HMB High Surf Team Manresa Results

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.

Individual round:

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!

Coach Mike

NO Practice - free surf if you can find it Tuesday 11.26

11/26/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Have a good sleep in! or if you are up and about and can find waves have fun

HMB High Surf Team Vids

11/24/2013 9:00 am
America/Los Angeles

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 (airs)

2) 11/10

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.

Your Coaches,
Mike, Kerri and Chris

HMB High Surf Team Practice/Comp Schedule

11/22/2013 4:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

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.


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.

Many Thanks,

Your Coaches

NO Practice Tuesday 11.19

11/19/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Have a good sleep in!

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

11/15/2013 4:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

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,

Your Coaches
Mike, Kerri, Chris

HMB Surf Team Practice @ Kelly Tuesday 11.12 @ 6.30am

11/12/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

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!

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

11/08/2013 4:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

1) Friday - Linda Mar 4 pm
2) Sunday - Kelly 9 am
3) Monday - Pleasure Point by 10-ish am

1) Friday we will meet in the main lot at Linda Mar with the aim of getting our grovel on regardless of conditions. We need practice chewing on some aqua-burgers before our comp at Pleasure Point -- in order simulate high tide conditions there. If you competed on a longboard at Kelly, then bring a longboard, otherwise a shortboard is fine. I will run stealth heats with no jerseys, which will help set the next roster. Please check in with me before entering the water to find out how this will work. And respect the old guys or we won't be invited back!

2) Sunday we'll try to score clean Kelly in the a.m. Again, I will run heats, conditions permitting.

3) Monday school's out for Veteran's Day and we will meet at Starbucks in HMB at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz for those who can make it. No heats, just spread out and get acclimated to the break likely in small conditions. Just 2-weeks to go before the next comp.

See ya there,

Coaches Mike, Kerri and Chris

HMB Surf Team Practice @ Kelly Tuesday 11.5 @ 6.30am

11/05/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

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!

2013-14 Mavericks Invitational Opening Ceremony


On Friday October 25th, I was privileged, along with the members of the Half Moon Bay Surf Club, to participate in the annual Mavericks Invitation Opening Ceremony paddle out. Many of the best big wave riders in the world attended the ceremony, including Eddie Aikau winner Greg Long and 2013 Mavericks Invitational Champion Peter Mel. Before the paddle-out, kids on the club had the opportunity to get photos and autographs with the competitors. After paddling out a little ways near the ominous rocks that are synonymous with the Mavericks lineup, all the athletes and guests form a circle, and everybody has the chance to give a prayer, and express their gratitude for being invited to the ceremony. This year, Body Glove took sponsorship of the event, which is the first time in a very long time that the contest and gotten a major sponsor this easily. "It's great for us as competitors, but our primary idea is to promote the sport, and see it going in the right direction." said Greg Long. "To have such a prestigious event as Mavericks and have somebody get behind them and putting it on the pedestal that it deserves, it's fantastic," second Alternate Danilo Couto added. "Its always good to have a traditional surf brand supporting an exciting contest like this. Hopefully the support stays, it's a special event that needs as much support as possible." Mavericks is without a doubt one of the most challenging places in the world to surf. As competitor Ken "Skindog" Collins puts it, "You're trying to go down a race track as fast as you can without spinning out and wipeout out, because that could mean getting taken out of the contest." The event is possible to run from now until March 31st of next year. Much similar to last year, the beach at Mavericks will be closed to spectators, open only to the competitors and photographers. The public can view the event live on TV as well as eat food and other activities at the Oceano Hotel in Princeton Harbor. This is an incredible and rare event, definitely not to be missed. 

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