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:
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Team - 3rd place overall https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2gVX6JHDeM-cmh0YWp2eVpHSkE/edit?pli=1
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
Team - 2nd place overall https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2gVX6JHDeM-eG5QSDN2SkpfZDg/edit?pli=1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Handout for HMB Surf Team
Bruce Eliashof, M.D.
Sport Psychiatry and Mental Skills Training
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:
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,
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 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.
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
P.S. Rumors are circulating of very special performances in the middle school comp, results forthcoming.
HMB High Surf Team Results from Kelly:
HMB 68 points vs Soquel/Cypress 58
Tight battle with combined team from Santa Cruz in really variable conditions at our home break of Kelly Ave. Clean high tide morning Team heats at dawn made for some hard fought results in the early rounds. Individual heats midday rolled into jumbled low tide close-outs, followed by a cleaner incoming tide into the finals:
- Tanner Islander, Zach Rash and Luke Eveslage made it out of men's team shortboard, with Zach and Luke advancing it all the way to the semis with sharp top turns and solid finishing. In men's longboard Malcolm advanced with some floaters and spinners.
- Kaira Wallace, Hanna Pintarelli and Mia O'Brien all advanced from women's shortboard, with Mia and Hanna making their first semis. Kaira and Mia made it out of their longboard heat, with Mia bowing out in the semis. Women's team charged all day.
- Kelby Kramer locked down his bodyboard heat as well.
Malcolm Feix - men's shortboard (3), men's longboard (4)
Kaira Wallace - women's shortboard (2), women's longboard (1)
Hanna Pintarelli - women's longboard (4)
Special shout out to Hanna for throwing down the gauntlet and making her first final this year. Malcolm decided not only to make his first finals but his first double finals as well. It was another double final for Kaira, who locked down her third consecutive victory in longboard. Malcolm and Kaira managed to pull this off with severe head colds as well, testament to their fortitude, fitness and will. Great comp all. Super proud of this team.
Thanks to Coaches Kerri and Chris, and all the parental support, as well as SCSSL for running a great comp.
Next stop, the Lane,
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.