Update for Wednesday 5.3.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

05/03/2017 4:00 pm
05/03/2017 5:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's and C's Welcome)

Looks like conditions might be perfect for Club on Wednesday.

Forecast is for smaller waves tomorrow and may be okay for C surfers to join us. We'll be short staffed on coaches as I will be the only coach in the water for the first half of practice. It will be up to the surfer's parents discretion to let their child surf.

It's going to be hot and sunny so be sure to drink plenty of water and don't forget your sunscreen!!

I'll see you all at the beach on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. Please check your email for updates prior to driving to the beach!

Thanks,
Coach Marty

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

Wednesday 4.26.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach** - Tentative

04/26/2017 4:00 pm
04/26/2017 5:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Club Surfers,

Conditions are pretty jumbled up today. Hopefully things will settle down tomorrow.
Unless otherwise noted... practice will be at Dunes at 4:00pm. We will have the trailer with the Wavestorm (Softops).

Conditions are very suspect so please be sure to check email tomorrow afternoon before heading to the beach. I'll send out an update if location changes or if cancelled.

Coach Marty

Tuesday 4.18.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

04/18/2017 4:00 pm
04/18/2017 5:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Club Surfers,

Sorry for the late notice but it looks like we may be able to pull off club practice today! We'll keep an eye on the winds throughout the day. If things hold together... practice is on! This should be okay for C's too... but parents need to be present to make the final decision.

Unless otherwise noted... practice will be at Dunes at 4:00pm. We will have the trailer with the Wavestorm (Softops).

Please be sure to check email this afternoon before heading to the beach. I'll send out an update if location changes or if cancelled.

Coach Marty

HMB High Surf Team Results from Pleasure Point

HMB High Surf Team Results from Pleasure Point:

It was HMB taking down HMB in "bye" at the Point, which HMB swept in every category of Men's shortboard, Women's shortboard, Men's longboard and Women's longboard. This was due to lack of a sixth high school team in the SCSSL, but it also allowed the Cougars to stack the quarters and semis in the individual rounds. Fun, clean, ripable conditions prevailed through the early low tide, before getting more challenging as the tide filed back in. Always a great venue, the temps, wind and weather were ideal.

Alternate/Individual round:

Showcasing the depth of our team, all of our alternates advanced in either 2nd or 3rd place to the quarter finals, before a few stumbles in men's shortboard in particular, which saw Clay Johnson, Nick Wiley, Andy Vana, Nate Feix and Nico Simrock bow out. Mitchell King rode his alternate (3) run through in shortboard to the semi-finals with some aggressive toe-to-toe surfing with the Santa Cruz rippers. Likewise, with the exception of Emma Stone, the women's shortboard team of Ella Catalano-Dockens, Nikki Sorfleet, Kacie Sorfleet and Holly Ebert ended their run in the shortboard semis. After fielding four surfers in the men's longboard semis, Ethan Levitt and Andy Vana bowed out, while Clay and Mitchell moved on.

Final Results:

Emma Stone (4) women's shortboard
Clay Johnson (2) men's longboard
Mitchell King (6) men's longboard

Emma was swarmed by the Santa Cruz women in the final, but landed an under-the-lip take-off on a bomb and lined up a long, contestable runner with several mean cutbacks. Clay finished first in every longboard heat bar the finals and had that heat combo'ed in the first 6 minutes of the final before the others fought back. Mitchell finished the regular season with his best combined result and first finals appearance, with marked technical improvement and a feisty competitive drive.

State Championships are up next weekend and it will be great to get the full team back together after missing our seniors for the past two comps. Forecasts are looking good for waves and weather. It should be an epic long weekend and I will send out more details shortly on some logistics.

Mahalo and Happy Easter!

Coach Mike

Saturday’s high school contest at Pleasure Point

04/15/2017 9:00 am
America/Los Angeles

From SCSSL:

The schedule for this Saturday’s high school contest at Pleasure Point is below. Start time is 7:00.

