Surf Teams Weekend Contest Schedule

01/28/2017 8:45 am
America/Los Angeles

Surf Teams Weekend Contest Schedule:

From SCSSL Director Susan Coffey:

Our contests this weekend are a go. Conditions look to be fun - nice weather and a good swell. Start time for both days is 7:30 - it’s still a little too dark at our normal 7:00 start to see jersey colors. We’re going to wait til we’re a little closer to the weekend to make the final call on the venue but it will be either Pleasure Point or the Hook.

Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, Jan 28: High Schools at Pleasure Point or the Hook

7:30 SC Mountain v XX
8:45 Soquel v Half Moon Bay
10:00 Santa Cruz v Aptos

Sunday, 29 January: Middle Schools at Pleasure Point or the Hook

7:30 Aptos v Half Moon Bay
8:45 Mission Hill v SC Mountain
10:00 New Brighton v Shoreline

(SC Mountain High School, you get all 6 spots in each heat of your 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.

Location is always subject to change depending on how conditions develop. Please make sure to monitor your email before contests just in case there is a last minute change.

Contests rosters are attached.

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

Clone of Saturday 1.7.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

01/14/2017 8:00 am
01/14/2017 10:00 am
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Practice will be at Dunes Beach on Saturday morning morning at 8am. Conditions are looking good!!

Coach Marty

Saturday 1.7.17 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

01/07/2016 8:00 am
01/07/2016 10:00 am
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Practice will be at Dunes Beach on Saturday morning morning at 8am. We're going to try and sneak in before the south winds get there!

If things hold up as predicted, it should be small and clean with off-shore conditions. Be sure to check your email for updates before heading to the beach. As always, the practice is subject to conditions and we could change location or cancel if needed.

In addition, there will be a memorial paddle out at Rooselvelt Beach at 3pm for Cowboy. All club and team surfers are welcome to attend. Please check your email for updates around 2pm to make sure the event it is still on. The event could get rescheduled if the weather and wind get out of control.

Coach Marty

Sunday 12.18.16 Club Surfers "B" Practice **Dunes Beach**

12/18/2016 9:00 am
12/18/2016 11:00 am
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers, (A's Welcome)

Practice will be at Dunes Beach on Sunday morning at 9am. See you there!

Coach Marty

Tuesday 11.13.16 Club Surfers "C" Practice - Tentative **Dunes Beach**

12/13/2016 4:00 pm
12/13/2016 6:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

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

Looks like we may be able to get a session in tomorrow (Tuesday). Swell has dropped into a safe and managable range, and winds should cooperate. Let's plan on meeting at Dunes tomorrow around 4:00 and hopefully get some waves!!

Check your email before you head to the beach to confirm. I'll cancel if the conditions turn unfavorable.

Coach Marty

High School Comp Saturday at Hook; Junior High Sunday at Pleasure Point

12/10/2016 9:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

From Contest Director Susan Coffey:

Hi all,

Our contests this weekend are a go. Conditions look to be small but contestable. There’s a chance of rain so be prepared.

Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Sat, Dec 10: High Schools at the Hook.

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

Sun, Dec 11: Middle Schools at Pleasure Point.

7:00 Shoreline v SC Mountain
8:15 New Brighton v Half Moon Bay
9:30 Mission Hill v Aptos

(HMB High, you get all 6 spots in each heat of your 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.

Location is always subject to change depending on how conditions develop. Please make sure to monitor your email before contests just in case there is a last minute change.

Contests rosters are attached.

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

Thursday 11.8.16 Club Surfers "C" Practice - Tentative ** location to be announced**

12/08/2016 4:00 pm
12/08/2016 6:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

"C" Surfers,

I know it's been a long time since we've gotten you out in the water. Conditions have been unsafe to run practice as we have been continuely pounded by high surf and winds. Looks like we may get an opportuinty next week on Thursday to pull of a practice. We'll continue to monitor conditions and send out an update early/mid next week.

Coach Marty

Saturday 11.3.16 Club Surfers "B" Practice will be at Dunes Beach at 8am.

12/03/2016 8:00 am
12/03/2016 8:00 am
America/Los Angeles

"B" Surfers,

Looks like we have a window to get some surf on Saturday morning ahead of the next big swell. South end of Dunes has a sandbar and should work well with the incoming tide. I'm bumping it up to 8am to make sure we get the best of what the morning has to offer.

See you all there!!

Coach Marty

Comps rescheduled in December

12/10/2016 7:00 am
America/Los Angeles

From Susan Coffey:

Hi coaches,

The cancelled contests on November 19th and 20th have been rescheduled. The new dates are December 10th and 11th.
Same location: Pleasure Point and / or the Hook.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Susan

SCSSL Hook Contests Cancelled this Weekend

From SCSSL Director Susan:

Hi coaches,

Unfortunately conditions for this weekend are deteriorating. The forecast is for rain and strong south winds and it's unlikely that we will have a large enough window of contestable surf to run a full contest.

The contests this weekend are CANCELLED. I will let you know the make up dates when I have them.

Thanks for your hard work and for being flexible!

Susan

Hey, you, goofy-footer!

Hey, you, goofy-footer!

There are some great video resources out there if you really want to improve you surfing technique. It can be challenging competing in Santa Cruz, the land of the right hand point break. But Surfline has posted a really helpful tutorial on how to crack the whip backside with Ace Buchan, narrated by former World Champ Barton Lynch (another right foot forward legend):

http://www.surfline.com/video/webisodes/how-to-do-backside-carves-with-a...

