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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike, Kerri and Chris
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:
HMB High Surf Team Video:
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,
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Coaches Mike, Kerri and Chris
and the photos...
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!
Mike, Kerri and Chris
The third Middle School contest of the Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League took place this past Saturday, November 23rd. The contest had to be moved from the Hook to Manresa State Beach of Santa Cruz due to very small surf in the 1 to 2 foot range. Cunha surfed against Mission Hills, the top rated school in the league, and was defeated in the team round by a score of 77 to 49. Considering the terrible conditions, not Half Moon Bay surfers prefer type of surf, the Cunha competitors surfed very well.
All was not lost as three Cunha team riders advanced all the way to the finals:
Emma Stone surfed her way to the finals in two division and took 2nd place in Girl's longboard and Girl's shortboard. Ella Catalano-Dockins took 5th place in Girl's shortboard while Cunha's very own Clay Johnson took 4th place in Boy's Longboard.
Fun was had by all the competitors as we look forward to our next contest on January 19th, 2014 at the Hook in Santa Cruz.
Additional photos taken by Tom Feix can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34324177@N07/sets/72157637993185776/
Photos below taken by Adam Stone.
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.
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.
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:
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!