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.


College, High School and Middle School surfers head to Surf City USA for the 2013 NSSA State Championships!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 | Written by Janice Aragon



2013 NSSA Interscholastic State Championships

42 teams in College, High School and Middle School divisions contend for State titles.


(Huntington Beach, Ca – March 6, 2013) – March Madness will stretch beyond the basketball court when the Interscholastic State Championships kicks off the most intense and exciting four-month period in U.S. surfing. The State Championships is the first of seven events on the 2013 NSSA Championship schedule. The 3-day tournament featuring the west coast’s top College, High School and Middle School teams will be held on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier March 8th through the 10th.


The NSSA’s version of March Madness is sure to be packed with hype, talented athletes and passionate team rivalries as the battle for State titles guarantees excitement and team spirit. Adding to the fervor, the competitors will be performing in surfing’s most prominent stadium at the pier’s famous southside sandbars. Competition will commence on March 8th with the College Championships. Saturday, March 9th will begin with the High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Championships. The third and final day of the State Championships on March 10th will feature the Middle School Championships, remainder of College preliminary rounds and finish off with the College, High School and Middle School State Championship finals. The competition will also include individual divisions which will determine State Champion titles in College Mens, Womens and Longboard, High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Mens, Womens and Longboard and Middle School Boys, Girls and Longboard. The 2013 Interscholastic State Championships serves as the Regional qualifier for College, High School and Middle School teams to earn a bid to the 2013 National Interscholastic Championships June 15-17 at Salt Creek in Dana Point, California.


The reigning 2012 State Champions, San Diego State, San Clemente High School and Shorecliffs Middle School have dominated the top of the podium for four consecutive years. The Huntington Beach High School Junior Varsity squad won the 2012 State title at their homebreak and will seek to make it two straight. Number one ranked UC San Diego came off a successful 2012-13 regular season and will aim for their first championship title in eight years. 2012 National High School Champions San Clemente will go into the State titles as the number one seed. The Huntington Beach High School Junior Varsity squad backed up their 2012 State title with a huge victory at the 2012 National Championships which ranks them at the top of the seeding order in this event. Perennial National Champion Shorecliffs will be the number one ranked team in the Middle School State Championships.  


In individual competition, numerous State Champions are returning to defend titles and/or add more victories to their resume. On the College side, UCSD’s Shaun Burrell won the College Mens State title in 2012 as did Keenan Lineback in the College Women’s division for USD and both will be back to defend. SDSU’s Doug Van Mierlo has won championship titles at both the High School (San Clemente) and Collegiate level. USC’s Kaleigh Gilchrist has won Interscholastic High School titles at both the State and National levels surfing for Newport Harbor. Saddleback’s Shaw Kobayashi is a former High School champion winning the State title in 2009 for San Clemente. UCLA sophomore Taylor Pitz dominated the High School Women’s State category for two years straight in 2010 and 2011 where she attended Laguna Beach High School and also claimed the National High School Women’s title in 2011. National Champions in the Men’s division will be competing for their schools. 2012 National College Men’s Champion Dayton Silva will be surfing for the SDSU squad while 2011 National Champion Brent Reilly will be competing for Mira Costa.


In the High School division, San Clemente High School’s Breyden Taylor is a 2-time High School Men’s Champion winning the High School Junior Varsity State title in 2010 and the High School Varsity State title in 2012. He also claimed the National High School Men’s Varsity title in 2011. 2013 NSSA standouts in the Open and Explorer category will be adding competitive fire to the lineup. Kevin Schulz from San Clemente, Bryce Marino from Edison and Matt Passaquindici from Huntington Beach are ranked in the top 10 of the Southwest Open Men’s division this season. HB’s Kirk Weissinger is ranked #4 in the Southwest Open Juniors.


Team line ups for College surfing by ranking order are as follows: UC San Diego “A”, San Diego State Black, Mira Costa Red, Saddleback, Point Loma Gold, UC Santa Barbara Gold, San Diego State Red, UCLA, University of San Diego, Cal State San Marcos “A”, USC, CSU Long Beach “A”, Mira Costa White, CSU Channel Islands, UC San Diego “B”, UC Santa Barbara Blue, CSU Long Beach “B”, Cal State San Marcos “B”, UC Santa Cruz


Team line ups for High School Varsity surfing by ranking order are as follows: San Clemente, Newport Harbor, Huntington Beach, Edison, Mira Costa, Marina, San Dieguito and Dana Hills.


The Junior Varsity Championships will feature seven schools. In ranking order the schools competing are: Huntington Beach, Edison, Marina, Newport Harbor, San Clemente, San Dieguito and Ventura.


The Middle School Championships at both the State and National level has been dominated by Shorecliffs who are seeking their ninth consecutive State title. Team line up for Middle School surfing are as follows: Shorecliffs “A”, Dwyer, Marco Forster, Aviara Oaks, Sowers “A”, Shorecliffs “B”, Sowers “B”, Manhattan Beach.


The 2013 NSSA Interscholastic State Championships is proud to have support from Hurley, Huntington Surf and Sport, Java Point, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax and the City of Huntington Beach. 


The NSSA Interscholastic State Championships is the first of seven events in the 2013 NSSA Championship Series. The 2013 Championship Series events include the State Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, the Hawaii Regional Championships at Kewalo Basin, Oahu, HI March, 2013; the East Coast Regional Championships at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, FL April 4-7; the NSSA Jr. Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA April 20; the West Coast Regional Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA May 16-19; the NSSA National Interscholastic Championships at Salt Creek June 15-17 and Huntington Beach Pier, CA June 26-July 3.