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.

Surfer the Week - Archives (2015)

Surfer of the Week - 11/30/2015


Age: 12
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: National University Academy; 6th grade
Sponsors: Rip Curl, Stance, Blackline, Vans, Electric, Sex Wax, Channel Islands
Equipment: Channel Islands Rookie 15 roundtail 4'9"
Claim to Fame: Jett has built quite a reputation since taking the National title in the Open Mini Grom division in 2014. Loaded with an abundance of natural talent, the 12-year-old continues to turns heads with his polished style and progression as he rises up the ladder of competitive success. At the Newport Open, he collected his 5th win of the season in the Boys and an impressive 2nd place in the Juniors final. He has secured a huge lead in the Open Boys ratings and is ranked 2nd in the Juniors. Besides all of his outstanding achievements the coolest thing about Jett is his stoke and positive energy. He’s got the coolest vibe out there! Fave thing about Newport: The barrels and there are always waves. Local spot: Lowers. Fave surfer: Kolohe Andino & the Gudauskas brothers. Surf crew: Taj Lindblad & Crosby Colapinto. Fantasy super power: I wish I could fly. Something people don't know about you: I’m kind of ok at golf. Favorite wave: A-frame peak with air sections and barrels. Goals: Win Nationals!

Surfer of the Week - 11/10/2015


Age: 12
Hometown: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
School: Innovations Public Charter School; 7th grade
Sponsors: Billabong, HIC, Eric Arakawa, Mokulele Airlines, Dakine, Futures, Vertra, Sex Wax
Equipment: HIC, Eric Arakawa, amplifier 5’3”
Claim to Fame: National Champion Brodi Sale loves to compete, especially when it is firing at home. So when NSSA Hawaii put on a doubleheader Open & Explorer marathon weekend at Banyans, the local Big Island boy put his best foot forward making 8 finals. In event 6, he took three 1st places in Open Boys, Explorer Boys, Explorer Menehuene and 2nd in Open Juniors. The next day, he kicked it into high gear again ripping to three 1st places in Open Juniors, Open Boys, Explorer Boys and 3rd in Menehuene! Fave thing about Banyans: When it’s pumping it’s a high performance wave. It’s always good to compete on home turf when the waves are big and fun. Fave surfer: John John. Fave NSSA Surfer: Jackson Bunch. He is such a good surfer and great to hang out with. Surf crew: All the Banyans boys, my family & all my ohana off Island. Fantasy superpower: Teleportation. Something people don't know about you: I’m a U.S. and New Zealand citizen. Goals: Travel to other islands and internationally to develop my surfing.

Surfer of the Week - 11/3/2015


Age: 13
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: Capistrano Homeschool; 8th grade
Sponsors: Quiksilver, FCS, Electric
Equipment: Bryne surfboards shaped by Michael Baron. 5'8 1/2" squash tail
Claim to Fame: A clean swell delivered head high Salt Creek perfection for the Southwest Open event 4 and it was game on for Kade as he went on a tear taking double wins in the Mens and Juniors divisions. His win in the Juniors was his second straight but it was his triumph in the Mens final that goes down as his biggest accomplishment so far this season. Sitting in second place until the final moments of the 25-minute final to reigning Conference and Regional Champion Kei Kobayashi, Kade backed up his earlier excellent score of an 8.5 with a 7.57 on the buzzer which was enough to seal the win. With moves and power beyond his years, it’s hard to believe this talented kid is still only 13! Fave thing about Salt Creek: The long lefts. Local spot: Lowers. Fave surfer: Kolohe Andino. Surf crew: All the San Clemente kids. Fantasy super power: Teleportation. Something people don't know about you: I hate skating. Favorite wave: Any perfect right barrel. Airs or Barrels: Barrels. Goals: Win a National title!

Surfer of the Week - 10/13/2015


Age: 12
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: Shorecliffs Middle School; 7th grade
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Lost Surfboards, Oakley, Modom traction
Equipment: Lost Surfboards 4'10 1/2" squash tail shaped by Matt Biolas. It's a new board, a little thicker and it worked really good in the conditions here at Tamarack!
Claim to Fame: Taj has surfed a golden 2015/16 NSSA season so far. This past weekend, he sealed back-to-back Menehuene victories at the Carlsbad Explorer doubleheader in pumping 3-5 foot surf at Tamarack beach. He is currently 5 for 6 in the win column and holds down a hefty lead in the Menehuene rankings. The win was special for Taj as his dad Marc, a former NSSA ripper, has a special fondness for the break. Over 2 decades ago, Marc pulled off a revenge victory over Taylor Knox at a Tamarack event after Taylor edged him for the 1998 National Open Mens title by fractions of a point. Fave thing about Tamarack: My dad beat Taylor Knox at this spot so I always wanted to win a contest here! Local break: Lowers. Fave surfer: Dane Reynolds & Kolohe Andino. Fave NSSA surfer: Griffin Colapinto: Surf crew: Jett, Crosby, the Day & Matson brothers. Fantasy super power: Teleport so I don’t have to fly. Something people don't know about you: I have a 4.0 GPA. School comes first for me. Goal: Win a National title!

