NSSA West Coast Championsips kick off in HB
(Huntington Beach, Ca – May 16, 2010) – The top scholastic surfers from the west coast will descend upon Surf City May 20-23 for the 13th annual NSSA West Coast Championships (WCC) brought to you by Nike 6.0. All of the action will take place at the famed sandbar peaks on the Southside of Huntington Beach Pier.
Over 400 participants from the NSSA’s three west coast conferences (Southwest, Northwest and Gold Coast) will challenge each other for prestigious Regional titles while vying for invitation to the 2010 National Championships this coming summer. The West Coast Championships will feature competition in Open Divisions, Explorer Divisions and the Airshow Championships. Last year’s championship ended with style master Luke Davis (Capo Beach, Ca) taking a tiebreak decision in the Open Men’s final over local favorite Christian Saenz (Huntington Beach, Ca). Both Davis and Saenz will be back to battle for the top prize along with the dynamic Coffin brothers Conner and Parker (Santa Barbara, Ca) who both made the Men’s final as well last year. Parker had his name etched twice into the Regional history books when he became the youngest surfer at 13 years and 7 months to make the Open Men’s final and was the youngest surfer to win the Explorer Juniors (under 18) category. A solid south swell is expected to hit the shores of southern California during the four-day championships and expected to deliver great wave conditions for the competitors.
Expectations are high for returning champion Davis to defend his Men’s crown. His success rate at HB Pier is solid. His Men’s victory at last year’s WCC, his recent win to close out the regular season a couple weeks ago and his impressive second place finish at the ASP Pro Junior in April are proof of his terrific ability in this venue. Connor Coffin’s vicious hacks and powerful wraps put him on the map as the top contender for the National Championship title this summer. Southwest Conference Open Men’s No. 1 ranked Christian Saenz, who is a senior at Huntington Beach High School, was reared on Southside’s “pier bowl” and reform sections and will have the local support in force.
With the departure of Courtney Conlogue who dominated the WCC the past two years, the Open Women’s competition should break wide open. Reigning National Champion Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, Ca) is the number one ranked surfer on the west coast. No. 2 ranked Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach, Ca) closed out the regular season with a thrilling clutch victory in a stacked Women’s final featuring Peterson, No. 3 ranked Chandler Parr (Santa Monica, Ca) and Newport up-and-comer Shelby Detmers. Taylor Pitz (Laguna Beach, Ca) who claimed a huge victory at the NSSA State titles in March and Northwest Conference Champion Catherine Clark (Ventura, Ca) both made the finals of the WCC last year and should come out motivated to make another championship run.
A crowd pleaser at any surfing championship is the Airshow division. Sam Orozco took second in the Airshow in ’09 and has been busy improving his aerial mastery winning two air events this season.
The 2010 NSSA Championship Series is brought to you by Nike 6.0. The NSSA West Coast Championships is also proud to be sponsored by Huntington Surf and Sport, Java Point, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax and the Sugar Shack. The NSSA is a member of Surfing America, the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States.
The NSSA West Coast Championships is the fifth of six events in the 2010 NSSA Championship Series. The 2010 Championship Series events include the Interscholastic State Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, March 5-7; the Hawaii Championships at Kewalo Basin, HI March 13-18; the East Coast Championships at Sebastian Inlet, FL April 8-11; the NSSA Jr. Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA April 17; the West Coast Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA May 20-23; the NSSA National Championships at Salt Creek and Huntington Beach Pier, CA June 16-July 3.
A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE 2010 WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS IS AVAILABLE ONLINE ON THE NSSA WEBSITE WWW.NSSA.ORG