HMB Middle School Results for the Hook on Feb 23 2013

We had some very contestable waves with 2-3' waves, sunny and light offshore conditions.

In the Team on Team event ... we were defeated by Mission Hills 77 - 49. Though we had a good day and every one got in the water. We had three alternates seeded into the event and saw Marius Kulda with his first short board debut and Kacie Sorfleet stepping into take a spot in the young womens short board event.

In the Individuals we saw two of our surfers making it thru to the Finals:


Kalea Johnson took 2nd - Womens Long Board


Kelby Kramer took 3rd - Co-ed Body Board

Congratulations and to everyone for coming down and enjoying a beautiful day at the Hook!

The Coaches!

HMB High Surf Team Comp Update

HMB High School Surf Team:

1) As a reminder, Sunday's SCSSL Comp will be at Pleasure Point (Feb-24)- be there at 7:30 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. start against Santa Cruz High. Conditions look good for a mixed 5-6' swell and hard North (offshore) winds. Tide will peak in the morning and drop throughout the day. The roster was posted earlier in the week.

2) Please remember to bring your SSS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP forms for individuals (there are 3 - see previous email) for a coach signature. NOTE, we've had an update from the SSS League that "A teams" (HMB) will compete on Saturday April 20; "B teams" Sunday April 21 (day off for HMB) and "Individuals" on Monday April 22. It is entirely up to you what you choose to compete in on Monday. It is not a requirement, nor is it dependent on your team results from Saturday. You will have to send in a $40 check/per desired division (short-, long-, body-board) and the (signed) forms directly to secure your slots for the Individual comp.

Good luck to the middle school today at the Hook!

See ya Sunday,

Coach Mike

HMB Middle School Surf Team Competition Roster (Updated) for the Hook (Feb-23) 10 am

America/Los Angeles

HMB Middle School Surf Team Competition Roster for the Hook (end of 41st Ave in Capitola\Santa Cruz) Feb-23 @ 10 a.m. Next Saturday The Comp will be against Mission Hill and the team needs to be on location by 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. team-on-team start.


Young Men - Shortboard

  • First Heat: Tanner Islander,  Coel Miller, Kelby Kramer
  • Second Heat: Dante DalPorto, Cole Keeto, Nate Feix
  • Alternates: Dominc Pauda, Marius Kulda

 Young Men - Longboard

  • First Heat: Tanner Islander, Dante Dal Porto, Coel Miller
  • Alternates  Kelby Kramer,  Cole Keeton 

Young Women - Shortboard

  • First Heat: Kalea Johnson, Hanna Pintarelli, Mia Obrien
  • Alternates  McKenzie Mell, Kaci Sorfleet, Nicole Sorfleet

Young Women - Longboard

  • First Heat: Kalea Johnson, Hanna Pintarelli, Mia Obrian
  • Alternates   McKenzie Mell, Kaci Sorfleet, Nicole Sorfleet

Co-ed Bodyboard

  • First Heat: Kelby Kramer, Carlos Vasquez, Max Newton
  • Alternates: Cole Keeton,  Javid Nouripour 

See ya there,

The Coaches


ps - if for any reason your surfer can't make the contest please let us know ASAP

pps- We will be leaving for SC from Starbucks in HMB at 8:00am

HMB High Surf Team Competition Roster for Pleasure Point (Feb-24) 7:30 am

02/24/2013 7:30 am
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Surf Team Competition Roster for Pleasure Point Sunday (Feb-24) 7:30 a.m.

Next Sunday's Comp will be against arch-rival Santa Cruz High and the team needs to be on location by 7:30 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. team-on-team start. There is a decent pulse of swell on tap for next weekend, which could justify bringing a step-up board for short-boarders and fins for body-boarders.


Men's Shortboard: (Heat 1) Hunter, Peter, Luke (Heat 2) Konrad, Thomas, Malcolm (Alt) Griffin, Miles

Men's Longboard: Konrad, Peter, Luke (Alt) August, Griffin, Miles

Women's Shortboard: Kaira, Hannah, Katrina (Alt) Kyla, Helen

Women's Longboard: Kaira, Hannah, Kyla (Alt) Helen

Bodyboard: Hunter, Malcolm, Griffin (Alt) Carson, Miles, August

For those competitors still in town and looking for a tune-up, practice Weds (Feb-20) will be at Pleasure Point, which will have similar swell to contest day and hard side-offshore NW winds. I will be leaving HMB about 12:30 pm. For those who can't make the drive, the Jetty will offer some protection from the winds and swell.

See ya there,
Coach Mike

HMB High School State SSS Championships Forms Due

HMB High School State SSS Championships Forms Due:

All high school competitors will need to fill out 3 documents for individual entries to the "Scholastic Surf Series" and send them ASAP with fees of $40 per surfer/per event: (Individual entry form, membership/release form, waiver form). Team competition dues will be covered by the Club.

