miller advanced to quarters in mens longboard
- Kaira Wallace earned third in the state in womens longboard finals and advanced into the semi finals of womens shortboard.

Full results:

Congratulations HMB! Well done team, super fun finish to a great season! Thanks to all our coaches and parents for a memorable camp out weekend at the Pendleton base campsite made possible by the Evans Thomas family.

Coach Mike

HMB Surf Teams - Regular Season Results

HMB Surf Teams - Regular Season Results:

Both the middle school and high school squads did exceptionally well this year and this was reflected in the SCSSL tally for our league end-of-season ceremony in Santa Cruz Tuesday. After crowding the "lokes" for a quick free surf at the Lane, we headed over to Mission Hill School for awards. Big shout out to the league, coaches, surfers and parents for putting another super fun season into the books.

Middle School:

Team - 3rd place overall

Individual -

Co-ed bodyboard - Clay Johnson 5th
Girl's longboard - Nikki Sorfleet 4th, Emma Stone 5th
Boy's longboard - Clay Johnson 2nd
Girl's shortboard - Emma Stone 3rd
Boy's shortboard - Luca Padua 5th

High School:

Team - 2nd place overall

Individual -

Co-ed bodyboard - Kelby Kramer 5th
Women's longboard - Kaira Wallace 1st
Men's longboard - Malcolm Feix 5th
Women's shortboard - Kaira Wallace 3rd

The high school squad has just one more hurdle, however, and will be heading down to State Championships this weekend at Church's in San Clemente into the teeth of a late spring storm. Should be an adventure! Good luck team! Photos of both the SCSSL ceremony and States to follow soon.

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Non-practice Schedule

HMB High Surf Team Non-practice Schedule:

After ending our regular season last Sunday in fine style, the high school squad will be taking a break from practices for 2-3 weeks before prepping for States in May. But please take advantage of this break to work on your weaknesses:

- Whether going backside, more vertical, using arms effectively, cross-stepping, etc.

- Contact me and I will be happy to go over a personal plan, film, or go for a surf in the meantime.

- If you want to advance at States, seek out soft waves like Linda Mar, Dunes or Miramar at high tide and work on keeping up your momentum going right. These are quite honestly the best local substitutes we have for Church's.

- Continue to incorporate positive "self-talk" and deep breathing into your routine.

- If you are a long-boarder, please practice x-stepping on land and nose-riding in the water; those two simple techniques applied in combination will get you through heats.

- If you are a short-boarder, become friends with a wider, flatter, SoCal short-board (beg, borrow or buy used). Bogging at Church's won't be much fun unless, of course, your plan is to play hooky at Lowers.

- Buddy up and work on these together. If you do, we will send a squad to the finals this year.

Please note that I have the SCSSL T-shirts from the Manresa comp for any surfers who haven't received one. Track me down and I will keep a few in the truck and at home.

Have a productive and fun break. I will be sending out links to forms for States separately soon.


Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Results from Manresa

HMB High Surf Team Results from Manresa:

The Cougar Surf Squad wrapped up the regular season in fine form on Sunday at Manresa, taking down a gritty Santa Cruz Mountain Team by the margin of 68 to 58 to finish the year 4-1 for the second consecutive season. The team has grown tremendously in consistency over the year and it really showed on Sunday in variable drizzly morning and wind-blown afternoon conditions.

Team Round:

Several surfers exceeded their past results by a wide margin and proved that hard work, desire and determination really do pay off. Among the standouts was a sweep of the first men's shortboard heat by Zach Rash (1), Malcolm Feix (2) and Tanner Islander (3) , while Grayson Capers captured (2) a quarter-final berth in the second heat. Coel Miller took the top slot (1) in men's longboard as did Kaira Wallace (1) in women's longboard. Both Kelby Kramer (2) and Grayson Capers (3) put needed points on the board in bodyboard for a great all-around team result.

Individual Round:

It was at this stage that some important personal bests were logged. Zach and Grayson made quarters in men's shortboard, while Tanner and Malcolm made a run all the way to the semi-finals with some big hacks and solid finishing. Elina Vanuska advanced to semi-finals of women's longboard, and both Coel and Kelby made the semis in men's longboard with some stylish trimming, cutbacks and cross-stepping. The women's shortboard team advanced an unprecedented 3 surfers to the finals. Hanna Pintarelli earned the team MVP award Sunday for advancing to her first double finals, along with Kaira Wallace. And Mia O'Brien charged all the way to her first finals in women's shortboard.


