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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.

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.


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

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.

Santa Cruz’s Nic H’dez finished runner-up to Taylor Clark in the boys 18-and-under division of Surfing America‘s West Coast 2012-2013 season opener at the Del Mar Jetties in Camp Pendleton over the weekend.

H’dez won his first heat and finished second in both the quarterfinals and semis en route to the final heat, where he earned 12.67 points based on his best two waves. Clark won with a score of 14.34. Patrice Curren was third [10.87] and Colin Moran filled out the top four [8.27].

John Mel, a native Santa Cruzan and the son of defending Big Wave World Tour champion Pete Mel, also competed in the event, but was eliminated in both the semifinals of the boys 16-and-under division and the boys 14-and-under division.

The next Surfing America event is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Church Beach at San Onofre State Beach.

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

Two surfing up-and-comers with Santa Cruz ties found success in shoulder- to head-high waves at the 16th annual NSSA West Coast Championships, which were held at the Huntington Beach Pier over the weekend.

Newport Beach’s John Mel, a native Santa Cruzan and son of big wave world champ Peter Mel, was a double winner. He dominated the open boys division, scoring 16.17 points based on his top two wave scores — which are calculated on a 10-point scale — in the final heat. Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach finished runner-up with 11.60 points, Eithan Osborne of Ventura was third [10.17] and Tyler Gunter of Newport Beach was fourth [9.66].

Mel also ripped through the final heat in the menehuene explorer division for 14.67 points, topping runner-up Gunter [12.33] and third-place finisher Rubens [9.77]. Sean Woods of Thousand Oaks was fourth [9.17], Dylan Hord of Huntington Beach was fifth [4.66] and Nick Marshall of Encinitas was sixth [4.40].

A press release on the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s website, described 12-year-old Mel as owning Huntington Beach’s “infamous southside sandbar peaks.”

Mel also finished fourth in the explorer boys division final with 6.67 points to winner Griffin Colapinto’s 15.66. Colapinto is from San Clemente.

Nic H’dez was the sole other surfer with Santa Cruz ties in the finals. The area resident won the open juniors by scoring 12.74 points to eke out a win over Colapinto, who scored 11.94 points. Takumi Yasui of Saitama, Japan, placed third [11.33] and Hiroto Oohara of Chiba, Japan, placed fourth [10.84].

“…Hdez made a big statement in this event taking his first title in a major NSSA championship event,” the NSSA press release said.

The next event in the eight-part series is the NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, which are scheduled for June 16-18 at Salt Creek in Dana Point. Entries are due June 1.

Results included in this report are from the NSSA website.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz native John Mel won the boys open division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Southwest Conference at the season finale, clinching the title, at the Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday and Sunday.

Named one of the top performers of the competition, Mel — who now lives in Newport Beach — scored 12.50 points in the final to beat runner-up Cole Houshmand of San Clemente [8.77], third-place finisher Eithan Osborne of Ventura [8.50] and fourth-place finisher Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach [8.30].

Earlier, Mel’s stellar surfing put his own stamp on the event, which had shoulder to overhead peaks:

John Mel put on a super heat in his Open Boys quarterfinal posting the highest combined total of the event (18.93) with two wave scores of 9.93 and a 9.00. Mel also claimed his fifth Open Boys victory of the season and handily secured the conference title.

— NSSA press release

Results in this report are from the NSSA website.

The Northwest Conference championships, which have more NorCal surfers with Santa Cruz County connections, are scheduled for May 17-20 at the Southside Pier in Huntington Beach. Today is the last day to apply for entry.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz natives John Mel and Nic H’dez finished third overall in their respective divisions after Surfing America’s Prime West Coast finale at Camp Pendleton on April 28-29.

To conclude the 2011-2012 season, Mel finished second in the boys 14U final heat, placing third in the overall standings of the 14U division with 10,388 points through six events. The Newport Beach resident was also 13th in the 16U division with 6,976 points.

Griffin Colapinto won the 14U overall standings with 11,625 points, and Jake Marshall was second with 10,463.

H’dez, meanwhile, placed second in the final heat of the 16U contest behind contest and overall champ Kanoa Igarashi. H’dez finished the season with 9,601 points for third place overall, Igarashi won with 10,125, and Jake Davis was second overall with 9,976.

In other divisions, Taylor Clark won the 18U with 10,500 points, and Kulia Doherty won both the girls 18U and the 16U with 11,625 points and 11,625 points, respectively. She tied and shared the title of the 16U division with Frankie Harrer.

