By Tara Anne
June gloom and overcast skies did not hold anyone back as a talented group of young surfers returned to Salt Creek in Dana Point to fight for college, high school and middle school national titles at the NSSA National Interscholastic Championships from June 10-12.
With four national titles in team categories at stake and twelve individual national titles up for grabs, the waves did not disappoint. Neither did local surfers, who claimed several crowns.
The San Clemente High School Surf Team took second in the High School Varsity Team competition. Elijah Fox finished first in Varsity Men’s, with David Economos finishing third. Ocean Tsutsui represented with a fifth place finish in the High School Varsity Women’s competition, while Rachel Tilly took fourth place in Varsity Longboard.
Meanwhile, SCHS took the Junior Varsity national title led by Noah Hohenester, who also claimed his first national title in the Junior Varsity Men’s division. He was joined by teammates Davi Toledo (second place), Malik Schilling (fourth) and Jaric Fink (fifth).
Jared Bernier taking fourth in Men’s Junior Varsity Longboard, also for San Clemente. And Alexa Ross came in second in the JV Women’s competition.
And, Shorecliffs Middle School’s surf team added to their impressive tally, collecting their thirteenth national title.