Boosters Black & Orange Ball:
As many of you HMB High sports families are aware, the 6th Annual Black & Orange Ball will be held on Saturday, November 14th at La Costanera Restaurant in Montara from 6:30-11:00 pm. This lively and fun event is the Boosters most important fundraiser of the year in support of the high school's athletic programs. Look for a list of auction and raffle items coming soon.
As a show of support to our athletic programs and BAC, I strongly encourage you to attend. Your attendance will help ensure athletics will continue to be integral part of our students' overall high school educational experience. To purchase tickets and for more details regarding the event, please go to:
See you there!
HMB High Athletic Director
HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results:
There are not too many sports in which you are simultaneously part of the food chain and your "playing field" is in a constant state of flux. Surfing is one of those few and the challenges at the season opener at Manresa built in proportion to the sinking tide and fast-rising swell Sunday. Team heats at the crack of dawn were held in fast, glassy, head high conditions. By the end of the day finalists faced double-overhead walls that detonated in waist deep water and tested their courage as much as their surfing skills.
HMB had a number of surfers advance from the team round, including Nate Feix (1) and Hunter Murison (2) in men's shortboard, Kaira Wallace (1) and Nikki Sorfleet (3) in women's shortboard, Coel Miller (3) in men's longboard and Kaira Wallace (2) in women's longboard. Despite those solid efforts HMB (47) fell to a reinvigorated Soquel (57).
There were a number of outstanding efforts that demonstrated the deep reservoir of talent and potential of the 2015-16 team. The alternate round saw Mitchell King (2) through on men's shortboard with intelligent reads of the reforms. Malcolm Feix (1) advanced in men's longboard and Nikki Sorfleet (2) in women's longboard.
Nate continued to march through men's shortboard to the semi-finals with some very mature and clean rail work for this freshman, before bowing out. Also a freshman, cool headed Nikki extended her impressive run to both shortboard and longboard semis. Hunter had an outstanding semi in shortboard, sticking huge floaters and top turns into exploding close-outs just as he planned, earning 8's for single critical moves.
Women's longboard: Kaira Wallace (1)
Men's longboard: Malcolm Feix (4), Coel Miller (5)
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace (4)
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murison (5)
Congratulations to all the team after a very challenging start to the season. Looking forward to the next contest on November 21-22 at Pleasure Point/The Hook, where we should get a little more protection from the elements.
Mike and Kerri
Weekend Comps Moved to Manresa in Santa Cruz:
Heads up Folks,
This weekend's contests have been moved to Manresa State Beach due to surf conditions. Map and schedule on the website: http://www.scsurfleague.org Still middle school on Saturday (Oct-24) and high school Sunday (Oct-25).
You will need to leave HMB at 5:30 a.m. to get to Manresa by 7 a.m.
See you at the beach,
HMB Surf Teams Competition Schedule:
- Saturday, Oct 24th: Middle School Teams (7:30 a.m. Team Heats for Cunha)
- Sunday, Oct 25th: High School Teams (7:30 a.m. Team Heats for HMB)
***Please be at the beach ready to go by 7 a.m. each day for a team meeting***
- Conditions should be 4-5' and fading on Saturday, rebuilding on Sunday especially by the afternoon, which could get a bit rougher.
- Club surfers are encouraged to attend the competition either day and cheer on their teams!!
- There is a fee to park. The closest food/supplies is in San Gregorio -- so plan accordingly! Have enough food and hydration to last you all day.
Experienced Team surfers (both middle and high school) are also invited to join the "Titans of Maverick's" paddle out opening ceremony on Saturday at the Maverick's beach, gathering from 2-2:30 p.m. Please be respectful and do not follow the invitees out past Mushroom Rock. Club surfers and their families are also welcome to attend the event as spectators on the beach.
See you this weekend,
I will be in Moab Utah for the next 10 days or so. With that being said, we will not be holding club practices in my absence. Both High School and Middle School teams will be competing this coming weekend. Check the website for updates on the location. I strongly encourage all of you club surfers to go watch and cheer for our surfers. You will learn a lot by watching! Conditions should be good for you to surf too but make sure to stay out of the contest zone:)
Hopefully we will get some much needed rain soon so that we can get some local sand bars going. When conditions are right, I would like to run some club heats. This will give you club surfers a chance to learn some competition skills.
Have fun and get some surf! I'll see you all when I return!!
Looks like we may get a narrow window to pull off a club surf tomorrow. The biggest challenge tomorrow morning is the traffic associated with the Pumpkin Festival.
