HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:
1) Friday - "Free Surf"
2) Sunday - Montara 9 a.m. Heats!
Forecast for Friday (Jan-31) looks very poor with hard WNW onshore winds and short-period swell, making even the Jetty a marginal bet at best. Buddy up and surf where you can find it. Sunday (Feb-2) looks much more promising with a rising tide, ESE offshores and moderate swell in the morning. We'll try for Montara, given the southerly component forecast in the morning offshores. We will run heats, which will dictate the next roster.
Note, the next contest is at the Hook on Feb-15, which is small and has tight take-off zone more often than not. Goofy-footers should practice going right whenever possible over the next couple of weeks. We will also run some offense-defense drills to get you ready for the inevitable paddle battles as well, which we are sure to have against Santa Cruz High. Let's get our grovel on!
See ya there,
Mike, Kerri and Chris
Mavericks: Everest of the Seas Exhibit-Reception
This photo and art exhibit organized at the Coastal Arts League on 300 Main St. will be hosting a champagne and wine tasting reception on Saturday, February 1, from 5-8 pm.
HMB Surf Club/Team families are all invited to join in and take part in the fun and there will be a raffle of wetsuits, GoPros, skate boards... and more. Proceeds will go to supporting the HMB surf teams and epic photos and art will be for sale. Our very own in-house water photo ace David Grant will also be debuting a collection of his in-the-barrel shots of our local surfers.
Maverick's chargers young and vintage are known to stop in, so bring your sharpies and phones...
Special thanks go to Ed Grant for organizing this event and the raffle on our behalf.
See ya there,
No Tues Practice - on Tuesday 1.28.14
Marty & Oliver
Surf Club & Middle School Will not be practicing on Sunday 1/26/14:
1) Swell will be to big to run the HMB Surf Club practice at Dunes.
2) A good number of the Middle School Surfers will be going to the Lane in Santa Cruz to surf in the Volcom VQS contest on Sunday.
If you can fit a surf in ... do it. Better yet if you can make it down to SC and support your friends in the Volcom contest do that. The swell is supposed to stay sizable... so there will be waves in town and the contest there should make for some good viewing.
Rusty, Marty & Oliver
HMB High Practice Schedule and Maverick's:
1) Friday - no practice due to Mav's Contest
2) Sunday - 9 a.m. Jetty (may run heats)
Please note that any absences for the Maverick's comp on Friday will be "unexcused" according to the school administration. Your are on your own recognizance in that regard.
We will confirm if conditions favor running some heats Sunday and any potential location change. As has been the case before every contest, please note that each surfer's practice attendance and heat performance over the next few weeks will dictate the roster for the Hook competition on Feb-15. It is a privilege to compete for the team in ANY event (I would have hand-planed at the Point, it was so clean) and you get a fresh start before each contest to make an effort for the slot you want. It's all up to you to make bid for roster points.
Mike, Kerri, Chris
No Tues Practice - on Tuesday 1.21.14
Marty & Oliver
Maverick's Housing Request:
Surf Club/Team Families -
Maverick's Invitational has issued a "yellow alert" to inform the Coast Guard of the possibility of holding the contest on Friday. The event volunteer coordinator would like to find out if any Surf Club/Team families would be interested in housing any support/production staff on Thursday and Friday nights, should Maverick's be given the "green light" later this week.
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HMB High Surf Team results from Pleasure Point:
The Cougar surf squad scored hard on an epic Saturday at Pleasure Point in bluebird conditions, a solid 7-foot swell in the water and a light breeze over the course of the entire contest. The swell was very consistent and clean rolling into high tide around midday, offering plenty of opportunities to catch waves and advance, before draining later in the day and making for trickier judgment calls into the individual rounds and finals.
Team Round: HMB 74-points vs Live Oak/Carmel 49-points
We advanced surfers from every division from the team round. In men’s shortboard Malcolm Feix, Hunter Murison and Coel Miller all advanced. Women’s shortboard saw Kaira Wallace and Kyla Kemp move forward. Body board was dominated by Kelby Kramer and Grayson Capers, who put on a show with some big flips and 360s. In men’s longboard HMB swept with Konrad Wallace, Malcolm Feix and Thomas Lundgard placing 1-2-3 respectively, while in women’s longboard Kaira Wallace and Kalea Johnson both moved on. When all tallied, that strong team performance brought HMB its 3rd consecutive win for the season against a very game new combined team of Live Oak/Carmel.
Coel Miller made it to the quarter finals in shortboard and semis in bodyboard. Kalea Johnson, Kyla Kemp and Mia O’Brien advanced as far as the semis in Women’s shortboard. Omid Nouripour bowed out in Men’s longboard semis, as did Thomas Lundgard. Kyla Kemp also advanced as far as the semis in Women’s longboard. After fighting valiantly all contest long with local shredders in Men’s shortboard, both Thomas Lundgard and Hunter Murison came up just shy (4th) in the semis after impressive wins their quarter final heats.
Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer 5th, Grayson Capers 6th
Women’s Longboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd, Kalea Johnson 6th
Men’s Longboard: Konrad Wallace 3rd, Malcolm Feix 5th
Women’s Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 5th
Standout surfers were Malcolm Feix who really flared up in shortboard and advanced to his first final in longboard. Kelby Kramer in bodyboard pulled off a huge “El Rollo” flip into the white wash and emerged as cheers erupted from the beach (while his coach was fiddling with the trailer). Kalea Johnson executed very clean multiple nose rides (even on the same wave). An exhausted Kaira Wallace made two finals and charged even after going down hard on some set waves. The depth of our team really showed and great effort by all is what set HMB apart on the day.
Special thanks go to Amanda at Cal Hi Sports, who came down to film and interview the team for a special TV feature in February, covering the sport of high school surfing for the first time in the Bay Area. We will provide links for the show.
Coaches Mike, Kerri and Chris
and the photos...