WSA West Coast Championships Photos And Results

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Held at Churches, the 2011 WSA West Coast Championships marked the 49th year of WSA competition.


The WSA Gatorade Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championships closed out the 49th year of WSA competition with a bang. Over 320 surfers surfed the requisite 5 regular season events to qualify for this year’s West Coast Championship making this the biggest West Coast Championships event in WSA history! Church Beach in San Onofre State Beach, May 14 & 15, was the scene of the family reunion like atmosphere of this awesome competition as families gathered on the beach to cheer all the competitors on.

WSA sponsors Bull Taco and Nalu’s Island Grill provided great grinds for everyone throughout the weekend and Gatorade had plenty of Gatorade and Gatorade Prime on hand to keep the competitors hydrated and at peak performance. Sticky Bumps ran a Day-Glo Wax Art Contest for the little Rembrandts on the beach and Sticky Bumps president and founder, John Dahl, was on hand to witness the tremendous growth in WSA. Maddie James Foundation ran an Opportunity drawing to benefit the foundation and tons of great prizes were awarded. PopChips was on the beach with a copious supply of delicious, nutritious PopChips. Never Fried. Never Baked. TransWorld Surf was onsite running their version of Surf Yahtzee, giving away tons of TransWorld Surf swag to the groms. Surf Coach USA owner and USA Surf Team Assistant Coach, Sean Mattison, ran a clinic on mental preparation and heat strategy for all the competitors, stressing his approach of controlling the variables you can control in surfing – preparation, nutrition, planning your heat strategy and executing that strategy.

Ripping grom Chris Finck at the WSA/Gatorade West Coast Surfing Championships.

Ripping grom Chris Finck at the WSA/Gatorade West Coast Surfing Championships.

The level of surfing has gone through the roof, as surfers vie for coveted slots in the Surfing America USA Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier and Lower Trestles to crown the undisputed USA Surfing Champions. The Boys U18, U16, U14 and Girls U18 and U16 were scratching for valuable points to earn a slot in the Surfing America Prime series, the highest level of junior amateur competition in the Nation. USA Surf Team Coach and “Bustin’ Down the Door” legend, Ian Cairns, swung by to impart some helpful competition tips and information on the clear path from WSA to Surfing America Prime to Surfing America USA Championships to a slot on the PacSun USA Surf Team and a professional career if desired. He also presented the trophies in the awards ceremony.

San Diego’s Terry Gillard won the Gatorade “Go All Day” Award for surfing to finals in 3 divisions, while winning two, and taking home season champion titles in both Senior Longboard and Open Men’s Longboard division. Terry competes with a great spirit of camaraderie, sportsmanship and stoke. He takes home an awesome custom trophy and a one year supply of Gatorade!

Kevin Schulz of San Clemente not only clinched the win and the season champion title in Boys U16, he also was the recipient of the Midget Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award for his conduct throughout the season and especially the West Coast Championships. This award is presented by USA Surf Team Assistant Coach and owner of Surf Coach USA, Sean Mattison, and includes a week of advanced surf training with Sean this summer.

Churchs isn't the easiest place to get a wheelchair into the lineup but between teamwork and determination the assisted adaptive surfers ripped it up.

Churchs isn't the easiest place to get a wheelchair into the lineup but between teamwork and determination the assisted adaptive surfers ripped it up.

Spencer Fanticola and Ellie Bosse were the “Most Improved Boy and Girls Under 12” for their amazing rise in the rankings this season. They both earned a week at Cola’s Surf Camp this summer.

After 22 hours of competition running double areas our panels of ASP judges awarded the following surfers the scores to make the podium and earn West Coast Champion Titles.

West Coast Champions

Girls U12: Tiare Thompson
Girls U14: Meah Collins
Girls U16: Lulu Erkeneff
Girls U18: Samantha Lamirand
Women 18+: Crystal Hoskins
Open Women: Danny Dean
Girls U14 LB: Rachael Tilly
Girls U18 LB: Tory Gilkerson
Boys/Girls U10: Griffin Foy
Boys U12: Sam Wickwire
Boys U14: Tyler Killeen
Boys U16: Kevin Schulz
Boys U18: Austin Finley
Men 18-29: Matt Taylor
Senior Men: Neil Bern
Masters: Paul Pugliesi
Legends 50+: Javier Huarcaya
Open Men: Paul Pugliesi
Boys LB U14: Mason Shaw
Jr. LB U18: Jason Schecter
Sr. Men LB: Terry Gillard
Open Men LB: Terry Gillard
Micro Grom U9 SB: Sebastian Mendes
Micro Grom U9 LB: Spencer Fanticola
Adaptive Unassited: Nate Smids
Adaptive Assisted: Chris Oberle

Special Awards
Midget Smith Sportsmanship Award: Kevin Schulz
Most Improved Girl: Ellie Bosse
Most Improved Boy: Spencer Fanticola
Gatorade Go All Day Award: Terry Gillard

