Results From NSSA Open Season Contest Number One In Oceanside

The Southwest Conference 2003/04 season officially swung into actionwith the Open Season event #1 on September 6-7 at Oceanside Harbor’sSouth Jetty. Good 2-4 foot lefts and rights were on hand for nearly 200NSSA student surfers.

Right from the top as expected, four time and defending National OpenMen’s Champion Patrick Gudauskas appeared poised and confident to buildon his stunning victory at this year’s Nationals. The San Clemente HighSchool senior won every round including the final earning 2,000 points.Pat, who has been a National Champion, a Western Champion, an AirshowChampion and an Interscholastic Champion, has never won a SouthwestConference title so this victory gives him a healthy head start.Patrick also posted the highest scores of the Men’s division in hissemi, a 26.5 total, just barely edging out twin brother Dane who upuntil then was the score leader posting a 26.0 in the Men’s quarters.Dane was runner-up to Pat in the final followed by Jonny Craft, the hotup and comer from Central Cal’s Carmel.

It was a good weekend for the Gudauskas crew as Pat’s younger brotherTanner took the win in the Open Juniors division. Tanner, who last Juneclinched his first National title in the Explorer Boys division, wasunstoppable like his older brother winning all of his rounds. RyanBurch of Encinitas stepped up from Explorer Boys last year and tookrunner up in his first ever-Open appearance. 2003 Southwest ExplorerBoys Champion Marty Weinstein won all his preliminary rounds andfinished third in the final followed by 2003 National Middle SchoolChampion Cory Arrambide.

The groms just keep getting better and better and we had a recordbreaking number of them competing. Nearly 50 kids: yes 50 pint sizeddynamos ranging in ages 12 & under, showed up in force ready forbattle. Last year’s conference champion Andrew Doheny, once againshowed whose boss and took the victory in the Boys 12 and undercategory. Runner up Dane “Air” Zaun lived up to his nickname pulling anair in the final. Ford Archbold came in third followed by BillyWinslow. Kolohe “Brother” Andino killed it in the Mini Grom 10 andunder division taking his first ever NSSA victory. If Kolohe’s lastname sounds familiar that’s because it is. His dad is former NationalOpen Men’s Champion and NSSA standout Dino Andino. Luke Davis tooksecond followed by Sam Orozco and Tyler Rozunko who made the final inhis first ever NSSA contest!

It was a battle of the champions in the Women’s final as National HighSchool Champion Colleen Mehlberg took a close split decision overNational Open Champion Erica Hosseini. Lauren Sweeney took thirdfollowed by Monique Hight placing fourth in her first Open appearance.Dedicated surfer Morgan Faulkner who travels from his home in PortAransas, Texas to compete in NSSA events, made it worth his while thistime winning the Longboard final over Southwest Explorer Champion TommyWitt. Chris Smith took third followed by Christian Clark in fourth.

COMING UP: The NSSA Southwest Conference will kick off the 2003/04Explorer Season on September 20-21 at 9th Street, better known as “TacoBell Reef” in Huntington Beach. The Southwest Conference Open Seasonwill continue with event #2 on September 27-28 at Ventura’s CaliforniaStreet “Pipes.” READY FOR TAKEOFF – The first event of the NSSAO’Neill airshow series will launch at the Ventura Open Season.


1- Pat Gudauskas 15.0
2- Dane Gudauskas 12.0
3- Jonny Craft 10.0
4- Bummy Koepenick 0.0

1- Tanner Gudauskas 14.0
2- Ryan Burch 12.0
3- Marty Weinstein 9.5 tiebreak
4- Cory Arrambide 9.5 tiebreak

1- Andrew Doheny 14.5
2- Dane Zaun 11.0
3- Ford Archbold 8.5
4- Billy Winslow 7.0

1- Kolohe Andino 16.0
2- Luke Davis 11.5
3- Sam Orozco 6.0
4- Tanner Rozunko 5.0

1- Colleen Mehlberg 12.0
2- Erica Hosseini 11.5
3- Lauren Sweeney 9.55
4- Monique Hight 4.5

1- Morgan Faulkner 15.5
2- Tommy Witt 13.5
3- Chris Smith 8.5
4- Christian Clark 8.0