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HMB High School State SSS Championships Forms Due

HMB High School State SSS Championships Forms Due:

All high school competitors will need to fill out 3 documents for individual entries to the "Scholastic Surf Series" and send them ASAP with fees of $40 per surfer/per event: http://www.surfsss.org/state-championships-2012/ (Individual entry form, membership/release form, waiver form). Team competition dues will be covered by the Club.

The States' Roster is as follows:

Men's Shortboard: Hunter, Konrad, Peter, Thomas, Malcolm, Luke, Griffin, Omid, August (Alt. Carson, Miles)

Men's Longboard: Konrad, Peter, Luke (Alt. August, Miles)

Women's Shortboard: Kaira, Hannah, Katrina (Alt. Kyla)

Women's Longboard: Kaira, Helen, Kyla (Alt. Hannah)

Coed Bodyboard: Hunter, Malcolm (Alt. Miles, Carson)

Forms will require a coach signature, which I would like to have completed by next weekend's competition on Feb-24. Please let me know immediately if there are any omissions, or if you are unable to participate, in order to move up alternates.

This should be a really fun event and the highlight of your already successful season!

Thanks,
Coach Mike

Fire sale on Ultra-grom shortboards

Fire sale on Ultra-grom shortboards:

Mike Panessi, father of Pacifica shredders Kadin and Brogie has a garage full of high-end Ultra-grom and grom comp shortboards that they've outgrown. These boards would work for kids under 120 lbs.

Boards range in size mostly from 4-8 to 5-6 and will be priced to move from $125-300, depending on the board's condition. The boards were built by a range of shapers who have grom boards dialed, including Channel Islands, Roberts, Sharp Eye, Bill Johnson and Kalu Coletta.

If you are an aspiring ripper interested in high caliber used equipment, send a text to Mike at 415-203-6390 and he'll do his best to hook you up with a great stick at a fair price.

Good luck!
Coach Mike

MAVERICKS INVITATIONAL ENDS WITH A WELL DESERVED VICTORY

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Mark Healy goes crazy on a Mavericks left. Photo: Ryan Craig. Transworld Surf

Story by August Howell, Half Moon Bay Surf Club team

 The 2012/2013 Mavericks Invitational was a contest to remember. It was definitely not the biggest surf ever, but with Peter Mel winning it after many years riding Mavericks, it will be one for the ages.

 After three years of political turmoil and few takers for sponsorship of the event, GoPro stepped up and did an amazing job. The 11 time world champion Kelly Slater was unable to compete in the event, because of a conflict with the Association of Surfing Professionals. The Mavericks Invitational is not an ASP sponsored event, and Kelly would have been fined possibly thousands of dollars for competing. Go figure. Big wave legend Shane Dorian was also out of the contest because of a shoulder injury sustained while surfing in Nazare, Portugal, the site of the biggest wave ever surfed. Carlos Burle was also out due to injury. Taking their places were the top three alternates Josh Loya, Tyler Fox, and Colin Dwyer.
 
 The weather was ideal for the contest, hardly a cloud in the sky and extremely warm. New for this year, the beach area and the cliffs looking out to Mavericks were closed to the public due to safety concerns about the eroding cliffs and rouge waves coming up to the beach. Instead, there was a massive festival outside the Oceano Hotel, where everybody could walk around and enjoy all the food, games and entertainment that Half Moon Bay could offer, including a large screen with a live feed of the contest. It was very removed from the original Mavericks spectator site, and as Mr. Harden (Sacred Heart Prep religious studies teacher), who was at the festival, put it, "It feels like I could be anywhere, not even at the site of the competition...I feel like that I definitely prefer being able to watch the event in person without the crutch of a television. But it's really fun to see the spirit of the event."
 
However, closed beaches were not a problem for me. I simply showed my press pass to the police who had closed off the entrance to the beach. I walked along the deserted beach and lonely cliffs. The only other people there were press photographers. I saw a large pile of dirt crumble away from the cliff. Definitely not safe.
 
 As Mavericks waves go, the surf was pretty small, the biggest reaching about twenty-five feet on the faces. According to Darryl "Flea" Virostko, one of the original pioneers at Mavericks, and winner of the first three Mavericks contests "The conditions were slow, but there were still some big waves, just long waits. There were really good rides today, but we know what Mavericks can do, so its hard to see it like this for a contest, but we're happy with what happened. Mel won and that's sick."
 
