Danilo Couto is from Brazil, but he’s been charging Maverick’s up near Half Moon Bay for a long time. This is his Billabong XXL entry for the coveted Ride of the Year award, according to Surfer’s Village.
Santa Cruz native and current Newport Beach resident John Mel won the boys 14-and-under division in the Surfing America Prime West contest at Upper Trestles over the weekend, the Orange County Register reported.
Mel, son of big-wave surfer Peter Mel, beat Ventura’s Eithan Osborne, Pacific Beach’s Ryland Rubens, and Venice Beach’s Noah Hill in the final heat, according to results posted on the OCR website. The OCR also has a photo gallery up of the contest.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
A year after he made the final of the Vans Would Cup of Surfing, Santa Cruz native Nat Young failed to make the quarterfinals of the same event at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Hawaii on Tuesday.
Young scored a 9.67 two-wave point total to land behind heat winner Perth Sandlick [17.23], of Australia; runner-up Ricardo Dos Santos [13.43], of Brazil; and Hawaii’s own John John Florence [11.44], who was third and also eliminated in the Round of 32.
Capitola’s Shaun Burrell and the UC San Diego surf team won the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Southwest College event No. 2 the weekend of Nov. 17-18 for what was the team’s first victory in six years, according to the NSSA Facebook page.
UCSD scored 129 points to San Diego State’s 127 points, and UCSD’s Mikey Ciaramella won all of his heats, taking the men’s division win, according to the NSSA Facebook page.
Full results have not yet been released.
Santa Cruz High’s Willie Eagleton won the pro-am division of the Volcom Youth Against the Establishment’s Totally Crustaceous Surf Tour stop at the Hook in Capitola on Nov. 25.
Eagleton got a cool $1,000 for his win in the Greatwhite event. JD Lewis took second in the same division, and Noah Wegrich took third.
In other divisions, Brogie Panesi won the juniors, Sam Coffey won the groms, Carley Wilson won the girls and Burkley Eggers won the squids. The killer move award called the Electric Volt Thrower [$100] went to Ryder Borton.
Results included in this report are from the Volcom YAE Totally Crustaceous Tour webpage. The next California event for the tour is scheduled for Seaslug, El Puerto, in Las Angeles. It will return to the Santa Cruz, at Steamer Lane, on Feb. 2, 2013.
For some photos of the event, check out this Santa Cruz Waves gallery.