Battening hatches on high school team surf practice this week:
While there may be a window in between squalls for practice on Friday and Sunday, after discussing the risks we have decided to cancel practice this week for the high school squad. Victory at Sea conditions, severe south winds and inches of rain with render even the relatively safe harbor of the jetty likely unsafe. After a storm of this size, the water quality could be harmful as well for at least 72-hours, not to mention driving conditions to and from any practice. If you decide to venture out on your own, please exercise the utmost of caution over the next several days. Even Santa Cruz will be big and raw and the cycle starts all over again on Sunday, though less severe.
Staying high and dry,
HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:
1) Friday - Montara 4 pm
2) Sunday - Montara 9 am
Hope everyone had a surfy Thanksgiving. The forecast looks pretty much the same the next couple of days: south-southeast winds, intermittent rain, medium swell and plunging afternoon tides. We may have a quick window for a practice on Friday for those who can make it, while the rising tide Sunday morning looks a little more favorable, though potentially strong winds are the wildcard.
Let's try to get back on track and don't forget the RipCurl sample sale on Saturday in the City at Adam's.
High School Surf Team Results from a Wet Saturday at the Point:
HMB 48 vs Santa Cruz 78
Well, we got that one out out of the way for the season. HMB went down to their perennial nemesis Santa Cruz High in stormy and wet mixed up conditions at Pleasure Point in their second contest of the season. Hunter Murison in shortboard (3) and Kelby Kramer (3) in body board were the only male team members to advance from the morning team round. Kaira Wallace was the only female member to advance in shortboard (1) and longboard (1).
As for the individual results, the good news was that the tide dropped, the sun broke out and all three advanced through a marathon of quarters, semis and into the finals with the following impressive finish:
Co-ed Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer 4th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace 1st
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 4th
Men's Shortboard: Hunter Murison 5th
Well done all,
Coaches Mike and Kerri
P.S. As a reminder, no practices over the Thanksgiving break - just stuff in a few barrels to work off the Turkey!
We are thinking there is a chance for surf in the am... so if you are interested we will have the gate unlocked for a free surf before school.
Marty & Oliver
High School Practice Schedule:
1) Friday - "free surf"
2) Sunday - "free surf"
No formal practices over Thanksgiving, have a great break.
SCSSL Contest Update:
The forecasts are once again not cooperating with our plans for the Half Moon Bay contests. We are moving the contests to Santa Cruz this weekend.
The high school teams will be at Pleasure Point on Saturday
The middle school teams will be at the Hook on Sunday
Start time is 7:00 am
The team round schedule has not changed:
Saturday, Nov 22nd Pleasure Point
7:00 Half Moon Bay v Santa Cruz
8:30 SC Mountain v Aptos
10:00 Live Oak / Carmel v Soquel / Cypress
Sunday, Nov 23rd The Hook
7:00 Half Moon Bay v Mission Hill
8:30 Shoreline v Aptos
10:00 New Brighton v SC Mountain/Carmel
The tide is high in the morning and will make entry and exit challenging. Please make sure that your surfers are comfortable with the conditions and understand how to safely get in and out. We'll have a lifeguard on duty but coaches (and parents) should also be prepared to help as needed.
There's a good chance of rain on Saturday so come prepared. If you bring an EZ up tent, it cannot be staked down (it's against the rules of our permit). Bring anchors of some sort instead.
See you this weekend,
Contest Schedule Update from SCSSL Director Susan Coffey:
Whenever the forecast for an upcoming contest is less than favorable, we start getting calls or emails. I wanted to pass on some info on our process so you are informed.
1) We always monitor the conditions coming into a contest weekend. We start watching a week or so ahead, and have the support of both StormSurf and Surfline for forecasts.
2) We have back up locations for most of our sites so unless the weather or waves are so unruly that it's uncontestable, we'll run the contest as scheduled. The location may change however!
3) We'll make a final decision on the venue when it gets close to the weekend and the forecast is more certain. Usually we'll know by Thursday before a contest but it has been known to change the day before (and even the morning of, once!).
As for HMB this weekend:
We're monitoring the conditions for this weekend's contests in HMB. It's looking a lot like our last attempt in October so be prepared for another possible change of venue to Santa Cruz. We'll keep you posted as we get closer to the weekend.
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HIGH SCHOOL SURF TEAM Practice Schedule:
1) Friday 4 pm - Dunes
2) Sunday 9 am - Kelly
Let's take a chance that the high tide tomorrow afternoon will compensate for the NW winds at Dunes and take advantage of the clean conditions and smaller swell on Sunday at Kelly. Then it's just a week to go before the comp in HMB, fingers crossed.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
1) Friday - Free Surf
2) Sunday - 9 a.m. Kelly
Stiff Northwest winds, short-period swell and a deep negative tide Friday afternoon have wrecked any hopes of a finding shelter for a practice. Free surf if you can find it. Let's drop back and punt to Sunday morning at Kelly, where offshores, rising tide and moderate swell should give us a better shot.
We are thinking there is a chance for surf in the am... so if you are interested we will have the gate unlocked for a free surf before school - it was pretty fun this morning.
Marty & Oliver
HIGH SCHOOL SURF TEAM Practice Schedule:
1) Friday - Happy Halloween & Giants Parade (free surf)
2) Sunday - Jetty 9 a.m.
Rain and other events will conspire against a team practice on Friday, though Montara or Linda Mar may work for a "free surf" with south winds and moderate swell. Sunday we'll be coming off a large swell the day prior, which may still be a little too chunky for our beach breaks. If not the Jetty, we will confirm an alternate venue.
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,