Surfer of the Week - 10/7/2015


Age: 12
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
School: Crane Country Day School-7th grade
Sponsors: J7 Surfboards, Surf Happens, Freestyle
Equipment: 5'1" Whatever model shaped by Jason Feist
Claim to Fame: You could say that Gavin is a veteran at NSSA competition since he has been surfing in the contests since he was 8 years old under the guidance of Surf Happen’s Chris Keet. This season he is focusing on the Gold Coast and Northwest events and has been racking up impressive results. At the Northwest opener in Santa Cruz, Gavin was ripping the fun right-handers of Pleasure Point. He took the win in the Open Boys final on Saturday and then backed it up on Sunday with a runner up in the Explorer Menehuenes. He also stepped it up with an outstanding finals showing in the upper bracket Explorer Boys. In Gold Coast competition, he is ranked 2nd in the Menehuenes. Fave thing about Pleasure Point: The super fun righthanders. Local spot: Rincon. Fave surfer: John John. Fave NSSA surfers: Hammy & Curty: Fantasy super power: To snap my finger and be in a place wherever I want. Something people don't know about you: I’ve never broken a bone. Goals: Win the Gold Coast & Northwest Conference titles!

Surfer of the Week - 9/29/2015


Age: 9
Hometown: Laguna Beach, California
School: Top of the World Elementary; 4th grade
Sponsors: Volcom, Laguna Surf and Sport, Let's Party traction, Byrne Surfboards
Equipment: Byrne Surfboards shaped by Michael Baron; 4'5" squash
Claim to Fame: Hayden is off to a dominating start to the 2015/16 Southwest Explorer Season. At the HB Explorer doubleheader last weekend, he shredded to another impressive double win performance in the Super Groms. Through 4 events, he is undefeated and has soared to a sizable ratings lead. He also surfs up in the Menehuene division and has made 3 of 4 finals. In the Southwest Opens, he has made both Mini Grom finals and is ranked 3rd. He is also fearless in the big stuff! At the 2015 West Coast Champs in pumping 6-8 foot surf at HB Pier, “Haydo” was charging taking off on the bombs and sealing his first Regional Title in the Super Groms. Fave thing about HB: I like the fun sections. Fave surfer: Kelly Slater. Fave NSSA surfer: Jordy Collins. Local spot: Rockpile, Surf crew: My brother Nolan, Sam & Kiko Nelsen. Fantasy super power: Teleporting so I could go to Indo. Something people don't know about you: I like to snowboard. Goals: Win the Conference title in Open Mini Groms & Explorer Super Groms!

Surfer of the Week - 9/22/2015


Age: 14
Hometown: Encinitas, California
School: San Diego Neighborhood Charter; 9th grade
Sponsors: Hurley, Sex Wax, Von Zipper, FCS, Surf Ride, Chris Gallagher Designs
Equipment: Chris Gallagher shapes, 5'2" squash tail
Claim to Fame: Nick’s determination and focus have soared to a higher level. It started at the season opener at HB Pier where he charged overhead surf making double finals in the Juniors and premier Open Men’s category. It was game on again at the Oceanside Open where he unleashed, carved & punted his way through heats earning back-to-back double finals. His surfing has matured as noted by his impressive results in the Men’s bracket including taking out his older brother Jake in the semis. Plus he is one of the most innovative surfers in the lineup. You never know what he is going to do; he’s got a lot of tricks up his sleeve! Fave thing about OSide: The lefts. Fave surfer: Filipe Toledo. Fave NSSA surfer: Jake Marshall. Surf crew: Jake, Connor & Brock. Fantasy super power: Bend water so I can make sick waves. Something people don't know about you: I can blow bubble rings 20 ft underwater. Goals: I beat Jake so that’s off my list. I want to win a couple events, win a season title & win the Nationals!

