HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RESULTS for Pleasure Point Comp Sunday:
Thanks to a solid 270 degree west wind swell, sunny skies and offshore breezes on Sunday, the first competition of the 2014-15 season was a doozy at the Point amid 5-7 foot surf and heavy sets.
Team Round: HMB 65 - Aptos 62
Making it out of the team rounds were Hunter Murison, Luke Eveslage and Malcolm Feix, Tanner Islander, Kaira Wallace, and Katrina Sponsler. Among them, Luke (shortboard), Tanner (longboard) and Kaira (longboard) ranked first in their respective team heats. Along with all the other fine team efforts this gave HMB the final edge over Aptos by a razor thin margin. Every single point earned on Sunday made a difference in the team result.
In the Men's shortboard, quarters Malcolm won his heat with a solid display of power surfing, before bowing out in the semis, while Hunter went on to place 5th in the finals, building on a sharp performance all day. In women's shortboard, Kaira advanced to the finals where she placed 3rd with critical turns and finishing on inside runners.
In Men's longboard, Coel Miller snuck in via an alternate slot in the semis before finishing a very strong 3rd place in the finals with some long cheater 5s and great wave selection. Tanner bowed out in the semis. In women's longboard, Kaira advanced to the finals and took down her first victory of the season with crisp cross-stepping and critical nose-riding.
Women's longboard: Kaira Wallace 1st
Men's longboard: Coel Miller 3rd
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace 3rd
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murison 5th
Great way to start the season!!
Mike, Kerri, Chris
P.S. Next high school comp will be on Saturday, November 22, in HMB, conditions permitting.
Weekend Comps Moved to Santa Cruz:
Due to the aforementioned raw conditions in HMB this weekend, both the middle school and high school competitions have been moved to Santa Cruz by the SCSSL after reviewing all the data. This will give us a better shot at cleaner and more contestable conditions. We will try again in HMB on November 22-23.
1) Middle School will be at the Hook on Saturday Oct-25 at 9 a.m. against Aptos
2) High School will be at Pleasure Point on Sunday Oct-26 at 9 a.m. vs Aptos
Please be at the contest site an hour before the team heats start, warmed up and ready to go. Be prepared for south wind and rain on Saturday, and fat high tide lulls at midday on both days. If you have any questions, please contact your coaches directly.
HMB Competition and Practice Schedule Update:
Coaches have been working diligently with our resident forecaster Mark Sponsler of Stormsurf and the SCSSL directors to assess if we will have to postpone this weekend's competitions for the middle and high school surf teams, or if we can relocate them to Santa Cruz given the incoming heavy swell and winds. It looks likely that the HMB comps may be rolled to the spring if cancelled, but that decision has not been formalized and may not be known until Thursday.
In the meantime, please do not speculate about that possibility on the team email and we will send out an update as soon as we know the league's decision. Titan's of Maverick's will be holding their opening paddle-out on Friday, gathering at the beach from 2 p.m. We are welcome to participate, though this is not an excused absence from school and most coaches will not be available to take part and supervise.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
In light of the weather, swell size and other events, the HIGH SCHOOL TEAM will have a "free surf" on Friday and Sunday, with no formal practices if the contests are cancelled. May be a good weekend to put in some time at Pleasure Point and the Hook for our next contests, which were moved from Nov 15-16 to Nov 22-23 due to a conflict with the Volcom series.
Thanks for your patience,
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM Practice Schedule:
We will hold an optional practice schedule over Pumpkin Fest Weekend.
1) Friday 4 pm - Montara
2) Sunday 9 am - Montara
With some luck, south winds and swell decay we may find surfable conditions at Montara by Friday afternoon. I will send an update to confirm. Same m.o. on Sunday morning. If I am able to hold heats, this will be for practice only and not include roster points for the upcoming contest, given the challenge of navigating the coast this weekend.
Mahalo from the Great Pumpkin,
We will be at Kelly Tuesday 10/14.14 @ 6:30am. We are thinking there is a chance for surf in the am...
Marty & Oliver
HIGH SCHOOL SURF TEAM practice schedule:
1) Friday - 4 p.m. - calling an audible
2) Sunday - 8 a.m. sharp Jetty
Friday the wind shall be up, the tide will be plunging and new swell perhaps beginning to show. In the unlikely event I find a nook working somewhere, I will send out an email; if not, consider it a "free surf." By Sunday a Maverick's scale swell will be in full swing, so let's get in and out of the Jetty early before it's crowded. I may film in lieu of heats to give you feedback.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM Practice Schedule:
1) Friday 4 pm - Kelly
2) Sunday 9 am - Kelly
Looks like will will have medium combo swell in the water the next few days, warm weather and mostly light winds. We'll take another stab at Kelly for the next two practices, unless we get a better option at the last minute.
* Congratulations to surfers who earned special prizes from the Luau ticket sales, thanks for your salesmanship:*
- Hunter took 1st place with sales of 11 tickets and won a $50 certificate for Go Kart Racing
- McKenzie took 2nd place with 10 tickets sold and won movie tickets and a $20 pizza certificate
- Kaira took 3rd place with 9 tickets sold and won a $20 pizza certificate.
Be sure to hit them up for a lap or a slice!!
** All those taking part in the Bill Chill Out on Saturday I have your heat times as follows:**
- Clayton Tallman 9:15 Jr. Men
- Ethan Levitt 9:15 Jr. Men
- Konrad Wallace 9:30 Jr. Men
- Nate Feix 9:30 Jr. Men
- Clay Johnson 9:30 Jr. Men
- Kaira Wallace 11:15 Jr. Women
- Ella Catalano-Dockins 11:15 Jr. Women
- Cole Tallman 1:30 SUP
Junior Men's Final is at 2:45 and Junior Women final at 4:00. SUP Final at 2:30. Remember you will surf twice.
Make sure you arrive early to warm up. Parking will be tight given a full comp and great weather. I will have a copy of the judging criteria if anyone wants to go over it ahead of time and will be spotting-judging from 9:30-11:30.
HMB HIGH TEAM Surf Practice Schedule:
1) Friday - 3:45 pm Montara
2) Sunday - 9 am Kelly
As a reminder, all team members are expected to participate and serve at the Surf Club Luau Saturday. This is our main fundraiser for the year and a sign-up sheet is available here. Oh, and it will be very fun...
We would also like all our Surf Team and Club surfers (high school or junior high) between the ages of 14-24 to get their hearts screened with the Nick of Time Event on September 26th. This is open to all and free, and could be critically important:
There is also an opportunity for any surfer (high school or junior high) who expects to compete in longboard this season to take part in the "Big Chill Out" Event in Pacifica on October 4th. Slots are filling up fast, so get any applications in pronto. Mention that you are part of the HMB Surf Club and you will get a discounted entry fee of $50/surfer:
Marty will look at Kelly early Thursday 9.18.14 and send an email out before 6:30am. We are thinking there is a chance for surf in the am... but as of the writing of this we have 10mph south winds and the forecast for rain...so if the winds are SE enough Kelly may work but the Jetty will be dead onshore. So it is Kelly or nothing. Look for his email in the am - or if you are dying to surf show up and talk hime into surfing at 6:30!
Marty & Oliver
We will be at The Jetty Tuesday 9.16.14 @ 6:30am. We are thinking there is a chance for surf in the am...
Tom & Oliver