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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.


SEASIDE REEF DELIVERS CLASSIC CONDITIONS FOR SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OPEN 3

NSSA SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

OPEN SEASON EVENT #3

SEASIDE REEF, CARDIFF BY THE SEA

SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2012

CONDITIONS:  A SOLID COMBINATION OF NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST SWELLS FUELLED CLASSIC SEASIDE REEF CONDITIONS. MORNING HIGH TIDE BROUGHT CONSISTENT PEAKY, BOWLY LEFTS AND RIGHTS WITH GOOD AIR SECTIONS. AFTERNOON LOW TIDE CONDITIONS PRODUCED EXCELLENT CARVABLE LEFTS LINES OFF THE REEF WITH STEEP INSIDE SECTIONS.

 

by: Janice Aragon l NSSA

 

OPEN MENS FINAL FOUR

l-r: Takumi Yasui, Jake Marshall, Hiroto Oohara, Colin Deveze

 

(Huntington Beach, Ca – October 3, 2012) –the Southwest Conference Open Season continued with event number three of the 2012-13 season at San Diego’s Seaside Reef.  A combination of northwest and southwest swells dished up ideal “Seaside” conditions with waves in the 3-5 foot zone for both Saturday and Sunday’s competition under bright warm skies with prevailing calm winds and glassy ocean surfaces. Morning high tide provided a nice playground of rippable skate-park style peaks while afternoon low-tide brought on Seaside’s classic long carvable lefts off the reef. The fantastic conditions paved the way for exciting performances from the NSSA kids. The Southwest Conference Open Season is regarded as the leading competition for west coast surfers. Divisions are offered in Men’s, Juniors, Boys, Mini Groms, Womens, Girls and Longboard.  This event was the second of 10 events in the Southwest Conference Open Season series. The NSSA Open Season is open to student surfers only.     

 

 

OPEN JUNIORS FINAL FOUR

l-r: Takumi Yasui, Jake Marshall, Kirk Weissinger, Ryland Rubens

 

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SEASIDE REEF OPEN NUMBER 3 HIGHLIGHTS

 **After a second place finish at the Oceanside South Jetty Open the week prior, Japan surfing sensation Hiroto Oohara (Chiba, Japan) displayed his textbook lightning fast combination of powerful rail work and high performance maneuvers en route to sealing his first win of the 2012-13 season in a close but decisive victory over fellow Japan surfer Takumi Yasui (Saitama, Japan). Oohara was raising the bar in a variety of Seaside conditions holding 6 of the top 10 highest wave scores of the Men’s division. Seaside local Jake Marshall (Encinitas) and San Clemente’s Colin Deveze both Junior age surfers, stepped up their games in the premier Open Men’s category placing third and fourth in the final respectively.

**Takumi Yasui placed runner up in both the Mens and Juniors finals and his high-powered carving turns and progressive surfing continued to make a giant statement in NSSA comp. The reigning National Explorer Boys Champion excelled early in his Men’s round two heat pushing the envelope with huge explosive turns and was awarded with the highest combined heat total (18.17) of the event on two wave scores of 9.67 and 8.5.

**Competing at his home break and maximizing the good conditions, Jake Marshall was pedal to the metal in the familiar Seaside lineup taking a convincing victory in the Juniors final over Yasui. Young 12-year-old Ryland Rubens (Pacific Beach) rose to the occasion in the heavily competitive Juniors field taking an impressive third place in the final. HB’s Kirk Weissinger who has been on a good competitive roll, placed fourth in his second Open final appearance of the season.

**In the Boys division, Cole Houshmand (San Clemente) was in fantastic form winning every heat including the final where he posted the top combined score (17.0) of all the finals. Eithan Osborne (Ventura) was runner-up followed by Nick Marshall (Encinitas) and Ben Seaberry (Huntington Beach) placing third and fourth respectively. The victory was Houshmand’s second of the season and he will remain at the top of the Boys rankings. 

**In the Mini Grom final, Kade Matson (San Clemente) pulled off some heroics at the two-minute mark when he crushed a set wave which earned an excellent 9.33 score. The wave rocketed him to first place in the final, which was his first win of the season. Sebastian Mendes who won the first two events of the season was runner up followed by first-time Open finalists Connor Marshall and Hagan Johnson.

