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:

And Tom's:

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.


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!


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


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

Surfrider ProAm Update

Surfrider ProAm Update:

This contest has been moved from Sunday to Saturday December 12 at Linda Mar with a 7:20 a.m. start.

The contest director says there are 8 slots available, though beach entries may be considered if not filled by then.

Sign up ASAP: $68/surfer for shortboard, all-comers and no gender split. Prize money 1st: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100

Conditions may still be pretty unruly after massive swell Friday, so only advanced HMB team surfers (and alumni) should consider participating. There should be south winds, however, which may help.



Coach Mike

P.S. Any coaches, surfers, parents who might like to help judge Saturday 7-12 noon, please contact me.

High School Surf Team Practice Schedule

12/09/2015 3:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

High School Surf Team Practice Schedule:

Due to a failure of the high school athletic alert system, we're back to old school updates this week. Please spread the word.

1) Wednesday 3:30 pm Jetty, no practice Friday and see details below for Sunday.

Surf will be 10-20' all week, rebuilding to another hefty swell on Friday, which leaves a tight window for Wednesday between pulses. Please exercise caution this week.

Surfrider Pro-Am contest:

This comp is scheduled for Sunday at Linda Mar and organizers will make the call by Wednesday if the contest will be moved to Saturday or rescheduled. It is open to team and club surfers, and would make a great tune-up since our next SCSSL comp is not until late-January. Registration is below.


Coach Mike

Sunday 11.29.15 Club Surf will be a Dunes at 9am

11/29/2015 9:00 am
11/29/2015 11:00 am
America/Los Angeles

Club Surfers,

We will be at Dune's beach today with the trailer. Conditions are looking good!

Coach Marty

Saturday 11.28.15 Club Surfers. Club Surf will be at Pomponio, San G or Dunes at 9:00am to 11:00am - Tentative

11/28/2015 9:00 am
11/28/2015 11:00 am
America/Los Angeles

Club Surfers,

Again, we have a narrow window to get surf before it gets too big. We're going to shoot for tomorrow instead of Sunday.

Check for updates in the morning. If the swell fills in, we'll be at Dunes. If it's still small we'll be at Pomponio or San Gregorio.

I don't have my truck this weekend so I will not be able to bring the trailer.

Coach Marty

HMB High Surf Team Results at Waddell

HMB High Surf Team Results at Waddell:

The High School surf contest was moved to Waddell Beach on Sunday. Conditions were small, clean and contestable all day; high tide in the morning falling to a low after lunch, which made for a “wave catching” contest in the early team rounds and sectiony, close-out, conditions for the individual rounds. Incredible beach day, with calm conditions and warm weather from dawn ‘til dusk.

Check out Oliver's photos on Flicker:

Team Round:

HMB went against our main rival Santa Cruz High and came up just short at 48 to 57 in a hotly contested team round. Freshman Nate Feix (1) and Ryan Bair (2) distinguished themselves in the team mens shortboard heats, while Team Captain Hunter Murison (3) just squeaked through in shortboard as well. Senior Malcolm Feix (3) moved forward in longboard. Kaira Wallace advanced in womens shortboard (2) and longboard (2).

Individual Round:

Several HMB surfers took advantage of the Alternate Round to advance. Mitchell King (3) in mens longboard, Kacie Sorfleet (1) in womens shortboard and Nikki Sorfleet (2) in womens longboard moved forward. All three advanced as far as semi-finals, where Malcolm Feix also bowed out in mens longboard and Hunter Murison, Ryan Bair and Nate Feix also exited after some very feisty and savvy contest surfing in small surf.

Kaira Wallace found a little mystery seam that broke left and allowed for some cross-stepping and top turns, using it to her advantage over her long-standing friendly Santa Cruz rivals in the womens heats.

Finals Results:

Kaira Wallace (1) womens longboard; (2) womens shortboard

Next comp will be January 30-31 at Pleasure Point/The Hook. Note, there will be no practices over the Thanksgiving break - have a great one!

Coach Mike

Weekend SCSSL Competition Schedule Finalized

11/21/2015 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Weekend SCSSL Competition Schedule Finalized:

Conditions should be on the smaller side this weekend in Santa Cruz, so plan accordingly. Unfortunately we've drawn the early team heats again for some reason and this means aiming to be at the competition site by around 6:30 a.m. to warm up. Middle school will be at the Hook Saturday and high school the Point Sunday.

Good luck teams!


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

High School: Sunday, Nov 22 at Pleasure Point
7:00 Half Moon Bay v Santa Cruz
8:15 SC Mountain v Aptos
9:30 Harbor / Carmel v Soquel

Your coaches

11/12/15 morning free surf.

11/12/2015 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles


I know it may be a push... but Marty & 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.

Coach Marty & Oliver

Saturday 11.7.15 Club Surfers. Practice will be at Dunes Beach at 8:00am to 10:00am

11/07/2015 8:00 am
11/07/2015 8:00 am
America/Los Angeles

Club Surfers,

Looks like we have an opportunity to get some waves at Dunes Beach tomorrow. I moved it to Saturday since Sunday will most likely be closed out. In addition I bumped it up to 8am to hopefully get some push out of the incoming tide.

Coach Marty

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