Andino Leads a San Clemente Charge in Santa Cruz

After 11 years of ups and downs, injuries and Olympic appearances, San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino found himself back on top of the podium earlier this month, when he won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic at Santa Cruz’s legendary Steamer Lane. On the women’s side of the draw, Florida’s Zoe Benedetto took the win after holding off a hard-charging group of girls from San Clemente, including15-year-old Bella Kenworthy who got the runner-up finish.

Grom of the Week: Waylon Brennan

This week’s featured grom is Waylon Brennan, a regular at Salt Creek who, earlier this month, took his second Western Surfing Association win in the 10 and Under division. For the effort, Waylon now sits atop the WSA 10 and Under ratings.

California Beaches Get High Marks

Jake Howard this week highlights some of the findings in Surfrider Foundation’s latest State of the Beach Report. While California was one of only 11 U.S. states or territories to receive an A or B grade, 50% of U.S. beaches, including some in Orange County, are under threat from coastal erosion.

Grom of the Week: Harper Olenik

This week’s featured grom is Harper Olenik, who’s been crushing it among the Western Surfing Association ranks over the past month. Most recently, 9-year-old Harper ventured north to Morro Bay for stop No. 4 of the Salt Life Championship season and took out the Micro Grom Girls U10 division.

A Different Kind of Film Festival

The Coast Film and Music Festival kicks off this week in Laguna Beach, Jake Howard reports. The festival, which launched in 2019, features a wide array of films about everything from surfing to mountain climbing and sustainability.

Grom of the Week: Marlo Leigh Harris

This week’s featured grom is Marlo Leigh Harris, who’s proven that hard work pays off. A couple weeks ago, she landed support from Rip Curl Dana Point, and now with a new sticker on the nose of her board and the confidence that a little support provides, Harris is taking her competitive game to the next level.

Grom of the Week: Clayton Hill

This week’s featured grom is San Clemente’s Clayton Hill, who has been on a hot one as of late. A seventh-grader representing Bernice Ayer Middle School, he’s been posting some solid results in recent Scholastic Surf Series and Western Surfing Association events.

Board Riders Season Is Back

The 2022 West Coast Board Riders’ season kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 5, at Church at San Onofre, where the San Clemente Board Riders will host the event and start their national title defense after winning the U.S. Board Riders National Championship last season.

First in Foam

For a time, Gordon “Grubby” Clark oversaw what many described as a monopoly on the surfboard market, Jake Howard reports this week. Through savvy and often scrupulous business practices, Clark Foam was responsible for producing 90% of the surfboard blanks in the United States and 60% globally—that is, until he unexpectedly shuttered the Laguna Niguel-based business in December 2005.

Grom of the Week: Eden Walla

This week’s featured grom is Eden Wall, who took a well-earned win in the Girls Under 16 division during the opening event of the 2022 USA Surfing West Coast Prime Series this past weekend in Huntington Beach.

No Sandbars Without Sand

For local surfers and beachgoers, the lack of sand from Beach Road to the bluffs of San Onofre is tragically and abundantly apparent, Jake Howard writes this week. The issue of coastal erosion in Capo Beach and San Clemente is a real one, with real-life consequences, he adds, noting that some of our most sacred surf spots are not just being threatened, they’re already under assault.

Grom of the Week: Lucas Senkbeil

This week’s featured grom is Lucas Senkbeil, who swept the Men’s and Juniors divisions results during last weekend’s NSSA event at the Oceanside Pier. As his strong rail game, progressive flair and competitive mindset have all come into perfect sync, Lucas has been coming on strong as of late. Earlier in the month, he put together another impressive run at the NSSA event at Salt Creek.

Patterson Honored at Boardroom Surfboard Show

Showing just how much surfboard shaping talent there is down here, the Boardroom Surfboard Show in Del Mar last week honored San Clemente icon Timmy Patterson, and in one of those incredible twists of fate, fellow San Clemente craftsman Rick Rock won the Icons of Foam shape-off.