Surfer of the Week - 9/15/2015


Age: 16
Hometown: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
School: James Madison; 11th grade
Sponsors: Stalk It, Mokulele Airlines, Honolua Surf Co., Pakaloha & Sweet Metal Candy
Equipment: Stalk It 5'9"'
Claim to Fame: One of the most popular phrases around the NSSA is "there is nothing like winning your first contest!" And this is why this week's Surfer of the Week Aloha Lopez is wearing an ear-to-ear smile. In firing surf conditions at the NSSA Hawaii Lahaina Harbor contest last weekend, Aloha’s surfing was red-hot as she rose to the occasion at her local spot. She crushed it in the Open Womens final sealing her first ever victory in the NSSA's premier division! Fave thing about the Lahaina Harbor contest: The waves were pumping today! Fave surfer: Tyler Wright. Fave NSSA surfer: Kahanu Delovio. Shred crew: Whoever shows up. Fantasy super power: Travel at the speed of light. Something people don’t know about you: My name is Aloha La'i Le'a but everyone calls me Aloha. Goals for the season: Have fun and rip!

Surfer of the Week - 9/9/2015


Age: 14
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: Connections Academy; 9th grade
Sponsors: Vissla, Etnies, Famous Surf, Jacks & HDX
Equipment: Hayden Shapes 5'6" rounded pin
Claim to Fame: Nothing set the tone better than to score pumping waves for the first Southwest Open of the new season and Cole came out with guns blazing. With high octane surfing displaying power, crisp snaps and progressive moves, it was lights out ripping all weekend from the 14-year-old. In waves in the 6-10 foot range with macking sets at Huntington Beach Pier and conditions varying from perfection to massive gnarly windswept walls, Cole crushed heat after heat and then put on a show in the Juniors final posting the highest wave score (9.7) and highest combined total (18.87 out of 20). In Cole's words, "that heat was unreal!" He also took an impressive 3rd place in the Mens final. Fave thing about HB Pier: "The variety of the waves-barrels, A-frames, big close-outs, I like it all." Local spot: Lowers. Fave surfer: John John & Dane. Fave NSSA surfer: Conner Coffin. Surf crew: Griffin Colapinto, Colt Ward & Kei Kobayashi. Fantasy super power: To read people’s minds. Goals: To win a National title!

Surfer of the Week - 9/1/2015


Age: 14
Hometown: Point Loma, California
School: Point Loma High School; Freshman
Sponsors: Volcom, South Coast, Matuse, DaKine, Electric, Headhunter, Sticky Bumps, DFS, Wax Trax, Julie Designs, The Young and Brave Foundation
Equipment: South Coast Surfboards 5'3"
Claim to Fame: Another young female ripper has burst onto the NSSA scene to kick off the 2015/16 season. After a solid 4-final appearance at the Southwest Explorer doubleheader at Pacific Beach, Brooke carried the momentum into the Gold Coast season opening weekend at C Street. She was on fire both days with a four division sweep in the Womens and Girls divisions. She also posted the highest wave and total score in Sunday's event 2 with an excellent 9-point ride and earning a 16.5 total out of 20 in the final. Way to crush it Brooke...great start to the season! Fave thing about C Street: "I love the rights!" Local spot: Sunset Cliffs. Fave surfer: Dylan Goodale, Coco Ho. Fave NSSA surfers: Alyssa, Sam and Olivia. Surf crew: My family and all the SW girls at the contests. Fantasy super power: To fly. Goal: To win a National title!

Surfer of the Week - 8/25/2015


Age: 16
Hometown: Carlsbad, California
School: San Diego Neighborhood HS: 11th grade
Sponsors: Hurley, Futures, Famous, Surf Ride, Bill Johnson Surfboards
Equipment: Bill Johnson shapes; 5'11" round tail
Claim to Fame: There is no better way than starting out the first contest weekend of the season with perfection. Just ask Jordy Collins who went on a tear in his first round Juniors heat at the Pacific Beach Explorer at Crystal Pier earning two perfect 10's for a perfect 20 wave score. Utilizing his strengths in the smallish 1-3 foot conditions, his progressive game was on point as he found the waves with ramp opporutnities and went to air with clean tail-high rotations. He went on to win the event and enter into the history books as one of the only surfers to accomplish this spectacular feat! Fave thing about Crystal Pier: the little left runners off the pier. Local spot: Ponto. Fave surfer: Kerzy & John John. Fave NSSA surfer: Alyssa Spencer, she's inspiring. Fantasy super power: To breath underwater. Something people don't know about you: I can juggle. Goal: To win a Conference Title.