West Coast Championships Results

MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9***

1. Sebastian Mendes, Agoura Hills
2. Kade Matson, San Clemente
3. Spencer Fanticola, Newport Beach
4. Quinn Ortiz, Huntington Beach

MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS LB U9***

1. Spencer Fanticola, Newport Beach
2. Eland Hansler, San Clemente
3. Hunter Arce, Huntington Beach

BOYS/GIRLS U10

1. Griffin Foy, Fullerton
2. Dagan Stagg, Carlsbad
3. Nicholas Marshall, Encinitas
4. Trevor Sutton, San Clemente

BOYS U12*
1. Ryland Rubens, Pacific Beach
2. Sean Woods, Thousand Oaks
3. Griffin Foy, Fullerton
4. Zach McCormick, Encinitas

BOYS U14**
1. Colin Deveze, San Clemente
2. Tyler Killeen, Long Beach
3. Mitchell Arterburn, Carlsbad
4. Kirk Weissinger, Seal Beach

BOYS U16**

1. Kevin Schulz, San Clemente
2. Christopher Murnane, Carlsbad
3. Nelson Kingery, Solana Beach
4. Brendon Donovan, San Diego

BOYS U18**
1. Brandon Hawkins, Ladera Ranch
2. Austin Finley, Rancho Santa Fe
3. Wyatt Brady, San Clemente
4. Danny Berk, San Diego

GIRLS U12*
1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla
2. Ashley Beeson, Trabuco Canyon
3. Sidney Johnson, Carlsbad
4. Malia Faramarzi, Encinitas

GIRLS U14*
1. Tia Blanco, San Clemente
2. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad
3. Rachel Tominaga, Manhattan Beach
4. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente

GIRLS U16**
1. LuLu Erkeneff, Dana Point
2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente
3. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea
4. Ivy Miller, Carlsbad

GIRLS U18**
1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea
2. Hannah VanVeen, Encinitas
3. LuLu Erkeneff, Dana Point
4. Danny Dean, Rancho Santa Fe

BOYS LONGBOARD U14
1. Mason Shaw, Capistrano Beach
2. Jacob Atwood, Capistrano Beach
3. Noah Atwood, Capistrano Beach
4. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach

JR. LONGBOARD U18*

1. Dylan Cox, Capistrano Beach
2. Kris Williams, Laguna Beach
3. Casey Powell, San Clemente
4. Jake Gallagher, Canyon Lake

GIRLS LONGBOARD U14

1. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach
2. Allyson Heinmeyer, Laguna Niguel
3. Tia Blanco, San Clemente
4. Sidney Johnson, Carlsbad

GIRLS LONGBOARD U18*
1. Emmy Lombard, San Clemente
2. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente
3. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach
4. LuLu Erkeneff, Dana Point

MEN 18 – 29*
1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country
2. Levi Gregory, San Clemente
3. Jake Caughill, Newport Beach
4. London O’Regan, Cambria

MASTERS 30 – 39*
1. Yari Vodraska, Camarillo
2. Steve Moore, Encinitas
3. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside
4. Tom Baker, Huntington Beach

SENIOR MEN 40 – 49*
1. Pedro Diaz Rangel, Oceanside
2. Rusty Phillipy, Cardiff
3. Brett William Jordan, Ventura
4. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach

LEGENDS 50 & OLDER*
1. Mike Lamm, Oxnard
2. Tom Cozad, Newport Beach
3. Kyle Twitchell, San Clemente
4. Dale Baker, San Clemente

WOMEN 18 & OLDER*

1. Wes Noble, Huntington Beach
2. Michelle Reeves, Laguna Hills
3. Crystal Hoskins, Huntington Beach
4. Charlotte Dellea, Huntington Beach

SR. MEN LONGBOARD 40 & OLDER*

1. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
2. Lance Albright, Huntington Beach
3. Robert Stirrat, Huntington Beach
4. Takeshi Hirata, Oxnard

OPEN MEN SHORTBOARD – ALL AGES

1. Neil Bern, Carlsbad
2. Steve Moore, Encinitas
3. Scott Whitmer, Gardena
4. Adam Erlenbusch, San Diego

OPEN WOMEN SHORTBOARD – ALL AGES
1. Danny Dean, Rancho Santa Fe
2. Michelle Watson, Ventura
3. Jennifer Argenti, Santa Monica
4. Aimee McVicker, Santa Cruz

OPEN MEN LONGBOARD – ALL AGES*
1. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
2. Brandyn Garske, San Diego
3. Rick Ekstein, Dana Point
4. Yasuyuki Baba, Torrance

ADAPTIVE ASSISTED
1. Patrick Ivison, San Diego
2. Ryan Levinson, San Diego
3. Mark Thornton, Carlsbad
4. Chris Oberle, Los Angeles

ADAPTIVE UNASSISTED
1. Nathan Smids, Morro Bay
2. Dana Cummings, San Luis Obispo
3. Monica DeNatly, Ventura

OPEN WOMEN’S LONGBOARD – ALL AGES
1. Sheri Crummer, San Clemente