punch. Boys' saw Kyle O'Brien ripping for the victory, with
up-and-coming Jimmy Queen second. Junior's division was dominated by
Logan Strook with Julian Kelly nailing second place. Men's saw East
Coast transplant Ryan Carlson busting the big moves to ice it and
Slammy McCowan also getting some good ones, pulling off second.
Surf City Lifeguard Greg Eisely was unstoppable and took the win
in master's, with former Huntington resident Kirk Tice, now teaching
up north, taking second. Locals Mark Austin and Mike Mattison
finished third and fourth, respectively. Picking up where he left off
last season, Marcell Guinaldo won again in grand master's, with
Darren Limbach and Phill Lockman giving him a run for the money,
placing second and third. Cathy Jo Northham won women's with Sara
Taylor second, while Michael Jorgensen took longboarding with
Johnathan Shelton the runner-up.
That finishes one competition up that had some macking sets.
The National Scholastic Surfing Assn. was down at Ponto, Carlsbad
over the weekend, where the surf was 4 to 6 plus, with some steep
faces off the jetties. It was the last qualifier before the West
Coast Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier May 20 to 23. Some
Surf City residents were looking good making the finals.
In men's, Brandon Guilmette tore it up for the win, slashing some
mean ones, with Anthony Duarte pulling into third. South African
transplant Dita Saraiva placed fourth in junior's, and H.B. Surf and
Sports' Taylor Pai sixth in boys'. Menehunes, the little guys, saw
Newport's Andrew Doheny place second and local Christian Saenz third
with some nice rides.
Seal Beach's master blaster, Chad Wells, who's also the Quiksilver
surf team manager, got some rad ones to finish second. The Figster
nabbed a few to get third in super seniors and Allison Arvizu ripped
it up to get second in women's. In longboarding, pulling off some
stylish turns was Justin Hugron receiving a second from the judging
So the Western Championships are coming up next week, and if ya
get enough points, a possible invitation to the Nationals at Lowers
in San Clemente at the end of June. Yeah now!
Coming up this weekend is the United States Surfing Federation's
Western Championships at Church's in San Clemente, Saturday and
Sunday. Six star points and West Coast titles are on the line. The
United States Surfing Championships will be in the first part of
July, so all the top amateurs in nation will be flying in soon for
those big ones.
Good luck, and see ya in the lineup. Fig over and out.
* RICK FIGNETTI is an eight-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