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By Andrea Swayne

Five out of six divisions at the National Scholastic Surfing Association Southwest Open Conference season opener, Sept. 5 and 6 in Huntington Beach were won by San Clemente surfers.

Cole Houshmand, 15, took the Junior division victory and earned the highest wave score of 9.7 and the highest heat score, 18.87, of the event. Kei Kobayashi, 16, the defending Southwest Open champion, earned top honors in Men. Dane Matson, 10, not only took the Mini Grom division win; he was also runner-up in Boys. Jett Schilling, 12, turned in an amazing performance to win the Boys’ division with a heat total of 14.33, a convincing 8.33 points ahead of second. And Samantha Sibley, 13, came out on top of a stacked and hard-fought Girls final.

Congratulations to this talented bunch, for kicking off their NSSA Open season in high style.

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