By Andrea Swayne
The San Clemente High School surf team met cross-town rivals Dana Hills High October 2 for both teams’ season opener at Salt Creek Beach.
Dana Hills surfers took the win 89 to 80 after placing first in six of the eight heats.
“Dana surfs well at Salt Creek. They came out fired up and swept the second and third heats of the morning to put us behind by 20 points. We fought back but it wasn’t enough to catch them,” said Coach John Dowell.
San Clemente then met Laguna at T Street October 9 and swept seven of the eight heats, winning handily. Then beat Newport October 16 to bring the team record to 2-1.
The team is set to meet Dana Hills again October 23 at T Street.
“We’re ready to come out with a passion and a fire. If Dana surfs as well as they did at Creek, T Street should be a real battle,” Dowell said.
After defeating Newport Beach and Laguna in their second and third events, Dana Hills (3-0) is undefeated going into the next contest with San Clemente.
On the Dana Hills side, special recognition should be given to Elenna Erkeneff who took double wins in Dana’s first two contests in both Girls Longboard and Girls Shortboard divisions.