Have a good sleep in! Winds and tides wil l not be working in our favor for waves.
Till next time
Marty & Oliver
HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:
There will be no formal practices for the high school squad this long weekend; so enjoy the swell and east winds. Buddy up with your teammates. If you wish to join in and help out with the club surfers at Dunes on Sunday at 9 a.m. that would also be swell.
Again, fantastic job at Manresa last weekend. But make sure you take advantage of the break to get caught up on any missing assignments with school and make one last push to finish the quarter strong. We will be discussing the importance of academics with a few surfers after the break to avoid this becoming a factor for the roster ahead of our rescheduled contest on Jan-18 at Pleasure Point: http://www.scsurfleague.org/
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Mike, Kerri and Chris
The third Middle School contest of the Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League took place this past Saturday, November 23rd. The contest had to be moved from the Hook to Manresa State Beach of Santa Cruz due to very small surf in the 1 to 2 foot range. Cunha surfed against Mission Hills, the top rated school in the league, and was defeated in the team round by a score of 77 to 49. Considering the terrible conditions, not Half Moon Bay surfers prefer type of surf, the Cunha competitors surfed very well.
All was not lost as three Cunha team riders advanced all the way to the finals:
Emma Stone surfed her way to the finals in two division and took 2nd place in Girl's longboard and Girl's shortboard. Ella Catalano-Dockins took 5th place in Girl's shortboard while Cunha's very own Clay Johnson took 4th place in Boy's Longboard.
Fun was had by all the competitors as we look forward to our next contest on January 19th, 2014 at the Hook in Santa Cruz.
Additional photos taken by Tom Feix can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34324177@N07/sets/72157637993185776/
Photos below taken by Adam Stone.
HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results:
The high school surf squad really stepped it up on Sunday Nov-24 in tiny, tricky, contestable conditions after the contest was relocated from Pleasure Point to this beach break south of Santa Cruz, which pulled in what little swell there was on a crystal clear weekend. Our team handily took the team competition over Aptos by 82 to 40, advancing at least 2 out of 3 surfers in every division to the individual rounds, everyone contributing. More importantly HMB conquered our arch-nemesis -- small, gutless, surf -- by surfing aggressively and bringing our own energy to the weak waves. Great attitude and hard training for the conditions paid off.
Team round: in men's shortboard our surfers cleverly came up with a strategy of practicing their reverses in warm-ups and some even removed center fins to maximize points on short rides. In one heat alone 3 of our surfers pulled reverses and comboed up with other moves. Very impressive! In Heat 1 Hunter Murison (1) and Konrad Wallace (2) advanced, while in Heat 2 Thomas Lundgard (1), Coel Miller (2) and Malcolm Feix (3) swept. Women's shortboard Heat 1 saw Kaira Wallace (1) and Katrina Sponsler (3) advance. In bodyboard Kelby Kramer (1) and Grayson Capers (2) made it through. In Men's longboard, Konrad Wallace (1) and Thomas Lundgard (3) both advanced. In Women's longboard Kaira Wallace (1) and Kalea Johnson (2) advanced.
Coel Miller, Konrad Wallace, Malcolm Feix and Omid Nouripour all advanced to the quarter finals in men's shortboard. In bodyboard Coel Miller and Grayson Capers made the quarters. Kalea Johnson and Katrina Sponsler also made the quarter final round in women's shortboard. Thomas Lundgard advanced to the semis in men's longboard and Katrina and Kaira Wallace made it to the women's longboard semis. Adam Bloomer advanced to semi-finals in men's shortboard as well.
Coed bodyboard: Kelby Kramer 5th
Women's longboard: Kalea Johnson 6th
Men's longboard: Konrad Wallace 1st
Women's shortboard: Kaira Wallace 5th
Men's shortboard: Hunter Murison 4th, Thomas Lundgard 5th
Webcast available on-demand at:
Again, a big shout out to the Merkes clan for trekking all the down from HMB to produce another fine webcast. Special thanks to Rusty, Rocky and all the other commentators for taking part too. Many thanks to Coach Kerri for her support and tabulator Mara for keeping score.
Next up will be our January contest, which will revert back the Pleasure Point at a date to be confirmed by the league.
Great job, congratulations!
Have a good sleep in! or if you are up and about and can find waves have fun
HMB High Surf Team Vids:
Hi Folks -
Coach Chris put together a couple videos of our last practices to get you amped for the contest tomorrow at Manresa and check out your moves. Thanks Chris!
1) 11/17 http://youtu.be/7oOeWrb_0U4 (airs)
2) 11/10 http://youtu.be/TWgzfSY31Hg
Looks like conditions will be as small as advertised. Shortboarders will want to bring a wide and flat wave magnet, while body boarders and long boarders should score some clean conditions. Great job at practice on Friday working on your wave count -- this is exactly why we train for small gutless surf. Judges can't score you unless you catch waves!
Good luck to the middle school groms today! High school surfers will need to be on the road no later than 7:30 a.m. tomorrow to get there by 9 a.m. Bring food and drinks to the beach - no stores in the area.
Mike, Kerri and Chris
HMB High Surf Team Practice/Comp Schedule:
1) Friday Kelly Ave. 4 pm
We will have one last practice attempt at Kelly Ave. on Friday, though howling offshores in the forecast may conspire against us. Look for an update Friday pm.
****PLEASE NOTE A POTENTIAL VENUE CHANGE BELOW FOR WEEKEND COMPS****
The SCSSL is considering moving both the Junior High and High School contests to Manresa from the Hook (Sat) and Pleasure Point (Sun), given the micro surf conditions forecast for this weekend. This beach break will suit us just fine and has had some waves this week, but note that Manresa is another 15-20 minutes south of Santa Cruz and plan accordingly (it has good facilities, but no stores nearby). The league is attempting to secure a last-minute permit for Manresa and we will update you as soon as we know that decision.
Have a good sleep in!
HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:
1) Friday freesurf @ Jetty 4 pm
2) Sunday heats @ Kelly 9 am
1) Friday will be very marginal with high NW winds forecast to rip up most line-ups and the Jetty is our only very poor option. We will, therefore, only have a freesurf if we can get one Friday. If you check in, however, you will earn roster points for attendance, but likely no heats will be run.
2) Sunday is looking a bit better with winds forecast to switch offshore-ish and swell in the moderate+ range. We will run heats Sunday morning at Kelly with a week to go before our comp at Pleasure Point against Aptos. Please be prompt, suited up and ready to go at 9 am, so we can open the line-up back to the locals when we're done.
See you there,
Mike, Kerri, Chris
Oliver and Marty will be running practice at Kelly Street tomorrow morning at 6:30am to unlock the gate and check the surf. If it's decent, we'll be surfing!