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Western Surfing Association delivers season update





WSA Updates

WSA surfers light up the Surfing America Champs

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 July, 2014 - WSA had a boatload of competitors that made it to the finals of the USA Championships at Church and Lower Trestles last month.  WSA surfers in all divisions (except Boys U18, U16, U14 and Girls U18, U16, and any U10 or Open division) earn invites to the Surfing America USA Championships in 2014.  Top competitors in Boys U18, U16, U14 and Girls U18 and U16 earn invites to Surfing America Prime in 2014/2015.  Congratulation to the following 2013 Finalists (some are Prime Surfers that started in WSA):

Boys U12 - 3rd Kade Matson - San Clemente, CA, 4th Sebastian Mendes – San Clemente, CA

Boys U14 - 2nd Cole Houshmand – San Clemente, CA, 3rd Noah Hill - Marina Del Rey, Ca

Boys U16 - 2nd Nolan Rapoza, Long Beach, CA, 3rd Micky Clark - Ventura, CA

Boys U18 - 3rd Kanoa Igarashi – Huntington Beach, CA

Girls U12 - 3rd Alyssa Spencer - Carlsbad, CA

Girls U14 - 3rd Tiare Thompson - La Jolla, CA

Girls U16 - 4th Malia Osterkamp - San Clemente, CA

Girls U18 - 2nd Tia Blanco - San Clemente, CA

Mens' 18 – 29 - 1st Jordan Kudla, San Clemente, CA, 2nd Tyler Morris, Oxnard, CA, 3rd Cody Canzoneri – San Clemente, CA

Masters' 30 – 39 - 1st Paul Pugliesi - Oceanside, CA, 3rd Stephen Moore, Encinitas, CA, 4th Vincent Duprat, Encinitas, CA

Seniors' 40 – 49 - 1st Rick Takahashi - San Diego, CA, 2nd Neil Bern - Carlsbad, CA, 3rd Donald Day - Topanga, CA, 4th Brett William-Jordan, Ventura, CA

Legends 50+ - 1st Rusty Phillipy, Cardiff, CA, 2nd Steve Mendelson - Oxnard, CA

Girl's Longboard U18 - 1st Rachael Tilly - Capo Beach, CA, 4th Frankie Seely, Malibu, CA

Women's Longboard 18+ - 2nd - Emma Roll, El Segundo, CA

Jr. Longboard U18 - 1st Trevor Anderberg - Encinitas, CA, 2nd Nick Anderberg - Encinitas CA, 4th Kaimana Takayama -  San Clemente, CA

Men's Longboard 18+ - 1st Cody Canzoneri - San Clemente, CA, 2nd Terry Gillard - Imperial Beach, CA

Senior Longboard 40+ - 1st Michael Takayama - San Clemente, CA, 2nd Lance Albright - Aliso Viejo, CA

3rd Terry Gillard - Imperial Beach, CA



WSA Menehune Pirates Chest Surf Fest this Saturday
Menehune Pirates chest(1) 2Way back in 2006 WSA Board Member Andrea Swayne shared her idea to but together a fun summer surf contest to introduce kids to competitive surfing in a fun, non-threatening, nurturing environment.  

Because of Andrea's hard work and vision, the Menehune Surf Fest was a hit right from the start and continues to be the most anticipated event of the summer.  We have seen some of the kids who got their start at this event, go on to successful amateur and professional surfing careers including Colin Moran, Tyler Gunter, Rachael Tilly, Taylor Pitz, Derek Peters, Kanoa Igarashi, Keanu Igarashi, John Mel, Griffin Foy, Scott Weinhardt, Ian Simmons, Emmy Merrill, Danielle Wyman, Brandon Hawkins, Christian Arballo, Kandi Patterson, Jordan Kudla, Matt Pagan, Cole Houshmand, Tyler Killeen, Nolan Rapoza, Shelby Detmers, Sebastian Mendes, Shaw and Kei Kobayashi, and many more.

Divisions for all ages 0 - 16, boys and girls, long and shortboard, push in and non.  This is a great event to try a surfing competition or to hone your competition skills for the new season.  This is not a regular season WSA event so no WSA membership is necessary.

WSA Loves Longboarding
In October of 1961 at the genisis of WSA, all surfboards were longboards.  We are the only west coast surfing association that has maintained regular age division competition for boys, girls, men and women in longboarding.  As we began in our 52nd season and as an homage to our roots, we are conitnuing with the big improvements for our valued longboard competitors, implemented last year.  At all events, all longboard divisions will surf on Saturday only.  

We will surf all of the longboard heats in one area, in front of one panel of judges from start to finish.  This way our judges will be tuned in to longboard criteria without having to recalibrate because they are constantly switching from longboard to shortboard.  Having all longboard divisions together on the same day will also build community and comeraderie among the competitors and we hope will continue the renaissance of modern longboarding.  Get your friends together to compete this season in a competition series that appreciates the skill and aesthetic of longboarding.

