NSSA - National Scholastic Surfing Association

The National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist its members in their interest to learn and develop the fundamentals and skills of surfing competition while competing in structured and quality events. The NSSA promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers. The NSSA strives to provide a fun surfing experience for all of its members.

The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.


2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPLETE RESULTS!

2011 NSSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY NIKE 6.0

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPLETES AN UNPRECENDENTED 8 DAY EVENT AT HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER JUNE 26-JULY 3

South Carolina’s Cam Richards and Hawaii’s Leila Hurst are crowned National Open Mens and Womens Champions! Parker Coffin, Jake Marshall, Tyler Gunter, Dax McGill and Steve McLean claim Open titles!

 

 

THE 2011 NSSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

 

Wind sprints down the beach, demanding paddling through heavy currents, small wave skills, a trusting eye for sets, etc. Those aren’t your normal items on the Nationals to-do list for winning titles, but the 8-day marathon event was a different animal.

 

The 34th annual National Championship event was contested in plethora of conditions which included bombing south swell 6-8 foot surf for the first few days diminishing to waist high with a few chest high nuggets for the final day.  But super challengers will triumph in super challenging conditions and the surfers with the abundant flexibility to alter their games came out the winners collecting titles in the 7 premier Open divisions and the Explorer categories. Huge July 4th holiday crowds turned up to check out the action with thousands of people flocking to the event arena on southside. The kids showed up to perform and they didn’t disappoint displaying the highest level of surfing. Even the airshow finalists put on a show despite the tricky surf. Zeke Lau, who was clearly disappointed on his failure to make the Open Men’s final, boosted a to land the Airshow gold and the $1,000 prize.

 

CAM RICHARDS BRINGS MAKES THE COVETED TITLE TO THE EAST COAST!

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Clearly the biggest story was the victory by South Carolinian Cam Richards who was put out in a frustrating early round loss in the Open Juniors and then gained his composure and claimed the Open Mens, the most coveted surfing title in the NSSA and amateur surfing. To add to Richard’s glory is the fact that he was the first east coast surfer to claim the prestigious Open Men’s title since fellow South Carolinian Mark McDandel accomplished the feat in 1978, the NSSA Nationals inaugural year. 15-year-old Richards surfed with remarkable polish pulling out all the stops in every one of his Open Men’s rounds, even beating Nationals standout Ezekiel Lau in four straight heats. He delivered a combo of fin free turns, aerials and appeared to surf faster than his opponents making incredible connections to the shorebreak. “This is an accomplishment I have always wanted,” an elated Richards said. “It’s the happiest I’ve ever been!” In an interview with Eastern Surf Magazine’s Nick McGregor, Richards was on cloud nine bringing it on for the east coast. “It’s pretty crazy. I was not at all expecting an East Coast surfer to win, and I just can’t believe it was me,” he said. “It felt so cool to get carried up the beach… to win that contest was like the greatest feeling in the world. It’s been my dream since I was a little kid; I remember going there and watching Clay Marzo win, and I can’t believe now it’s me that will be on that winner’s board.” Congrats also goes to runner up Taylor Clark, who made a last-ditch effort in the final minute but came up a bit short, Kalani David, who became the youngest surfer at age 13 years and 7 months  to make the Open Mens final and Jeremy Carter who was named “Breakthrough Performer of the Event.”

 

5-time National Champion Leila Hurst showed a veteran’s touch charging through the first days of the Explorer clinching her 4th career National Explorer title and then continuing her dominance of HB Pier’s sandbar banks and reforms during the smaller Open days. Hurst, who resides in Kauai, used an uncanny knowledge of the fickle surf crushing outside turns and then presisely negotiating the reform sections to seal the Open Womens gold, a goal she has had since she first put on a NSSA jersey. “I wanted this for so long,” Hurst said. “This was my last chance to get it, so I’m stoked.” Congratulations also goes to runner-up Tatiana Weston Webb who nailed her first National title in Explorer Girls, Mahina Maeda and Taylor Pitz who claimed a National Interscholastic title in the High School Womens division at Salt Creek a couple weeks back in the team surfing segment of the National Championships.

 

If anything, Mother Nature gave the Juniors field a fighting chance. As some of the earlier finals fought through slower high tide conditions, the tidal swing in the Juniors final saw waves starting to come alive on the outer sandbars bringing better scoring opportunities. Santa Barbara’s Parker Coffin took advantage of the improved wave conditions immediately when he put an excellent 8.75 ride on the scoreboard. He backed it up with another 7.75 leaving opponents Kain Daly and Knox Harris in a combo situation and Ian Gentil needing a 9-point ride.