Sacred Heart Prep students Nick Oliver '16 and Nick Becker '16 were able to get onto a boat and watch part of the contest from the sideline. "We left the house at 6am and got there around 7." said Becker. "We got to see the first two heats. It was probably like 20-30ft. The weather was really nice. We were expecting it to be really cold but it was really sunny." Nick Oliver said, "We stayed out there for about two and a half hours...We were there at high tide, so it wasn't the biggest time of the day. It's was big, but for Mavericks it wasn't super big, but it was still pretty big."
 
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Ken "Skindog" Collins (left) and Rusty Long (right); classic Mavericks take off. Photo: Ryan Craig. Transworld Surf
 
Derek Dunfee, a big wave rider, photographer, surf journalist, and an alternate for the contest said "The conditions were perfect. It was about as clean and beautiful and sunny and nice as Mavericks can get. The waves weren't huge but there were enough really good waves to keep the contest fun and exciting." GoPro did an amazing job of sponsoring the event, and got some fantastic shots of Mark Healy, Ben Wilkinson and Peter Mel. "Its cool how they linked up with the big wave surfers and used all the different angels." said Dunfee. Indeed, Anthony Tashnick put his GoPro facing backwards on his helmet to how people what a Mavericks peak will do to you if you get hit.
 
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Peter Mel (red) on a signature steep drop. Photo: Frank Quirarte. Surfing Magazine
 
At last, the event came down to the final heat, which provided some of the best and biggest waves of the event. The final 6 surfers were all superstars, some of them as well known as celebrities, while others were lesser known underground chargers:
 
Peter Mel, a long time stand out at Mavericks; Zach Wormhoudlt, a very active big wave surfer from Santa Cruz; Greg Long, a big wave superstar from San Clemente; Alex Martins, a Brazilian who lives at Ocean Beach and respected local at Mavericks; Mark Healy, overall madman/waterman who surfs the formidable Mavericks left with a unique skill; Shawn Dollar, who has paddled into one of the biggest waves ever ridden at Mavericks.
 
It wasn't announced until the award ceremony, that Peter Mel was the winner of the 2012/13 Mavericks Invitational. Mel told the cheering crowd that all the finalists would split the prize purse of $50,000 dollars between them, showing true camaraderie and brotherhood. To watch more of this memorable event, go to surfermag.com or mavericksinitational.com.
 
Mavs Podium
 
The finalists celebrate Peter Mel announcing the prize money will be split. Photo: Jenna Merrilees
 

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Surf Team Schedule Update

Surf Team Schedule Update:

Our Club calendar has been updated to reflect recent changes in the team contest schedule for both the middle and high schools. This has also just been changed on the SC SSL website as well:

http://www.scsurfleague.org/p/contests.html

In short, there are no comps next weekend. These have been moved to the weekend of Feb 23-24, while the comps on Mar 9-10 have been swapped. The middle school will compete at the Hook for their remaining contests, while the high school will compete at the Point in Feb and the Lane in Mar.

*In addition, thanks to all who attended and donated to the Maverick's Photo Exhibit and raffle - we raised an additional $640 for the Club!

**Thanks go to Oliver for updating the website banner to reflect our new logo, colors and cool attitude! Hope you like it.

Your Coaches

Never winter...

Congratulations HMB Middle School Surf Team on a fun & beautiful (if somewaht cold) day at Manresa!

Results:

Kalea Johnson took 1st in Girls Longboard
Nicky Sorfleet took 6th in Girls Longboard (First time in the finals!)

Kalea Johnson took 4st in Girls Shortboard

HMB fell to New Brighton 71 to 55

Conditions were sublimely groomed in the morning, with light offshores and waist to shoulder high peeling mostly left-breaking waves at high tide and rights as the tide drained towards low. Towards the end of the day onshore winds picked up.

***Most of the Midde School Surfers received their SC SSL T-Shirts. Rocky will have them available for the rest of the team at the next couple of practices.

Fantastic job HMB!
The Coaches

...and just for good measure some video shot by the guys at www.boardwarrior.com on this beautiful day!

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Harbor!

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Harbor!

HMB prevailed by 83 to 26 over Harbor High

HMB's deeper bench of surfers really stepped it up at Manresa, despite missing a couple veteran team members against Harbor's leaner, rebuilding program. Once again we had at least 1 individual finalist in every category and 2 finalists in 3 events. HMB is now 3 for 3 wins so far this season with 2 events left to go at Pleasure Point and The Lane.

