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Santa Cruz resident Shaun Burns won the pro-am division of the Totally Crustaceous Surf Tour’s Greatwhite contest at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Saturday.

Burns, who secured a $1,000 check for his victory, was followed by Tyler Morrish in second place, Willie Eagleton in third, Jonah Carter in fourth, Logan Banks in fifth and Peter Mueller in sixth.

With the 1,000 points he earned with his win Saturday, Burns sits in 19th place in the Crustaceous standings, with two remaining contests in other California conferences this month. Saturday marked the third and final Greatwhite contest of the season.

The championships are scheduled for May 9-11 at 54th st Newport Beach. The top 25 ranked in California qualify to compete against those from other states.

In other divisions Saturday, Shelby Detmers won the girls, Richie Schmidt won the juniors, Jake Marshall won the groms and Sebastian Mendes won the squids.

Banks took home the “Electric Volt Thrower” award, which comes with $100, for most awesome move of the contest. Adam Bartlett garnered the “Watermelon Sportsmanship Award.”

Results in this report are from the Volcom results page. For photos, visit Santa Cruz Waves’ gallery.

Santa Cruz resident Katie Melena placed fourth in the women’s 35-39 age division of the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster] completed four laps in 43 minutes, 3 seconds to take fourth behind Krystal Boni [USA, Rapid Racing], who won in 40:18; Melissa Baker [USA, GS Boulder/Studio 1 Dental/Orga], who finished runner-up in 41:14; and Jane Burlew [USA< Asheville Cyclocross], who took third in 41:49.

Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] also competed. He placed ninth in the men’s 70-plus age division, finishing two of three laps Thursday. James Wagner [USA, Bike Masters- WA] won, going three laps in 42:52.

Results included in this report are from the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships website.

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad, 19, finished last in the Under-23 elite race in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

Ortenblad suffered a mechanical issue during the second lap that pushed him to the back of the course before he was eventually pulled, according a post on his Facebook account. Ortenblad finished in 39th place with no time for Team USA.

The Netherlands’ Mike Teunissen, 21, won in 48 minutes, 40 seconds.

This was the first time all the Cyclo-cross World Championships races were held in the U.S. Ortenblad also said via Facebook that he had never before heard such loud cheers for someone at the back of a race.

Results included in this report are from the UCI website.

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Did someone say free chocolate? That might have been Epicenter Cycling, which is hosting its inaugural Ladies Night at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28.

The shop, located at 1730 Mission Street in Santa Cruz, will have free chocolate, wine, bike maintenance clinics and bike fittings as part of the event, as well as marked down cycling clothing for the event.

“It is a celebration of woman cyclist, as well as an invitation for ladies new to cycling to get connected in the cycling community,” Candice Covello of Epicenter wrote in an email.

For more information, visit www.epicentercycling.com

I just saw this video of some serious ripping by Surfing America groms in Santa Cruz over the weekend. Apparently, while most eyes were glued to the Maverick’s break up near Half Moon Bay, some junior surfers were taking advantage of this local spot.

The sole grom with Santa Cruz ties to win a division in the fourth Surfing America Prime event of the season was John Mel, a Santa Cruz native who now lives in Newport Beach. He took the boys under-14 division ahead of runner-up Noah Hill of Marina Del Ray and third-place finisher Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach at Steamer Lane, where the contest ran from Jan. 20-21, according to a Surfing America Facebook post. The event was the only Surfing America stop scheduled for the Santa Cruz area.

And in case you missed it, Mel’s father Peter won the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest Sunday.

Enjoy!

Surfing America Prime Steamer Lane 2013 from Surfing America on Vimeo.

Three cyclocross racers represented Santa Cruz County at the top of the podium in the NorCal vs. SoCal State Cyclocross Championships in Bakersfield over the weekend. Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad and Lindsey Collins, as well as Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson, each took home a win in the annual battle of California cyclocross.

NorCal won 310-233, according to Cycling Illustrated.

Ortenblad, 19, won the men’s Cat 1-4 race in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds. He was followed by Santa Cruz’s Aaron Bradford, who took second place five seconds later, and Westlake Village’s Eric Bostrom, who took third place in 1:03:02. Ortenblad will represent Santa Cruz and with the under-23 American team in the cyclocross worlds next month.

Collins won the women’s masters open division 35-99 age race in 28:03. Robin Kaminsky took second in the same time, and Sacramento’s Linda Elgart took third in 29:35.

Robinson won the men’s Cat 1-5 masters division 35-99 age race in 44:13. He was followed by Burbank’s David McNeal in second place [44:23], and Turlock’s Craig Chaney in third place [also in 44:23].

Santa Cruz also saw its Chance Tiner take second [31:55] in the men’s open junior division 15-18 age race behind San Diego’s Quinten Kirby [31:51] and its Katie Melena take third [44:47] in the women’s Cat 1-3 division race behind winner Amanda Navman [43:13] and runner-up Elicia Hildebrand [44:23] of Atascadero. Melena is currently trying to raise funds to race in the masters cyclocross worlds next month.

Results included in this report are from USA Cycling’s website.

Santa Cruz teen Tobin Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized] was selected this week to represent the USA at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Feb. 2-3.

Ortenblad, who trained and competed in the European circuit in late December for the second year in a row, was the sole competitor from Santa Cruz County selected to any of the USA teams. He will compete on the Under-23 men’s division.

Also on the 23U team:

Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Team Rapha-FOCUS)
Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Bob’s Red Mill Cyclocross)
Skyler Trujillo (Fort Collins, Colo./Boo-Enve)
Joshua Johnson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Indianapolis Cycling Club)

This is the first time all the World Championship events will be held in the states.

For full rosters, visit USACycling.com.

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.

Watsonville resident Natalia Grossman, 11, won the female youth-C division in the American Bouldering Series Regional Championship for Northern California at City Beach Rock Club in Fremont on Sunday.

Grossman dominated her division, climbing to the win and 100 points in the USA Climbing-sanctioned event. Jenny Jiang of Reno, Nevada, was second for the Sierra Climbing Team [90 points] and Kathryn Garcia of Portola Valley was third for the Planet Granite team [80 points].

Grossman climbs for Zero Gravity under Scott Jenerik. This marks her third-straight win in ABS action.

Results included in this report are from the USA Climbing website.

Santa Cruz’s Katie Melena and Tobin Ortenblad made the top 20 in two consecutive days of elite races, respectively, at the Cyclocross Los Angeles Cross After Dark Weekend to lead a small contingent of Santa Cruz County riders.

Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross] took 17th in the women’s UCI elite race Saturday — finishing in 42 minutes, 55.780 seconds — and she took 14th in Sunday’s elite women’s race, finishing in 46:47.463.

Truckee’s Katerina Nash [unattached] won the Saturday race in 38:46.358 and Sunday’s race in 41:21.417.

Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized] on Saturday placed 18th in the men’s elite race, finishing in 1:01:03.152. Other riders from Santa Cruz who made the top 25 of the men’s elite race were Aaron Bradford [unattached], who took 21st place [1:02:06.062], and Scott Chapin [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster], who took 25th [1:03:02.371].

Vermont’s James Driscoll [Cannondale Cyclocrossworld] won in 56:57.326.

Sunday, Ortenblad took 17th in the men’s elite race, finishing in 1:05:10.499. Bradford was 21st [1:05:36.310] and Chapin finished one lap for 25th.

Massachusetts’ Timothy Johnson [Cannondale Cyclocrossworld] won in 57:18.411.

Results included in this report are from the USA Cycling results page.

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