Board Riders Season Is Back

The 2022 West Coast Board Riders’ season kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 5, at Church at San Onofre, where the San Clemente Board Riders will host the event and start their national title defense after winning the U.S. Board Riders National Championship last season.

It’s Finals Time

The world’s top surfers have landed in San Clemente this week as they get set to compete in the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles sometime between Sept. 8-16. With the WSL’s top five men and top five women in town for the one-day, winner-take-all sprint for the 2022 world titles, it would appear, based on Surfline’s forecast, that Lowers could deliver some great surf for these competitors, including the top ranked Carissa Moore and San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo.

Grom of the Week: Samaira Lizzi

This week’s featured grom is Samaira Lizzi, an 11-year-old San Clemente ripper who’s been getting into a competitive spirit recently, showing up at the Western Surfing Association competition at Trail 6, where she came in strong with a sixth-place finish in the Under 12s.

Rip Curl WSL Finals Lineup Locked In

With the 2022 WSL Championship Tour regular season wrapping up last week in Tahiti, it’s time to shift gears and get ready for the Rip Curl WSL Finals, Jake Howard reports. Defending world champ Carissa Moore and San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo, who has his sights set on capturing the first world title of his already accomplished career, come into this battle royal of a surf contest as the No. 1 seeds.

Grom of the Week: Lucas Senkbeil Cassity

This week’s featured grom is Lucas Senkbeil Cassity, who claimed his first NSSA National Title this summer when he won the Boys division at the National Championships in Huntington Beach. Demonstrating maturity beyond his years, his surfing was fast, radical and progressive.

Colapinto Comes Up Clutch in El Salvador

San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto moved four spots up the WSL leaderboard after earning his second victory of this year’s Championship Tour season. Colapinto, who barely edged out fellow San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo, now sits third in the world with three more events to go before the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles this September.

Grom of the Week: Satya Aguilar

This week’s featured grom is Satya “Sunny” Aguilar, a ripping 9-year-old who just wrapped up a very successful Western Surfing Association season in which she finished ranked third overall in the Under 10 division.

A Summer of Inclusion

“The culture and lifestyle of surfing is in a better place than it’s been in a long, long time—maybe ever,” Jake Howard writes in his latest surf column. While there’s always work to be done, surfing is certainly more inclusive than it has been, as evidenced by a series of recent national news headlines.