Surfer of the Week - 7/5/2015


Age: 17
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
School: Christian Education Institute
Sponsors: Billabong, Tokoro Surfboards, Dakine, Vertra, DVS
Claim to Fame: There was no doubt from the moment Seth put on a jersey in his first heat of Explorer Juniors that he was a Nationals frontrunner. With incredible rhythm and poise, he had a stellar run winning every heat in Explorer Juniors and Open Mens capping off his amateur career bringing two National titles home to Hawaii. In the words of his brother, our 2014 Open Mens National Champion Josh Moniz, "And that's how you do it!"

Surfer of the Week - 5/5/2015


Age: 12
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: Shorecliffs Middle School; 7th grade
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Cobian, FCS, Electric, Byrne Surfboards
Equipment: 5'6" high performance shortboard shaped by Byrne Surfboards.
Claim to Fame: Kade ended the season right where he started it–on the top. Kicking off the 14/15 campaign, he soared to the top of the Explorer Menehuene & Boys ratings after the doubleheader opener at Crystal Pier. He went on to win a whopping 16 events capping it off with 3 conference crowns in Open Boys, Explorer Boys & Explorer Menehuene. Adding to his merits, he is ranked 3rd in the premier Open Juniors division. Kade’s radical and “mature surfing technique beyond his years” is a huge reason for his success. He also charges the big stuff as noted by his domination at the Oceanside Explorer held in heavy 10-12 foot surf! Fave thing about OSide South Jetty: I love the reeling lefts off the jetty. Local spot: Lowers. Fave surfer: Kolohe Andino. Fave NSSA surfer: my brother Dane. Surf crew: The SC crew. Fantasy super power: Teleportation so I can teleport to Indo and up the Lowers trails. Something people don't know about you: My grandpa was in the Russian KGB. Goals: To win Regionals & Nationals!

Surfer of the Week - 4/24/2015


Age: Luke: 16; Caroline: 13
Hometown: Melbourne Beach, Florida
School: Luke: Florida Virtual School, 10th grade. Caroline: Florida Virtual School, 7th grade
Sponsors: Luke: Fox, Smith Optics, Grom Social, Orion Surfboards, Maui Nix, FCS, Gorilla Grip, Long Doggers. Caroline: Fox, Smith Optics, Grom Social, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Chemistry Surfboards, FCS, Red Bull, Long Doggers.
Equipment: Luke: Orion Surfboards 5'7" squash tail. Caroline: Chemistry Surfboards 5'1" swallow tail.
Claim to Fame: A thrilling historical finals day at the 2015 East Coast Championships saw the Marks siblings claim premier titles in Open Mens and Open Womens becoming the first brother/sister duo to accomplish the feat. Luke’s win in the Open Mens is his highest achievement thus far and Caroline stole the show sweeping 4 division victories! Fave thing about the East Coast Champs in New Smyrna: Luke: I love competing with all my friends; Caroline: The waves are usually fun. Favorite surfers: Luke: Kelly Slater; Caroline: Carissa Moore. Favorite NSSA surfer: Luke: Stevie Pittman; Caroline: Seth Moniz. Surf Crew: Luke: My family, Chauncey Robinson, Cobie Gittner; Caroline: My family, Tommy Coleman, Chauncey Robinson. Fantasy Superpower: Luke: Super Strength; Caroline: Teleporting. Local Spot: Luke: Melbourne Shores; Caroline: Sebastian Inlet. Something people don’t know about you: Luke: I love duck hunting; Caroline: I like Chinese food. Goals: Luke: Win a National title! Caroline: Win National titles!

Surfer of the Week - 4/15/2015


Age: 11
Hometown: Kapolei, Hawaii
School: Kapolei Middle School; 6th grade
Sponsors: J.Kashiwai Surfboards, Ronin eyewear, and Cyko accessories
Equipment: J. Kashiwai 5’4” squash shaped by Jason Kashiwai
Claim to Fame: Congrats to Robert who was shredding Kewalos at the Hawaii Regional Championships taking double wins in Open Boys & Explorer Menehuene. “Surfing in Regionals is always fun because I get to compete against the best surfers from all the Islands,” Robert said. “Kewalos is one of my favorite spots to surf because there is a sick air section on the rights and the lefts jack up really nice for powerful backside hacks.” After his strong performance at Regionals, Robert will focus on keeping the momentum going heading into the Nationals. We can’t wait to see what he brings to HB! Local spot: White Plains. Fave surfer: Julian Wilson & Mick Fanning. Fave NSSA surfer: Josh Moniz & Kaulana Apo. Surf crew: I pretty much surf solo, but surfing with all the uncles and groms at any break is always fun. Fantasy super power: The ability to transport so I would be able to surf all the best breaks at any time. Goals: Getting a win at the Nationals would be awesome, but most of all I just want to have fun!

