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San Clemente High School surf team. Photo by Janice Aragon
San Clemente High School surf team. Photo by Janice Aragon

By Andrea Swayne

In NSSA National Interscholastic Championship competition last week, teams from San Clemente claimed top honors in both high school and middle school competition.

The San Clemente High School varsity team topped runner-up Huntington Beach 140 to 108 in team competition and sent four individual surfers to the podium. Breyden Taylor took second-place in the men’s division, Mason Klink in longboard and Malia Osterkamp and Kloee Openshaw took third and sixth, respectively.

Shorecliffs Middle School’s A team sailed past the competition with 136 points to runner-up Aviara Oaks’ 86. The Shorecliffs B team came in sixth overall.

In total, seven Shorecliffs surfers made it to the podium. Kei Kobayashi, Ethan Mudge and Gunner Day came in first through third, respectively, in the boys division. In the girls division, Alexxa Elseewi won, Tera Richardson took third and Bethany Zelasko was fourth. In longboard Jacob Atwood and River Covey claimed second- and fourth-place, respectively.

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