The States' Roster is as follows:

Men's Shortboard: Hunter, Konrad, Peter, Thomas, Malcolm, Luke, Griffin, Omid, August (Alt. Carson, Miles)

Men's Longboard: Konrad, Peter, Luke (Alt. August, Miles)

Women's Shortboard: Kaira, Hannah, Katrina (Alt. Kyla)

Women's Longboard: Kaira, Helen, Kyla (Alt. Hannah)

Coed Bodyboard: Hunter, Malcolm (Alt. Miles, Carson)

Forms will require a coach signature, which I would like to have completed by next weekend's competition on Feb-24. Please let me know immediately if there are any omissions, or if you are unable to participate, in order to move up alternates.

This should be a really fun event and the highlight of your already successful season!

Coach Mike

HMB Surf Club Practice @ Jetty Sunday (Feb-17) 9:00 am/ Team-Comp Free Surf

02/17/2013 9:00 am
America/Los Angeles

HMB Surf Club Practice @ Jetty Sunday (Feb-17) 9:00 am/ Team-Comp Free Surf

Strong NW winds and low tide will leave the Jetty as the only option tomorrow morning and it should be fun for the Club groms.

But with many of the team/competitors out of town and small conditions there will be no formal junior or senior high practice Sunday. We do have a competition in Santa Cruz next weekend, however, and those of you still in town should head down to Santa Cruz in small groups a couple times next week.

Text your friends and put together some carpools. Junior high will be competing at the Hook on Saturday, Feb-23. High schoolers will be at Pleasure Point on Sunday, Feb-24.

Have a great Presidents' Day weekend!

Your Coaches

HMB Surf Team Practice @ Kelly Weds/Club Groms @Jetty (Feb-13) 3:30 pm

02/13/2013 3:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB Surf Team Practice @ Kelly Weds/Club Groms @Jetty (Feb-13) 3:30 pm

The forecast is for surf to drop back down to the head-high range with East/offshore winds and tide falling in the afternoon. If these conditions prevail, let's try our luck with a practice at Kelly for a change for the competitive squads. We will run heats if enough surfers can make it.

Club surfers and groms should still head to the Jetty, however, where the surf is likely to be more user-friendly.

See ya there,

Your Coaches

Middle School Surf Team Meeting at Lunch on 2/15/13

02/15/2013 12:44 pm
America/Los Angeles

We will be having Team Meeting at lunch time in the Boys and Girls Club at Cunha - to discuss the roster for the upcoming contest on 2/23/13 at the Hook, in Santa Cruz. We will be serving Pizza for Lunch.

If your surfer will not be able to attend the contest on 2/23/13 at the Hook, because of a family trip on Winter break, please notify their coach!

See you on Friday.
The Coaches

HMB Surf Team/Club Practice @ Jetty Sunday (Feb-10) 9:00 am

02/10/2013 9:00 am
America/Los Angeles

HMB Surf Team/Club Practice @ Jetty Sunday (Feb-10) 9:00 am

A new long-period swell is forecast to rebuild overnight into Sunday morning, with a high tide and N-NW winds.

Team/Comp surfers will start at the Jetty, but could relocate to one of the nearby beaches if it is holding the swell.

Club surfers/groms will stay at the Jetty.

See ya there,
Your coaches

Fire sale on Ultra-grom shortboards

Fire sale on Ultra-grom shortboards:

Mike Panessi, father of Pacifica shredders Kadin and Brogie has a garage full of high-end Ultra-grom and grom comp shortboards that they've outgrown. These boards would work for kids under 120 lbs.

Boards range in size mostly from 4-8 to 5-6 and will be priced to move from $125-300, depending on the board's condition. The boards were built by a range of shapers who have grom boards dialed, including Channel Islands, Roberts, Sharp Eye, Bill Johnson and Kalu Coletta.

If you are an aspiring ripper interested in high caliber used equipment, send a text to Mike at 415-203-6390 and he'll do his best to hook you up with a great stick at a fair price.

Good luck!
Coach Mike

HMB High Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Jetty Weds (Feb-6) 3:30 pm

02/06/2013 3:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Jetty Weds (Feb-6) 3:30 pm

Surf will be back on the rise, along with the NW winds, leaving the Jetty our only friend for practice. Unfortunately, the tide will be very low and the large windswell pretty mixed up.

Let's give it a shot anyway and at least any Club groms who wish to attend will have plenty of beach to work with.

See ya there,
Your coaches

HMB High School Free Surf Venice Tuesday 2/5/13 at 6:30am.

02/05/2013 6:30 am
02/05/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Oliver and Marty will be at Venice Beach to check conditions. Please.. only experienced surfers should go out. We are still expecting solid 6 foot plus sets with a lot of current. Depending on conditions we may cancel or move to a different location.

The coaches

HMB Surf Club to practice at the Jetty Sunday 2/3 @ 9am

02/03/2013 9:00 am
America/Los Angeles

HMB Surf Club practice at the Jetty - be there and suited up at 9am sharp.