Surfer of the Week - 3/24/2015


Age: 16
Hometown: Ventura, California
School: Ventura High School; 10th grade
Sponsors: Quiksilver, J7 Surfboards, ProLite, Scosche, Electric Visual, Olas Surf Grill, Fu Wax USA, HomeGrown Surf Shop, DFS.
Equipment: J7 Surfboards 6'0" X 19
Claim to Fame: Micky has always been one of the hardest working surfers since his grom days traveling up and down the coast every season to perfect his comp skills. When he puts it together in heats and gets into a rhythm he shines. He’s definitely got one of the biggest power games in this league and it showed at the Oceanside Open this past weekend. Utilizing his “trademark” potent backhand, Micky disseminated the long left walls with dynamic, vertical moves taking his first Open Mens win of the year on two excellent scores of 9.17 and 8.00! Favorite thing about Oceanside South Jetty: The long lefts off the jetty on south swells. Local spot: C Street. Favorite surfer: Josh Kerr. Favorite NSSA surfer: Shane Borland. Surf crew: Shano, Dryden Brown, Thelen Worrell, Eithan Osborne, Hunter Martinez, the J7 crew. Fantasy super power: The ability to teleport. Something people don't know about you: I play football & wear a size 13 shoe. Goals: To be academically sound and win a West Coast & National title!

Surfer of the Week - 3/18/2015


Age: 17
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
School: Soquel High School; 12th grade
Sponsors: Volcom, Janga Wetsuits, Sol Life Surfboards, Arcade Mfg, Santa Cruz Surf and Skateboards, Arnette, Fit Aid
Equipment: Sol Life Surfboards by Scott Crump. 5'8" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/16"
Claim to Fame: It’s a difficult feat to achieve perfection but when you do it twice in one weekend, it’s phenomenal. Ashley has been put on impressive performances this season dominating the Open Women’s division of the Northwest Conference, but her double perfect 10 display at last weekend’s contests at Pleasure Point and the Hook were huge. She has a stranglehold on the ratings with two events remaining and will undoubtedly have tons of momentum down the stretch leading into the NSSA championship series! Fave thing about Pleasure Point and the Hook: They are both perfect right hand point breaks with long, fun walls and good sections. Local spot: Pleasure Point. Favorite surfer: Nat Young. Favorite NSSA surfer: Santi Hart. Surf crew: The Point boys and Ireland Conti. Fantasy super power: To fly. Goals: Win a Regional title and make a Nationals final!

Surfer of the Week - 3/10/2015


Age: 17
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: San Clemente High School; 11th grade
Sponsors: Lira, Nation, XM, Watermans, Hyperflex
Equipment: Nation Surfboards 5'9" X 18.75 X 2.7 shaped by Ryan Engle
Claim to Fame: Arguably one of the toughest things in sports is defending a championship title. But Conner, who won the High School Varsity Mens State title in 2014, rose to the occasion at the 2015 State Championships at Church. In a smorgasbord of conditions ranging from 3-4 foot right point perfection to inconsistent 1-3 foot peelers, the San Clemente High School junior relied on his versatile skill, progressive moves and local knowledge, winning every heat and taking his second straight State Championship victory. Fave thing about Church: The long rights. Local spot: Cottons. Fave surfer: John John. Favorite NSSA surfer: Griffin Colapinto. Surf crew: Jordan Kudla, Kevin Schulz, Ren Kramer and my brother Curran. Fantasy super power: Teleportation. Goal: I’d like to win Nationals!

Surfer of the Week - 3/4/2015


Age: 18
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California
School: Connection Academy; 12th grade
Sponsors: Body Glove, DaKine, Aftermath Surfboards, Spyder Surf Shop, Futures, Otis eyewear
Equipment: Aftermath Surfboards 5'6" shaped by Ian Wright
Claim to Fame: After making his third Open final this season, Noah finally took it all the way to the top of the podium winning the Mens division at the Ventura Open at C Street. He was one of the outstanding performers of the day making the most out of what Ventura’s cobblestone righthander had to offer. Despite the mediocre 2-3 foot conditions, Noah’s potent backside attack was on point, exploding out of the pocket, lighting up the righthand walls and displacing water with every turn! Fave thing about C Street: The inside double ups. Local spot: El Porto. Fave surfer: Mick Fanning. Favorite NSSA surfer: Griffin Colapinto. Surf crew: Josh Benjoya and Kyle Brown. Fantasy super power: Have X-Ray vision. Goal: Make the final at Nationals and qualify for the World Junior Championships!

