2016 Autism Surf Camp to be held with Indo-JAX at Dunes Beach...June 30th

06/30/2016 9:30 am
America/Los Angeles

High School Surf Team State Championships Forms

High School Surf Team State Championships Forms:

Coaches will be submitting the team roster and fee for states this week, which will be covered by the Surf Club, but surfers will have to fill out two forms to take part: an "Individual Competition Entry Form" (for those who wish to take part in this additional event Monday, April 18) and "Student Membership" waiver (required for both team and individual events).

1) "Individual Competition Entry Form"

https://www.surfsss.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/High-School-State...

- Specify which individual events you wish to take part in - $50/event
- You must get a coach's signature on the form
- Surfers will send in their own individual entries, membership waiver and checks

2) "Student Membership" waiver

https://www.surfsss.org/student-membership-20152016/

- Everyone must fill out the form online and submit directly
- Then print out form and include with your individual entry form with a check
- If not participating in individuals, print a copy send to the SSS

Let's try to get this all done by this weekend's practice for coach signatures. The drop-dead due date is April 4th, but by then many of the slots may be filled. Surfers are responsible for their own individual entries, payment and getting a coach's signature.

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

Bust a move with Redwood Roots

02/26/2016 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

From Wendy Padua:

All Surf Club families are invited to come to the HMB Brewery Friday night, 2/26, from 7:00 - 10:00 for the great reggae/rock sounds of Redwood Roots, Gino Padua's groovin new band. What a fun way to kick off the Jetty Classic contest on Saturday (unless you have an early heat)!

Your Coaches

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Lane

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Lane:

The sleeping giant Cougar Surf Team final awoke on Saturday, breaking a 3-contest losing streak with renewed energy and panache in challenging conditions at the marquee Steamer Lane. High tide in the morning, sunny skies and offshores greeted the squad, with solid overhead short-period swell ensuring plenty of large waves. Heats mostly ran at the Slot before at high tide before shifting over toward Middle Peak and Indicators as the tide plunged to negative in the afternoon, making for some tricky positioning decisions in the heats. Surfers were forced to enter the contest zone off the point and exit all the way at the statue or Cowells in the early rounds, followed by a biathlon-like run-around for their next wave or heat. To put it in perspective, locals were surfing their Maverick's guns out the back by the afternoon. HMB surfers were hooted into waves by the likes of former WSL Rookie of the Year Nat Young, who was rumored prowling the line-up.

Team Round:

HMB (61) handily prevailed over a depleted Harbor/Carmel (31), with the men's shortboard team in particular really stepping it up, with Hunter Murison (1) and Coel Miller (2) advancing in heat one, while Nate Feix (1) and Malcolm Feix (2) advancing in heat two. In women's shortboard Kaira Wallace placed (1) and Mia O'Brien (2). Men's longboard saw Coel (2) and Hunter (3) also advance, while in women's longboard Nikki Sorfleet (2) and Kaira (3) made it through to individuals.

Individual Round:

In the alternate round Malcolm Feix (1) took the back door in longboard and rode that opportunity all the way to the finals. While Dominic Padua failed to advance on shortboard alternate, in a major coup he challenged the Lane on his own self-shaped board and fins, while Nate (6) was halted at quarters. Nikki (6) bowed out in women's longboard semis, but only after a very courageous effort in huge, hollow surf at low tide. It was the Coel, Malcolm and Hunter show after that, with the first two lighting up the Lane with their power surfing into BOTH short- and longboard finals. Coel stole the show with aggressive turns, grab-rail cut-backs and strong finishing, while Malcolm heroically overcame a cold to double-final (same as last year at Kelly). Hunter was unfortunate to bow out in mens' shortboard semis, but advanced to men's finals in longboard. All three caught some epic Middle-peak bombs in longboard semis (HMB swept) and finals, fighting off the local gun-slingers. Kaira scratched into finals in both divisions as well.

Titans of the Lane:

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.feix?fref=ts

Final Results:

Kaira Wallace: (5) women's shortboard, (1) women's longboard
Coel Miller: (4) men's shortboard, (3) men's longboard
Malcolm Feix: (3) men's shortboard, (4) men's longboard
Hunter Murison: (2) men's longboard

That's three double finalists folks and a 1st and 2nd place in women's and men's longboard at a world class break where home court advantage is huge. Tremendous job HMB! Very proud of the rebound in this team and the character and energy they reclaimed. Next comp is March 19-20, mostly likely at Pleasure Point.

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

Surf Contest Nutrition

Surf Contest Nutrition:

Those planning on surfing more than one heat on contest day should be prepared to bring healthy snacks in their contest packs. Noshing in small portions between heats and staying hydrated is key to success -- keeping your energy levels elevated over the course of a potentially long day, even if you'd rather free surf, is crucial.

