Grom of the Week: Lucas Senkbeil Cassity

This week’s featured grom is Lucas Senkbeil Cassity, who claimed his first NSSA National Title this summer when he won the Boys division at the National Championships in Huntington Beach. Demonstrating maturity beyond his years, his surfing was fast, radical and progressive.

A True Beach Life

Surf pioneers and longtime friends were at last able to gather on Beach Road last week to say their final goodbyes to Wayne Penn Schafer, who died in his Poche Reef home at 91 in June 2020. Schafer, who lived a true beach life, always bringing his friends along for the ride, was instrumental in the development of the original Hobie Cat with the late Hobie Alter, Jake Howard reports this week.

Cross-Stepping Through the Glass Ceiling

Tory Gilkerson of San Clemente and Kirra Seale will become the first two women to serve as head judge and tour manager, respectively, of the WSL Longboard Tour, Jake Howard reports. The news drops ahead of the Vans Duct Tape Invitational and Festival, which is running in conjunction with the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and takes place from Aug. 3-7.

Open Season Is Here

The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing is to set to roll into Huntington Beach this weekend. But, of course, the biggest local story percolating, Jake Howard reports, is San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto and his quest to go back-to-back in Surf City. The Open’s been an event that Colapinto has shined in over the years, but he went next-level in 2021 to top the podium.

Grom of the Week: Mika Baker

This week’s featured grom is Mika Baker, an incoming San Clemente High sophomore whose love for surfing has blossomed from a fun hobby to full-time passion. Settling right into the local lineup, she captured the only freshman spot on the Tritons’ longboard team in 2022.

Let’s Keep It Clean

Following the recent release of Surfrider Foundation’s latest Beach Cleanup Report, Jake Howard this week highlights some of the key findings, while expressing his own frustration with some of the pollution he’s seen on our local shores.

Grom of the Week: Luke Wyler

This week’s featured grom is Luke Wyler, who took out the Air Show at the recent NSSA National Championships in Huntington Beach, marking his first NSSA national title. A creative, stylish regular-footer, Wyler’s grown up among the best and brightest at Lowers, and all that water time paid off with the big result.

Grom of the Week: Tanner Sandvig

With so many national titles to celebrate for our local groms, it’s difficult to choose who should get the spotlight. But for this week’s grom, we’re featuring Tanner Sandvig, who is the 2022 Mini Grom National Champion. His successes are proof-positive that good things happen to good people.

It’s Brother Vs. Brother

A new surf film, DNA, by Stab Magazine, spotlights the atmospheric talent of San Clemente brothers Crosby and Griffin Colapinto. Though good-natured, friendly and happy to share a smile or a wave, they show that the long-standing tradition of sibling rivalries is alive and well, as their competitive fire burns hot.

A History of Hawaii’s Lifeguard Tradition Finally Told

From running the family business, to charging big waves, to filmmaking, local legend Marty Hoffman is a man of many talents, Jake Howard writes this week. Hoffman recently premiered his full-length documentary “Big Wave Guardians: First Responders of the Sea,” which details the long history of lifeguarding in Hawaii.

Grom of the Week: Harper Olenik

This week’s featured grom is Harper Olenik, the soon-to-be fourth-grader who has been charging harder than ever. First taking to the water when she was only 4 years old, Harper is now a competitive surfer who just finished fourth in her first WSA season.

Colapinto Comes Up Clutch in El Salvador

San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto moved four spots up the WSL leaderboard after earning his second victory of this year’s Championship Tour season. Colapinto, who barely edged out fellow San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo, now sits third in the world with three more events to go before the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles this September.