Jonah has had a rather exciting November! We asked him to fill us in on his biggest win to date!

Last week my alarm went off at 4:30am for the NSSA Southwest Open Mens event at Churches. The event was really fun, with 2-3 foot rights, peeling down the point. The event consisted of two days: Saturday was rounds one, two and three; and Sunday was the day of the semi-finals. These events are really cool because the semi-final rounds and the final round are man-on-man heats with priority; just like the ASP World Championship Tour events. I surfed great all heats, posting scores in the excellent range in almost every heat. My initial goal was to at least make it to the semis so that I could surf my first man-on-man heat, and when I did, I was thrilled. I was so excited to get the opportunity to have some sort of practice in a man-on-man heat.

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The semi-final was nothing like any heat I had ever surfed because you don’t have to worry about anyone trying to hassle you for a wave; instead, you have to think extremely strategically so that you don’t give your priority up on a bad wave, or so that you don’t sit the whole heat being too selective and catch no waves. All my judgements were perfect in my semi and I came out with a win against fellow South Coast team rider, Ryland Rubens. Ryland was surfing really well the whole day and went on to win the Open Juniors division. The next step was the final.

For my final I had a San Clemente local in my heat, Connor Dand, who was also ripping every heat. This heat was the most stressful of all because the waves became very inconsistent so you had to be extra attentive to which waves would have the most scoring potential. I made a huge mistake on my first wave because I was way too deep and only got two decent turns; I received a low score of a four. Connor started off strong with two mid-range scores, making me need a 6.77 to take the lead. The heat was so slow that I knew when the next wave came through I would have to go. I was sitting with priority until the five-minute mark and finally caught a wave. I was able to get three really good turns that awarded me a 7.50. It was a really good score, but since I only had a four as a back-up, Connor didn’t need a very high score. The next wave Conner went on, he surfed solid, but ended up falling on the end, causing him to fall short of the score. The next two minutes in that heat were the slowest two minutes of my life. I was praying for it to end before any more waves would come through. I counted down the last 10 seconds with a huge smile on my face. That smile didn’t go away until the end of the car ride home. It was such an exciting day.

-Jonah Pierce

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Photo credit: Gage Hingeley

If you don’t know who Ryland Rubens is, you should! This Team USA surfer is from Pacific Beach and has been surfing Blacks Beach since he could swim. Now he is one of the best surfers in the US. From contests in LA to here in San Diego, Ryland has been taking top honors. He is also in position to win the NSSA Southwest Open Juniors season series after taking first in the last 2 events. Billabong, Dakine, Von Zipper, Sector 9, Sanuk and South Coast all sponsor Rubens as he travels the world catching waves and winning contests. He believes in never giving up and always having fun. Like any teenager, though, he still loves pizza, his friends, and his dog, Rico. He is in to classic rock like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Check back here on the blog to follow the amazing journey of this San Diego native.

Photos from a recent trip to Mainland Mexico.
Photo Credit: Peter Rubens
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Photos from Tavarua
Photo credit: Peter Rubens
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Last but definitely not least in our back to back Demo Days, we have the latest offerings from Channel Islands surfboards and Rip Curl wetsuits! Head down to South Coast Pacific Beach this Saturday, November 22 from 8am-12pm, to check it out!

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Be a Pro, GoPro

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Think it. See it. Do it. That is GoPro’s motto. They make the world’s most versatile cameras and now they’re at South Coast. The Hero 4 in silver and black have made their way to the shops. GoPro enables you to share every moment of your life by taking amazing photos and videos. They are waterproof up to 40 meters and can take up to 30 frames per second of 12MP photos. The cameras also have built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Protune. Surf mounts allow you to capture every wave. The GoPro app lets you create your own videos, control your camera, and import media. No matter what adventure you take it on, Capture. Create. Share. Want to take a peek at what GoPro users are capturing? Check out the GoPro channel!

Photo & Facts: www.gopro.com

This Saturday, November 15th from 9am-12pm, stop by South Coast Pacific Beach to demo the latest models from South Coast Surfboards! Our board shaper, Dan O’Hara, will be on hand to talk shop!

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The Search- Rip Curl’s GPS Watch

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Rip Curl’s latest GPS watch has just made its way to South Coast. This is no ordinary watch-it allows you to track every wave, your speed, your total distance, and the length of your session. The watch has 10 hours of GPS battery life and 6 months of day-to-day use. The GPS has over 1,360 locations and will even let you know the best time to get in the water.
When you’re out of the water, sync the watch to the app to keep a logbook of all your activity. The app is available for iPhones or any web browser. All your surfs will be kept safely in the cloud, accessible at any time. Create groups to follow your friends. Follow pro surfers and see how you match up. No matter what, Rip Curl’s GPS watch will take your surfing to the next level.

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Photo Credit: Rip Curl

 

November is the time for surfboard demos! We happen to have three demos in a row this month! First up is Firewire! Cruise down to Ocean Beach this Sat, November 8th, to check out the latest Firewire Surfboards. The demo is from 8am-12pm.

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Last Sunday, October 12th, Katie Connor was struck while riding her bike by a hit-and-run driver. This hit close to home as Katie is one of our Wahines. The accident left Katie with serious head trauma. There have been signs of recovery, but there is still a long road ahead. A donation website has been set up to aid her family.  Donations will go to all current and future medical expenses, ie: hospital stay, therapy, etc.  Any help is appreciated!

Click her to read her full story and donate

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Attractive Distractions

by Kimberly Lamb on October 7, 2014

“Attractive Distractions” is premiering Wednesday night, October 8th, at the Wavehouse in Mission Beach! There will be giveaways, autograph signings and an after party at Duck Dive! The video will be showing again the next night, Thursday October 9th, at the legendary La Paloma in Encinitas!

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The video is a Take Shelter Production featuring Clay Marzo, John John Florence, Chippa Wilson and Kai Barger to name a few. Don’t miss out on a good time! The video will be showing at 7:30pm at Wavehouse and has two showing at La Paloma, 7pm and 9:30pm!

Checking in with Jonah Pierce

by Kimberly Lamb on September 17, 2014

Our South Coast team rider, Jonah Pierce, sent over a quick update about what he’s been up to the past few weeks.

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“Hello everyone,
The last couple weeks have been really fun in California. The hurricane Marie swell produced some really good overhead barrels just about every where in San Diego. I surfed a secret spot where it was about 6-8 foot hucking barrels on every wave, but it’s secret so I can’t really say anymore hahaha. I’m also excited about the next swell we’re getting from off of New Zealand. The place to be will probably be blacks because it’s got a bit more west in it, so it could be producing some big barrels. If you are looking for any step-up boards, South Coast has some really good ones in the OB store or you can get one custom for a reasonable price. I will probably post another blog again next month because the contest season is starting back up.
See you in the water,
Jonah Pierce”