The newly formed Core Scholastic Surf League couldn’t have picked a better day to kick of it’s new league and season. Saturday was the first fog free day that Santa Cruz had seen in over a week.
More importantly, thanks to Super Typhoon Choi-wan, the waves started arriving pre-dawn and by mid day there were consistent over-head sets for the high school competitors to rip!
The Core Scholastic Surf League or CSSL is a new non-profit surf league where high school and middle school surf teams compete in surf contests at marquee locations from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay. “The CSSL is off to a great start” said Executive director Kim Clary, “we have a dedicated crew that’s put in a lot of hours over the past four months to make sure that Saturday’s contest ran very smoothly.”
With the first contest of the High School season being held at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz High coach Joe Hutson had his team more than prepared to defend their home turf. “We’ve been doing some pretty intense workouts up at Natural Bridges lately” reported Joe, “I’ve had the kids running in the deep sand, sprinting up the sand hill, push-ups, sit-ups… just trying to get them whipped into shape for the new season.“
Whatever Joe has them doing, seems to be working as Santa Cruz opened up the day with a decisive win over cross town rival Soquel High, 64–43. The scrappy SCHS Cardinals team ended up nearly filling the Men’s Shortboard final at the end of the day, with five of the six finalists being from Santa Cruz High.
Sean Burns (Santa Cruz High) took the Men’s Shortboard win, with Kai Madeiros (Harbor High) winning Men’s Longboard, Carly Wilson (Harbor High) winning Women’s Shortboard, McKenzie Stair (Soquel High) winning Women’s Longboard & Pete Mueller (Santa Cruz High) taking top honors in the Co-Ed Bodyboard division.
The remaining team vs. team results feature Aptos High defeating Scotts Valley High 74–44 and Half Moon Bay High took down Harbor High in a close battle, 59–55.
The next CSSL contest will be at Waddell State Beach just north of Santa Cruz, Ca. November 20th & 21st.
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