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Late summer and early fall swells, many contests, keep surfers in the lineup

Randy Gilkerson of San Clemente won the Open Men division at the WSA event No. 3, Saturday at Mission Beach. Photo: Jack McDaniel
Randy Gilkerson of San Clemente won the Open Men division at the WSA event No. 3, Saturday at Mission Beach. Photo: Jack McDaniel

By Andrea Swayne

Local surfers of all ages have had plenty of waves to ride thanks to back-to-back-to-back late summer, then early fall, swells arriving along our coastline. Along with some of the best free surfing sessions of the year—and many “sick” days called in to work and school—came a string of contests to test their mettle.

Kade Matson of San Clemente earned a first-place finish at NSSA event No. 3, Sunday at Seaside Reef. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Kade Matson of San Clemente earned a first-place finish at NSSA event No. 3, Sunday at Seaside Reef. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Last weekend, Oct. 11 and 12, saw many competitors doubling up on competition, making the drive between Mission Beach in San Diego and Seaside Reef in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, for the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour event No. 3 and the National Scholastic Surfing Association Open event No. 3, respectively.

Barrels and air-drops were the maneuvers of the day at the WSA event No. 3, Sunday at Mission Beach. Here Kiko Nelsen enjoys the ride. Photo: Jack McDaniel
Barrels and air-drops were the maneuvers of the day at the WSA event No. 3, Sunday at Mission Beach. Here Kiko Nelsen enjoys the ride. Photo: Jack McDaniel

The weekend swell that brought 3- to 4-foot waves on Saturday, and 4- to 6-foot surf with occasional 8-foot-plus sets on Sunday, provided many chances for the surfers to shine. At the WSA, bomb closeouts prompted fast bottom turns and air drops, and A-frame peelers at the NSSA, long open-face rides. Competitors also had many opportunities to pull into—and ride out of—barrels at both contests.

For photos and more from the WSA click here.

For photos and more from the NSSA, click here.

Check out the full results here:


WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 3, October 11-12, Mission Beach, San Fernando Street


MICRO GROM BOYS U9: 1. Makai Bray, San Clemente; 2. Peyton Shaw, San Clemente; 3. Maddox Bray, San Clemente; 4. Jaxson Hutcheon, Laguna Beach; 5. Kaden Horning, Delmar; 6. Eli Park, Carlsbad.

MICRO GROM GIRLS U10: 1. Bella Kenworthy, Dana Point; 2. Lauren Anderson, Long Beach; 3. Mara Morales, Huntington Beach; 4. Jenna Clark, La Mesa; 5. Ryan Chalupnik, Newport Beach; 6. Kili Garrett, Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Hayden Rodgers, Laguna Beach; 2. Hudson Saunders, Laguna Beach; 3. Jake Chandler, Pacific Palisades; 4. Conan Craig, San Clemente; 5. Dane Matson, San Clemente; 6. Ty Spencer, Carlsbad.

BOYS U12: 1. Sebastian Ojeda, La Jolla; 2. Tyson Lockhart, Huntington Beach; 3. Nicholas Coli, San Clemente; 4. Myles Biggs, San Clemente; 5. William Mitchell, Oceanside; 6. Patrick O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano.

BOYS U14: 1. Griffin Foy, Huntington Beach; 2. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 3. Sage Burke, Newport Beach; 4. Caleb Crozier, Encinitas; 5. Trey Lockhart, Huntington Beach; 6. Zach McCormick, Encinitas.

BOYS U16: 1. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 2. Jeremy Shutts, Laguna Beach; 3. Brock Crouch, Carlsbad; 4. Zach McCormick, Encinitas; 5. Adam Hogue, Santa Barbara; 6. Novi Terzani, Malibu.

BOYS U18: 1. Grayson Amthor, Encinitas; 2. Ethan Grant, Carlsbad; 3. Jack Matt, Carlsbad; 4. Brock Crouch, Carlsbad; 5. Brennan Aubol, Carlsbad; 6. Jake Wetzel, Laguna Niguel.

GIRLS U12: 1. Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad; 2. Ella McCaffray, Cardiff-by-the-Sea; 3. Makenna Doan, San Diego; 4. Bryce Ava Wettstein, Encinitas; 5. Juliet Whitehead, Carlsbad; 6. Lauren Anderson, Long Beach.

GIRLS U14: 1. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente; 2. Bryce Ava Wettstein, Encinitas; 3. Kelly Smith, Laguna Beach; 4. Chiasa Maruyama, Huntington Beach; 5. Olivia Pessanha, San Diego; 6. Sydney Tisdel, Carlsbad.

GIRLS U16: 1. Maile Davis, Carlsbad; 2. Kiersten Noonan, Encinitas; 3. Kelly Smith, Laguna Beach; 4. Kayla Coscino, Laguna Beach; 5. Sydney Tisdel, Carlsbad; 6. Cameron Duby, San Juan Capistrano.

GIRLS U18: 1. Kiersten Noonan, Encinitas; 2. Malia Ward, San Clemente; 3. Frankie Seely, Topanga; 4. Jordyn Barratt, Encinitas; 5. Cameron Duby, San Juan Capistrano; 6. Maya Saulino, San Marcos.

BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Koby Gilchrist, Encinitas; 2. Ben Kappes, Laguna Niguel; 3. Jimmy Wynne, San Clemente; 4. Patrick O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano; 5. Kasey Bowles, La Jolla; 6. Johnathan La Pointe, San Juan Capistrano.

JR. LONGBOARD U18: 1. Trevor Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Andrew Neal, Manhattan Beach; 3. Kevin Skvarna, San Juan Capistrano; 4. Koby Gilchrist, Encinitas; 5. Kaimana Takayama, San Clemente; 6. Benjamin Goldstein, Carlsbad.

GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Liv Stokes, Aliso Viejo; 2. Izzy Hopkins, Dana Point; 3. Betsey Lee, Topanga; 4. Malia Mauch, San Clemente; 5. Lexi Morgan, San Clemente.

GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Teresa O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano; 2. Frankie Seely, Topanga; 3. Cate Stokes, Aliso Viejo; 4. Cameron Duby, San Juan Capistrano; 5. Izzy Hopkins, Dana Point; 6. Betsey Lee, Topanga.

MEN 18-29: 1. Jared Boyd, Hermosa Beach; 2. Randy Gilkerson, San Clemente; 3. Giancarlos Urcia Calle, Solana Beach; 4. Evan Sandison, Laguna Niguel; 5. Simon Torres, El Segundo; 6. Max Iscakis, Woodland Hills.

MASTERS 30-39: 1. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside; 2. Tom Oatmeal Lusk, Torrance; 3. Michael Graney, Carlsbad; Jeramie Purser, Encinitas; 5. Tyler Benoit, Ucluelet, British Columbia; 6. Philip Salick, Los Angeles.

SENIOR MEN 40-49: 1. Donald Day, Topanga; 2. Gavin Haughey, Laguna Niguel; 3. Neil Bern, Carlsbad; 4. Pedro Diaz Rangel, Oceanside; 5. Mike Glevy, San Diego; 6. Rick Takahashi, San Diego.

WOMEN 18+: 1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff-by-the-Sea; 2. Brooke Daigneault, Huntington Beach; 3. Katelyn Springer, Newport Beach; 4. Morgan Gore, Mendham, New Jersey; 5. Maddie LoMonaco, Santa Monica; 6. Emma Roll, Santa Monica.

LEGENDS 50-59: 1. Jeff Jesse, San Clemente; 2. Rusty Phillipy, Cardiff; 3. Ray Kunz, Oceanside; 4. Masaki Kobayashi, San Clemente; 5. Michael Boyd, Hermosa Beach; 6. Jay Boldt, Huntington Beach.

KAHUNAS 60+: 1. John Silver, Carlsbad.

OPEN MEN: 1. Randy Gilkerson, San Clemente; 2. Skylar Stokes, Del Mar; 3. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside; 4. Gavin Haughey, Laguna Niguel; 5. Pedro Diaz Rangel, Oceanside; 6. Jeff Jesse, San Clemente.

OPEN WOMEN: 1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff-by-the-Sea; 2. Malia Ward, San Clemente; 3. Brooke Daigneault, Huntington Beach; 4. Katelyn Springer, Newport Beach; 5. Maya Saulino, San Marcos; 6. Morgan Gore, Mendham, New Jersey.

OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 1. Nick Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Kevin Skvarna, San Juan Capistrano; 3. Koby Gilchrist, Encinitas; 4. Kaimana Takayama, San Clemente; 5. Neil Van Splinter, Camarillo; 6. Dave Schaefer, Hermosa Beach.

OPEN WOMEN LONGBOARD: 1. Katelyn Springer, Newport Beach; 2. Maddie LoMonaco, Santa Monica; 3. Isabella Gilchrist, Cardiff-by-the-Sea; 4. Liv Stokes, Aliso Viejo; 5. Emma Roll, Santa Monica; 6. Cate Stokes, Aliso Viejo.

SR. MEN LONGBOARD 40+: 1. Dave Schaefer, Hermosa Beach; 2. Lance Albright, Huntington Beach; 3. Benjamin Murphey, San Diego; 4. Gregory Mcewan, El Segundo; 5. Larry Casas, Huntington Beach; 6. Troy Campbell, Torrance.

ADAPTIVE SURFERS: 1. Chris Oberle, Los Angeles; 2. Charles Webb, Oceanside; 3. Mark Thornton, Carlsbad.


NSSA Open, Event No. 3, October 11-12, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Seaside Reef


MEN: 1. Jake Marshall, Encinitas; 2. Noah Collins, Manhattan Beach.

JUNIORS: 1. Ryland Rubens, Pacific Beach; 2. Parker Cohn, Newport Beach; 3. Sean Woods, Thousand Oaks; 4. Jett Schilling, San Clemente.

BOYS: 1. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 2. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 3. Hagan Johnson, San Clemente; 4. Jabe Swierkocki, Ventura.

MINI GROMS: 1. Brayden Burch, San Clemente; 2. Bane Corbett, San Clemente; 3. Cole McCaffray, Cardiff; 4. Ethan Prestage, Carlsbad.

WOMEN: 1. Steffi Kerson, Thousand Oaks; 2. Tia Blanco, Oceanside; 3. Malia Ward, San Clemente; 4. Frankie Harrer, Malibu.

GIRLS: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 2. Bethany Zelasko, Dana Point; 3. Sydney Tisdel, Carlsbad; 4. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente.


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