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Contest Schedule Update from SCSSL Director Susan Coffey

Contest Schedule Update from SCSSL Director Susan Coffey:

Whenever the forecast for an upcoming contest is less than favorable, we start getting calls or emails. I wanted to pass on some info on our process so you are informed.

1) We always monitor the conditions coming into a contest weekend. We start watching a week or so ahead, and have the support of both StormSurf and Surfline for forecasts.

2) We have back up locations for most of our sites so unless the weather or waves are so unruly that it's uncontestable, we'll run the contest as scheduled. The location may change however!

3) We'll make a final decision on the venue when it gets close to the weekend and the forecast is more certain. Usually we'll know by Thursday before a contest but it has been known to change the day before (and even the morning of, once!).

As for HMB this weekend:

We're monitoring the conditions for this weekend's contests in HMB. It's looking a lot like our last attempt in October so be prepared for another possible change of venue to Santa Cruz. We'll keep you posted as we get closer to the weekend.

Thanks,

Your Coaches

Test Slideshow from PP HS Contest

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HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RESULTS

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RESULTS for Pleasure Point Comp Sunday:

Thanks to a solid 270 degree west wind swell, sunny skies and offshore breezes on Sunday, the first competition of the 2014-15 season was a doozy at the Point amid 5-7 foot surf and heavy sets.

Team Round: HMB 65 - Aptos 62

Making it out of the team rounds were Hunter Murison, Luke Eveslage and Malcolm Feix, Tanner Islander, Kaira Wallace, and Katrina Sponsler. Among them, Luke (shortboard), Tanner (longboard) and Kaira (longboard) ranked first in their respective team heats. Along with all the other fine team efforts this gave HMB the final edge over Aptos by a razor thin margin. Every single point earned on Sunday made a difference in the team result.

Individual Round:

In the Men's shortboard, quarters Malcolm won his heat with a solid display of power surfing, before bowing out in the semis, while Hunter went on to place 5th in the finals, building on a sharp performance all day. In women's shortboard, Kaira advanced to the finals where she placed 3rd with critical turns and finishing on inside runners.

In Men's longboard, Coel Miller snuck in via an alternate slot in the semis before finishing a very strong 3rd place in the finals with some long cheater 5s and great wave selection. Tanner bowed out in the semis. In women's longboard, Kaira advanced to the finals and took down her first victory of the season with crisp cross-stepping and critical nose-riding.

Finalists:

Women's longboard: Kaira Wallace 1st
Men's longboard: Coel Miller 3rd
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace 3rd
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murison 5th

Great way to start the season!!

Your Coaches,

Mike, Kerri, Chris

P.S. Next high school comp will be on Saturday, November 22, in HMB, conditions permitting.

San Mateo Coastside Beach Interactive map added....

The San Mateo County has added a new Coastside Beach map with interactive water quality updates/notices posted on a weekly basis... We have added a link to it from the HMBSC site for easy access in the Surf Forecasts links on the left.

 

May be worth a peek once in a while.

 

Cheers

High School Surf Team results at States

High School Surf Team Results at States:

Hi Folks:

Great weekend of swell, sand and balmy SoCal weather greeted the high school squad this weekend at Oceanside. Saturday HMB faced some stiff team competition in men's shortboard and longboard, narrowly missing out of advancing of their first round. But our women's longboard team (Kaira, Mia and Kyla) and bodyboard team (Kelby, Grayson) made it all the way to the semis before bowing out. Well surfed against the best in the state.

Overall, we ranked an impressive 3rd in Women's longboard, 3rd in Coed bodyboard, 5th in Women's shortboard, and 9th in both men's shortboard and longboard. Full results can be found on: http://www.surfsss.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SSS-HS_StateChamps...

After storming Testles and San-O on our lay day Sunday, a number of the HMB squad got right back to work in the individual section on Monday. Both Luke and Hunter made it out of their opening men's shortboard round, placing second, with Hunter advancing all the way to the semis with some savvy slashing and hits, where he placed fourth. Kaira managed to cross step her way through to 5th in women's longboard semis and kept the marathon going to the finals in women's shortboard, where she placed 6th.

Thanks for all the help from Kerri, Marty and Rocky, and parents for a fun weekend. Next time we'll catch that wetsuit snatcher of San-O and hopefully avoid any more shootings in the O-side harbor!

