Archives for the month of: December, 2012

The last big swell of 2012 hit Santa Cruz over the weekend. This is a little video I put together during my shift yesterday of some Sunday morning action down at the Lane.

Enjoy!

Santa Cruz surfers Nic H’dez and Sam Coffey each scored two wins in the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Northwest Conference doubleheader at Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point over the weekend.

H’dez, 16, won the men’s division of the second conference event of the season on Saturday at Pleasure Point, with fellow Santa Cruzan Wyatt Barabee coming in second and Pacifica’s Kadin Panesi coming in third. And H’dez won the men’s division of the third conference event of the season Sunday at the Lane. In that contest, Panesi took second and Brogie Panesi, also of Pacifica, took third.

Coffey won the boys divisions both days, edging runner-up Zane Booth, of Santa Barbara, and third-place finisher Burkley Eggers, of El Granada. Sunday, Coffey earned his second win, with Eggers again taking second place, and Soquel’s Sean Winterburn taking third.

In other divisions the first day, Huntington Beach’s Kirk Weissinger of Huntington Beach won the open juniors and Erik Weissinger, also of Huntington Beach, took the win in the open mini groms.

Due to extreme tidal conditions, women’s, girls and longboard competitions were postponed.

In other divisions the second day, Santa Cruz’s Ben Coffey won the open juniors, Santa Cruz’s AJ Menna won the open mini groms, Santa Cruz’s Ashley Held won the open women’s and Santa Cruz’s Autumn hays won the girls.

Results included in this report are from the NSSA website.

The next conference event is scheduled for March 16 at the Hook.

It has not been a good week for Watsonville cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes. Four days after being hit and run by a car during a training ride, Jacques-Maynes was dropped by his team, 5-Hour Energy/Kenda, for the 2013 season — without so much as a phone call, according to his Twitter feed.

Jacques-Maynes’ name was left off the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda roster for 2013 as USA Cycling announced 15 road racing teams for the year and their rosters. According to CyclingNews.com, the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda team and the Competitive Cyclist team have merged, which led to downsizing.

“That’s how you find out, sometimes,” Jacques-Maynes tweeted, following with, “Seems that cycling owes me nothing, after I’ve given cycling everything I have. Unrequited love.”

On Sunday, Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, suffered non-displaced fractures of the scapula and clavicle when he was hit and run during a training ride, according to his brother Ben Jacques-Maynes’ Twitter feed. Andy Jacques-Maynes  was riding on Holohan Road near Highway 152 in Watsonville when he was hit by what he thinks was a 2004 or 2005 Chevy Impala SS at about 10:25 a.m. Sunday, according to his Twitter feed, where he has put the call out for his followers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Andy Jacques-Maynes will wear a sling for the next six weeks. His plans after that are unknown.

Ben Jacques-Maynes, also a professional cyclist, will compete for Jamis Hagens Berman in 2013. 

Santa Cruz surfer and filmmaker Kyle Buthman’s third installment in the Get Rad series, “Get Rad 3,” is scheduled to premiere at the Rio Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

Buthman’s “Get Rad” films use comedy to break the traditional surf-film mold, while highlighting local talent at area breaks. Nat Young, Austin Smith-Ford, Noi Kaulukukui, Darshan Gooch, Noah Wegrich, Kyle Thierman, Bud Frietas, Adam Replogle, Shaun Burns, Miles Clanton and Nic H’dez all show off their surfing — and also some stellar acting as they perform short skits — in “Get Rad 3.”

See the trailer here.

“I’m really stoked to make another episode of the ‘Get Rad’ series,” Buthman said in a press release. “I wasn’t sure if we were going to pull it off this year, but it all came together.”

Tickets are $8 at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m. Children 8 and under are free.

Royal Gorge at Donner Summit just outside of Lake Tahoe is open for the winter ski season, according to a press release.

Royal Gorge, which touts 19 trails and more than 20 kilometers of terrain for cross country skiing, is now operated by Sugar Bowl Resort and is open to the general public seven days a week 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Trail passes will also be available for purchase at the Van Norden trailhead. All-day lift tickets will cost $27. Skiers can receive a $10 discount on a Royal Gorge trail pass on Saturday, and every day throughout the season, by purchasing a $19 CORE pass,” according to a press release.

For more information, visit www.royalgorge.com.

Andy Jacques-Maynes hit by car while riding

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, won the Surf City Cyclocross Series finale at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to take the overall elite title on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes finished eight laps in 56 minutes, 23.5 seconds for the win. He was followed by Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [56:49.5] and Cody Kaiser [57:41.5].

Jacques-Maynes twin brother Andy Jacques-Maynes did not compete after he was hit-and-run by a car during a pre-race ride. He suffered a broken clavicle and a broken scapula, according to Ben Jacques-Maynes’ Twitter feed.

Andy Jacques-Maynes said on Twitter — along with much profanity — that he will be in a sling with “no activity” orders for six weeks.

Ben Jacques-Maynes took the overall Surf City title with 160 points, 55 of those coming Sunday. Keith Hillier placed second [145] and Santa Cruz resident Aaron Bradford took third [143].

