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By Jake Howard

San Clemente’s Tanner Sandvig and his fellow competitors in the Mini Grom division left their fears and apprehensions on the beach and took on the daunting overhead surf last weekend in the NSSA contest at the Oceanside Pier.

Windy and wild, it was the kind of day at the beach where you may prefer to be elsewhere, especially for the poor parents huddled up trying to stay warm. But the stoke burns white-hot with Sandvig, who conquered the challenging conditions to win, with his buddy and fellow San Clemente ripper Finn McCarty finishing a very respectable third.

“These little shredders charged overhead, mixed up, windswept surf. Way to power it, groms,” boasted the NSSA’s social media feed.

Tanner’s been on a heater the last few weeks. Before his big win in Oceanside, he chalked up a second-place finish in an NSSA comp at Salt Creek. And before that, he took the win at the Western Surfing Association’s comp in Huntington Beach.

With that kind of momentum barreling into the spring, Sandvig’s going to be unstoppable by summertime.

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