HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule

12/20/2013 3:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

1) Friday - Kelly 3 pm
2) Sunday - Roosevelt 9 am

Hang tough, you're almost through with finals. We may get lucky as the winds mellow out Friday and Sunday in between squalls, though the seas may still be a bit raw. Saturday and Sunday some longer-period swell hits and we may need to seek a little more shelter. Please keep a weather eye on the email if we change the practice location last minute to adjust to the conditions.

See ya there,
Your coaches

Practice - Kelly Ave Tuesday 12.17

12/17/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Hoping the swell backs off and the winds stay favorable - we will be at Kelly Tuesday 12.17.13 @ 6:30am.... Marty will check Kelly and I will be looking at Dunes to compare notes... we will send a text to the group if there is to be any change. But it should be good somewhere!

Marty & Oliver

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule

12/13/2013 4:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

As a reminder to the high school squad following yesterday's team meeting, all practices through finals week will NOT be awarding roster points. They will still be held, but if you need to study for finals you will not be penalized by missing out on any participation or heat points. On the other hand, if you need a study break and want to blow off some steam, by all means "drop in."

1) Friday Dec-13 4 pm Roosevelt
2) Sunday Dec-15 9 am Roosevelt

Solid swell is back in the forecast for both days, though we may be "unlucky" on Friday-the-13th with onshores. Even bigger swell forecast for Sunday and offshores. Please look for updates on the day. We will have an abbreviated practice schedule for Xmas and New Years weeks, but may call practices for those still around if conditions look favorable and the demand is there.


We are also considering an upcoming visit to "House of Air" trampoline park at Crissy Fields to work on our airs and team-building. This event will be open to all Club and team surfers for both middle- and high-schoolers. We will post further details when we have them. Check it out at:


Your Coaches
Mike, Kerri and Chris

HMB High Team/Club Meeting Weds at Lunch

12/11/2013 12:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Team/Club Meeting Weds (Dec-11) at Lunch:

We will have a mandatory meeting at lunchtime in Mr. Lawrence's room for both Team and Club surfers and, yes... pizza will be served. We will be going over a few important year-end issues ahead of the next comp in January.

See ya there,

Your Coaches

Practice - Kelly Ave Tuesday 12.10

12/10/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

Hoping the swell fills in and the winds stay favorable - we will be at Kelly Tuesday 12.10.13 @ 6:30am

Marty & Oliver

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule

12/06/2013 4:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:

Hi Folks!

Looks like we may get a couple windows for the high school squad to practice later this week if we're lucky. Let's start with this format and adapt if Mother Nature has something else in store:

1) Friday Montara 4 pm - smaller swell and south winds may blow us here.

2) Sunday Kelly 9 am - swell will rebuild later, but East winds could grace us in morning.

Hope you all had a great break!

Your Coaches,

Mike, Kerri, Chris

NO Practice - conditions are not working in our favor - Tuesday 12.2

12/02/2013 6:30 am
America/Los Angeles

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

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:

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Your Coaches,

Mike, Kerri and Chris

SCSSL Middle School Competition at Manresa State Beach

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:

Photos below taken by Adam Stone.

Coach Rusty

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

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