Ortenblad took 12th [107] after competing in only two of the three races, Kaiser took 23rd [50] after only competing in Sunday’s race, and Andy Jacques-Maynes took 13th [97] with points from the first two races.

Race details are from the Surf City Cyclocross website, which also has full results for all divisions.

Santa Cruz native John Mel, who now lives in Newport Beach, was runner-up to Eithan Osborne in the Surfing America Prime West series stop at T Street in San Clemente on Dec. 8-9.

Mel won both his first-round heat and semifinal heat to advance to the boys 14-and-under final, where he scored a two-wave point total of 14.34. Osborne scored an even 15 for the win.

In earlier heats, Mel — son of pro big wave surfer Pete Mel — dominated. He scored 13.44 points in his first heat, where Nick Marshall was second with 9.60. And Mel scored 11.86 points in the semis, where Zach McCormick was second with 9.97.

Mel also competed in the boys 16U division, where he again won his first heat, but he was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Nic H’dez, another Santa Cruz native, had a similar story, winning his first heat in the boys 18U division, but suffering elimination in the quarters.

In the boys 14U standings, Mel is in 13th place, and in the boys 18U standings, H’dez is in second.

The next Surfing America Prime West series stop is scheduled for Santa Cruz on Jan. 20-12 [a Sunday and Monday] at Steamer Lane.

Results in this report are from the Surfing America website.

Aptos Track pic

Aptos High used the funds it received from the Wharf to Wharf to resurface its track. (Contributed photo)

The Wharf to Wharf nonprofit corporation, which annually puts on the race by the same name in Santa Cruz in July, announced the recipients of $388,394 this week, with Soquel High and Aptos High garnering the largest chunks of money. They received $110,000 and $60,000, respectively, for track resurfacing.

The Wharf to Wharf is a 6-mile footrace from near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the Capitola Wharf. This year marked it’s 40th anniversary.

“The Wharf to Wharf is far more than a yearly running event. In fact we are one of the largest charitable organizations in the county,” Race Director Scott McConville said. “Our main goal annually is to promote the health and fitness of the youth of Santa Cruz County.”

The other Santa Cruz County-area schools and programs receiving money are as follows:

Aptos High School track / football / cheer /Softball $11,800
Harbor High School track / football/ water polo/cheer $8,300
Monte Vista Christian track & field $7,000
Pajaro Valley High School track & field $7,000
Santa Cruz High School track & field / girls basketball $12,540
Scotts Valley High School track & field / girls basketball $9,300
SLV High School track / girl’s softball / football $9,600
Soquel High School track /football/baseball/cheer/water polo $15,100
Watsonville High School track & field $13,000
Saint Francis High School track & field $7,000
Salesian Sisters School $600
Twin Lakes Christian School $450
Pacific Collegiate School $1,000
New Brighton Middle School $2,084
Branciforte Middle School $12,500
Pajaro Valley Middle School $1,600
Delaveaga Elementary School $800
Linscott Charter School $1,000
Soquel Elementary Schools $4,000
YES School $800
Aptos Junior High School $1,200
E.A. Hall Middle School $3,800
Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League $1,300
Mission Hill Middle School $1,350
Scotts Valley Middle School $1,470
Soquel Stadium Track Resurfacing Fund $13,000
Soquel Stadium Equipment Fund $3,000
International Games $1,400
Student/Athlete Scholarship Fund $30,000
Capitola Junior Guards $7,000
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Reserve $9,600
Capitola Explorers $400
Aptos High School Track Resurfacing $60,000
Soquel High School Track Resurfacing $110,000
Coast County Athletic League $1,800
Santa Cruz Track Club $17,600
   
TOTAL 2012 DONATIONS: $388,394

Aptos’ Marc Erik Lowe won for the second straight year and and Soquel’s Michelle Kern dominated the women’s field in the Jingle Bell Rock Toys for Tots 5-kilometer race at the San Lorenzo River Levee in Santa Cruz over the weekend.

Lowe crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 59.6 seconds to defend his title. He was followed by Kern, who crossed the finish line in 19:34.1 for the women’s title and second place overall. Chris Anderson was second among men and third overall [20:13.8], and Josh Mader was third among men and fifth overall [20:20.3].

Kern was followed by Abbey Meck, who placed second among women and fourth overall [20:14], and Margaret Ellis took third among women and seventh overall [20:36.4].

Results included in this report are from Finishline Productions.

Aptos resident Jennifer Willoughby won the Summit Rock Half Marathon women’s race and and Aptos’ Gareth Ewing made the top 10 of the men’s race in Sanborn County Park in Saratoga on Saturday.

Willoughby finished the race in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 24 seconds for the win and 25th place overall. She was followed by Tiffany Meyer, who was up from Eugene, Ore., and finished in 2:16:27 for second place [37th overall], and Zhimin Yang of San Jose who finished in 2:19:26 for third place [40th overall].

Ewing took sixth overall, crossing the finish line in 1:53:13. San Carlos’ Leor Pantilat won in 1:33:27.

Watsonville’s Mark Thompson placed 19th in the 5-kilometer race [actually 3.3 miles], which was run in conjunction with the half marathon, in 32:13. The 5k was won by Manuel Calero.

Results included in this report are from the Brazen Racing website.

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