**In the Womens division, Kulia Doherty (Rancho Santa Fe) clinched her first victory of the 2012-13 season on the strength of an big 8.17 score. Placing second in the hard-fought final was Girls winner Moana Jones (Haleiwa, Hi) followed by Steffi Kerson who is clearly a surfer on the rise making her second straight Open final and Oceanside Open winner Kylie Loveland.

**Hawaii’s Moana Jones took command in the Girls final ripping two solid wave scores of 8.33 and 8.00. The victory was her second in the Open Girls division and third overall in Southwest Open competition this season.

**Christian Stutzman (San Clemente) claimed his first win of the 2012-13 Open Season in the Longboard division.

**Although Barbados female rising star Chelsea Tuach was eliminated in the Womens semis, she showed the exceptional depth of her skills in her opening quarterfinal heat posting the event’s only perfect 10 score.

 

PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT

Jake Marshall: First place in the Juniors final and third place in the Mens final

Takumi Yasui: Made double finals in the Mens and Juniors; posted the highest combined total score of the weekend-an 18.17 in Open Mens round two.

Cole Houshmand: Took his second win in the Open Boys division for the 2012-13 season. Posted the highest combined total score of the finals-17.00 in the Boys final.

 

OPEN WOMENS FINAL FOUR

l-r: Kylie Loveland, Steffi Kerson, Moana Jones, Kulia Doherty

 

The NSSA Southwest Conference is proud to have support from Nike, Huntington Surf and Sport, Java Point, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, Scosche, Channel Islands and Sugar Shack. Many thanks to the State of California, Seaside Reef and lifeguards, the NSSA staff and ASP Judging panel for assisting us in staging a professional quality event for the Southwest Open Season series.

 

Be sure to keep up with all the NSSA action via the website at nssa.org and social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.

 

OPEN BOYS FINAL FOUR

l-r: Ben Seaberry, Cole Houshmand, Eithan Osborne, Nick Marshall

 

 

THE OPEN MINI GROM FINALISTS!

l-r: Connor Marshall, Sebastian Mendes, Hagan Johnson, Kade Matson

 

COMING UP IN CALI: The Southwest Explorer will kick back into gear with a doubleheader event #3 and #4 scheduled for October 6-7 at the Ninth Street sandbars in Huntington Beach. The next weekend the Gold Coast Conference will head north to the chilly waters of Morro Bay for event #5 on October 13th followed by the Northwest Conference season opener on October 14th at Morro Bay.

 

THE OPEN GIRLS FINALISTS

l-r: Kailani Jones, Moana Jones, Malia Osterkamp, Tiare Thompson

 

THE SCOREBOARD

RESULTS

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OPEN SEASON EVENT #3

SEASIDE REEF, CARDIFF BY THE SEA


OPEN MENS

1. Hiroto Oohara-Chiba, Japan 13.84

2. Takumi Yasui-Saitama, Japan 13.36

3. Jake Marshall-Encinitas 11.94

4. Colin Deveze-San Clemente 6.64

 

OPEN JUNIORS

1. Jake Marshall-Encinitas 15.40

2. Takumi Yasui-Saitama, Japan 13.10

3. Ryland Rubens-Pacific Beach 12.00

4. Kirk Weissinger-Huntington Beach 11.80

 

OPEN BOYS

1. Cole Houshmand-San Clemente 17.00

2. Eithan Osborne-Ventura 12.27

3. Nick Marshall-Encinitas 10.90

4. Ben Seaberry-Huntington Beach 8.26

 

OPEN MINI GROMS

1. Kade Matson-San Clemente 15.76

2. Sebastian Mendes-Agoura Hills 13.16

3. Connor Marshall-Encinitas 9.90

4. Hagan Johnson-San Clemente 8.30

 

OPEN WOMENS

1. Kulia Doherty-Rancho Santa Fe 13.44

2. Moana Jones-Haleiwa, Hi 12.67

3. Steffi Kerson-Pacific Palisades 10.07

4. Kylie Loveland-Carlsbad 7.63

 

OPEN GIRLS

1. Moana Jones-Haleiwa, Hi 16.33

2. Malia Osterkamp-San Clemente 9.57

3. Tiare Thompson-La Jolla 6.20

4. Kailani Jones-Haleiwa, Hi 5.77

 

OPEN LONGBOARD

1. Christian Stutzman-San Clemente 15.50

2. Nick Anderberg-Encinitas 11.26

 

About NSSA

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.

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