"Healthy snacks" include the likes of power bars (Kashi- or granola-type), trail mix, grapes, bananas, cuties (tangerines), veggie sticks, multi-grain chips or crackers, Gatorade, or juice mixed with water in your water bottles, etc. Or pick your favorite, so long as you can peck away at your snacks over the course of the contest, metabolize them easily and stay fueled. Donuts (sorry Marty), hamburgers, burritos or other big entre's can wait until after the comp and will not leave you light on your feet or belly. Coaching studies have found that on contest day healthy carbs and glucose will give you the greatest shot in the arm. And you want to be able to sustain that over the day.

Formula 1 drivers wouldn't put sugar cubes in their tanks (maybe their competitors'); so as athletes, put the "high octane" fuel in yours. Don't stand there shivering wondering when the folks are going to leave their front-row parking space to go get you a big meal. Be prepared in advance and take responsibility for your own success. A couple power bars, fruit, Gatorade at a minimum will do. This is especially true at the Lane, which has minimal concessions nearby.

Let's finish the season strong in our last two regular season comps, with some energy and passion for your sport and teams! Tide will be high for team heats in the morning, so don't be caught napping in your heat and let's make the next rounds. May both teams have a fantastic contest at the Lane this weekend. Good luck!

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

SCSSL Comp Schedule Set for this weekend

SCSSL Comp Schedule Set for this weekend:

From Susan and Ward:

The schedule for this weekend’s contests at the Lane is below. The forecast shows bigger surf on Saturday, decreasing through the weekend. We will run the high schools on Saturday and the middle schools on Sunday.

SCHEDULE

High School: Saturday, Feb 20 at the Lane

7:00 Santa Cruz v SSC Mountain
8:15 Harbor / Carmel v Half Moon Bay
9:30 Soquel v Aptos

Middle School: Sunday, Feb 21 at the Lane
7:00 Mission Hill v Shoreline
8:30 SC Mountain v Half Moon Bay
10:00 New Brighton v Aptos

Let me know if you have any questions.
See you this weekend,
Susan and Ward

Jetty Surf Classic February 27th

Jetty Surf Classic February 27th:

For any team or surf club surfers who didn't already get the message, former assistant coach Chris Loeswick is putting on a fun surf contest at the Jetty. Pro-Am, groms, shortboard, longboard, womens and Masters (old guy) heats are planned. Or just come down to cheer and picnic.

You can sign up here:

http://hmbsurfseries.com/

or check out Chris' Facebook page for details:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153941749237938&set=a.49117208...

See ya there,

Coach Mike

HMB Skate Park GroundBreaking on 2/16/16 - come show some support!

02/16/2016 5:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Folks Lets get out and show some support for the groundbreaking of the new HMB Sakte Park on this coming Tuesday, Feb 16th at 5pm.

From The HMB Review:

Coastsiders are invited to come witness the groundbreaking for Half Moon Bay’s new skate plaza at 5 p.m., on Tuesday. The groundbreaking will occur at the north parking lot at the Ted Adcock Community Center.

The project is a joint effort between the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside and the city of Half Moon Bay. The new, $650,000 skate plaza will encompass 7,000 square feet of features, including bowls, ramps, stairs and ledges for skateboarders of all skill levels and ages. It will be in the space between the Adcock center and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s substation.

The original skate park on Kelly Avenue closed to make way for a new gymnasium being built at the Cunha Intermediate School campus.

HMB Skate Park GroundBreaking on 2/16/16 - come show some support!

02/16/2016 5:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Folks Lets get out and show some support for the groundbreaking of the new HMB Sakte Park on this coming Tuesday, Feb 16th at 5pm.

From The HMB Review:

Coastsiders are invited to come witness the groundbreaking for Half Moon Bay’s new skate plaza at 5 p.m., on Tuesday. The groundbreaking will occur at the north parking lot at the Ted Adcock Community Center.

The project is a joint effort between the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside and the city of Half Moon Bay. The new, $650,000 skate plaza will encompass 7,000 square feet of features, including bowls, ramps, stairs and ledges for skateboarders of all skill levels and ages. It will be in the space between the Adcock center and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s substation.

The original skate park on Kelly Avenue closed to make way for a new gymnasium being built at the Cunha Intermediate School campus.

Sunday 2.7.16 Club Surf Practice - Dunes *** Tentative ***

02/07/2016 9:00 am
02/07/2016 11:00 am
America/Los Angeles

Club Surfers,

Okay.... I know it's been a while since we have had conditions suitable to run club. I know I'm going out on a limb... but let's shoot for this Sunday. We have sandbars, and beautiful weather. Swell should back down into the fun size on Sunday morning.

So for right now, let's plan on Sunday morning at 9. I'll send out an email tomorrow if anything changes.