We surveyed all of our longboarders that were in the West Coast Championships asking whether we should adopt the new ASP judging criteria that focus more on traditional longboarding.  The response was to switch to the new criteria 18 to 13.  Here is the new judging criteria - 2014 Criteria - The Surfer must perform controlled manoeuvres in the critical section of the wave utilizing the entire board and wave using traditional longboard surfing. The Surfer who performs this to the highest degree of difficulty with the most style, flow and grace will receive the highest score for a Ride. Further to that above, the following are key elements for judges to consider: • Nose riding and rail surfing • Critical section of wave • Variety • Speed and power • Commitment • Control • Foot work.

Why WSA?
We are blessed with an abundance of good surf events in California.  How do you choose which events are best to invest your competition dollars in?  Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Surf WSA:

We've been doing it the longest.  WSA was established in 1961 by Hoppy Swarts, who is recognized as the father of modern surf competitions.  Hoppy and his friends established the original contest format, competition rules and judging criteria that are the nucleus of every modern surfing event.

We are the largest.  Let's face it, customers vote with their dollars.  There is a reason there is always a line at In-N-Out Burger.  We have 50%  more competition members than any other surfing series on the West Coast.  And that's not counting our highly successful Scholastic Surf Series surfers.  We listen and we don't rest on our laurels.  We want you to have fun and leave our events feeling like you received good value for your dollar.

We are built on a foundation of solid, fair judging.  We hire primarily Association of Surfing Professional and International Surfing Association judges and pay them the going judges scale.  We have 3 judges on, one rotating, and a head judge for each area, so we make sure our judges are rested and alert.  Our judging panel is fair and impartial, judging solely on the performance of the surfer.

We don't play favorites.  Competitors are not allowed "behind the ropes" in the beach marshal area.  We don't allow competitors to tabulate heats.  Almost all of our registration is handled online so heats are seeded in advance according to ratings and competitors can't come down to the beach and jump into whatever heat has an opening and looks the easiest.

We are not intimidating.  Surfing is supposed to be fun.  Our beach marshal and contest director welcome questions and go out of their way to explain how things work.  Our judges are available to answer questions too.  You can email us at and we will get back to you right away.

We offer a clear and direct path from your first surf contest to making the USA Surf Team.  Our Menehune Surf Fest is the first event for many great surfers.  Some get their start surfing for their school in our Scholastic Surf Series.  Once you begin winning WSAs consistently, earn a spot and compete well in Surfing America Prime, we don't hound you to continue surfing WSA.  This gives other kids a chance at making a podium and allows you to surf events that are more of a challenge such as Prime and ASP Pro Juniors.  If you do well in Surfing America Prime, you will make it to the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles, the highest level of junior surfing in the USA.  Do well at Lowers and you'll have a chance to make the prestigious USA Surf Team.  WSA alumni who have traveled this path include Colin Moran, Trevor Thornton, Griffin Colapinto, Kevin Schulz, Tia Blanco, Frankie Harrer, Lulu Erkeneff, Thelen McKinna Worrell, Nolan Rapoza, Ryland Rubens, Meah Collins, Steffi Kierson, Colt Ward, John Mel, Malia Osterkamp, Kei Kobayashi, Cole Houshmand, Tyler Gunter, Alyssa Spencer, Tiare Thompson, Trevor Anderberg, Rachael Tilly to name a few.  In fact, out of the 23 west coast USA Junior Surf Team members, all but two got their start in WSA!

We make it simple.  We have one district with nine events plus our West Coast Championships.  Surf five events and you qualify for West Coast Championships.  We count your top five results plus WCC to qualify for Surfing America USA Championships or Surfing America Prime.  We don't have a two tier system and encouarge everyone to surf both tiers or other small districts that allow competitors to avoid competing with the best to make it to WCC and USA Championships.

We keep it fun.  It's surfing.  It's supposed to be fun.  Although the competition is serious, we make sure our competitors keep a good attitude and learn from their mistakes.  We encourage families and kids to make friends, enjoy our complimentary pancake breakfast and barbeque lunch, and have a great day at the beach.  Plus our events are held at great surf spots up and down the coast, giving them a feeling of a "surf surfari" with friends and family.

We encourage good sportsmanship.  We require all parents to read and sign our Parent Code of Conduct.  We will address bad sportsmanship discreetly on the spot and recognize good sportsmanship through our beach announcer and at the end of the season with our Surf Coach USA Midget Smith Good Sportsmanship Award.

We are a true nonprofit.  We are a 501 (c) 3 California nonprofit corporation.  Believe me, we aren't in this for the money.  Our board and staff put in countless hours for little or no pay to make WSA the best surfing association possible.  Every dollar that comes in goes in to making our events better.


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