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San Clemente High School surf team defeats Dana Hills in season opener

The San Clemente High School surf team started their season off with a win Tuesday, beating Dana Hills at Salt Creek Beach. Photo: Joe Hohenester
The San Clemente High School surf team started their season off with a win Tuesday, beating Dana Hills at Salt Creek Beach. Photo: Joe Hohenester

By Andrea Swayne

The San Clemente High School surf team started their season with a bang on Tuesday, taking a win over cross-town rivals Dana Hills at Salt Creek Beach.

San Clemente came out on top in every division and coach John Dowell said the victory is testament to how well his team is jelling so far.

“This year we have a real team focus,” he said. “Our team is full of talent but also more camaraderie than we’ve had in the past. With such positive energy I’m confident we will have a great year.”

Dowell commended all of the surfers, with special recognition going out to Colin Deveze who won the final heat of the day in Boys shortboard, sealing the win in that division and topping off the SC sweep.

He also pointed out great performances by Noah Hohenester, Curran Dand, Kei Kobayashi and Nick Melanson. On the girls’ side, Dowell said he was also very pleased with Malia Osterkamp, Kirra Connolly, Kloee Openshaw, Kyla Kelley and Rachael Tilly.

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