High School Surf Team Results from a Wet Saturday at the Point:
HMB 48 vs Santa Cruz 78
Well, we got that one out out of the way for the season. HMB went down to their perennial nemesis Santa Cruz High in stormy and wet mixed up conditions at Pleasure Point in their second contest of the season. Hunter Murison in shortboard (3) and Kelby Kramer (3) in body board were the only male team members to advance from the morning team round. Kaira Wallace was the only female member to advance in shortboard (1) and longboard (1).
As for the individual results, the good news was that the tide dropped, the sun broke out and all three advanced through a marathon of quarters, semis and into the finals with the following impressive finish:
Co-ed Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer 4th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace 1st
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 4th
Men's Shortboard: Hunter Murison 5th
Well done all,
Coaches Mike and Kerri
P.S. As a reminder, no practices over the Thanksgiving break - just stuff in a few barrels to work off the Turkey!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Mike, Kerri, Chris
P.S. Next high school comp will be on Saturday, November 22, in HMB, conditions permitting.
High School Surf Team Results at States:
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!
SSS High School State Championships
Mike Wallace 650-704-2077
Kerri Kemp 650-255-7576
Marty Phelps 650-773-0936
-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...
-“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
-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!
-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)
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
Burkley Eggers - 4th boys shortboard
Emma Stone - 4th girls shortboard
Clay Johnson - 2nd boys longboard
Emma Stone - 6th girls longboard
HMB High School - 2nd overall
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
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.
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.
They can also be downloaded from the SSS forms page:
If you have any questions, you can also contact the SSS directly at:
P.O. Box 996, Cardiff, CA 92007
HMB High Final Comp at Lane a Scorcher:
King Neptune really smiled benevolently upon our surfers for the final regular season competition at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Sunday. As the day warmed up the swell filled in, the tide dropped and it turned into a classic "froth fest" at the Lane with a light offshore breeze and large glassy surf on tap building into the finals. Positioning for the best waves was extremely tricky as the tide drop and swell rise saw surfers switch between hugging the cliff at the Slot in the morning to swinging wide and even motoring over to Middle Peak by the afternoon. Some even made that move mid-heat to their advantage. The Cougars rose to meet the sublime conditions and finish out with a big win over SC Mountain by a margin of 80 to 56. What an epic season for HMB, who won 4 out of 5 of their contests this year, growing as surfers and competitors while displaying great sportsmanship.
Led by a hungry men's shortboard squad HMB sent 2 out of 3 surfers in each of its heats to the next round, as did the men's and women's longboard team to secure the big win. In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (1) and Luke Eveslage (3) advanced, as did Thomas Lundgard (1) and Malcolm Feix (2). As for women's shortboard, Kaira Wallace (2) advanced and in Co-ed bodyboard Kelby Kramer (1) made it through. The longboard team really stepped it up too, as Hunter (1) and Malcolm (2) dominated their team heat, while Kalea Johnson (1) and Kaira Wallace (2) did the same in women's longboard.
In men's shortboard quarter finals the field was whittled down as Griffin Tietz, Luke Eveslage and Malcolm Feix were unlucky to exit there, while in women's shortboard Kyla Kemp and Kalea Johnson made it as far as the quarters. Senior Kyla got a couple Middle Peak bombs to punctuate her successful high school career. Cole Miller found some hollow runners in men's longboard semi, but ended his run there along with Malcolm Feix who got caught out of sync between the two peaks in the rising swell. Mia O'Brien and Kalea Johnson courageously navigated the heavy waters to reach as far as the semis in women's longboard.
A couple highlights leading into the finals bear consideration, as Kelby Kramer was rewarded after pulling into some massive close-outs on bodyboard in the semis and finals that nearly "destroyed" him. Hunter Murison threw down some risky double-grab rotators (aerials) and straight airs, but still advanced in second in his semis along with Thomas Lundgard, who was sharp on his backside attack all day long. Kaira Wallace peaked a hair early in the semis in women's short- and longboard, winning both with aggressive top turns and clinical cross-stepping before running out of gas in the finals. That gave us another pair of double-finalists with Hunter and Kaira displaying impressive stamina, focus and poise all day.
Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer - 5th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace - 4th
Men's Longboard: Hunter Murison - 3rd
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace - 3rd
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard 5th, Hunter Murison 6th
How much fun was that? Next we head off to Oceanside in San Deigo for State Championships from April 5-7.
Mike, Kerri and Chris
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE HEAT SCHEDULE AT THE LANE SUNDAY FROM SUSAN COFFEY:
Daylight savings starts Saturday night, which means it's going to be too dark to start running heats at 7:00 (and feel even earlier than normal). So we're moving the start time back to 8:00. Please make sure your surfers reset their clocks, and show up at the right time!
Round one starts at 8:00
Round two starts at 9:30
Round three starts at 11:00
Individual heats start at 12:30.
See you Sunday,
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