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By Andrea Swayne
More than 300 competitors gathered at San Onofre State Park, Church Beach, Saturday and Sunday for the Western Surfing Association Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championships.
Many local surfers made podium appearances after qualifying for the event on two levels—surfing five regular season events to qualify for the championship contest and seven events to qualify for West Coast Champion titles in individual divisions.
Although the surf was relatively small—the sets seldom reaching the adult shoulder-high mark—surfers found plenty of opportunity to shine during the 22 hours of competition in this two-day, double area event.
The beach was packed with spectators and athletes who enjoyed the end of season celebratory vibe, a pancake breakfast and a lunch time barbecue while watching the very competitive action from the sand.
From 24 divisions—covering surfers from Micro Groms under age 9 to Legends over 50—emerged seven local West Coast Season Champions. From San Clemente, Brayden Burch took the title in Micro Grom Boys/Girls U9 Shortboard, Jett Schilling in Boys/Girls U10 Shortboard, Conner Dand in Boys U16 Shortboard, Jordan Kudla in Boys U18 Shortboard and Cody Canzoneri in Open Men Shortboard. Rachael Tilly of Capistrano Beach is the Girls U18 Longboard champion and, from Dana Point, Elenna “Lulu” Erkeneff is the season champ in Open Women Longboard.
Four area surfers, despite taking first-place in the contest, couldn’t quite catch up to season points leaders for the season title. Contest wins went to San Clemente surfers Kade Matson in Boys U14 Shortboard, Malia Osterkamp in Girls U16 Shortboard and Lexi Morgan in Girls U14 Longboard.
The new season kicks off August 3 and 4 with Event No. 1 at San Onofre State Beach, Trail 6. Surfers age 16 and under are invited to enter the 8th Annual Menehune Surf Fest, July 6 in Huntington Beach. This is a “just for fun” summer specialty event and not part of the regular season schedule.
For more information, including the full 2013-2014 season schedule, visit www.surfwsa.org.
WSA Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championships, April 27-28, San Onofre State Beach, Church Beach
First place, season champs and local finishers only. KEY: San Clemente=SC, Dana Point=DP, San Juan Capistrano=SJC, Capistrano Beach=CB.
MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Brayden Burch, San Clemente; 2. Dane Matson, San Clemente; 3. Curran Stagg, Carlsbad; 4. Bryce Ava Wettstein, Encinitas. MICRO GROM SEASON CHAMPION: Brayden Burch.
BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 2. Taj Lindblad, San Clemente; 3. Nicholas Coli, San Clemente; 4. Patrick O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano. BOYS/GIRLS U10 SEASON CHAMPION: Jett Schilling.
BOYS U12: 1. Dagan Stagg, Carlsbad; 2. Griffin Foy, Fullerton; 3. Zach McCormick, Encinitas. 4. Kade Matson, San Clemente. BOYS U12 CHAMPION: Griffin Foy.
BOYS U14: 1. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 2. Griffin Foy, Fullerton; 3. Liam Gloyd, Carlsbad; 4. Nathan Carabba, San Clemente. BOYS U14 CHAMPION: Griffin Foy.
BOYS U16: 1. Conner Dand, San Clemente; 2. Brennan Aubol, Carlsbad; 3. Brighton Reinhardt, Dana Point; 4. Wil Reid, Palos Verdes Estates. BOYS U16 CHAMPION: Conner Dand.
BOYS U18: 1. Jordan Kudla, San Clemente; 2. Dylan Aragon, Huntington Beach; 3. Noah Collins, Manhattan Beach; 4. Vinny Leonelli, Goleta. BOYS U18 CHAMPION: Jordan Kudla.
GIRLS U12: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 2. Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad; 3. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente; 4. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente. GIRLS U12 CHAMPION: Tiare Thompson.
GIRLS U14: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 2. Sidney Johnson, Carlsbad; 3. Tera Richardson, Capistrano Beach; 4. Avery Johnson, Carlsbad. GIRLS U14 CHAMPION: Tiare Thompson.
GIRLS U16: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 2. Juli Hernandez, Costa Mesa; 3. Maya Saulino, San Marcos; 4. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad. GIRLS U16 CHAMPION: Rachel Tominaga.
GIRLS U18: 1. Rachel Tominaga, Manhattan Beach; 2. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea; 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 4. Jordan Wible, Manhattan Beach. GIRLS U18 CHAMPION: Rachel Tominaga.
BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Trevor Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Koby Gilchrist, Encinitas; 3. West Adler, Los Angeles; 4. Zane Booth, Santa Barbara. BOYS LB U14 CHAMPION: Trevor Anderberg.
JUNIOR LB U18: 1. Ricky Cunningham, San Diego; 2. Lucas Foster, Carlsbad; 3. Austin Sonnier, San Diego; 4. Nick Anderberg, Encinitas. JUNIOR LB U18 CHAMPION: Ricky Cunningham.
GIRLS LB U14: 1. Lexi Morgan, San Clemente. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach; 2. Emmy Lombard, San Clemente; 3. Frankie Seely, Topanga; 4. Kyla Kelley, Capistrano Beach. GIRLS LB U18 CHAMPION: Rachael Tilly.
MEN 18-29: 1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country; 2. Ricky Lovato, San Clemente; 3. Colin Andrews, San Diego. MEN 18-29 CHAMPION: Sean Johnson.
MASTERS 30-39: 1. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside; 2. Sean O’Toole, Ventura; 3. Quintin Macklin, San Diego; 4. Jimmy Bray, San Clemente. MASTERS 30-39 CHAMPION: Paul Pugliesi.
SENIOR MEN 40-49: 1. Neil Bern, Carlsbad; 2. Rusty White, Los Angeles; 3. Mike Estrada, Costa Mesa; 4. Chris Munsterman, San Diego. SENIOR MEN 40-49 CHAMPION: Neil Bern.
LEGENDS 50+: 1. Javier Huarcaya, Oceanside; 2. Tyler Callaway, San Diego; 3. Dale Baker, San Clemente; 4. John Silver, Carlsbad. LEGENDS 50+ CHAMPION: Javier Huarcaya.
OPEN MEN: 1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country; 2. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside; 3. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente; 4. Pedro Diaz Rangel, Oceanside. OPEN MEN CHAMPION: Cody Canzoneri.
OPEN WOMEN: 1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea; 2. Sierra Partridge, Ventura; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point; 4. Janelle Ferris, Westminster. OPEN WOMEN CHAMPION: Samantha Lamirand.
OPEN MEN LB: 1. Ricky Cunningham, San Diego; 2. Austin Sonnier, San Diego; 3. Lucas Foster, Carlsbad; 4. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente. OPEN MEN LB CHAMPION: Ricky Cunningham.
OPEN WOMEN LB: 1. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point; 3. Kyla Kelley, Capistrano Beach; 4. Maddie LoMonaco, Santa Monica. OPEN WOMEN LB CHAMPION: Lulu Erkeneff.
SENIOR MEN LB 40+: 1. Lance Albright, Huntington Beach; 2. Pablo Fernandez, Rancho Cucamonga; 3. Bill Hinchiff, Huntington Beach; 4. Jay Boldt, Huntington Beach. SENIOR MEN LB 40+ CHAMPION: Lance Albright.
ADAPTIVE SURFERS: 1. Chris Oberle, Los Angeles; 2. Mark Thornton, Carlsbad; 3. Devin Eshelman, San Diego. ADAPTIVE SURFERS CHAMPION: Mark Thornton.