 

Jake Marshall dominated the 12 & under categories taking double National titles in the Open Boys and Explorer Menehuene categories. 12-year-old Marshall who has been a decorated west coast standout since his Mini Grom days, solidified his reputation as one of the nation’s most promising talents. His inspiring competitive skills were clearly showcased throughout the 8-day event surfing perfect heats from the opening rounds in pumping overhead surf through the challenging final days where he continued to lacerate every wave he took off on.   

 

After falling a hair short of winning the Nationals in 2010, Tyler Gunter achieved his goal of winning the 10 & under Open Mini Grom title. When Hawaii’s talented Finn McGill claimed the Explorer Super Grom National title earlier in the week, Gunter knew he had to put the pedal to the medal in the Open division. In a hard fought final, Gunter put on a small wave show edging out North Carolina’s Stevie Pittman (who was also runner-up to McGill in the Super Grom division), Eithan Osborne and Barron Mimaya to clinch his first National Championship.     

 

Joining brother Finn McGill on the Nationals podium, older sister Dax delivered a strong performance in the inaugural year of the Open Girls category, claiming the division’s first National title. In a hotly contested final with hot up-and-comer Tatiana Weston-Webb who earlier in the week clinched her first National title in Explorer Girls, 2010 Explorer Girls Champion Mahina Maeda and talented Bailey Nagy, McGill took command winning the final by a 3-point margin over Weston-Webb.

    

Cocoa  Beach’s Steve McLean surfed his way to a place on the prestigious list of National Open Champs winning the Longboard final. McLean had his work cut out for him matching up in the final with 2010 National Open Longboard Champion Shaun Thompson and 2010 National Explorer Champion Dane Peterson.

 

2011 NSSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FAST FACTS

­--HISTORY MAKER! The 2011 National Championships was the largest attended and longest running event in Nationals history. The championships ran over a total of 11 days. 3 days at Salt Creek for the National Interscholastic Championships and 8 days at Huntington Beach Pier for the National Open, Explorer and Airshow Championships.

--Cam Richards became the second east coast surfer in history to win the coveted Open Mens title. Fellow South Carolinian Mark McDandel won it in the Nationals inaugural year in 1978.

-­-Leila Hurst’s two victories in Open and Explorer Womens gives her 5 career National titles (2011 Open and Explorer Womens, 2009 Explorer Womens, 2008 Explorer Womens and Girls) second on the all-time female champion’s list to all-time National record holder Carissa Moore (11).

--At age 13 years and 7 months, Hawaii’s Kalani David entered the NSSA history books as the youngest surfer to make the Open Men’s final at the National Championships. He also won the Explorer Boys title bringing his career title count up to three (2011 Explorer Boys, 2010 Explorer Menehuene, 2008 Open Mini Groms).

--Knox Harris was another east coast surfer to break barriers at the Nationals. Knox put on an impressive performance placing 3rd in the Open Juniors final in a heavily competitive 64-person field. His dad Ray Harris made the Open Men’s final at the inaugural National Championships in 1978.

--Jake Marshall was in heavy pursuit of his first National Championship this year claiming not one, but two titles in the Open Boys and Explorer Menehuene divisions. His superb all-around surfing in an array of wave conditions earned him the Sex Wax Performer of the Event and the 2011 Kalani Robb Most Inspirational Performance.     

--2011 marked the first time in 7 years that the east coast scored more than two National titles. In 2004, the Right Coast had a huge year when Evan Geiselman, Jeremy Johnston, Dylan Graves, Tony Silvagni and Kristen Wilson brought five titles home. In 2011, Cam Richards, Steve McLean and Chris Tucker won Open Men’s, Open Longboard and Explorer Men’s respectively.

--Cardiff’s Rusty Phillipy put down the hammer in two divisions winning the Explorer Seniors and Super Seniors categories. The double victory raised Phillipy’s career National title count to five (2011 Explorer Seniors and Super Seniors, 2009 Explorer Super Seniors, 2003 Explorer Seniors, 1991 Masters). 

--Hawaii’s Honolua Blomfield stepped up her game big-time at the Nationals earning the Carissa Moore “Rookie of the Year” award. Blomfield shredded her way to the semi finals in both the Open Girls and Open Womens.

--Rick Takahashi’s victory in the Explorer Masters extends his Nationals win streak to three consecutive years and boosts his overall National title count up to four (2011 Explorer Masters, 2010 Explorer Seniors, 2009 Explorer Masters and Seniors).

