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NSSA - SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OPEN SEASON IS BLESSED WITH FUN WAVES AT CHURCH BEACH
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.


SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OPEN SEASON IS BLESSED WITH FUN WAVES AT CHURCH BEACH

NSSA SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

OPEN SEASON EVENT #5

CHURCH BEACH, SAN ONOFRE

NOVEMBER 23-24, 2013

CONDITIONS: A nice little south swell came through producing super fun and contestable waist to chest high lined up rights with a few select good rippable lefts.

THE SUPER FUN AND SHREDDABLE CHURCH LINEUP!   photo: Steinmetz                 

(Huntington Beach, Ca – December 4, 2013) –the Southwest Conference Open Season headed to the shores of Church Beach in the San Onofre State Park on November 23-24 for stop number 5 of the 2013-14 season. Despite a dismal forecast, mother nature came through as a waist to chest high southwest swell was on offer much to the extreme delight of both the competitors and contest organizers. In the premier Men’s division, San Clemente’s Colt Ward claimed his first win of the season. Kevin Schulz finished runner up for the second straight event but the good news is he will jump back to the top of the premier Open Mens rankings. Jake Marshall continued his domination of the Juniors division taking his fourth win of the season. Tommy McKeown who has been on fire in Gold Coast Conference competition with an undefeated 7-event win streak in the Menehuenes, put together his first winning performance in the Open Boys. The talk of the town continues to be young Jett Schilling who has been absolutely sensational in the Mini Grom category winning five straight events. Women’s ratings leader Tia Blanco had her 3-event win streak snapped at the Newport event 4, but she was back in the driver’s seat at Church sealing her fourth win of the season. La Jolla’s female up-and-comer Tiare Thompson is rising quickly up the ranks with improving skills sealing her second consecutive Open Girls victory. 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 and Girls.  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.     

 

COLT WARD NAILS HIS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON!                  photo: Steinmetz

TIA BLANCO TAKES WIN NUMBER 4!                                  photo: Steinmetz

The NSSA Southwest Conference is proud to have support from Huntington Surf and Sport, Java Point, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, Scosche and Channel Islands. Many thanks to the California State Parks and the NSSA staff for assisting us in staging a professional quality event at Church Beach for the elite Southwest Open Season series.  

JAKE MARSHALL IS UNSTOPPABLE IN THE JUNIORS!            photo: Steinmetz

TOMMY MCKEOWN HAS A FIELD DAY ON THE CHURCH RIGHTS!  photo: Steinmetz

 

RED-HOT JETT SCHILLING IS UNDEFEATED THROUGH 5 EVENTS IN THE MINI GROMS!  photo: Steinmetz

COMING UP IN CALI: The NSSA will head to Norcal for stop number 2 and 3 of the Northwest Conference. The first event of the doubleheader will be held at Pleasure Point on December 7. The following day December 8, the contest will move to Santa Cruz’s west side at legendary Steamer Lane.

KEVIN SCHULZ SOARS BACK TO THE TOP OF THE MENS RATINGS!  photo: Steinmetz

THE SCOREBOARD

RESULTS

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OPEN SEASON EVENT #5

CHURCH BEACH, SAN ONOFRE STATE PARK


OPEN MENS

1. Colt Ward-San Clemente 12.37

2. Kevin Schulz-San Clemente 12.26

3. Nicholas Hdez-Santa Cruz 10.83

4. Christopher Murnane-Carlsbad 7.53

OPEN JUNIORS

1. Jake Marshall-Encinitas 12.10

2. Griffin Colapinto-San Clemente 11.83

3. Ryland Rubens-Pacific Beach 9.77

4. Nick Marshall-Encinitas 7.10

OPEN BOYS

1. Tommy McKeown-Oxnard 13.03

2. Noah Hill-Malibu 11.14

3. Taro Watanabe-Malibu 9.27

4. Dagan Stagg-Carlsbad 6.03

OPEN MINI GROMS

1. Jett Schilling-San Clemente 18.77

2. Connor Marshall-Encinitas 8.43

3. Taj Lindblad-San Clemente 6.93

4. Nicholas Coli-San Clemente 5.30

OPEN WOMENS

1. Tia Blanco-San Clemente 12.17

2. Kylie Loveland-Carlsbad 8.27

3. Frankie Seely-Malibu 7.56

4. Malia Osterkamp-San Clemente 5.27

OPEN GIRLS

1. Tiare Thompson-La Jolla 13.00

2. Alyssa Spencer-Carlsbad 10.54

3. Sidney Johnson-Carlsbad 6.23

4. Malia Faramarzi-Encinitas 4.53

PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT

Colt Ward

Jake Marshall

Tommy McKeown

Jett Schilling

Tia Blanco

Tiare Thompson