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’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.
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