Co-Ed Bodyboard - Kelby Kramer (5)
Men's Longboard - Malcolm Feix (6)
Women's Longboard - Kaira Wallace (1)
Women's Longboard - Hanna Pintarelli (5)
Women's Shortboard - Kaira Wallace (4)
Women's Shortboard - Hanna Pintarelli (5)
Women's Shortboard - Mia O'Brien (6)

Fantastic season after a super fun and productive Friday longboard practice. Way to bring it home HMB!! We'll take a little break, then resume specialty practices ahead of State Championships May 16-18. Special thanks to my friend Ed Grant who took a trove of photos with his Maverick's lens, which we will share in due course.


Coach Mike

Mental Preparedness for Surfing Competition

Mental Preparedness for Surfing Competition:

The high school squad was lucky enough to have a quick seminar by local sports psychologist and surfer Bruce Eliashof last Sunday. I thought I'd share his useful attached handout for everyone to check out some of the points we covered and for any who missed it. We will be having another review of these techniques in the next week or so and again before states in May.

Mahalo and keep breathing deeply, see below:

Coach Mike

Handout for HMB Surf Team
March 2014
Bruce Eliashof, M.D.
Sport Psychiatry and Mental Skills Training 650-796-0979

Self Talk and Confidence
Examples of Affirmations to help keep self talk positive:
I am ready I am prepared
I am tough and I hang in there I have fun doing this It feels good to work this hard
It is okay to make a mistake I learn from setbacks
I am strong, powerful, and centered I look forward to contributing
I deserve to be here I face my fears and overcome them
I find it easy to let go of self criticism I know results are coming
I got this I am getting better every day

2 Additional things to do during practices and competition that help with confidence:
Upright posture
Slight Smile
Both set of a chain of reactions within you that result in increased confidence (and happiness) and a release of unnecessary tension.

Proper breathing calms the mind,
Settles emotions
Increases focus
Releases unnecessary muscle tension.
Abdominal breathing - deep exhales and deep inhales.
Clearing Breath - single clear starts with an out breath through pursed lips until you feel a knot around the area of your belly button.
Triple Clear - a series of 3 clearing breaths to rapidly settle down and focus.
4/7/8 Breathing while in the line up or while watching and waiting for your heat.
In breath with the forward paddle motion, exhale with stroke while firing the core.
Out breath timing with turns.
Partial inhale 20 to 50% before big move - no need for more.

Rehearsing your future success.
Use your daydreams and mindsurfing to help your surfing performance.
Incorporating 10 to15 % movement with the imagery.
Quick exercise in letting go of a mistake or a missed opportunity.
When you make a mistake - 4 step process
Start with a rapid clear - a forced, exaggerated exhale through pursed lips for a count of 8.
1) Acknowledge it, it is part of surfing and part of getting better,
"I made a mistake, I am a work in progress" or
"I am way more than my mistakes".
Be defined by what you do after a mistake NOT the mistake!
You are much more than the mistake.
2) See it as a learning opportunity. "Now I know what I need to work on."
3) Let it go (imagine it as a leaf on a stream or hot coal or shake it off)
Holding on to mistake robs you of the present moment.
And distracts you from surfing!
4) Move on with a clear mind, "Next section, next turn, next wave!"

HMB High Surf Team Results at Lane

HMB High Results from Lane Comp:

Team Result: HMB victorious over Live Oak/Carmel (HMB now 3 wins and 1 loss)

Chilly day at the Lane with fog and overcast skies not dampening HMB competitive spirits in small-clean surf. Lucky to get team heats done before high tide lulls put the comp on hold and then it resumed the individual round as tide dropped. HMB placed 2 surfers in double finals.

HMB advanced at least 2 out of 3 surfers possible in every event but longboard against a feisty Live Oak/Carmel squad for another fine team performance on Saturday. Malcolm Feix placed first in both his shortboard and longboard heats, Hunter Murison took first in shortboard and bodyboard heats, and Kaira Wallace earned firsts in both shortboard and longboard. These veteran competitors really stepped up and anchored the solid team effort, along with others. Special mention goes to Hunter, who launched into a series of barrel rolls in his bodyboard heat, earning kudos from the commentator Austin: "who IS that guy!?" and big scores from the judges.

Individual Round:

Zach Rach, Luke Eveslage and Coel Miller advanced as far as the quarters in men's shortboard; Malcolm advanced to the semis. Hanna Pintarelli and Katrina Sponsler made women's shortboard semi-finals. Tanner Islander made men's longboard semis, while Elina Vanuska and Hanna Pintarelli made semis in women's longboard.


Bodyboard: Hunter Murison 3rd, Kelby Kramer 6th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace 4th
Men's Longboard: Malcolm Feix 5th
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd
Men's Shortboard: Hunter Murison 6th


Coach Mike

P.S. Rumors are circulating of very special performances in the middle school comp, results forthcoming.

Presidents weekend fun...

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