Standings, points and results from this report are from Surfing America.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Nic H'dez in the Surfing America Prime West Coast event at Huntington Beach the weekend of March 17, 2012. He won the boys 16-and-under division. (Jack McDaniel/Contributed)

Santa Cruz surfer inches up on standings leader; John Mel also has solid ranking going into final event

With one Surfing America Prime event on the West Coast left to go, Santa Cruz’s Nic H’dez made a serious case for why he should be in the running for the overall boys 16-and-under title with a win at the Huntington Beach Pier over the weekend.

H’dez placed second in his first heat and in his semifinal heat, according to results released Tuesday night. But he made it count when it mattered, winning the final with a 10.90 score based on his top two waves. The next closest finisher in the final was Santa Barbara’s Pat Curren, who scored 8.70.  Huntington Beach’s own Kanoa Igarashi placed third [8.00] and Capistrano Beach’s Jake Davis was fourth [6.00].

Nic Hdez shows off his latest trophy after winning the boys 16-and-under division at Huntington Beach Pier. (Surfing America/Contributed)

Igarashi leads the standings for the 16U division with 9,075 points, but H’dez isn’t too far behind, in second with 8,814 points — 3,000 of which came from his performance over the weekend.

In the boys 18-and-under division contest, H’dez also advanced past the first round with a dominant 11-point scoring heat, but he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the 18U overall standings with 7,838 points. The current leader is again Igarashi with 9,450 points total and a more than 1,000-point lead over Davis, who is in second [8,363].

Santa Cruz native John Mel, who now lives in Newport Beach, also competed at the pier, taking second in the boys 14-and-under division with a 9.87-point score based on his top two waves. Griffin Colapinto of San Clemente won that event with a 12.40 score. Jordan Collins of Carlsbad was third [6.33] and Griffin Foy of Fullerton was fourth [4.04].

Mel is ranked No. 2 in the 14-and-under standings with 9,713 points (2,625 from his performance last weekend alone), and  Colapinto is first with 11,625 points.

The next Surfing America Prime West Coast event is scheduled for April 28-29 in Camp Pendleton.

Full results from Surfing America’s Huntington Beach stop, courtesy of Greg Cruise, are as follows:

Sanuk Surfing America Prime presented by Got Milk?

Where: Huntington Beach Pier
When: March 17 & 18, 2012

1st – Frankie Harrer – Malibu
2nd – Kulia Doherty – Rancho Santa Fe
3rd – Meah Collins – Costa Mesa
4th – Avalon Johnson – Carlsbad

1st – Meah Collins – Costa Mesa
2nd – Emily Ruppert – Indialantic FL
3rd – Lulu Erkeneff – Dana Point
4th – Kulia Doherty – Rancho Santa Fe

1st – Andrew Jacobson – Malibu
2nd – Taylor Clark – Encinitas
3rd – Colin Moran – Costa Mesa
4th – Thelen Mckinna-Worrell – Malibu

1st – Nic Hdez – Santa Cruz
2nd – Pat Curren – Santa Barbara
3rd – Kanoa Igarashi – Huntington Beach
4th – Jacob Davis – Capistrano Beach

1st – Griffin Colapinto – San Clemente
2nd – John Mel – Newport Beach
3rd – Jordan Collins – Carlsbad
4th – Griffin Foy – Fullerton

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Santa Cruz’s Nic H’dez made it to both the quarterfinals of the 18-and-under boys division and the semifinals of the 16U boys division at the O’Neill Surfing America Prime West event at Upper Trestles in San Onofre over the weekend.

H’dez was eliminated from the 16U contest in the first heat of the semis, where he scored an 8.77 combined wave total for fourth. That division was eventually won by Jake Marshall.

H’dez was eliminated from the 18U contest in the first heat of the quarters, where he scored a 9.46 combined wave total for third. That division was eventually won by Kanoa Igarashi.

John Mel, a Santa Cruz native and Newport Beach resident, made it to the semifinals of the boys 16U contest, but was also eliminated in the semifinals.

Mel was also knocked out of the boys 13U competition in the first of two total rounds. He scored 7.36 points to land in third in his heat, which Marshall won [14.33].

Griffin Colapinto eventually won that division, scoring a dominant 13.24 total in the final.

The next Surfing America Prime West event is scheduled for Camp Pendleton at a time to be determined in March. The Surfing America Championships will be at Lower Trestles on June 17-21.

–Christina Gullickson, CGullTweets on Twitter.

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