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More than 50 surf team members, family and friends gathered at Salt Creek Beach. Photo: Daniel RItz

By Daniel Ritz

“Make SURFING great again,” boomed an excited parent during the Dana Hills High School surf team year-end awards ceremony at Salt Creek Beach Park on May 18.

The Dana Point Surf Club wants to do just that.

(Left to RIght), Ralph from Killer Dana Surf Shop, Dana Point Surf CLub vice-president Pat O’Connell, scholarship winner Bethany Zelasko, Dana Point Surf Club president Eric Diamond, Dana HIlls surf team head coach Tim Sampson. Photo: Daniel RItz

Dana Point locals, and Dana Point Surf Club president and vice-president, Eric Diamond and Pat O’Connell, respectively, were on hand during the ceremony where they awarded Dana Hills senior ,and multi-time Dana Point Times Grom of the Week, Bethany Zelasko with a $250 check for her combination of surf culture ambassadorship, academic performance and exemplary community behavior for future generations of Dana Point surf community during this year’s surf team season.

“This scholarship is awarded to Bethany for more than just ripping,” Diamond said in his presentation to Zelasko. “This is for her positive contributions to the community, as well as doing well in school and being a good role model for the younger boys and girls(of Dana Point).”

Diamond said that he hopes to double the scholarship amount each year.

“We’re always looking to give back,” Diamond said. “This is just the beginning.”

In addition to individual awards, Dana HIlls surf team members were eligible for raffles and prizes from sponsors and donors such as Billabong, Killer Dana Surf SHop, Hurley and more. Photo: Daniel RItz

The Dana Point Surf Club is now in its second year of existence. To read more about the club, revisit this recent article.

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