San Juan Hills High School took the SSS Section B state champions title. Photo: Sheri Crummer/SSS
San Juan Hills High School took the SSS Section B state champions title. Photo: Sheri Crummer/SSS

By Andrea Swayne

Local high school teams came out on top at this year’s Scholastic Surf Series High School State Surfing Championships, April 16 through 18 in Oceanside.

The SSS—a division of the Western Surfing Association—high school competition season came to an exciting conclusion at the Oceanside Harbor south jetty with San Clemente High School and San Juan Hills High School crowned state champions in Section A (coastal) and Section B (inland) competition, respectively.

The San Clemente High School team was crowned Scholastic Surf Series Section A state champions, April 16-18 in Oceanside. Photo: Sheri Crummer/SSS
The San Clemente High School team was crowned Scholastic Surf Series Section A state champions, April 16-18 in Oceanside. Photo: Sheri Crummer/SSS

San Clemente and San Juan Hills emerged victorious from a highly competitive field of 40 California teams hailing from Santa Cruz/Half Moon Bay to San Diego.

San Juan Hills’ victory was the team’s fourth in a row and San Clemente’s was their fourth in the past five years. San Dieguito took the Section A win  in 2014.

Both the weather and surf cooperated providing excellent conditions for the three-day event. The offshore wind each morning brought 3- to 5-foot surf for the majority of the event. Although Sunday’s waves were a bit smaller—2 to 3 feet—the ocean still set a good stage for competition.

SSS officials were very happy to have such favorable conditions for the season wrap-up, after working through a season plagued with cancelations due to stormy weather.

“We want to thank our parents, coaches and competitors for their support of the SSS and also for their patience and understanding in getting through this very trying and unusual El Niño year,” said Carolyn Krammer, competition director. “We also want to thank our sponsors for their support: Firewire Surfboards, SIMA Corp., Standard Graphics, Sticky Bumps Surf Wax, SuperBrand Surfboards, Surface Sun Systems, Surf Ratz, Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club and the WSA.”

Two local surfers took home top honors in individual competition: Racheal Tilly, from San Clemente High in the Women’s Longboard division and Walker Carvalho, from San Juan Hills High, in Coed Bodyboard.

In addition to team and individual trophies, two special awards were presented. The first was the Sportsmanship Award given to San Marcos High School student Maya Saulino, and the second, the Special Accomplishment Award, given to Tilly (Capistrano Beach resident) for being the seven-time SSS longboard season champ—three times in middle school and four times in high school.

For more information on the Scholastic Surf Series, visit www.surfsss.org.
RESULTS

SECTION A TEAM OVERALL:
San Clemente High School

MEN:
1. San Clemente
2. San Dieguito
3. Carlsbad
3. Edison
5. Laguna Beach
5. Coronado
5. Malibu
5. South Torrance
9. Half Moon Bay

MEN LONGBOARD:
1. San Clemente
2. San Dieguito
3. Carlsbad
3. Half Moon Bay
5. Malibu
5. South Torrance
5. Edison
5. Santa Barbara
9. Laguna Beach
9. Coronado

WOMEN:
1. Carlsbad
2. San Dieguito
3. Edison
3. San Clemente
5. Santa Barbara
5. South Torrance
5. Half Moon Bay
5. Laguna Beach
9. Coronado
9. Malibu

WOMEN LONGBOARD:
1. Coronado
2. San Clemente
3. Edison
3. Carlsbad
5. Malibu
5. San Dieguito
5. South Torrance
5. Half Moon Bay
9. Laguna Beach
9. Santa Barbara

COED BODYBOARD:
1. San Clemente
2. Carlsbad
3. San Dieguito
3. Edison
5. Coronado
5. Half Moon Bay
5. Laguna Beach
5. South Torrance
9. Malibu

SECTION B TEAM OVERALL:
San Juan Hills High School

MEN:
1. San Marcos
2. Aliso Niguel
3. Canyon Crest
3. San Juan Hills
5. Capistrano Valley
5. Woodrow Wilson
5. Oak Park
5. Tesoro
9. University City
9. Cathedral Catholic
9. Los Alamitos

MEN LONGBOARD:
1. San Juan Hills
2. Woodrow Wilson
3. Aliso Niguel
3. University City
5. Canyon Crest
5. San Marcos
5. Capistrano Valley
5. Oak Park
9. Los Alamitos
9. Tesoro

WOMEN:
1. Cathedral Catholic
2. Capistrano Valley
3. Canyon Crest
3. Aliso Niguel
5. Woodrow Wilson
5. San Juan Hills
5. Oak Park
5. Los Alamitos
9. Tesoro
9. University City
9. San Marcos

WOMEN LONGBOARD:
1. Aliso Niguel
2. San Juan Hills
3. Cathedral Catholic
3. Capistrano Valley
5. Canyon Crest
5. Tesoro
5. Los Alamitos
5. Oak Park
9. University City
9. Woodrow Wilson
9. San Marcos

COED BODYBOARD:
1. San Juan Hills
2. Tesoro
3. Capistrano Valley
3. Los Alamitos
5. Woodrow Wilson
5. San Marcos
5. University City
5. Aliso Niguel
9. Canyon Crest
9. Oak Park

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

MEN:
1. Brett Naudin, San Dieguito
2. Sean Woods, Century Academy
3. S J Murphy, Malibu
4. Jack Matt, Carlsbad
5. Jake Levine, Laguna Beach
6. Ethan Grant, Carlsbad

MEN LONGBOARD:
1. Trevor Anderberg, San Dieguito
2. Kevin Skvarna, San Juan Hills
3. Cole Quinlan, Coronado
4. Max Caldwell, Capistrano Valley
5. J T Dunn, Serra
6. Cole Spooner, Oak Park

WOMEN:
1. Kiersten Noonan, San Dieguito
2. Kayla Coscino, Laguna Beach
3. Kelly Smith, St. Margaret’s
4. Brooke Young, Point Loma
5. Maya Saulino, San Marcos
6. Kaira Wallace, Half Moon Bay

WOMEN LONGBOARD:
1. Rachael Tilly, San Clemente
2. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla
3. Liv Stokes, Aliso Niguel
4. Vienna Werner, Oak Park
5. Kaira Wallace, Half Moon Bay
6. Lily Benjamin, San Juan Hills

COED BODYBOARD:
1. Walker Carvalho, San Juan Hills
2. Kellen Andrew, La Costa Canyon
3. Cole Darland, Capistrano Valley
4. Kyle Burke, Aliso Niguel
5. John Toole, Tesoro
6. Max Coletto, Aliso Niguel

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