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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.

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UC San Diego surfer Shaun Burrell, who is from Capitola, placed sixth in the men’s college final of the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Interscholastic Championships at Salt Creek in Dana Point over the weekend.

Burrell scored 9.56 points in the final heat. Mira Costa’s Dayton Silva won with a whopping 17.03 points.

Burrell’s finish helped his team to eighth place overall with 58 points. Mira Costa’s Red team won the overall team title with 152 points.

Results in this report are from the NSSA website.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CgullTweets

Three Outrigger Santa Cruz crews walked away from the Memorial Day Ho’e Wa’a canoe race in Monterey with wins on Saturday, according to results posted on the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association website.

The OSC men’s team won its open division, crossing the finish line of the 9-mile race in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 50 seconds — almost a full minute ahead of runner-up Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club Blue [1:20:52]. Hui Wa’a Canoe and Kayak was third [1:22:43] in what was the mostly highly contested race of the event with 11 entrants.

The OSC masters women’s team also pulled off a win in its division, crossing the finish line in 1:22.24. Northern California Outrigger Canoe was second [1:22.58] and another OSC team was third [1:26.09].

And finally, the OSC’s senior masters women’s team also pulled off a win in its division, beating the only other entrant by about 11 and a half minutes. OSC finished in 1:26.34 and Ohana Wa’a finished in 1:38 even.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Two 18-year-olds — Matt Becker and Jack Bark — won their respective divisions in the third annual Santa Cruz Down Wind Ryder Cup, a paddleboard race from Davenport to Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, over the weekend.

Becker was victorious in the stand-up paddleboard division, finishing the 14.5-mile trek in 2 hours, 15 seconds on a 14-foot board. The event, which had prime conditions including 16- to 20-knot winds, saw 70 elite and novice paddlers from Hawaii and California come out.

“This was the most amazing race ever,” Bark was quoted saying in a press release. “I got the best bumps of my life out there and had a blast. I’m so stoked. I can’t wait for next year.

Bark won the prone division on a 12-footer in 2:09:49.

The contest was organized by the Santa Cruz-based Ghost Ryders Waterman Club and presented by the Quiksilver Waterman Collection.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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

Eighty-five windsurfers crowded the beach and water at Waddell Creek over the weekend at the Santa Cruz Goya Windsurfing Festival. Levi Silver [pro], Ingrid Larouche [women’s], Harley Stone [youth], Reed Nelson [masters], and Jerry McKay [amateur] emerged as winners, according to results on the event’s website.

Below is a video the American Windsurfing Tour put together. It starts a little slow, but it’s totally worth it if you keep watching (I’m talking slow-mo with a GoPro mount. Around here, we call that the stuff of legends… Especially since our GoPro died).

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy!


— 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

Reader Nate Sher submitted this video of some wintertime skimboarding in a rain-dampened Santa Cruz.



— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

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