 

The 2011 NSSA National Championships is presented by Nike 6.0 and proud to have support from Huntington Surf and Sport, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, Surfline, Vitaminwater, Sugar Shack, Daphne's California Greek Restaurant, 5 Points Plazal Laguna Art College and CBS Sports. The NSSA is a member of Surfing America, the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States.

 

The NSSA National Championships is the seventh of seven events in the 2011 NSSA Championship Series.  The 2011 Championship Series events include the Interscholastic State Championships at Huntington Beach Pier March 5-7 (completed), the Hawaii Championships at Kewalo Basin, Oahu, HI March 15-20 (completed); the East Coast Championships at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, FL April 7-10 (completed); the NSSA Jr. Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA April 9 (completed); the West Coast Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA May 18-22 (completed); the National Interscholastic Championships at Salt Creek, Ca June 16-18 (completed) and the National Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA June 26-July 3 (completed).

 

EZEKIEL LAU LAUNCHES TO HIS 4TH CAREER NATIONAL TITLE!

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THE SCOREBOARD

RESULTS

2011 NSSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

 

2011 NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

OPEN MENS (ages 16 & up) MAYORS CUP

1. Cam Richards-Garden City, SC 12.20

2. Taylor Clark-Encinitas, CA 11.60

3. Kalani David-Sunset Beach, HI 10.15

4. Jeremy Carter-San Clemente, CA 7.70

 

OPEN WOMENS (all ages) MAYORS CUP

1. Leila Hurst-Kilauea, HI 12.40

2. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 10.00

3. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 9.00

4. Taylor Pitz-Laguna Beach, CA 7.75

 

OPEN JUNIORS (ages 15 & under)

1. Parker Coffin-Santa Barbara 16.50

2. Ian Gentil-Paia, HI 10.75

3. Knox Harris-Ocean Isle Beach, NC 4.70

4. Kain Daly-Paia, HI 4.40

 

OPEN BOYS (ages 12 & under)

1. Jake Marshall-Encinitas, CA 14.75

2. Kaulana Apo-Ewa Beach, HI 8.00

3. Noa Mizuno-Waimanalo, HI 7.70

4. Griffin Colapinto-San Clemente, CA 7.25

 

OPEN MINI GROMS (ages 10 & under)

1. Tyler Gunter-Newport Beach, CA 8.80

2. Stevie Pittman-Newport, NC 7.65

3. Eithan Osborne-Ventura, CA 7.50

4. Barron Mamiya-Waialua, HI 5.35

 

OPEN GIRLS (ages 14 & under)

1. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 10.50

2. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 7.50

3. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 7.10

4. Bailey Nagy-Haleiwa, HI 6.00

 

OPEN LONGBOARD (all ages)

1. Steve McLean-Cocoa Beach, FL 10.00

2. Dane Petersen-Trabuco Canyon, CA 9.50

3. Shaun Thompson-Huntington Beach, CA 7.15

4. Noah Hill-Marina del Rey, CA 4.45

 

2011 NATIONAL EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

EXPLORER MENS (all ages)

1. Chris Tucker-Satellite Beach, FL 11.90

2. Matty Costa-Ewa Beach, HI 11.83

3. Keala Naihe-Kailua Kona, HI 11.30

4. Keto Burns-St Augustine, FL 10.06

5. Dylan Kowalski-Wrightsville Beach, NC 9.67

6. Tabin Shamblin-Lawai, HI, 7.07

 

EXPLORER JUNIORS (ages 17 & under)

1. Matty Costa-Ewa Beach, HI 13.00

2. Ezekiel Lau-Honolulu, HI 10.53

3. Keala Naihe Kailua Kona, HI 9.70

4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kula, HI 8.60

5. Skip McCullough-San Diego, CA 6.93

6. Isaiah Moniz-Honolulu, CA 5.27

 

EXPLORER BOYS (ages 14 & under)

1. Kalani David-Sunset Beach, HI 16.33

2. Josh Moniz-Honolulu, HI 16.16

3. Elijah Gates-Kapolei, HI 8.53

4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kula, HI 8.33

5. Skip McCullough-San Diego, CA 6.80

6. Daniel Glenn-New Smyrna Beach, FL 6.77

 

EXPLORER MENEHUENE (ages 12 & under)

1. Jake Marshall- Encinitas, CA 15.60

2. Dylan Lehmann-Lahaina, HI 10.37

3. Finn McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 9.90

4. Griffin Colapinto-San Clemente, CA 8.67

5. Cody Young-Haiku, HI 7.40

6. Ryland Rubens-Pacific Beach, CA 6.93

 

