The 2001 NSSA Nationals¿Day Five

Day Five Of The 2001 NSSA Nationals
Long and Centeio take the big wins.

It would be really easy to say day five of the 2001 NSSA Nationals at Lower Trestles had a lot of surprise winners. However, one look at the results and you realize that from top to bottom anyone could’ve stepped up and taken their division. And thanks to another storm off New Zealand, the last day started with a fresh new southwest swell¿a pleasant gift to anyone making their respective final. Although sometimes inconsistent, the overhead sets and the ever-perfect Lowers peak made the finals an exciting experience for all.

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Probably the most coveted divisions, or the ones the industry writes contracts over, has to be the Open Men’s and Explorer Juniors. These are the divisions filled with the future young stars on the brink of becoming professionals, and they’re also the ones everybody takes a seat to watch. This year’s finalists included all the familiar names like Sean Moody, Travis Mellem, and Joel Centeio, but the highlight of it all had to be the only unsponsored one, Greg Long. As the son of Head State Park Lifeguard Steve Long, it’s safe to say Greg’s got free reign of Trestles and has been surfing it for most of his life. From the start of the contest, Greg’s local knowledge showed as his system of lining up with a light post, a palm tree, and the freeway helped him win the illustrious Open Men’s/Governor’s Cup title. His 27.5 score(littered with 10s) racked up in an earlier round is proof he knew what he was doing and was ready to take it all the way. “I was really focused,” said the confident Long. His patience in the 35-minute final allowed him to pick off the heat’s biggest and best waves. “There was plenty of time and nobody was stressing out,” he says. “It the 35-minutes was a breath of fresh air. There’s never enough time to do what you want to do In a normal heat.” Long also kept Junior World Champ Joel Centeio from acquiring the first ever Triple Crown award¿an award for any surfer who takes the High School, Open, and Explorer titles. Centeio took both the High School Men’s and Explorer Junior titles, but his second to Long in the Open didn’t matter when you consider the numerous titles he’d already won both in this contest and in his young career. Congratulations go out to all the finalists. The following are the results:

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Explorer Seniors
1. Chas Wickwire
2. Robert Wiener
3. Scott Daley
4. Mike Gleevy
5. Mike Latronic
6. Mike Lamm

Explorer Masters
1. Chad Wells
2. Barry Deffenbaugh
3. Mike Latronic
4. Scott Daley
5. Damea Dorsey
6. Daren Brillhart

Explorer Women
1. Sena Seramur
2. Amber Puha
3. Holly Beck
4. Anastasia Ashley
5. Kim Mayer
6. Nicole Grodesky

Explorer Menehune
1. Kai Barger
2. Adam Wickwire
3. Kyle Ramey
4. Travis Beckman
5. Dustin Payne
6. Tanner Gudauskas

Explorer Boys
1. TJ Barron
2. Hank Gaskell
3. Sterling Spencer
4. Dylan Graves
5. Ola Eleogram
6. Jeremy Johnston

Explorer Juniors
1. Joel Centeio
2. Greg Long
3. Ian Walsh
4. Dustin Cuizon
5. Cheyne Magnusson
6. Justin Wiegand

Explorer Men
1. Robbie Schofield
2. Jeff Hurley
3. Tarik Khashoggi
4. Greg Nakamura
5. Bart Templemann
6. Billy Choi

Explorer Seniors
1. Chas Wickwire
2. Robert Winer
3. Scott Daley
4. Mike Gleevy
5. Mike Latronic
6. Mike Lamm

Explorer Masters
1. Chad Wells
2. Barry Deffenbaugh
3. Mike Latronic
4. Scott Daley
5. Damea Dorsey
6. Daren Brillhart

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Open Mini Groms
1. Granger Larsen
2. Thomas Clarke
3. Albee Layer
4. Kyle Kennelly
5. John John Florence
6. Bullet Obra

Open Boys
1. Lance Gruber
2. Kellen Ellison
3. Clay Marzo
4. Adam Wickwire
5. Dustin Payne
6. Chas Chidester

Open Juniors
1. Patrick Gudauskas
2. Alec Parker
3. DDustin Cuizon
4. TJ Barron
5. Gavin Gillette
6. Alex Gray

Open Women
1. Holly Beck
2. Serena Seramur
3. Anastasia Ashley
4. Lilia Boemer
5. Tiara Barron
6. Anna Garaway

Open Men
1. Greg Long
2. Joel Centeio
3. Dane Johnson
4. Sean Moody
5. Travis Mellem
6. Che Stang