Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Once the tsunami warning was lifted for the Hawaii Islands following an earthquake in Canada on Sunday, Santa Cruz resident Kathy Frank and Scotts Valley resident Roger Kern went out and won their respective divisions in the Xterra World Championships, the crown jewel of off-road triathlon.

Frank dominated the women’s 65-69 age division in Kapalua, Maui. She finished the 1.5-kilometer open-water swim in 46 minutes, 2 seconds, the 30k mountain bike portion in 3:34:00, and the 10k trail run in 1:47:10. She led each portion for what was her second world title and a total of 6:07:12.

Kern won the men’s 70-74 age division as the only competitor, crossing the finish line in 5:30:38. He completed the swim in 48:19, the bike in 3:08:3, and the run in 1:33:34 for his first world title.

Information included in this report is according to Xterra press releases. For full results, please see its results page. To check out its Facebook photo gallery, go here.

Capitola resident Valarie Jenkins placed second in the open women’s division of the Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned Players Cup tournament, also known as the World Match Play Championships, in Dripping Springs, Texas, last weekend.

Phoenix’s Catrina Allen won the final round 7 and 6, according to the event’s results page.

Jenkins “struggled to find her putting stroke in the strong Texas winds” against Allen in the final round, according to the event’s website.

Also from Capitola, Nate Doss tied for ninth and Avery Jenkins tied for 21st in the men’s open.

Santa Cruz resident Tobin Ortenblad placed 22nd in the senior men’s Cat 1/2/3/4/5 division of the Colorado Cross Classic — a cyclocross event — over the weekend in Boulder.

Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized] finished with a time of 8 minutes, 23 seconds, and Ben Berden [unattached] won in 2:37.5, according to the USA Cycling results page for the event.

Ortenblad the previous week took third and fourth in the Spooky Kross Weekend elite races in Pomona, also according to USA Cycling.

Santa Cruz resident Sebastian Villanueva, 16, and Watsonville resident Natalia Grossman, 11, won their respective divisions of USA Climbing‘s American Bouldering Series Local 14 event at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym on Oct. 13.

Villanueva, who is on the Pacific Edge team coached by Bill Tang, had a score of 26,965 points to take the male junior division by a margin of just five points. Andy Lamb, 18, of Lexington, Mass., placed second for Team Waimea, and Aaron Splady, 17, of Berkeley placed third with 16,995 points for Zero Gravity.

Grossman, who also competes with Zero Gravity and is coached by Scot Jenerik, won the female youth-C division with 18,070 points. Saratoga’s Niamh Moore [Planet Granite] was second with 15,775 points and Portola Valley’s Kathryn Garcia [Planet Granite] was third with 15,280 points.

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


Covewater Paddle Surf has announced its Used SUP [Stand-up paddleboard] Sale and Parking Lot Sale are set for Oct. 27-28 at its Santa Cruz location, 729 Water St.

The third annual event will have 40 used SUPs with markdowns of 30 percent or more, as well as more than 20 new paddleboards at discounted prices, according to a press release.

For more information about the event, and the swap meet where you can bring your own board for sale, visit

Santa Cruz resident and New Zealand native Bevan Docherty, a three-time Olympian in triathlon, closed out the season with a 14th-place finish in the elite men’s division of the World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland over the weekend, and recently announced he will be competing in Ironman next season.

Docherty had a home-country audience  — which he dubbed “an awesome crowd” via Twitter afterwards — for his final International Triathlon Union-sanctioned race of 2012. He completed the course in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 50 seconds — 2:21 off winner Javier Gomez of Spain.

Docherty, 35, finished the swim in 17:46, the bike in 1:10:28 and the run in 32:50, and he ended the overall series in 14th place with 2,223 points.

Tuesday, he confirmed with the New Zeland Herald that he will move on to Ironman competition next year.

“It official, I’m gona be an Ironman man! 1st race of 2013 Auckland 70.3 then NZ Ironman in Taupo,” Docherty tweeted.

Results included in this report are from the Auckland race website.


Santa Cruz surfer Santiago Hart placed third in the Explorer Super Groms division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Gold Coast Conference event at Morro Rock in Morro Bay on Oct. 13, according to results posted on the NSSA website late last week.

Hart finished behind winner Sebastian Mendes of Augora Hills and runner-up Dimitri Poulos of Ventura in 2-4 foot lefts.

In was the fifth event in the series. the next event is Nov. 10 in Ventura.

Santa Cruz resident AJ Menna won the mini grom division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association‘s Northwest Conference opener in 2-4 foot waves at Morro Rock in Morro Bay on Oct. 14, according to results posted on the NSSA website late last week.

Menna was followed by Ventura’s Jabe Swierkocki in second place and Santa Cruz’s Santiago Hart in third place. Menna was the sole winner from Santa Cruz County, but several other Santa Cruz surfers did medal.

Nic H’dez placed second and Wyatt Barrabee placed third in the open men’s division, Sam Coffey placed second in the open boys division, and Autumn Hays, Allison Menna, and Devon Powers went 2-3-4 in the open girls division.

The next Northwest Conference event is scheduled for Dec. 15 at  Pleasure Point.

Scotts Valley mountain biker Felipe Walker won the Central Coast Downhill Series “Super-D” junior 18-and-under race at Toro Park in Salinas on Sunday.

Walker [Monster Energy/Scotts Valley Cyclesport] sped down the course in 4 minutes, 57.68 seconds for the win. He was followed by Matten Erbentraut of Navato [Matin Bikes] in 4:58.91 and Todd Renwick of Soulsbyville [CCCX] in 5:04.93.

Walk was one of two winning junior riders from Scotts Valley. The other was Ryan Simonovich [Santa Cruz Mountain Cycling], who won the boys 14-16 age division in 5:26.66.

Also from Santa Cruz County, Aptos had two winners. Devin Kjaer [Yeti/Fox/Family Cycling Center] won both the junior boys Cat 3 18-and-under race in 5:04.39 and the junior boys 13-and-under race in 5:13.55, and Bob Barwick [Family Cycling Center] won the single speed division in 5:13.92.

And from the City of Santa Cruz, Elli Freibrun [Spokesman] won the women’s Cat 2 division in 5:57.87, Michael Ryan [Bike Station Aptos] won the men’s Cat 3 45-54 age division in 5:22.13, James Bradley [unattached] won the men’s Cat 2 45-54 age division, and Bjorn Temple [Family Cycling Center] won the man’s Cat 2 19-34 age division in 4:59.46.

The downhill series finale is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website.

Santa Cruz resident Nic H’dez made it to the semifinals of Surfing America’s West Coast Prime Series stop at Church Beach in San Onofre on Oct. 6.

H’dez won his first-round heat with a 13.07 combined two-wave score and took second in the quarterfinals with a 12.50 to advance again.

In the semifinals, he put up a 12.33, but it wasn’t enough to beat eventual winner Jake Marshall [14.93] or Tyler Killen [13.67].

Results included in this report are from the Surfing America website.

The next Prime Series event is scheduled for Dec. 8-9 at T Street in San Clemente.

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