Mahalo,
Coach Mike

Photos from the High School Schoolasitc Surf Series in Oceanside

High School "Cheat Sheet" for States

SSS High School State Championships

Mike Wallace 650-704-2077
Kerri Kemp 650-255-7576
Marty Phelps 650-773-0936

Preparation:

-No trailer, long- and body-boards must be checked out in advance
-6:30 a.m. start Saturday for team comp south end of Harbor Jetties - Oceanside
-Check in with coach before and after heats
-Have backup equipment (wax, leash, fins, fin key, boards)
Food, water, power bars should be part of your comp backpack
-Water temps 62-64 degrees = new 3/2 or old 4/3, booties optional
-Surfline description: http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/oceanside-harbor-southern-california...
-Surfline Cam: http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/oceanside-harbor-southern-california...

Heat Strategy:

-“Be in the moment” – just 2-3 solid waves per 15-min heat (speed, power, flow, big moves in critical section)
-Paddle out with intent, pick good waves, ride ‘em well, don’t fall and… finish, finish, finish
-If you have 2 solid waves, then go for broke with new moves or wait out back for set. If not, then move inside for back-up wave
-Set a goal for the comp – make one round, quarters, semis, finals, whatever you wish and come up with a personal strategy to reach that goal. One heat at a time, ignore the contest atmosphere, same as always
-You’ve already had a great season, this is icing on top, enjoy it, make your own opportunities
Worst case scenario: you get to free surf Trestles or San-O on Sunday

Technique:

-So… you’ve already met some of the toughest competitors in the state in Santa Cruz, SoCal no different, just more at that level
-Rail-to-rail preferred over Huntington hop, sharp top-turns score points
-Sell your moves to the judges, give ‘em something to score
Brogie Panessi was finishing off 1-foot waves in the sand last week at Linda Mar – he’s #62 in “Hot 100” in the state and rips in triple overhead OB too. This why we practice on small days too
-Kalea Johnson made States finals in longboard last year (5th) – You can too!

Awards:

-We will have a team dinner, BBQ Saturday night Apr-5 likely at San Mateo campground or Pedro’s in San Clemente (TBA)
-Coach will check in with Body Glove in Redondo on way down for team schwag (details pending)
-Body Glove wetsuit or Bluebuds X wireless earphone for top 2 HMB finishers (GPA tie splitter)

Go HMB!
Coach Mike

SCSSL Awards Results

SCSSL Awards Results:

Great job to HMB Middle School and High School surf teams! An epic season of top turns, cross-stepping and 360s was marked at Mission Hill School in Santa Cruz last night. Congratulations to both teams and all the surfers who put on a strong show all year. And here are the results...

HMB Middle School - 5th overall

Individuals:

Burkley Eggers - 4th boys shortboard
Emma Stone - 4th girls shortboard
Clay Johnson - 2nd boys longboard
Emma Stone - 6th girls longboard

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HMB High School - 2nd overall

Individuals:

Thomas Lundgard - 5th mens shortboard
Kaira Wallace - 4th womens shortboard
Konrad Wallace - 3rd mens longboard
Kaira Wallace - 5th womens longboard
Kelby Kramer - 4th co-ed bodyboard

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Many thanks to the parents, coaches, HMB Surf Club board, Boys & Girls Club and all our sponsors for helping make this program possible. Great end of the season and send-off to States starting next weekend.

Your Coaches

HMB High Surf Team - States "Membership" AND "Waiver" Forms Past Due

To the HMB High Surf Team - States "Membership" AND "Waiver" Forms Past Due:

I have received notice from Director Sue Lister that she is missing both the Scholastic Surf Series Student "Membership" and "Waiver" forms for a number of our surfers that are required to compete in Oceanside. As previously specified, these were both due by the March-17 deadline and are mandatory whether competing for the team or individual events. Your surfer will not be able to compete unless these forms are returned directly to the SSS ASAP.

1) http://www.surfsss.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Student-Membership...

2) http://www.surfsss.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Student-Waiver-Hol...

They can also be downloaded from the SSS forms page:

http://www.surfsss.org/document-library/

If you have any questions, you can also contact the SSS directly at:

760-518-2727
info@surfsss.org
P.O. Box 996, Cardiff, CA 92007

Many thanks,
Coach Mike
650-704-2077

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