For any of you that want to get a surf in early, I'll be checking surf in the southern beaches (Pomponio and Pescadero) before 7am. I'll send a follow up email on what beach we will be surfing.
I know it may be a push... but I'll be at Pomponio around 6:30am to open the gate for anyone that wants to try and get a quick session in before school. Feel free to text or call me for a report.
I know I'm sounding like a broken record... but hang in there! We will get surfable conditions again... an hopefully soon.
According to surfline the forecast is for 9-10 feet 3ft overhead to double overhead. Definitely not conducive to running a safe club practice.
I checked every beach from Pomponio up to Dunes this morning and I didn't see any place that would be safe to run club for tomorrow. Best bet if you are really hoping to get in the water is the Jetty or Linda Mar. Both places however are excluded from our practice venues so you'll be on your own. Other option is to make a run down to Santa Cruz. Otherwise... take advantage of the crummy conditions and get ahead on your homework and clean your room.
Pray for clean manageable surf!!
HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:
Surf comes back up this weekend along with the wind, but Coach Mike will be out of town unfortunately and there will be no formal practice on Friday or Sunday. Please buddy-up and continue to work on your "S-turns" in order to create speed for a powerful bottom-to-top turn combo. If you have that mastered, continue to work on using your hands and arms to set up your turns.
Check out style master Sean Mattison's video below for some excellent tips:
Also check out Julian Wilson's "15 Exceptional Ways to Improve You Surfing":
There will be a test when I come back. ;)
Looks like we are plagued again with disorganized wind swell and on-shore wind for tomorrow.
Like last weekend, the best sand bars seem to be south of Half Moon Bay. I'll be out early scouting for the best location to run Club. Check your emails prior to leaving your house for the latest update.
Conditions will be too challenging for beginners as the wave size is forecast to be 4-6 feet. I will not be bringing the trailer tomorrow. If you need a soft top or boogie board be sure to stop by Rocky's house on your way to get what ever you need. Please call or text me if you need directions.
I can be reached at 650-773-0936
HMB HIGH SURF TEAM Practice Schedule:
1) Friday 4 pm Montara
2) Sunday 9 am Montara
Low tide and onshores may well make for marginal conditions on Friday and it will likely be small on Sunday morning, so be prepared to change venues...
ONLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM SURFERS: Please note that by now you should have signed up for text/email alerts via the www.hmbhsathetics.com website, which we will use to communicate practice details/changes and other short updates going forward.
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Practice is on for tomorrow morning at 9am. Location is still up in the air depending on where we can find the best waves. Most likely it will be at Pomponio or San Gregorio. We'll be out scouting early and will send out an email once the location has been determined. Be sure to check your email prior to leaving your house.
Conditions may actually be a bit larger than last weekend. We're expecting surf in the waist to head high range with some plus sets. If you or your child is a beginner surfer please use caution. You may want to sit this one out. Unfortunately we don't have any beginner places to surf this fall due to the lack of sandbars at Dunes, Rosevelt and Venice. Regardless it will be a beautiful day at the beach!
Marty, Rocky, Andrew and Emily
HMB SURF "TEAMS" COMP SCHEDULE:
At our SCSSL league meeting last night in Santa Cruz some very important improvements were made to the competition schedule and structure.
See below from Susan and Ward Coffey:
It was great to see everyone at the meeting - and we missed those of you who couldn’t make it. As discussed, we will be keeping the contest dates flexible this year, like a contest window. The middle and high school teams will both compete on the same weekend, but we will wait until we know the conditions to determine who surfs on what day. We hope to make the call by Wednesday before the contest and are making the change so we can put surfers in the best and safest conditions for their age and ability.
The contest weekends are:
Oct 24 - 25 Half Moon Bay
Nov 21 - 22 Pleasure Point / The Hook
Jan 30 - 31 Pleasure Point / The Hook
Feb 20 - 21 the Lane
Mar 19 - 20 Manresa
The other changes we discussed affects the HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION ONLY:
1) We are going to drop the body board division from the "team round." but will be accepting alternates to surf in a body board semi and final in the "individual round."
2) With that extra time, we will be adding 6 additional shortboard men's alternate spots. Each team is guaranteed 2 spots. Any slot left vacant will be filled by lottery.
3) Finals will now be 20 minutes long vs 15 minutes for heats.
Let me know if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to another great year!
Susan and Ward
Sunday morning at 9:00am will be our first club practice. Conditions should be good for club with surf in the 2-3 foot range and a incoming tide. The only variable missing in the equation is a decent sandbar.
We'll just have to wait and see what develops.
We'll see you all on Sunday.