NSSA SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OPEN SEASON EVENT #6
3 STAR RATED-JANUARY 5-6, 2002
LOCATION: SEASIDE REEF, CARDIFF BY THE SEA
CONDITIONS: 3-5 FEET
A solid northwest swell coupled with a mild Santa Ana condition providedfor great surf in the 3-5 foot range with gorgeous sheet glassconditions. The infamous Seaside suck-ups over the reef and thewide-open lefts provided for some incredible maneuvers including themove of the year-a spectacular frontside reverse right smack in the bowlsection by Brett Simpson in the Mens semis. And Brett had plenty tocheer about. Throughout the weekend, he was barely squeaking throughmost of his preliminary heats and was one minute shy of being ousted inthe Mens semis when he pulled off that insane reverse. The NSSA judgesreward progressive surfing and that single move deserved every bit ofthe 7.0 score it received. Brett advanced to the Mens final withCarlsbad?s Jason Franco, red-hot Patrick Gudauskas of San Clemente andnearby Encinitas local Justin Wiegand. Patrick and Justin wereuntouchable as both surfers placed first in every heat in thepreliminary rounds. Pat was ripping so hard throughout the weekend, youwould have thought that he was Seaside regular. So impressed by hissurfing display in the notoriously tricky reef conditions, I asked Pathow often he surfed Seaside. He replied, ?I surf here only a coupletimes a year, right before the NSSA contests.? He looked right at hometo me! In the final showdown Brett, Justin, Pat and Jason were allgoing for their first win in the Open Mens. Brett opened up with an 8.5with both Justin and Pat answering back with a 7.5. In the end, Brettand Justin were tied for first. However, after the stunning move thatput him back in the game, no one was going to steal the victory fromSimpson. He won the tiebreaker and clinched his first Open victory ofthe season. Ratings leader Travis Mellem who took 5th in this eventgained about 100 points over second rated Dane Reynolds. Travis nowmoves into a near 1,300-point lead with four Open events remaining inthe 2001/02 season.
14-year-old Kilian Garland once again grabbed the spotlight in the OpenJuniors division. For the second consecutive Open Season, Kilian wonevery preliminary heat including the final. Kilian blazed throughoutthe entire event claiming the highest total heat score of the event-an18.5 out of 20, which included two nearly perfect scores of 9.5 and9.0. In the final he scored a 23-point total with waves scoring a 9.5,7.5 and 6.0. Seaside whiz kid Jensen Hassett and Junior standout AlexGray ended up tied for second with the tiebreaker going to Jensen. ChadMontgomery took 4th in his second finals appearance of the season.Chris Waring maintains a slim lead in the ratings with Alex Gray movinginto second.
It is now number 12 for Open Boys leader Cory Arrambide. Cory took thewin for his twelfth victory of the season. Dane Zaun won the Mini Gromfinal for his fourth win of the season. Dane had a great contest. Hemade the Boys final where he placed third plus he had an awesome wave inthe Mini Grom quarters, which scored a perfect 10 from the judges.Lauren Sweeney took her second win of the season in the Womens divisionand Kris Espinoza won the Bodyboard.
COMING UP-The NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Season will continuewith event #5 on January 12-13 in fabulous Surf City, Huntington Beachon the south side of the pier.
SOUTHWEST OPEN SEASON #6 RESULTS
JANUARY 5-6, 2002
1. Brett Simpson-Garden Grove
2. Justin Wiegand-Encinitas
3. Patrick Gudauskas-San Clemente
4. Jason Franco-Carlsbad
1. Kilian Garland-Orcutt
2. Jensen Hassett-Del Mar
3. Alex Gray- Palos Verdes
4. Chad Montgomery-San Clemente
1. Cory Arrambide-Ventura
2. Chris Slayter-San Diego
3. Dane Zaun-Hollyglen
4. Brent Reilly-Carlsbad
OPEN MINI GROMS
1. Dane Zaun-Hollyglen
2. Andrew Doheny-Newporrt Beach
3. Billy Winslow-Encinitas
4. Jesse Steelman-Huntington Beach
1. Lauren Sweeney-Encinitas
2. Anastasia Ashley-San Clemente
3. Karlene Wiegand-Encinitas
4. Kim Mayer-Santa Cruz