San Clemente surfers Griffin Colapinto and Jett Schilling win National Scholastic Surfing Association national titles

Griffin Colapinto, also from San Clemente, became the 2013-2014 NSSA National Open Juniors shortboard champion. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Griffin Colapinto, also from San Clemente, became the 2013-2014 NSSA National Open Juniors shortboard champion. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

By Andrea Swayne

It’s a wrap. The 2013-2014 National Scholastic Surfing Association season concluded June 26 through July 3 with two local surfers receiving national titles. For one it was a first and for the other, one more to add to his list of amateur career victories.

Jett Schilling of San Clemente earned his first national title in the Open Mini Grom U10 shortboard division at NSSA Nationals, June 26-July 3 at the Huntington Beach Pier. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Jett Schilling of San Clemente earned his first national title in the Open Mini Grom U10 shortboard division at NSSA Nationals, June 26-July 3 at the Huntington Beach Pier. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Griffin Colapinto—who last season earned national titles in NSSA Explorer Boys and Surfing America USA Championship Boys U16—wrapped up the season taking top honors in the NSSA Open Juniors 15+ shortboard division. The win was just another step toward building his amateur title portfolio and his confidence, he said.

“It felt amazing and I would be super stoked to win another next year,” Colapinto said. “Winning helps me a lot with my confidence for the future when I’ll be doing bigger competitions. I’m not really trying to rack up a certain number of titles; I just want to surf well.”

For Jett Schilling, his Open Mini Grom 10U shortboard victory marked an important first in his amateur career.

“I have always watched the NSSA Nationals thinking I could do it, so I just tried really hard,” said Schilling. “When I found out I won, it felt super good.”

Results:

NSSA National Open Championships, June 26-July 3, Huntington Beach, Pier

MEN 16+:1. Josh Moniz, Hawaii; 2. Kevin Schulz, San Clemente; 3. Nolan Rapoza, Long Beach; 4. Seth Moniz, Hawaii.

WOMEN ALL AGES:1. Caroline Marks, Fla.; 2. Brisa Hennessy, Hawaii; 3. Moana Jones, Hawaii; 4. Maddie Peterson, N.J.

JUNIORS 15U: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 2. Nolan Rapoza, Long Beach; 3. Barron Mamiya, Hawaii; 4. Jake Marshall, Encinitas.

BOYS 12U: 1. Wyatt McHale, Hawaii; 2. Tommy Coleman, Fla.; 3. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 4. Dagan Stagg, Carlsbad.

MINI GROMS 10U:1. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 2. Jackson Bunch, Hawaii; 3. Robert Grilho III, Hawaii; 4. Brodi Sale, Kailua, Hawaii.

GIRLS 14U:1. Brisa Hennessy, Hawaii; 2. Caroline Marks, Fla.; 3. Moana Jones, Hawaii; 4. Zoe McDougall, Hawaii.

LONGBOARD ALL AGES:1. Nick Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Parker Sawyer, Va.; 3. Spencer Bridges, N.J.; 4. Jazmine Dean, Fla.

NSSA National Explorer Championships, June 26-July 3, Huntington Beach, Pier

MEN ALL AGES: 1. Cobie Gittner, Fla.; 2. Elijah Gates, Hawaii; 3. Imaikalani deVault, Hawaii; 4. Nic Hdez, Santa Cruz; 5. Benji Brand, Hawaii; 6. Josh Burke, Barbados.

JUNIORS 17U: 1. Jake Marshall, Encinitas; 2. Elijah Gates, Hawaii; 3. John Mel, Santa Cruz; 4. Josh Burke, Barbados; 5. Micky Clarke, Ventura; 6. Imaikalani deVault, Hawaii.

BOYS 14U: 1. Stevie Pittman, N.C.; 2. Eithan Osborne, Ventura; 3. Barron Mamiya, Hawaii; 4. John Mel, Santa Cruz; 5. Luke Gordon, S.C.; 6. Logan Bediamol, Hawaii.

MENEHUNE 12U: 1. Dagan Stagg, Carlsbad; 2. Noah Hill, Hawaii; 3. Wyatt McHale, Hawaii; 4. Cole Alves, Hawaii; 5. Nick Marshall, Encinitas; 6. Tony Nunez, Hawaii.

SUPER GROMS 10U: 1. Jackson Bunch, Hawaii; 2. Brodi Sale, Kailua, Hawaii; 3. Kaleb Kirshenbaum, Fla.; 4. Kailuna Paula, Hawaii; 5. Luke Swanson, Hawaii; 6. Thatcher Johnson, Hawaii.

WOMEN ALL AGES: 1. Brisa Hennessy, Hawaii; 2. Dax McGill, Hawaii; 3. Caroline Marks, Fla.; 4. Bailey Nagy, Hawaii; 5. Mainei Kinimaka, Hawaii; 6. Steffi Kerson, Thousand Oaks.

GIRLS 14U: 1. Brisa Hennessy, Hawaii; 2. Caroline Marks, Fla.; 3. Summer Macedo, Hawaii; 4. Honolua Blomfield, Hawaii; 5. Sunny Patey, Hawaii; 6. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente.

MASTERS 25+: 1. Chris Keet, Santa Barbara; 2. Daniel Sacchi, N.C.; 3. Blue Spivey, S.C.

SENIORS 35+: 1. Tony Foster, Cayucos; 2. Chris Keet, Santa Barbara; 3. Mike Hennessy, Hawaii; 4. Daniel Sacchi, N.C.; 5. Blue Spivey, S.C.; 6. Curt Harper, Santa Monica.

SUPER SENIORS 45+: 1. Richard Patey, Hawaii; 2. Mike Glevy, San Diego; 3. Rick Fignetti, Huntington Beach; 4. Larry Holmes, Fla.

DUKE 55+: 1. Jim Ferguson, Santa Rosa; 2. Rick Fignetti, Huntington Beach; 3. John Jones, Texas; 4. Larry Holmes, Fla.; 5. Raymond Shito, Hawaii; 6. Terry rmadella, Huntington Beach.

LONGBOARD ALL AGES: 1. Nick Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Zack Raffin, New York; 3. Jazmine Dean, Fla.; 4. Miles Serafi, Hawaii; 5. Evan Micele, Va.; 6. Spencer Bridges, N.J..

WOMEN LONGBOARD ALL AGES: 1. Honolua Blomfield, Hawaii; 2. Jazmine Dean, Fla.; 3. Kelta O’Rourke, Hawaii; 4. Ocean Tsutsui, Hawaii; 5. Georgia Cook, Tennessee; 6. Frankie Seeley, Malibu.

KNEEBOARD ALL AGES: 1. Sean Noone, Alisa Viejo; 2. Chris Bermudez, Oxnard; 3. Evan Odom, Vista; 4. Paul Devoy, Huntington Beach; 5. Ken Cherryholmes, Redmond.

SUP ALL AGES: 1. Axel Rosenblad, Hawaii; 2. Shelby Schweitzer, Hawaii; 3. Dylan Schmarr, Hawaii

NSSA National Airshow Championship, June 26-July 3, Huntington Beach, Pier

NATIONAL AIRSHOW CHAMPION: 1. Jake Saenz, Huntington Beach. NATIONAL JUNIOR AIRSHOW CHAMPION: 1. Stevie Pittman, N.C.

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