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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 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.

Jenna Belton and teammate Kirsten Mead pose for a photo op after winning their national title in U16 beach volleyball. (Mary Wood/Contributed)

Aptos resident Jenna Belton and Palo Alto’s Kirsten Mead combined forces and went on a nine-match winning streak to take the 16-and-under open title in the USA Beach Volleyball Junior Tour Championship at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee over the weekend.

They kept momentum going off a recent victory in a California Beach Volleyball Association tournament in Santa Barabara, where they qualified for the Cal Cup Championship scheduled for Manhatten Beach later this summer.

They defeated the duo of Amber Davis and Julia Lewkowski in the final at Bradford Beach for the win. Scores were unavailable.

Santa Cruz resident John Hauer [X-Fusion] won the men’s pro division of the Central Coast downhill mountain biking race at Toro Park in Monterey on Saturday.

Hauer sped down in 2 minutes, 48.42 seconds for the win, with Concord’s Ian Massey [Point 1/WTB] taking second in 2:49.32 and Santa Cruz’s Jeff Kendall-Weed [IBIS Cycles] taking third in 2:49.56.

Other division winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows: Santa Cruz’s James Bradley [unattached] won the men’s Cat 2 45-54 age division in 3:29.21, Santa Cruz’s Elli Freiburn [Spokesman] won the women’s Cat 2 division race in 3:49.24,   and Aptos’ Devin Kjaer [Family Cycling Center] was a double-winner in the junior boys 13-and-under division in 3:15.97 and the junior boys 18-and-under Cat 3 division in 3:17.20. He was the only entrant in the under-18 division.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website, which has lots of photos of the event.

Saturday’s event was the seventh of the eight-race season. The season finale is scheduled for Aug. 25.

–Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz resident and pro cyclist Devon Gorry placed 20th in the women’s pro Cat 1/2 division of the Exergy Twilight Crit in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday.

Gorry crossed the finish line in 57 minutes, according to results on, while winner Kristin McGrath of Boise [Exergy Twenty12] won in 45 minutes flat.

Gorry rides for Now and Novartis for MS.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Cyclists spin through the streets of Watsonville during the first race of the Watsonville Criterium on Saturday at the corner of Rogers and Cerrito Streets. Bill Lovejoy/Sentinel

Watsonville teen is the top local finisher in pro field

San Francisco resident Rand Miller, a pro cyclist with the Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team, wasn’t about to let the win go two years in a row. After finishing second to Steve Reaney in 2011, Miller pedaled to victory in the men’s pro Cat 1/2 division of the 34th annual Watsonville Criterium on Saturday.

Miller was followed by Oakland’s John Wilk [Webcor/Alto Velo], and San Francisco’s Rainier Schaefer [Team Mike’s Bikes] in third place. The top Santa Cruz County finisher was teen Matt Schaupp, of Watsonville, who finished fourth. Schaupp, 17, rides for the Ritte Elite U23 Development Team.

Other Santa Cruz County riders to make the top five of their divisions were as follows: Santa Cruz’s Morgan Raines [unattached] was second in the men’s masters Cat 4 35-and-over age division and Santa Cruz’s Kimberly Sperling [RED Racing] was third in the women’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division.

Results in this report are from

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz resident Mark Howland won the men’s Cat 1 45-54 age division at the Central Coast Cross Country mountain bike race No. 7 at Fort Ord near Monterey on Saturday.

Howland finished six laps in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 47 seconds and was one of just two riders in his division to stay under two hours. Howland, who rides for Family Cycling Center, was followed by Los Gatos’ Scott Zavack [1:59:53] and Aptos’ John Grube [2:00:19]. Zavack rides for and Grube is unattached.

Other Santa Cruz County winners were as follows:

Felton’s Kim Midstokke [Midstock Construction/Spokesman], in the Cat 2 men’s 35-44 age division, completed five laps in 1:35:28; Ben Lomon’s Gerry Hatcher [Scotts Valley Cycle Sport], in the Cat 2 men’s 45-54 age division, completed five laps in 1:36:16; Scotts Valley’s Scott Martin [Bicycle Trip], in the Cat 2 men’s 55-plus age division, completed five laps in 1:46:37; Santa Cruz’s Janel K. Lodge [Family Cycling Center], in the Cat 2 women’s 45-plus age division, completed five laps in 1:55:15; Aptos’ Dan Russ [unattached], in the Cat 3 men’s 55-plus age division, completed four laps in 1:31:18, and Aptos’ Anya Rush [unattached], in the Cat 3 women’s 19-34 age division, also completed four laps in 1:35:23.

Results in this report are from the CCCX website. The final CCCX cross country mountain bike race of the season is scheduled for July 28 at Fort Ord.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Two junior racers from Santa Cruz County earned silver, and a handful of other mountain bikers secured top-10 finishes, at the 2012 USA Cycling MTB Cross Country Nationals in Sun Valley, Idaho, on June 5-8.

On the opening day of racing Thursday, Capitola’s Steffen Andersen finished runner-up in the junior men’s Cat 3 15-18 age division, crossing the finish line of the cross country race in 1:51:03. Daniel Riley of Park City, Utah, won in 1:46:16.

And on the closing day Sunday, Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [Ritte Elite U23 Development Team] finished runner-up to another Park City product, Keegan Swenson, in short track cross country action. Ortenblad crossed the finish line of the junior men’s Cat 1 15-18 age division race in 31:42.7, and Swenson clocked in at 31:19.4.

Ortenblad also earned a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s junior men’s 18-and-under Super-D for what was his second top-10 finish at nationals following a DNF on Friday. He had a time of 23:06.6. Swenson also won that race, crossing the finish line in 21:57.1.