High School: Saturday, April 15 at the Point

7:00 Soquel v Aptos
8:15 Santa Cruz v SC Mountain
9:30 HMB v Half Moon Bay

(HMB gets all 6 spots in each heat of the team round. We have 5 HS teams this year instead of 6. Each team will have one contest where the team will automatically advance out of the team round. However, surfers will need to surf their heat to advance. Teams can fill the empty spots with additional surfers from their own team.)

Contests roster is attached.

Let me know if you have any questions!
Susan
831 458 9332

Wednesday 4.5.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

04/05/2017 4:00 pm
04/05/2017 5:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Club Surfers,

Looks like we may have an opportunity to get a club session in on Wednesday. The forecast is calling for 4-6 feet which is a bit big for the C's (Parents Discretion) but should be fine for A's and B's.

Unless otherwise noted... practice will be at Dunes at 4:00pm. We will have the trailer with the Wavestorm (Softops).

Please be sure to check email tomorrow afternoon before heading to the beach. I'll send out an update if location changes or if cancelled.

Coach Marty

HMB Surf Club Volunteers Needed Urgently for Operation Surf

03/30/2017 9:00 am
04/05/2017 6:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB Surf Club Volunteers Needed Urgently for Operation Surf:

Santa Cruz is hosting newly released veterans who have been severely injured in Iraq or Afghanistan from March 30 through April 5th to introduce them to the healing power of the ocean. The group urgently requires experienced surfers to help out in the line-up. Please sign up for a slot and get volunteer credits as well as change the lives of those who sacrificed so much.

http://amazingsurfadventures.org/event/operation-surf-santa-cruz-2017/ (ABOUT THE EVENT).

They are using an online registration system this year - Below are the directions on how to sign up for the times you can help.

There is also a meeting for volunteers this Sat. March 25 10:00 at the Marine Sanctuary visitors center 35 Pacific Ave.

Looking forward to a great event this year!

Aloha,

Richard Schmidt

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/F7Kt7D

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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We're looking forward to surfing with you,
RSSS Inc.
849 Almar PO Box 192 SC CA 95060
831-423-0928
Richardschmidt.com

Surf Swap at Calee Board Factory April 1

04/01/2017 11:00 am
America/Los Angeles

Surf Club/Teams:

This is no joke! You are invited to buy, sell, swap your surf equipment, wetsuits, etc. at Calee Board Factory this Saturday, April 1st from 11 am-4 pm. Great opportunity to pick up or unload some surf gear. http://www.caleeboardfactory.com/

1117 Pametto
Pacifica, CA 94044

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Calee+Board+Factory/@37.6425437,-122.4925657,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x509e39295132f6d1!8m2!3d37.6425437!4d-122.4925657

See you there,

Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team Results from Manresa

HMB High Surf Team Results from Manresa:

Well, folks, we pulled off another classic contest at Manresa on Sunday, in the deep south of Santa Cruz. And the beach break was "right up our alley" as predicted in our last missive. Glassy shoulder high peelers with an inner and outer bar greeted us mid-morning, pretty enough to send a couple coaches scurrying for their wetsuits before the team round. Shorts and T's gave way to hoodies, windbreakers and Uggs, however, by the time the onshores arrived, but it was contestable all day and HMB came to play.

Team Round:

HMB (61) took out Santa Cruz Mountain (44) despite the absence of three of our seniors for Lifeguard training, which leveled the team round. But the next generation and alternates really stepped up with some aggressive heat surfing. Mitchell King (2), Clay Johnson (1) and Nate Feix (3) swept the first men's shortboard head and Ryan Bair (2) and Luca Padua (1) advanced out of the second. Emma Stone (1) and Ella Catalano-Dockens (2) took charge of women's shortboard. Clay (1) and Andy Vana (2) dominated men's longboard, while Kacie Sorfleet (3) advanced from women's longboard.

Alternate/Individual Round:

The Surfin Cougars took advantage of the clean conditions to send several surfers from alternates into quarters/semis. Among them, Nick Wiley (3) advanced in shortboard, before bowing out in quarters, along with Ryan. Mitchell King carved his high performance longboard (2) out of quarters and as far a semis. Emma (2) and Ella (3) displayed fine team spirit with another dual advance in women's longboard alternates. Kacie extended her run to both women's short- and longboard semis, as did Ella in her best performance to date.