Conditions were sublimely groomed in the morning, with light offshores and shoulder-to-head-high peeling mostly left-breaking waves at high tide, favoring our heavily goofy-foot biased team. Tide plunged over the course of day and the left turned into a mosh-pit of sectioning close-outs, forcing many of our finalists to switch to their backhand on the right-breaking sandbar. HMB made the adjustment with style to spare.

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Results:

Special mention goes out for several "firsts" and highlights. Freshman Thomas Lundgard made his first final in shortboard with some very consistent and smart rail-to-rail heat surfing. Junior Konrad Wallace notched his first victory in longboard finals with combination of stylish cross-stepping, fades and cutbacks. Sophomore Luke Eveslage made a strong statement with his first longboard final. Freshman Kaira Wallace was the only double-finalist in women's shortboard and longboard in a test of will and stamina. Freshmen Hunter Murison and Malcolm Feix both made body board finals, keeping our streak alive.

Body Board: Malcolm Feix 3rd, Hunter Murison 4th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd
Men's Longboard: Konrad Wallace 1st, Luke Eveslage 5th
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd, Hannah Tonnessen 6th
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard 6th

***Finalists have all received their SC SSL T-Shirts. I will have them available for the rest of the team at the next couple practices or you can contact me directly.

Fantastic job HMB!
Coach Mike

Need a Christmas Gift...?

Consider giving the gift of a Half Moon Bay Surf Club Sweatshirt or T-Shirt.

We have

  • The worlds warmest HMB Surf Club SweatShirts/Hoodies are $50
  • Girls HMB Surf Club Hoodies are $45
  • HMB Surf Club Boys & Girls T-shirts are $20 each

Contact Rocky Raynor at RRaynor@ultraflexinc.com and arrange to pick up your Christmas Gift.

 

Merry Christmas

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Aptos

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on your dual meet win over Aptos Saturday by 70 to 55!

Another great team performance turned in by HMB in small and tricky conditions at The Hook in Santa Cruz. Everyone contributed to the win, our second straight for the season. With a team stacked with goofy footers, the small right breaking reef definitely put HMB on the back foot and at big a disadvantage, but no matter...

In the team competition Hunter Murison (2nd), Konrad Wallace (1st) and Peter Lundgard (3rd) advanced out of the mens shortboard rounds; Hannah Tonnessen (3rd) and Kaira Wallace (1st) advanced out of womens shortboard; Konrad (2nd) and Kaira (1st) advanced from their respective longboard heats; and our Ace squad of Zander Dragony (1st), Hunter Murison (2nd, subbing for brother Carson) and Malcolm Feix (3rd) swept again in bodyboard. Fantastic!

In the individual finals HMB surfers placed in every category with the following results:

Womens longboard: Kaira 3rd
Mens longboard: Konrad 2nd
Womens shortboard: Kaira 5th
Mens shortboard: Peter 4th
Co-ed Bodyboard: Hunter 3rd, Zander 5th

Really great job, fine team spirit and super fun day. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out. Next up we have a contest on January 12th against Harbor at Manresa, another beach break which should suit us just fine. Look out!

Congrats again,
Coach Mike

The Mavericks Invitational window opens

 

The Opening Ceremony of the Mavericks Invitational 2012-2013 

       On Friday, November 11, I was privileged to participate in the annual paddle-out for the opening ceremony for the Mavericks Invitational Contest, in Half Moon Bay, California. A contest where only the worlds best big wave surfers are allowed to participate. I left as soon as the bell rang at the end of school,  and was allowed to miss one cross country practice for this unique opportunity. As a part of the HMB surf team, I was invited to join the big wave riding community to paddle out near the Mavericks break, just outside of the Princeton Harbor. 