EXPLORER SUPER GROMS (ages 10 & under)

1. Finn McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 15.83

2. Stevie Pittman-Newport, NC 9.83

3. Nick Marshall-Encinitas, CA 8.24

4. Tyler Gunter-Newport Beach, CA 8.20

5. Eithan Osborne-Ventura, CA 7.60

6. Ben Seaberry-Huntington Beach, CA 3.84

 

EXPLORER WOMENS (all ages)

1. Leila Hurst-Kilauea, HI 14.27

2. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 13.93

3. Kulia Doherty-San Clemente, CA 11.73

4. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 9.83

5. Tia Blanco-San Clemente, CA 6.47

6. Alisha Gonsalves-Honolulu, HI 3.10

  

EXPLORER GIRLS (ages 14 & under)

1. Tatiana Weston Webb-Hanalei, HI 13.67

2. Kulia Doherty-San Clemente CA 11.06

3. Moana Jones-Sunset Beach, HI 10.53

4. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 6.96

5. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 6.90

6. Tia Blanco-San Clemente, CA 6.10

 

EXPLORER MASTERS (ages 25 & up)

1. Rick Takahashi-San Diego, CA 15.17

2. Mike Reilly-Lakewood, CA 9.27

3. Chris Munsterman-San Diego, CA 9.24

4. Daniel Sacchi-Wilmington, NC 6.76

5. Lee Toresdahl-Huntington Beach, CA 3.87  

 

EXPLORER SENIORS (ages 35 & up)

1. Rusty Phillipy-Cardiff by the Sea, CA 13.26

2. Rick Takahashi-San Diego, CA 10.50

3. Kas Alves-Oxnard, CA 7.66

4. Mike Lamm-Oxnard, CA 6.56

5. Allen Sarlo-Malibu, CA 5.30

6. Terry Gillard-Imperial Beach, CA 5.13

 

EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS (ages 45 & up)

1. Rusty Phillipy-Cardiff by the Sea, CA 14.34

2. Mike Gillard-Coronado, CA 11.44

3. Terry Gillard-Imperial Beach, CA 10.10

4. Allen Sarlo-Malibu, CA 8.04

5. Robert Weiner-Ventura, CA 6.00

6. Rick Fignetti-Huntington Beach, CA 5.50

 

EXPLORER DUKE (ages 55 & up)

1. Scott Lewis-Malibu, CA 8.33

2. Patrick Schlick-La Mirada, CA 7.37

3. Terry Carmadella-Huntington Beach, CA 2.96

4. Gilbert Perea- Honolulu, HI 1.84

5. Peter Townend-Huntington Beach, CA 1.23

 

EXPLORER LONGBOARD (all ages)

1. Shaun Thompson- Huntington Beach, CA 13.26

2. Mike Gillard-Coronado, CA 9.33

3. Nathan Thompson- Huntington Beach, CA 6.94

4. Kyle Ferris-Harlengin, TX 5.44

5. Cody Canzoneri-Houston, TX 4.40

6. Fisher Grant-Winter Park, FL 3.20

 

NATIONAL AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. Ezekiel Lau-Honolulu, HI

2. Keto Burns-St. Augustine, FL

3. Jeremy Carter-San Clemente, Ca

4. Taylor Clark-Encinitas, Ca

5.5. PJ Raia-Fair Haven, NJ

5.5 Chris Tucker-Satellite Beach, FL

 

2011 NSSA NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

SALT CREEK, DANA POINT, CA

JUNE 16-18

 

NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 COLLEGE TEAM

1. Mira Costa 107

2. UC Santa Barbara 106

3. University of North Carolina Wilmington 87

4. San Diego State University 84

5. Point Loma Gold 81

6. Saddleback 67

7. Florida Tech 58

8. University of North Florida 56

9. CSU San Marcos 52

10. University of San Diego 51

11. USC 48

12. Flagler 46

13. University of Central Florida 44

14. CSU Long Beach 41

=15. Point Loma Green 23

        UC San Diego 23

17. Daytona

 

COLLEGE MENS

1. Brent Reilly-Mira Costa 14.33

2. Dough Van Mierlo-SDSU 11.57

3. Ben Powell-UNCW 9.93

4. Dayton Silva-Mira Costa 9.16

5. Sebastian Moreno-Florida Tech 8.37

6. Theo Lewitt-UCSB 5.84

 