How to do Backside Carves With Ace Buchan
www.surfline.com

'It all comes back to the bottom turn,' says Ace
Hurley also has been running a serious of videos from the likes of team riders Michel Bourez and Kolohe Andino, which are archived here. So, even if you can't get in the water every day, you can do some mind surfing before this weekend's comp (so long as you get your other homework done first).

http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/hurley/surf-club/how-to-videos
How-To Videos
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Unlock your surfing potential with The Hurley Surf Club. Improve your technique with personal coaching, how-to videos and tips from the world's best athletes

Coach Mike

Surf Team Contests Scheduled for the Hook this Weekend

11/19/2016 8:00 am
America/Los Angeles

Surf Team Contests Scheduled for the Hook this Weekend:

(Note, ALL HMB High School alternates will be surfing in team round and will advance if they surf their heat as HMB will not be competing against another team this week)

From Susan Coffey:

Hi coaches,

Here is the schedule for this weekend.

Sat, Nov 19: Middle Schools at the Hook.

7:00
Shoreline
v SC Mountain
8:15 New Brighton v Half Moon Bay
9:30 Mission Hill v Aptos

Sun, Nov 20: High Schools at the Hook.

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

(HMB, you get all 6 spots in each heat of your 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.

Location is always subject to change depending on how conditions develop. Please make sure to monitor your email before contests just in case there is a last minute change.

Contests rosters are attached.

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

High School Surf Team Pics from Capitola

High school Surf Team -

Andre Bouchard has a couple hundred shots from the Capitola contest, including several interesting series that could be useful to review before this weekend's comp. Many thanks to Andre for taking the time to shoot and load these for the team. Details are below.

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

From Andre: "I have loaded the full sequence of the ride and will leave these up for a week for parents and boys/girls to download their favorites. After a week, I will reduce the number of pics to just the best shots. Let me know if you have any issues with downloading. Please forward the link to other parents."

https://andrebouchard.smugmug.com/2016-HMB-Surf-TeamClub/110616Capitola.

11-06-16-Capitola - Andre Bouchard
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HMB High Surf Team Results from Capitola

HMB High Surf Team Capitola Results:

It was an action-packed Super Sunday for HMB with one of the strongest WNW winter swell pulses so far washing the season opener from Waddell to the relative protection of Capitola in Santa Cruz. Clean head-high lefts and rights swung through the line-up with contestable regularity, though there were indeed some lully heats. Crowds were on hand too, which meant certainly more than 5 other competitors in the line-up (ahem, no HMB coaches were seen near the main peak, though
"Team Geriatric" surf-toured all the way from the Hook to the Capitola Pier).

It was a nervous start for the team as a whole, with some very strong individual performances, but that belied the depth and talent of HMB, which is sure to emerge later in the season.

Team Round:

HMB (38) fell to an in-form and deep Santa Cruz high (66), but advanced a handful of surfers to the individual round. Men's shortboard saw Coel Miller (3) and Nate Feix (3) advance, along with Emma Stone (1) from women's shortboard and in men's longboard Clay Johnson (2) rallied through as well.

Alternate/Individual Round:

Several team alternates made wise use of their opportunity here. In men's shortboard as Andy Vana (2), Nic Bouchard (3) and Tanner Islander (3) made it through to the quarters before bowing out. Andy also advanced in men's longboard (2) before being halted in the semis (4). This was Nic's first comp and he displayed contest skills well beyond his limited comp experience.

Coel (3) and Nate (2) extended their run out of the quarters in men's shortboard, but ran out of waves in the semi-finals, finishing 6 and 5 there respectively after an abundance of strong power hacks and mature finishing maneuvers over the course of the day. Freshmen Clay Johnson and Emma Stone should be applauded for grinding it out all the way to the finals in men's longboard and women's shortboard, respectively. Clay was on point all day after trading the left with world-class longboarder CJ Nelson in the morning. He waited for quality waves to display his cross-stepping and critical nose rides, followed by 360 spins for finishing maneuvers. Emma won all her heats until the finals, when the fluky sets conspired against her. Very solid bottom and top turn combos will serve her well this season.

Final Results:

Emma Stone: (4) women's shortboard
Clay Johnson: (3) men's longboard

http://www.scsurfleague.org/ - full results and ranking can be found here over the course of the season.

The next contest will be upon us fast, scheduled for November 19-20 at either Pleasure Point/Hook or even Waddell depending on the forecast.

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

Surf Contest Nutrition Update

Surf Contest Nutrition:

I have been asked to resend this note from last year ahead of our first contest this weekend (thanks Andre!), which is an essential part of each surfer's recipe for success. 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 -- 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 (again, sorry Marty!!), pizzas, 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 complex 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 Hook, Lane, Manresa and Waddell, which have minimal concessions nearby.

Let's start the season strong in our first regular season comp, with some energy and passion for your sport and teams! Especially after a long and successful water polo season (Good Luck Saturday Cougars!), it's time to refuel. We will have plenty-o-swell this weekend, 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 Hook/Capitola this weekend. Good luck!

Also, note the recent NSSA comps at the Hook had a lot of non-competitors poaching in the contest area and conflict, and we are likely to face that as well. The SCSSL wishes to remind us that they have a permit for the staging area, but not the water. Please be polite and respectful if you drop in and burn non-competitors this weekend. Remember, no heat is worth a collision and injury though. Represent your team and league with style and maturity.

Mahalo,

Coach Mike

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