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!
On Friday October 25th, I was privileged, along with the members of the Half Moon Bay Surf Club, to participate in the annual Mavericks Invitation Opening Ceremony paddle out. Many of the best big wave riders in the world attended the ceremony, including Eddie Aikau winner Greg Long and 2013 Mavericks Invitational Champion Peter Mel. Before the paddle-out, kids on the club had the opportunity to get photos and autographs with the competitors. After paddling out a little ways near the ominous rocks that are synonymous with the Mavericks lineup, all the athletes and guests form a circle, and everybody has the chance to give a prayer, and express their gratitude for being invited to the ceremony. This year, Body Glove took sponsorship of the event, which is the first time in a very long time that the contest and gotten a major sponsor this easily. "It's great for us as competitors, but our primary idea is to promote the sport, and see it going in the right direction." said Greg Long. "To have such a prestigious event as Mavericks and have somebody get behind them and putting it on the pedestal that it deserves, it's fantastic," second Alternate Danilo Couto added. "Its always good to have a traditional surf brand supporting an exciting contest like this. Hopefully the support stays, it's a special event that needs as much support as possible." Mavericks is without a doubt one of the most challenging places in the world to surf. As competitor Ken "Skindog" Collins puts it, "You're trying to go down a race track as fast as you can without spinning out and wipeout out, because that could mean getting taken out of the contest." The event is possible to run from now until March 31st of next year. Much similar to last year, the beach at Mavericks will be closed to spectators, open only to the competitors and photographers. The public can view the event live on TV as well as eat food and other activities at the Oceano Hotel in Princeton Harbor. This is an incredible and rare event, definitely not to be missed.
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.
Warm-up Video for Weekend Comps:
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...
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!
We will meet at the in El Granada across the street from Cafe Classique (turn east at the stoplight by the Harbor in Princeton) in the Flavor parking Lot i
At the meeting we will:
- Collect Surf Club dues/fees ($130 per Surfer) for the coming 2013-14 Season
- Collect All http://www.hmbsurfclub.com/docs)">forms: SCSSL Liability Waiver Form, Student Membership and Emergency Information , ALSO all HS Athletes need to fill out and complete a Doctors Physical to particpate in School Athletics with the High School - if you have done this for another fall sport you are covered - if NOT get a Sports Physical.
- We will remind folks why we need to have them join the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside and if you haven't done so already how to complete this.
- We will talk about some of the benefits of being a Club Member... wetsuit deals...
- We will also be talking about the upcoming 6th Annual Luau & Surf Swap on the 21st of Sept
After the meeting we will go for a surf ... conditions permitting!
See you then the Coaches