The HMB mega-heat in men's shortboard semis saw Clay, Mitchell, Nate and Luca challenge each other as well as two others, but it would be Clay (2) and Luca (3) who squeaked through to the finals. Emma marched through to her second consecutive double-final, a feat that Clay matched for the first time at Manresa. Clay had his best finish of the season in men's longboard and appears to be just getting warmed up.

Final Results:

Emma Stone (5) women's longboard
Emma Stone (5) women's shortboard
Clay Johnson (2) men's longboard
Clay Johnson (6) men's shortboard
Luca Padua (5) men's shortboard

Super proud of this team to overcome a depleted roster and adverse conditions, but I believe that all of our talented surfers have a lot left in the tank before even approaching their potential. We will have a make-up contest at Pleasure Point on April 15th as a final tune-up for State Championships in late-April. Let's crank it up to 11!

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

High School Surf Team Make-up Contest April 15 at Pleasure Point

04/15/2017 8:00 am
America/Los Angeles

High School Surf Team Make-up Contest April 15 at Pleasure Point:

From the SCSSL:

"Hi High School Coaches,

Our make up contest will be April 15th at Pleasure Point (with the Hook as a back up). I’m sorry it’s taken so long to pin down a date - it’s been a challenging year for scheduling contests..."

Susan

Manresa contest schedule - MS Saturday, HS Sunday

Manresa contest schedule from Susan at SCSSL:

"Hi Coaches,

Our contests this weekend are at Manresa State Beach. Start time for both days is 8:00. Conditions look good - light wind, medium tides, and the sand bars have been setting up nicely. Parking is $10 (I think) or bring your State Park pass if you have one. Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, March 18: Middle Schools at Manresa

8:00 New Brighton v Aptos
9:15 SC Mountain v Half Moon Bay
10:30 Mission Hill v Shoreline

Sunday, March 19: High Schools at Manresa

8:00 Aptos v
9:15 Soquel v Santa Cruz
10:30 Half Moon Bay v SC Mountain

(Aptos gets all 6 spots in each heat of the team round. We have 5 HS teams this year instead of 6. Each team will have one contest where the team will automatically advance out of the team round. However, surfers will need to surf their heat to advance. Teams can fill the empty spots with additional surfers from their own team.)

Contests rosters are attached.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Susan
831 458 9332"

Tuesday 3.14.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

03/14/2017 4:00 pm
03/14/2017 5:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Club Surfers,

Tomorrow's forecast looks like it may work for the "B" surfers and will most likely be too challenging for the C's... however if may still be worth a look.

Unless otherwise noted... practice will be at Dunes at 4:00pm. We will have the trailer with the Wavestorm (Softops).

Please be sure to check email tomorrow afternoon before heading to the beach. I'll send out an update if location changes or if cancelled.

Coach Marty

Club Surf Practice Sunday 3.12.17 Dunes Beach 9am

03/12/2017 9:00 am
03/12/2017 11:30 am
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Club Surfers,

It looks likes the conditions will be okay for Sunday Morning at Dunes Beach at 9am. I won't be able to bring the trailer so if you need a wavestorm you'll have to stop at Cunha and grab one from the trailer on the way to the beach.

Conditions should be suitable for B surfers and as always A surfers are welcome. C surfers are welcome so long as they have a parent present on the beach.

Please check your email ahead of time to make sure we haven't moved or canceled. If there is no update... it means practice is on!

Coach Marty

Tuesday 3.7.17

03/07/2017 4:00 pm
03/07/2017 5:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Club Surfers,

We are hopeful that conditions will clean up tomorrow. The plan is for Dunes beach at 4pm. Conditions will most likely be to big for C surfers but okay for B's.

Please check your email ahead of time to make sure we haven't moved or canceled. If there is no update... it means practice is on!

Coach Marty

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