Full Results From 2008 WSA Championships

By Greg Cruse, Western Surfing Association

Flat surf, May gray and the evil south wind on Friday, gave way to morning calm, building south swell and a mid-morning burn off, producing epic conditions for the Western Surfing Association (WSA)/Hobie Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Surfing Championships at Church Beach, San Onofre last weekend! What a championship we had! A record 245 surfers surfed the minimum five regular season events to qualify for the West Coast Championships and nearly all of them participated despite conflicts with Mother’s Day, Proms and three other major surf contest the same weekend.

WSA Jr. Men’s Longboard stand-out, Scott Brandenburg, survived a car crash in route to the contest when the front wheel came off of his truck leaving the vehicle on it’s side on the highway. Scott was shaken, but the wheels didn’t come off in his surfing as he managed to make his heat in time and advance to the semi-finals that ended just 45 minutes before his prom date was expecting him for pictures in San Clemente. He came back Sunday after a late night and took the win in the Boys Longboard 14 -17 division and secured a coveted slot in the upcoming SIMA Surfing America US Championships presented by Pac Sun (US Championships) August 19 – 24 at the Huntington Beach Pier.

Another stand out was WSA iron man, Terry Gillard, who qualified to surf in four divisions: Open Men’s Shortboard, Open Men’s Longboard, Senior Men’s Shortboard 40 – 49 and Senior Men’s Longboard 30+. After a grueling two days of multiple heats he ended up taking the win in Senior Men’s Longboard, 2nd in Open Men’s Longboard, 3rd in Senior Men’s Shortboard and the Season Champion Trophy in Senior Men’s Longboard and Open Men’s Longboard.  He will also be representing the WSA at the US Championships.

Oceanside’s Heather Jordan swept 1st in every heat on her way to 1st place in the Girl’s 16 – 17 Shortboard division. She too, scored an invite to the US Championships. Anneke Barrie had an inconsistent regular season in Girls 13 – 17 Longboard this year, but she turned on the turbos to power her way to 1st place in the West Coast Championships.

This year WSA reached out to AccesSurf Hawaii to host a division for challenged athletes. Eight surfers overcoming physical challenges ranging from quadriplegia to Muscular Dystrophy competed in two exhibition heats and a final heat. These talented surfers were truly inspirational to the hordes of spectators on the beach. Former Pro Surfer, Jesse Billauer, who became a quadriplegic after a surfing accident in 1996, was absolutely amazing as he dropped into a set right and drove it all the way down the line.  Ryan Levinson, who is battling the degeneration of his muscles due to Muscular Dystrophy, was beaming after coming in from his final heat. “It was so great to be able to go out and compete again”, said Levinson. “I haven’t competed since college and it was so great to be able to go out and surf a great wave by ourselves and not have people looking at me like I’m a barney!” Ryan has no outward appearance of his condition and when surfing it is a struggle for him to get to his feet and maintain his balance. He got to his feet just fine in the final and ripped a wave to an impressive 8-point (out of 10) score, which earned him 2nd place.

A fun, family, party atmosphere prevailed during the event with the TransWorld Surf crew keeping the groms constantly amused with endless beach games, give-a-ways and contests. Nalu’s Island Grill provided an amazing endless buffet of their delicious “Island Style” grinds to everyone on the beach both days. Pipe’s Café provided pancakes, coffee and orange juice for everyone both mornings with Transworld’s Nate Feliz expertly manning the griddle. A continuous raffle of great prizes donated by Ocean Minded, Betty Belts, iMainGo Portable iPod Speakers, Trunq Surf Accessories and Drew Brophy, had no one leaving home empty handed.

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Here are the results and season champions:

ACCESSURF HAWAII CHALLENGED ATHLETE DIVISON
1. Amy Bronn, San Diego
2. Ryan Levinson, San Diego
3. Freddy Carrillo, Laguna Hills

BOYS LONGBOARD 13 AND UNDER
1. Trevor Robbins, Malibu
2. Dane Petersen, Trabuco Canyon
3. Ashton Malkin, Agoura Hills
4. Jesse Hinkle, Northridge
Season Champion – Trevor Robbins

BOYS LONGBOARD 14 – 17
1. Scott Brandenberg, San Clemente
2. Trevor Robbins, Malibu
3. Cody Ulrich, San Clemente
4. Eli Gillis, San Clemente
Season Champion – Cody Ulrich

BOYS SHORTBOARD 12 AND 13
1. Trevor Thornton, San Clemente
2. Scott Weinhardt, Dana Point
3. Brooks Bushman, Vista
4. Jake Kelley, Newbury Park
Season Champion – Trevor Thornton

BOYS SHORTBOARD 14 AND 15
1. Christian Arballo, Oceanside
2. Tyler Packham, Los Angeles
3. Jonathan Koechlin, Fountain Valley
4. Shaw Kobayashi, San Clemente
Season Champion – Christian Arballo

BOYS SHORTBOARD 16 AND 17
1. Christian Arballo, Oceanside
2. Caden Kerr, Oceanside
3. David Slay, Manhattan Beach
4. Matt Grote, Manhattan Beach
Season Champion – Hunter Smith

GIRLS LONGBOARD 13 – 17
1. Anneke Barrie, San Clemente
2. Marissa Graham, Bonsall
3. Michelle Bautista Layton, San Diego
4. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente
Season Champion – Marissa Graham

GIRLS SHORTBOARD 13 – 15
1. Shelby Detmers, Costa Mesa
2. Taylor Garrett, San Clemente
3. Chelsea Byland, San Clemente
4. Madi Swayne, San Clemente
Season Champion – Shelby Detmers

