Summer conditions show for NSSA surf contest

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Surfers battled it out in small waves during the National Scholastic Surfing Association contest held at 54th street in Newport Beach on Sunday. Tyler Gunter, of Newport Beach, on a bottom turn during his NSSA quarterfinal heat.

Summer conditions show for NSSA surf contest


It was a  summer-like day at the beach – hot weather, glassy water, and dolphins cruising around.

Unfortunately, the waves were also stuck in summer-mode, small and mushy and making it tough for competitors at the National Scholastic Surf Contest down in Newport Beach at 54th street on Sunday.

“The season has been unbelievably beautiful for the weather, I haven’t seen that happen in years,” said NSSA executive director Janice Aragon. “It’s been a slow  start to the season wave-wise, it hasn’t been an eventful season for surf – but you know NSSA always gets the job done and we make the most of it. The kids learn they have to surf in all conditions, that’s part of it.”

The 5th stop for the NSSA Open Division brought some of the top young competitors from around the region to battle it out between the rock jetties in West Newport, as the competition heats up with the circuit hitting the half-way mark to National Championships in Huntington Beach next year.


NSSA brings together best surfers  from around the nation to compete against each other. The Open is the NSSA’s most prestigious and premier division and open to students only who maintain a 2.0 GPA and higher. The NSSA – a non-profit organization, has been around since 1978, and holds about 80 contests throughout the year.

Aragon said she’s impressed with the level of talent coming from the next generation of surfers.

“We have a lot of young kids this year – which is a really positive sign for the future. They’re so impressive. You see some of the young talent doing airs now, and  you’re seeing a lot of progressive surfing out of them because they’re watching the older kids,” she said.

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