Surf Team - High School State Championships Results

Surf Team - High School State Championships Results:

At the start of the long season waaay back in 2016 I told this team that they were collectively the deepest and most talented group I had worked with yet in HMB. After a shaky start to the season, I'm proud to report they saved the best for last and proved to themselves last weekend that they can compete with the best surfers in the state. Conditions were super clean and ripable to start on Saturday for the team round, but turned a bit onshore, ugly and very challenging by Monday's individuals. A great set of photos from Club President Oliver Keeton can be found here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/olkeeton/sets/72157682927463016
Oceanside SSS April 2017

Team Round Saturday:

For the first time in school history the Cougars advanced teams in 3 out of 5 categories -- men's shortboard, women's shortboard and with the women's longboard team making it all the way to the semi-finals. After a fiery opening round against Torrey Pines, men's shortboard was halted by state's favorite San Clemente. Women's shortboard defeated La Costa Canyon, but fell to Carlsbad in the quarters. But women's longboard took down Laguna Beach in the opening round before succumbing to Carlsbad in the semis. The final overall team round results will ultimately be posted on: https://www.surfsss.org/high-school-state-championships/ Congratulations to all, but especially to the women's longboard team of Kacie and Nikki Sorfleet and Ella Catalano-Dockens who slugged it out nearly to the end.

Individuals Monday:

In men's shortboard Grayson Capers (2), Ryan Bair (1) and Nate Feix (2) all advanced out of the first round, with Ryan (4) ending his run in round two just out of the money. Nate (3) advanced out of round two before being halted in the quarters (4).

Men's longboard saw Ethan Levitt (3), Clay Johnson (1) and Coel Miller (3) all advance out of round one, while freshman Clay marched all the way to a fourth overall in the state finals.

Women's shortboard was led by Emma Stone (1) and Ella Catalano-Dockens (3) in the opening round. Freshmen Emma and Ella extended their streak all the way to the semi-finals with a 5th and 6th respectively in very rough and challenging conditions.

Women's longboard was dominated by Ella Catalano-Dockens, who made mature wave selection a hallmark of her run all the way through 3 rounds to a fifth overall in the state finals.

In co-ed Bodyboard Grayson Capers whirled, spun and barrel-rolled all the way through to a sixth place in the semi-finals.

What a remarkable feat for HMB to advance so many surfers in this round as well -- by far the most for us of any state championships performance. We also honored our seniors Grayson Capers, Tanner Islander and Team Captain Coel Miller, who will be sorely missed -- may the swell rise to meet them on their next adventures. Kudos to all on a fantastic weekend of competition, but a special shout out go to Clay and Ella for displaying maturity and tenacity beyond their years and making state finals as freshmen. The future looks to be in good hands. Thanks to women's team coach Kerri Kemp, and to Marty Phelps for arranging camping on-base at Pendleton within striking distance of Trestles and San-O. Fun times, go Cougars!

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

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