See you in the morning-

The coaches



Mark Healy goes crazy on a Mavericks left. Photo: Ryan Craig. Transworld Surf

Story by August Howell, Half Moon Bay Surf Club team

 The 2012/2013 Mavericks Invitational was a contest to remember. It was definitely not the biggest surf ever, but with Peter Mel winning it after many years riding Mavericks, it will be one for the ages.

 After three years of political turmoil and few takers for sponsorship of the event, GoPro stepped up and did an amazing job. The 11 time world champion Kelly Slater was unable to compete in the event, because of a conflict with the Association of Surfing Professionals. The Mavericks Invitational is not an ASP sponsored event, and Kelly would have been fined possibly thousands of dollars for competing. Go figure. Big wave legend Shane Dorian was also out of the contest because of a shoulder injury sustained while surfing in Nazare, Portugal, the site of the biggest wave ever surfed. Carlos Burle was also out due to injury. Taking their places were the top three alternates Josh Loya, Tyler Fox, and Colin Dwyer.
 The weather was ideal for the contest, hardly a cloud in the sky and extremely warm. New for this year, the beach area and the cliffs looking out to Mavericks were closed to the public due to safety concerns about the eroding cliffs and rouge waves coming up to the beach. Instead, there was a massive festival outside the Oceano Hotel, where everybody could walk around and enjoy all the food, games and entertainment that Half Moon Bay could offer, including a large screen with a live feed of the contest. It was very removed from the original Mavericks spectator site, and as Mr. Harden (Sacred Heart Prep religious studies teacher), who was at the festival, put it, "It feels like I could be anywhere, not even at the site of the competition...I feel like that I definitely prefer being able to watch the event in person without the crutch of a television. But it's really fun to see the spirit of the event."
However, closed beaches were not a problem for me. I simply showed my press pass to the police who had closed off the entrance to the beach. I walked along the deserted beach and lonely cliffs. The only other people there were press photographers. I saw a large pile of dirt crumble away from the cliff. Definitely not safe.
 As Mavericks waves go, the surf was pretty small, the biggest reaching about twenty-five feet on the faces. According to Darryl "Flea" Virostko, one of the original pioneers at Mavericks, and winner of the first three Mavericks contests "The conditions were slow, but there were still some big waves, just long waits. There were really good rides today, but we know what Mavericks can do, so its hard to see it like this for a contest, but we're happy with what happened. Mel won and that's sick."
Sacred Heart Prep students Nick Oliver '16 and Nick Becker '16 were able to get onto a boat and watch part of the contest from the sideline. "We left the house at 6am and got there around 7." said Becker. "We got to see the first two heats. It was probably like 20-30ft. The weather was really nice. We were expecting it to be really cold but it was really sunny." Nick Oliver said, "We stayed out there for about two and a half hours...We were there at high tide, so it wasn't the biggest time of the day. It's was big, but for Mavericks it wasn't super big, but it was still pretty big."
Skingdog - Long
Ken "Skindog" Collins (left) and Rusty Long (right); classic Mavericks take off. Photo: Ryan Craig. Transworld Surf
Derek Dunfee, a big wave rider, photographer, surf journalist, and an alternate for the contest said "The conditions were perfect. It was about as clean and beautiful and sunny and nice as Mavericks can get. The waves weren't huge but there were enough really good waves to keep the contest fun and exciting." GoPro did an amazing job of sponsoring the event, and got some fantastic shots of Mark Healy, Ben Wilkinson and Peter Mel. "Its cool how they linked up with the big wave surfers and used all the different angels." said Dunfee. Indeed, Anthony Tashnick put his GoPro facing backwards on his helmet to how people what a Mavericks peak will do to you if you get hit.
Peter Mel
Peter Mel (red) on a signature steep drop. Photo: Frank Quirarte. Surfing Magazine
At last, the event came down to the final heat, which provided some of the best and biggest waves of the event. The final 6 surfers were all superstars, some of them as well known as celebrities, while others were lesser known underground chargers:
Peter Mel, a long time stand out at Mavericks; Zach Wormhoudlt, a very active big wave surfer from Santa Cruz; Greg Long, a big wave superstar from San Clemente; Alex Martins, a Brazilian who lives at Ocean Beach and respected local at Mavericks; Mark Healy, overall madman/waterman who surfs the formidable Mavericks left with a unique skill; Shawn Dollar, who has paddled into one of the biggest waves ever ridden at Mavericks.
It wasn't announced until the award ceremony, that Peter Mel was the winner of the 2012/13 Mavericks Invitational. Mel told the cheering crowd that all the finalists would split the prize purse of $50,000 dollars between them, showing true camaraderie and brotherhood. To watch more of this memorable event, go to or
Mavs Podium
The finalists celebrate Peter Mel announcing the prize money will be split. Photo: Jenna Merrilees


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