COLLEGE WOMENS

1. Lipoa Kahaleuahi-UCSB 10.33

2. Kaleigh Gilchrist-USC 9.80

3. Amy Nicholl-UCF 9.16

4. Marissa Shaw-SDSU 8.77

5. Erika Cook-CSULB 8.33

6. Leilani Pickett-UNCW 7.10

 

COLLEGE LONGBOARD

1. Troy Mothershead-Point Loma 14.83

2. Kevin Osborne-UCSB 12.63

3. Dennis White-Saddleback 8.57

4. Dayton Silva-Mira Costa 8.33

5. Mick Rodgers-CSUSM 6.54

6. Drake Courie-UNCW 5.74

 

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (VARSITY) CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

1. San Clemente 111

2. Edison 103

3. Newport Harbor 90

4. Huntington Beach 64

5. Malibu 57

6. Laguna Beach 55

7. Kamehameha 50

8. Mira Costa 45

9. Jupiter 41

10. Melbourne 38

11. Palos Verdes 17

12. Marina 11

 

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY MENS

1. Breyden Taylor-San Clemente 11.50

2. Blake Davis-Newport Harbor 11.16

3. Ezekiel Lau-Kamehameha 9.73

4. Derek Peters-Huntington Beach 9.60

5. Trevor Thornton-San Clemente 6.83

6. Tanner Rozunko-San Clemente 6.24

 

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY WOMENS

1. Taylor Pitz-Laguna Beach 12.50

2. Shelby Detmers-Newport Harbor

3. Jasset Umbel-Jupiter 8.17

4. Emily Ruppert-Melbourne

5. Anise Guzman-Edison

6. Emmy Lombard-San Clemente

 

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY LONGBOARD

1. Tony Bartovich-Huntington Beach 10.57

2. Shaun Thompson-Edison 10.54

3. Fisher Grant-Melbourne 10.27

4. Kelly Zaun-Mira Costa 9.43

5. Eli Gillis-San Clemente 8.97

6. Kris Williams-Laguna Beach 5.90

 

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (JUNIOR VARSITY) CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM

1. Huntington Beach 53

2. Edison 51

3. Marina 14

 

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY MENS

1. Dylan Aragon-Edison 11.97

2. Cameron Faris-Huntington Beach 10.10

3. Dane McCrystal-Huntington Beach 8.17

4. Jordan Robinson-Edison 8.10

5. Tony Morelli-Edison 6.63

6. Taylor McDole-Huntington Beach 6.10

 

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY WOMENS

1. Paige Ortiz-Huntington Beach 5.53

2. Torrey Miethke-Edison 2.97

3. Haley Handy-Huntington Beach 1.37

4. Brittany Gingrich-Edison 0.40

 

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY LONGBOARD

1. Taylor McDole-Huntington Beach 6.94

2. Nathan Thompson-Edison 5.50

3. Nico Emmer-Marina 2.30

 

NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM

1. Shorecliffs A 136

2. Dwyer 74

3. Aviara Oaks 68

4. Marco Forster 49

5. Shorecliffs “B” 47

6. Thurston 42

7. Kamehameha 40

8. Sowers 28

9. Bernice Ayer 26

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS

1. Colt Ward-Shorecliffs 13.34

2. Kanoa Igarashi-Dwyer 10.24

3. Daniel Tieman-Shorecliffs 8.13

4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kamehameha 7.66

5. Griffin Colapinto-Shorecliffs 6.53

6. Mitchell Arterburn-Aviara Oaks

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

1. Kylie Loveland-Aviara Oaks 11.83

2. Tia Blanco-Shorecliffs 11.03

3. Sawyer Gilley-Aviara Oaks 6.40

4. Kirra Connolly-Shorecliffs 5.96

5. Mackie Albertson-Sowers 2.77

6. Kawai DeVault-Kamehameha 1.87

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL LONGBOARD

1. Mason Shaw-Shorecliffs 11.40

2. Kyle Perez-Marco Forster 9.60

3. Rio Donaldson-Bernice Ayer 8.07

4. Dylan Cox-Shorecliffs 6.76

5. Jordan Collins-Aviara Oaks 5.50

6. Kahiamaikalani Walker-Kamehameha 4.84

 

The 2011 NSSA National Championships is presented by Nike 6.0 and proud to have support from Huntington Surf and Sport, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, Surfline, Vitaminwater, Sugar Shack, Daphne's California Greek Restaurant, 5 Points Plazal Laguna Art College and CBS Sports. The NSSA is a member of Surfing America, the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States.