Coach Marty

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Hook

HMB High Surf Team Results at the Hook:

Another very large swell came careening from the Northwest to greet us on Saturday at the Hook, where the lines pinwheeled around the point in nicely groomed overhead sections all day. Conditions were meaty but clean and very contestable, groomed by mild off-shores all day for a dreamy set-up. The only drawback was the contingent of hungry non-contestants who relentlessly poached into the contest zone despite wave-acres of space down the line, but that's not an entirely unusual challenge at such famous venues.

Check out Oliver's photo stream on Flicker:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/olkeeton/sets/72157663436674279/

And Tom's:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34324177@N07/sets/72157664152369725

Team Round:

HMB again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and kept its unvictorious streak intact, losing by just over 5-points to Aptos at a score of 49.5 to 55. Wave selection and positioning was key, but not our strong suit collectively on the day against very in-form Santa Cruz surfers. In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (1), Grayson Capers (3) and Malcolm Feix (2) all advanced. In women's shortboard Kaira Wallace (1) and Mia O'Brien (3) moved on. Our men's longboard team was swept and in women's longboard Kaira Wallace (1) advanced.

Individual Round:

Things brightened up a bit in the alternate round, where Mitchell King (3), Nate Feix (1) and Ryan Bair (1) all redeemed themselves in shortboard. Hunter Murison (1) jumped into men's longboard with both feet and Nikkie Sorfleet (3) moved forward in women's longboard. With the exception of Hunter (3) all our remaining men's shortboarders bowed out in the quarters (Grayson, Mitchell, Ryan, Malcolm and Nate), while Hunter made it to semi's (4). Nikki's fine run ended at women's longboard semis (6), as did Mia's (6) in women's shortboard.

Hunter battled through some wave starved heats in shortboard, but really switched on in longboard, where he cranked some new school cut-backs along with a few outrageously long cheater-5s on the nose. He also won top marks for embodying the surfing truism: "the best surfer is the one having the most fun in the water." And it showed in his results.

Sibling Round:

Competition really heated up in the Feix family, where Nate and Malcolm found themselves squared off in the quarter finals of shortboard for the first time. You'll just have to ask them who won that round for bragging rights until the next comp.

Final Results:

Kaira Wallace (5) women's longboard; (6) women's shortboard

Hunter Murison (3) men's longboard

Next up is Steamer Lane, coming up fast on February 20-21.

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

SCSSL Contests at Hook and Capitola this weekend

01/30/2016 8:15 am
America/Los Angeles

SCSSL Contests at Hook and Capitola this weekend:

From Susan Coffey:

The schedule for this weekend is below. Please note that the day will be starting at 7 am. The surf is predicted to peak on Friday, decreasing through the weekend, with fun sized surf inside the bay. The plan is to run the high schools on Saturday at the Hook, and the middle schools on Sunday at Capitola. Location is subject to change. Please check email on Friday, and be prepared for a last minute change of venue the morning of the contest if necessary.

Note re Capitola: the lower grassy area in front of the bathroom is off limits to tents and foot traffic and the upper grassy area is limited. Best bet for team base camps will probably be on the beach.

I’ve also attached the middle school and high school contest roster forms. Please use this version when you submit your roster - and don’t make any changes to the formatting!

SCHEDULE

High School: Saturday, Jan 30 at the Hook (with Capitola as a back up)

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

Middle School: Sunday, Jan 31 at Capitola
7:00 New Brighton v Shoreline
8:30 Aptos v Half Moon Bay
10:00 Mission Hill v SC Mountain

Let me know if you have any questions.
See you this weekend,
Susan and Ward

1/21/16 morning free surf.

01/21/2016 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Surfers,

Tom & I will be at Kelly around 6:30am to open the gate for anyone that wants to try and get a quick session in before school.

Tom & Oliver

"View from a Blue Moon" Premier at OPL Wednesday

12/23/2015 6:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

"View from a Blue Moon" Premier at OPL Wednesday: Hi Folks - The OPL and Chris Loeswick have teamed up to premier John John (just call me John) Florence's new movie on December 23, 2015 from 6 pm, for free pupus and at 7 pm the movie will start. NorCal gift bags will be provided to all the groms who show up and the event is free for Surf Club families. Come on down and ring in the surf cheer!! Mahalo,

 

Coach Mike

 

 

 

Wednesday 12.16.15

12/16/2015 3:45 pm
12/16/2015 5:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Club Surfers,

No promises... but there is an off chance that we can squeeze in a club surf tomorrow afternoon. What's good is the wind should be light off-shore with a draining tide. The only issue is we have another large swell filling in tonight and peaking tomorrow. Since the angle of the swell is fairly steep out of the north we are hoping that there will be enough shadowing to give it some protection on our beaches at the north end of town.

We'll send out an update mid-afternoon to let everyone know if it is a go. Probably less than a 50% chance.. but maybe...

Marty and Rocky

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