was shralping it up and took first place honors and $2,000. Ventura's
Dane Reynolds took second with some nice rides too, while third was
Carlsbad's Dane Johnson and fourth Huntington Beach ripper Brett Simpson.
In the Macho Air Show, Adam Virs was busting big time and won it, but up
and coming Huntington shredder Chase Newsom finished fourth in the air
busters competition, and second in juniors behind Gabriel Garcia. The
locals did well with pier regular Mike Mattison winning mens, Mark Austin
taking masters, shaper Jon Wildfong hot on his heels placing second.
Meanwhile former world champ, the style master, Joey Hawkins took
longboards. Seal Beach's Chad Compton won boys, and Jessie Steelman with
a victory in the groms. Contest director Seth Matson is happy with his
new blanket sponsor Del Taco stepping up and helping out with this year's
The National Scholastic Surfing Assn. completed its 10 event, regular
season Explorer contest over the weekend at Salt Creek Beach Park. The
waves there were happening with some dredging overhead lefts on the sets
off the point. Seal Beach's Chris Waring had a great season in boys,
capping it off with a win and the overall title. Ian Ekberg tore it up
getting second. In juniors, Huntington Beach's Cory Lapoint finished up
fourth, and masters saw Seal Beach ripper Chad Wells get third. In
seniors the world champ C.J. Hobgood's shaper, Bill Johnson took the win
on one of his own models. While Seal Beach's Chas Wickwire finished up
second having some mean lip bashes out there, and Phill Lockman rounding
out the top five. In super seniors, Pat Schlick came from behind in the
standings to win and took top dog honors overall in the points race,
edging former Surf City resident John Silver. In longboarding
JustinHugron placed third and in bodyboarding Darren Moody finished
second. And a hopeful speedy recovery to mini shralper Tommy Steury who
missed this event. Next up, Southwest Conference, Western Championships
at the Huntington Beach Pier May 16-19th.
At the United States Surfing Federation's surf contest at the
Oceanside Pier, which saw some fun surf Huntington's James Webb made
another final in the seniors division, placing fourth. In the
grandmaster's Jay Boldt lost a close decision to San Clemente shaper
Midget Smith. Two finals in a row for Boldt though who's been on a roll.
See ya in the lineup.
* RICK FIGNETTI is a six-time West Coast champion, has announced the
U.S. Open of Surfing the last eight years and has been the KROQ-FM
(106.7) surfologist for the last 15 years where he's done morning surf
reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at (714)