         Once I got there, I sprinted the quarter-mile to the beach with my board and my wetsuit. When I got to the beach, I saw everybody starting to paddle out; racing into the water and grabbing the large tea leaf that was part of the ceremony, I paddled out into the circle of legendary big wave surfers. The founder and pioneer of Mavericks, Jeff Clark, said a few words about the spirit of the contest, which will be held in honor of Jay Moriarty. All of the surfers said a few words about the contest and how grateful they were, to be able to participate. Then we all recognized Moriarty with a cheer and threw our leaves into the circle. I was only a few spaces away from the legendary Nathan Fletcher, who won the Ride of the Year, Biggest Tube Ride of the year, and Best Overall performance in the Billabong XXL awards this year. Only one space away from me was Danilo Couto, a famous Brazilian big wave rider. There was Greg Long, another big wave superstar and winner of the prestigious Eddie Aikau 2010 contest. The window for the contest opened on November 9th 2012, and closes on March 31, 2013. This is sure to be an amazing contest, and you can watch it live on surfline.com or mavericksinvitational.com

WEEKEND SURF ADVISORY - All surf team contests scheduled for Hook cancelled

WEEKEND SURF ADVISORY:

Please be advised: all SCSSL surf contests scheduled for Hook in Santa Cruz this weekend (Dec 1-2) for both junior high and high school squads have been cancelled due to storm surf conditions.

Here's what 38th St looks like if you're curious:

http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/38th-ave-central-california_4191/

The contest director informs us that they will tentatively attempt to reschedule these events the following weekend of Dec 8-9, and will keep us in the loop next week as the situation is clarified.

WE HAVE LIKEWISE CANCELLED SUNDAY PRACTICES FOR THE CLUB AND TEAM SURFERS, WHICH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HELD DUE TO THE COMPS ANYWAY. PLEASE TAKE CARE IF YOU CHOOSE TO SURF ON YOUR OWN. AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND WAITING 72-HOURS FOLLOWING SIGNIFICANT STORMS AND HEAVY RUN-OFF DUE TO WATER POLLUTION.

Thanks for your patience, stay dry, and perhaps go see "Chasing Mavericks" or go bowling instead...

Your Coaches

Sunday Practice Captured on video by Chris Loeswick

Sunday's practice was captured on video by Chris Loeswick:

Anyone who made Sunday's practice should check out Chris's video. Nice straight air by Mr. Hunter Murison.

Conditions we're kinda wonky and back-washy, so all you guys did really well to get some contestable waves and turns.

Remember, for comp surfers we need to continue to work on "speed, power and flow" as well as opening up the front shoulder to set up turns with the hands. Variety is also very important. If you did a roundhouse, follow-up with an off-the-lip and floater (or air!).

Chris promises to get even more kids next time around.

Thanks Chris!

Coach Mike

HMB Surf "Team/Comp" Practice Sunday in Santa Cruz @ 41st Ave./Hook

HMB Surf TEAM Practice will be in Santa Cruz on Sunday 9:15 a.m. (Nov 4th) - Team/Comp Practice will be a "Free Surf Practice" split between the Hook to Pleasure Point depending on the surfers ability and conditions.

We will first meet up at Starbuck's in HMB at 7:45 am on Sunday morning to depart for SC for a tune-up at our next competition venue at the Hook. Then we will make our way to The Hook parking lot at the end of 41st St by 9:15 a.m. The purpose is to gain familiarity with the break. If anyone needs a ride, please show up promptly. After Practice we will head over to Steamer Lane to watch the WCT - O'Neill Cold Water Classic - to witness some high performance contest techniques in person.

Surf "Club members" are encouraged to get in the water at the Jetty in HMB at 9 a.m. Though there will be fewer coaches, we should have the trailer available and some support. If you want to see some truly outstanding surfing after practice, you should try to make it down to Santa Cruz to see the top 32 surfers on the ASP World tour compete at the Lane. This is also a good opportunity for the groms to hound the Pros for autographs... just sayin.

The Coaches

Congratulations HMB Cunha Surf Team on meet win over Santa Cruz Mountain

Congratulations HMB Cunha Surf Team on Dual meet win over Santa Cruz Mountain:

HMB 82 vs Santa Cruz Mountain 41

Great team performance for the second victory of the season Sunday  at our home break Kelly Avenue in contestable conditions. Great sweep by bodyboard team (Kelby, Grayson, Carlos) as well as the Boys ShortBoard & LongBoard and the Girls Short and Long Board sqauds!

A number of surfers also persevered through multiple heats and made it to the individual finals:

Body Board 
Kelby Kramer 3rd
Grayson Capers 5th
 
Men’s Long Board
Tanner Islander 5th
 
Woman’s Long Board
Kalea Johnson 2nd
Hanna Pintarelli 3rd
 
Woman’s Short Board
Kalea  Johnson 5th
Hanna  Pintarelli 4th
 

Nice job by everyone and thanks to all that came out and supported our surfers at their home break!

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