GIRLS SHORTBOARD 16 AND 17
1. Heather Jordan, Oceanside
2. Chelsea Byland, San Clemente
3. Shelby Detmers, Costa Mesa
4. Torey Tschudin, Long Beach
Season Champion – Mackenzie Kessler

GRANDMASTERS SHORTBOARD 50 AND OVER
1. John Silver, Carlsbad
2. Patrick Schlick, La Mirada
3. Rick Fignetti, Huntington Beach
4. Dave Shaughnessy, Carlsbad
Season Champion – John Silver

JUNIOR WOMENS SHORTBOARD 18 – 29
1. Morgan Gore, Moraga
2. Jessica Silver, Carlsbad
3. Heather Carrick, Anahiem
4. Sheila Huber, Huntington Beach
Season Champion – Morgan Gore

MASTERS SHORTBOARD 30 – 39
1. Brady Martin, Ladera Ranch
2. Roger Heath, San Clemente
3. Kelly O’Connell, San Clemente
4. Adam Newsom, Long Beach
Season Champion – Brady Martin

MENS SHORTBOARD 18 – 29
1. Gibran Garcia, San Diego
2. Zach Newsom, La Mesa
3. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country
4. Justin Pierson, Rancho Santa Fe
Season Champion – Zach Newsom

MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB/LB 8 AND UNDER
1. Tyler Gunter, Newport Beach
2. Sam Wickwire, Seal Beach
3. Diego Quinonez, Huntington Beach
4. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa
Season Champion – Tyler Gunter

OPEN MENS LONGBOARD – ALL AGES
1. Josh Rapozo, Laguna Niguel
2. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
3. Shawn Parkin, Mission Viejo
4. Kevin McNicol, Moorpark
Season Champion – Terry Gillard

OPEN MENS SHORTBOARD – ALL AGES
1. Gibran Garcia, San Diego
2. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country
3. Jose Velazquez Garcia, San Diego
4. David Daly, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Jose Velazquez Garcia

OPEN WOMENS LONGBOARD – ALL AGES
1. Marissa Graham, Bonsall
2. Blythe Bejan, Long Beach
3. Michelle Bautista Layton, San Diego
4. Lyn Burich, Goleta
Season Champion – Blythe Bejan

OPEN WOMENS SHORTBOARD – ALL AGES
1. Chelsea Byland, San Clemente
2. Mackenzie Kessler, San Anselmo
3. Madi Swayne, San Clemente
4. Dresden Rowlett, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Chelsea Byland

SENIOR MENS SHORTBOARD 40 – 49
1. Witt Rowlett, Carlsbad
2. Glen Tilly, Capistrano Beach
3. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
4. Masaki Kobayashi, San Clemente
Season Champion – Witt Rowlett

SENIOR MENS LONGBOARD 30 AND OLDER
1. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
2. Gabriel Fimbres, El Segundo
3. Kelly O’Connell, San Clemente
4. Robert Stirrat, Huntington Beach
Season Champion – Terry Gillard

SUPER GROM BOYS SHORTBOARD 11 AND UNDER
1. Kyle Crompton, San Diego
2. Brooks Bushman, Vista
3. Tai Stratton, Capistrano Beach
4. John Hooper, Pacific Palisades
Season Champion – Kyle Crompton

SUPER GROM GIRLS LONGBOARD 12 AND UNDER
1. Lauren Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
2. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach
3. Allyson Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
4. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Lauren Heinemeyer

SUPER GROM GIRLS SHORTBOARD 12 AND UNDER
1. Lauren Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
2. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa
3. Allyson Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
4. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Lauren Heinemeyer

WOMENS SHORTBOARD 30 AND OLDER
1. Dresden Rowlett, Carlsbad
2. Heather Pine, Oceanside
3. Casper Elizaga, Venice
4. Mary Setterholm, Hermosa Beach
Season Champion – Dresden Rowlett

WOMENS LONGBOARD 30 AND OLDER
Season Champion – Blythe Bejan

er, San Anselmo
3. Madi Swayne, San Clemente
4. Dresden Rowlett, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Chelsea Byland

SENIOR MENS SHORTBOARD 40 – 49
1. Witt Rowlett, Carlsbad
2. Glen Tilly, Capistrano Beach
3. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
4. Masaki Kobayashi, San Clemente
Season Champion – Witt Rowlett

SENIOR MENS LONGBOARD 30 AND OLDER
1. Terry Gillard, Imperial Beach
2. Gabriel Fimbres, El Segundo
3. Kelly O’Connell, San Clemente
4. Robert Stirrat, Huntington Beach
Season Champion – Terry Gillard

SUPER GROM BOYS SHORTBOARD 11 AND UNDER
1. Kyle Crompton, San Diego
2. Brooks Bushman, Vista
3. Tai Stratton, Capistrano Beach
4. John Hooper, Pacific Palisades
Season Champion – Kyle Crompton

SUPER GROM GIRLS LONGBOARD 12 AND UNDER
1. Lauren Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
2. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach
3. Allyson Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
4. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Lauren Heinemeyer

SUPER GROM GIRLS SHORTBOARD 12 AND UNDER
1. Lauren Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
2. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa
3. Allyson Heinemeyer, Laguna Niguel
4. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad
Season Champion – Lauren Heinemeyer

WOMENS SHORTBOARD 30 AND OLDER
1. Dresden Rowlett, Carlsbad
2. Heather Pine, Oceanside
3. Casper Elizaga, Venice
4. Mary Setterholm, Hermosa Beach
Season Champion – Dresden Rowlett

WOMENS LONGBOARD 30 AND OLDER
Season Champion – Blythe Bejan