A contest with waves!
Words: Fabiano Sarmento
The exclamation heard up and down Oceanside pier from frothing groms, stoked moms, and everyone in-between. Surfers in the SSS Oceanside event over the weekend had the privilege of competing in consistent 4-6 Northwest groundswell as the howling offshore kept the faces steep and wide open for any maneuver they could contort their bodies to perform.
South Coast Team riders don’t take these conditions for granted. These team riders surf 2-3 foot on-shore slop as often as most of us beg Surfline to read something other than “Poor Conditions” on our day off. Middle School Surfers saw one of South Coast youngest and most polite talents Sean Purbaugh ride his 5’3 shortboard to a 6th place finish in the finals. Freshmen surfers Josh Larocco and Katie Magers effortlessly perched their way through their respective heats. A leash-less Josh showed immense confidence and control in his heats as he refused to back away from the nose even on the largest of sets earning 6th place in the Men’s Longboard final. Katie came out amping to compete on her one session custom South Coast Retro Longboard, There a few gambles greater in competitive surfing than riding a new stick in a heat and yet she stood tall, calm, rocking a spring suit and an ear to ear smile all the way to 4th place in the Women’s Longboard final. Shortboarders Cody Sherman and Cole Holderman used their repertoires of under the lip vertical snaps and rail burying gouges to earn top merits for Point Loma High school’s Team heats against Carlsbad. Cody “Squid” Sherman is a big kid weighting in at 170lbs standing at 6’0. Cody kept it simple, turn harder then turn harder. Cole displayed good variety as he moved from tight snaps to wide backside arcs and closed out with his favorite signature chop-hop to make sure we all stay entertained. You have a whole beach watching, might as well put on a show right? Special acknowledgement goes out to Freshmen shortboarder Spencer Bingham. Spence may have fallen short of advancement but proved he will not go down without a fight. In the heats dieing moments he battled priority away from a Carlsbad team rider only to take off behind the section and somehow found the speed he needed to throw down a nice 3 snap combination.
A solid set of results for our SC riders, congratulations everyone. Team riders from the Ocean Beach South Coast Surf Shop have been keeping busy on the contest front. The Scholastic Surf Series formerly the Interscholastic Surfing Federation started their season in October.
Here is an update from Team Manager Donn Clark:
In the San Diego County Middle Schools competition Sean Purbaugh is ranked #6 in short board and Zack Clark is ranked #1 in long board. In the San Diego High School competition Katie Majors is ranked #4 in girls long board, Cody Sherman is ranked #5 in short board, Spencer Bingham is ranked #10 in short board and Josh LaRocco is ranked #1 in long board. Look for the team to finish strong in the 2nd half of the season with the top 3 from each division going to the State Championships in Oceanside.