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.


The 2010-11 West Coast College Team season came to a close with event #4 on Monday, January 17 at D St in Encinitas.  The college competitors were greeted with super fast steep lefts and rights from a west/northwest swell.  The size ranged anywhere from 2-6 feet with some bigger sets coming through.  Conditions were clean and glassy all day with summer like conditions.  Twenty college teams were on hand to enjoy the day! 

In the College Team competition, SDSU came to the event firing on all cylinders to take a 140-125 win over UCSB.  SDSU's team started off strong with 5 of the 6 male surfers winning their round one heats.  By the quarterfinals they were able to keep 5 of their 6 male surfers going.  Their longboarder also helped them  by making the final as well.  UCSB did exactly what was needed to clinch the overall College Team title in a tight race over Mira Costa College who place third (posting 122 points).  UCSB finished off the season strong taking a win in event #2 and a second place in event #3.  It came down to the final event of the season for the title and UCSB was up for the challenge.  "Our team started off a little slow in the first event taking fifth but we were able to re-group and come back with a win in event #2, then a second in events #3 and #4 which helped us" said team captain Lipoa Kahaleuahi.  "We got a lot of fresh faces this season which seems to be a good thing.  This will definitely give us momentum going into the State Championships and the Nationals."

Pictured (L to R): Austin Ganz, Brent Reilly, Nick Jaimpa, Theo Lewitt, Hunter Lysaught, Kyle Jax

The College Mens heats were hot and heavy with super fun waves making it easy for them to go off!  In the early rounds standout performances were the norm and there were even a few barrels that were makeable.  Everyone in the Mens final was ripping and it was anyone's game.  All six finalists were throwing huge gouges and big re-entries.  It came down to who could get that one nugget that would push them over the top.  SDSU's Nick Jaimpa got the wave of the day ripping three huge turns which gave him the score he needed to clinch the win scoring 14 out of a possible 20.  Point Loma's Hunter Lysaught and Mira Costa's Brent Reilly were killing it the whole event and placed second and third respectively.  Placing fourth was UCSB's Austin Ganz, followed by UCSB's Theo Lewitt placing fifth and Kyle Jax from Point Loma placed sixth.  All six guys blew up!!  With his quarterfinals showing, Dayton Silva from Mira Costa College clinched the overall College Mens Title.  

Pictured (L to R):  Heather Jordan, Kaitlin Maguire, Chandler Parr, Rachel Harris, Lexi Wilson, Chelsea Rauhut

UCLA's Chandler Parr took her first win of the season in College Womens competition.  With the fast peeling, low tide conditions it was tough finding and getting to the lined up open faced waves.  Midway through the heat Chandler was able to connect with a good right throwing two huge turns scoring a 7.0.  Then she backed it up with a vertical one maneuver wave to clinch the win for her.  Chandler surfed really well all day and was stoked to take the win.  UCSB's Rachel Harris was also surfing solid all day and placed second.  Placing third was Heather Jordan from Mira Costa followed by Chelsea Rauhut from UCSD in fourth, Lexi Wilson from UCSD in fifth and Kaitlin Maguire from CSUSM in sixth.  UCSB's Lipoa Kahaleuahi took the overall College Womens title.  When asked Lipoa said "I wasn't expecting to win it.  This season there were a lot of new and really good surfers competing so I am just stoked to win the title".  

Troy Mothershead

As is the norm, all the Longboarders were charging the fun surf and scoring big.  Coming out on top was Point Loma's Troy Mothershead.  Troy, who is no stranger to NSSA competition, was blowing up and did not lose a heat all day in route to his third win of the season.  In round two Troy pulled into a solid barrel and scored a perfect 10.  With this win he also sealed up the overall College Longboard title.  Placing second was CSULB's Cody Watten followed by Kevin Osborne from UCSB in third.  Rounding out the six man final was Mick Rodgers from CSUSM in fourth, Jon Hoover from SDSU in fifth.  Dayton Silva, who stepped up for his team doing double duty in the College Mens and College Longboard heats placed sixth. 

Coming up in Cali:  The Southwest Open Season event #8 will be held January 22-23 at Salt Creek followed by the make-up event Open #6 on January 29-30 at HB Pier.  The Southwest Explorer Season will continue on February 12-13 at La Jolla Shores.  The NSSA Interscholastic State Championships will be held on March 11-13 at Huntington Beach Pier. 



UCSB Gold -College Team

Dayton Silva-College Mens

Lipoa Kahaleuahi-College Womens

Troy Mothershead-College Longboard



1.  SDSU A     140

2.  UCSB Gold     125

3.  Mira Costa Red    122

4.  Point Loma Gold    117.5

5.  UCSB B     85

6.  CSUSM A     84

7.  UCSD A     72

8.  CSULB A     58

9.  UCLA     54

10.  Point Loma Green    45.5

11.  USC     42

12.  Saddleback     41

13.  UCSD B     38

14.  UCSB Yellow    35

15.  USD     30

16.  Mira Costa White    29

17.  CSUSM B     21

18.  SDSU B     19

19.  CSULB B     10

20.  LMU     5 



1.  Nick Jaimpa-SDSU A

2.  Hunter Lysaught-Pt. Loma Gold

3.  Brent Reilly-Mira Costa Red

4.  Austin Ganz-UCSB Gold

5.  Theo Lewitt-UCSB Gold

6.  Kyle Jax-Point Loma Gold 



1.  Chandler Parr-UCLA

2.  Rachel Harris-UCSB B

3.  Heather Jordan-Mira Costa Red

4.  Chelsea Rauhtu-UCSD A

5.  Lexi Wilson-UCSD A

6.  Kaitlin Maguire-CSUSM A 



1.  Troy Mothershead-Point Loma Gold

2.  Cody Watten-CSULB A

3.  Kevin Osborne-UCSB Gold

4.  Mick Rodgers-CSUSM A

5.  Jon Hoover-SDSU A

6.  Dayton Silva-Mira Costa Red