Middle School Surf Team States Results

Middle School Surf Team States Results:

Conditions Saturday started out rainy and blustery with 3-5' peaks, and by the afternoon we were all enjoying a typical sunny Southern California day with the combo swell filling in. Those conditions played into our HMB surfers' strengths, as a number of our rippers advanced from the team rounds to the individual rounds at the Scholastic Surf Series Middle School State Championships.

Team Round:

Clay Johnson advanced in Boy's shortboard Saturday, but was eliminated in round 2. He also advanced with a 1st place in Boy's longboard. Luca Padua handily advanced through both rounds 1 and 2 in Boy's shortboard. Andy Vana just missed advancement in Boy's shortboard and Boy's longboard. Nick Wiley missed advancing in Boy's shortboard but advanced in Boy's longboard. Emma Stone advanced in her Girl's shortboard round, scoring a 9.5 (out of 10) on a single wave earning her 1st place. She also advanced with a 1st place in Girl's longboard.

Individual Round:

Sunday was a whole new game. We showed up to find a consistent 6-10ft bombing south swell. Surfers on the south side lucked out, able to use the channel/rip along the jetty, but surfers on the north side had to fight their way through 10 minute-long close-out sets. Clay continued to advance in Boy's longboard earning 1st place in both the quarter and semi finals. Luca advanced through round 3 in heavy conditions on the north side, but was eliminated in the Boy's shortboard quarter final. Andy Vana advanced with a solid 2nd place in round 1 in Co-ed bodyboard, but his run ended in the quarter final. Nick Wiley also advanced in Co-ed bodyboard, but just missed advancement to the semi final and was eliminated in the quarter final as well. Nick also advanced in Boy's longboard to round 2. Emma had a marathon day with a total of 5 heats all on the north side. Her luck ran out in round 2 for Girl's longboard, but she marched through all the rounds into Girl's shortboard finals.

FINALS:

Clay Johnson caught two of the biggest bombs of the event in his Boy's longboard final and that enabled him to lock down a fantastic 2nd place finish in the State Championships. Emma Stone endured a 10 minute double overhead set and yet was still able to catch three solid waves to finish 3rd in the State in a very tightly contested Girl's shortboard final. The HMB middle school placed 4th overall in Boy's longboard in the State.

Honorable Mention: Scott Johnson surfed the coaches' longboard final with the team hooting him on from the jetty and he finished with a solid 5th place.

Congratulations to all five surfers and coaches! Way to represent HMB at the SSS Middle School State Championships!

Coach Adam

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