Ortenblad wasn’t the only Santa Cruz County product to secure two top-10 finishes. Soquel’s Jacob Albrecht [Whole Athlete] also managed the feat with two sixth-place finishes. One was in the junior men’s Cat 1 15-18 age division race, and the other was in the junior men’s Cat 1 17-18 age division race Friday, where he finished in 1:20:56. Swenson [Cannondale Factory Racing] again won, taking that race in 1:17:08.

Several other county racer earned top-10 finishes. They were as follows:

  • Santa Cruz’s Loren Gregg placed seventh in the women’s under-23 cross country race[1:44:05]. Fairfax’s Lauren Catlin [Durango Devo] won in 1:32:48.
  • Capitola’s Richard Latorraca [unattached] placed 10th in the master men’s 60-64 cross country race, which was won by Montana Velo’s Randy Beckner of Helena, Mont., in 1:52:50.
  • Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] placed seventh in the master men’s 77-and-over cross country race [3:12:40]. Sun Valley’s Hans Muehlegger [Durance-Colnago] won in 2:10:39.

Results included in this report are from

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

All right! My esteemed colleagues over in the sports department of the Santa Cruz Sentinel did a quick write-up of the Santa Cruz Half Marathon and 10k, but I wanted to post the top 10 lists and some other highlights here.

Congrats to everyone who finished. I know this was a first half for a lot of people, so kudos to all the newbies. I hope to be one of you soon 🙂

HALF MARATHON – Top 10 men

1. Adam Roach [Pacific Grove], 1:11:33

2. Salvador Garcia [Los Banos], 1:15:43

3. Martin Conrad [Monterey], 1:15:43

4. Matt Allie [San Jose], 1:17:07

5. Karl Malmsheimer [Los Gatos], 1:17:36

6. Kevin Schneider [Mountain View], 1:19:26

7. Dan Napieralski [Folsom], 1:20:30

8. Kevan Chu [Santa Cruz], 1:20:45*

9. Bernardo Tapia [Redwood City], 1:21:15

10. Raymond Rodriguez [Los Banos], 1:21:43

HALF MARATHON – Top 10 women

1. Monica Jo Nicholson [Salinas], 1:24:50

2. Jessica Scola [San Francisco], 1:26:11

3. Rhea George [Seattle], 1:26:12

4. Kari Anne Bertrand [Gilroy], 1:27:11

5. Anna Gunn [Walnut Creek], 1:28:07

6. Lisa Castillo [Salinas], 1:28:11

7. Darci Cassinelli [Santa Clara], 1:28:50

8. Amber Arnaz [Tracy], 1:29:19

9. Ann Thomas [Santa Cruz], 1:29:37*

10. Katherine Rapmund [Walnut Creek], 1:31:23

10-KILOMETER RACE – Top 10 overall

1. Adam Marriott [Scotts Valley], 34:11*

2. Alexander Mahoney [San Jose], 34:57

3. Michael Ingardia [San Jose], 35:27

4. Matthew Meyerhofer [San Francisco], 36:44

5. Albert Pham [Cupertino], 37:00

6. Jim Tiffany [Seaside], 37:33

7. Nikia Brautovich [Aptos], 37:45*

8. Stephanie Kato [San Jose], 38:22

9. Isaac Medrano [Santa Clara], 38:26

10. Nicholas Chee [Salinas], 39:13

*Denotes top Santa Cruz County finishers

I was actually out at the race doing a fun little video for the Sentinel’s website (I was the one walking around in a snow jacket — man, it was cold out there), and I was able to catch up with 10k winner Nikia Brautovich, who said she considers this 10k her first, since she’d only previously done one when she was a kid. Anyway, here’s the quick interview we did on Cowell Beach just past the finish line.


I also posted a few of my favorite photos to Flickr.

More results can be found on the Buzzworld Productions site over here.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets


Buck Johnson digs into a cutback in a masters heat for kayakers Saturday morning at the PaddleFest. (Bill Lovejoy/Sentinel)

My colleagues here at the Santa Cruz Sentinel have already written about the action at the 26th annual Santa Cruz PaddleFest, which saw some of the biggest surf kayak talent in the world attack the waves at Steamer Lane this past weekend, but I thought I’d put the results up here, in case anyone is interested.



High Performance Men

1. Darren Bason, United Kingdom, Cornwall

2. Matthew Hoff, Monterey

3. Eric Connor, Los Gatos

4. Dave Johnston, Santa Cruz

High Performance Women

1. Kate Duncan, Truckee

2. Devon Barker, McCall, Idaho

3. Roberta Bosari, Sao Paulo, Brazil

4. Julie Mitravich, Mountain View

Masters Open

1. Ken King, Mill Valley

2. Dennis Judson, Davenport

3. Ed King, Berkeley

4. Dave Johnston, Santa Cruz

International Men

1. Stefano Bellotti, Italy

2. Jim Grossman, Sun Valley, Idaho

3. Matthew Hoff, Monterey

4. Darren Bason, Cornwall, UK

International Women

1. Devon Barker, McCall, Idaho

2. Kristie Koski, Livermore

3. Julie Mitravich, Mountain View

Wave Ski Open

1. Ken King, Mill Valley

2. Tyler Lausten, Haiku, Hawaii

3. Ed King, Berkeley

4. Jason Kozun, Moss Landing

Stand-Up Paddle Surfing Shootout

1. Matt Becker, Santa Barbara

2. John Griffith, Santa Cruz

3. Anthony Vela

4. Avery Dinauer

Looking for something else? Check out the event’s website for additional information.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

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