Surfer of the Week - 2/24/2015


Age: 12
Hometown: Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii
School: Kapaa Middle School; 7th grade
Sponsors: Sun Bum sunscreen
Equipment: 5'4 Amplifire Eric Arakawa
Claim to Fame: There’s a young, talented ripper erupting on the Hawaii competitive scene and her name is Gabriela. She may be only 12 years old but she was putting on a clinic at the NSSA Pinetrees event pulling off a super trifecta with wins in Open Womens, Open Girls & Explorer Girls! Fave thing about Pinetrees: It’s a powerful beachbreak with nice shape. Fave surfer: John John Florence. Fave NSSA surfer: Summer Macedo. Shred crew: Mainei Kinimaka & my dad. Goals: Make the Hawaii Surf Team & win Nationals!

Surfer of the Week - 2/17/2015


Age: 17
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
School: Norfolk Academy; 11th grade
Sponsors: O'Neill, Wave Riding Vehicles, Electric, Futures, Nixon, Stance, ESA All-Stars.
Equipment: WRV 5'11" and just added a 6'4", 6'6" & 6'10" for Hawaii. All boards custom shaped by Jesse Fernandez
Claim to Fame: Parker has joined the ranks as one of the top surfing talents to come out of Va Beach. He took the Open Longboard title at the 2014 East Coast Champs & backed it up with a 2nd place at Nationals. He also rips in shortboard recently winning the Open Mens at the Mid Atlantic Carolina Beach event. Look for Parker to go big in shortboard & longboard at the 2015 NSSA Championships! Local spot: 1st St Jetty. Fave surfer: John John & Jordy. Goals: Win another East Coast title & make finals at Nationals

Surfer of the Week - 2/10/2015


Age: 14
Hometown: Ventura, California
School: Ventura High School; 9th grade
Sponsors: Billabong, Spy Optic, Sexwax, Monster Energy, Prolite, Futures, Scosche
Equipment: Roberts Surfboards 5'3" Beaver Model
Claim to Fame: Eithan closed out the 14/15 Gold Coast season with 8 wins which sealed him the Boys & Juniors Conference titles for the second straight year. His success has put him up there with Bobby Martinez & Dane Reynolds as one of the most decorated GC surfers of all-time! Fave thing about the GC Conf: It's in my backyard so my family & friends can watch. Local spot: Emma Wood. Fave surfer: Dane Reynolds. Favorite NSSA surfer: Taro Watanabe. Fantasy super power: Be able to fly. Goal: Win a National title!

Surfer of the Week - 2/3/2015


Age: 10
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
School: Roosevelt Elementary; 5th grade
Sponsors: J7 Surfboards, Surf Happens, Pickles and Swiss Sandwich Shop, Freestyle,
Claim to Fame: Hammy has been surfing in the Gold Coast Super Groms since he was 8 and each year his level has improved. He kicked off the 14/15 season with 2 wins at the C St opener, added another win at Morro Bay, than finished strong with a double win at the C St season finale sealing the conference title. Fave thing about C St: It’s really fun & has good shape. Local spot: Rincon. Fave surfer: John John. Fave NSSA surfer: Tommy McKeown. Shred crew: Curtis & Gavin. Goal: Make top 3 at Regionals & Nationals!

Surfer of the Week - 1/27/2015


Age: 15
Hometown: Pismo Beach, California
School: Family Partnership; 10th grade
Sponsors: Fox, Esteem Surf Shop, Super Surfboards, Surface Sunscreen, Future Fins
Claim to Fame: Braden had an action packed day last Saturday as Salt Creek delivered epic surf for SW Open #7. The Central Cal shredder aka “Banana Boy” made the Juniors & Mens finals and nailed the premier Mens victory with some last minute heroics pulling into a sick shack which earned him the winning score! Fave thing about Creek: It feels like home. Local spot: Pismo Pier. Fave surfer: Taj Burrow. Fave NSSA surfer: Sean Woods. Shred crew: Jeff Knell, Sean Woods, Vinny Leonelli. Goal: Make every first heat!