It's been big lately -- we're talking even some double overhead
sets on some of the days. The north end of Bolsa, through the Cliffs,
to the Pier and south to River Jetties all picking the swell up
The National Scholastic Surfing Assn.'s Open Season has been
stoked with the waves its been getting. The last double AA-rated
event at Seaside Reef scored some overhead surf.
Huntington Beach High terror Brett Simpson has been on a roll in
the highly competitive men's division. Simpson tore Seaside up
winning there, and he's had two other victories this season. He's
holding a commanding lead in the ratings.
Seal Beach's Chris Waring placed second in juniors with some great
rides. In boys, Newport's Ford Archibald has been unbeatable lately,
with three wins in a row. And having a perfect season thus far is
Newport's Andrew Doheny, who has five wins in a row and is
undefeated. Huntington Beach's Jessie Steelman is holding down second
in the ratings, having some great heats too. In longboarding
Huntington's Justin Hugron had a good run, winning it. He's currently
In women's, Erica Hoisseini took the win at Seaside and is holding
down first position. Congrats.
Over on Maui, the Billabong Pro for the women concluded with
Brazilian Jaqueline Silva striking her first win on the Championship
Tour. Silva had a couple of eight-point-plus rides in the final.
Second was Australian veteran Pauline Menczer, who is the overall
World Qualifying Series points winner.
Equal thirds were Kauiian Rochell Ballard and South African
Heather Clark. Australian Layne Beachly grabbed another World Title,
making it five, the new record, surpassing Lisa Anderson and her
four, even though she lost in an early round.
At the X-Box Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters for the men on the North
Shore, the two wildcards were Californian Rob Machado, a former
winner and No. 2 in the world standings a few years back, and
Hawaiian standout Brian Pacheco.
The surf at Pipe was insane from the start, with 6- to 12-foot
barrels. Kelly Slater, six-time world champ, was the standout of the
* RICK FIGNETTI is a seven-time West Coast champion, has
announced the U.S. Open of Surfing the last nine years and has been
the KROQ-FM surfologist for the last 17 years, doing morning surf
reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at