The 2001 NSSA Western Championships

2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS

MAY 18-20, 2001 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA ! THE TWO “DANES” DOMINATE THE WEST AGAIN.

(May 23) – The National Scholastic Surfing Association held it’s fifth annual Western Championships May 18-20on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier. And for the fourth consecutive year, as if it was divine decree, a couple of powerful southwest swells arrive right on schedule in southern California. The surf was a pumping 6-8feet with sets to double overhead for the entire three day championships. Check out these stats for the previous Western Championship events: 1997¿The inaugural year of the newly established Western Championships. The surf ? 2-4 feet. H.B. localsMatt Shadbolt and Micah Byrne win the Open Mens and Open Juniors titles respectively. 1998-The Westerns’ legacy begins as a strong southwest swell hits with surf averaging 6-10 feet! Open Junior surfer Anthony Petruso steps up to the older age bracket and wins the prestigious Open Mens crown and NSSA prodigy Bobby Martinez wins the Juniors. 1999¿Once again colossal 6-8 foot surf was on tap for the NSSA Westerns. Brian Conley claims his first NSSA championship title in the Open Mens. Dane Johnson, competing only in his first full year in the NSSA takes an impressive victory in the Open Juniors. 2000 – Right on cue¿a pounding 6-8 foot swell pours into H.B. Kyle Knox wins the Open Mens with a powerful performance taking down H.B. local stars Timmy Reyes and Micah Byrne. Dane Reynolds wins all of his heats and scores the Open Juniors title.

This past weekend, Southwest Conference Champions Dane Johnson and Dane Reynolds upheld their reputations as the tops in California and claimed Open Championship titles in their respective divisions. The 2001 NSSA Western Championships showcased over 400 leading surfers and bodyboarders from the NSSA’s Southwest and Gold Coast Conferences. The NSSA Western Championships is a 6-star rated event which will seed NSSA west coast members into the 2001 NSSA National Championships June 26-June 30 at Lower Trestles on the southern edge of San Clemente.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Dane Johnson, 17, of Carlsbad regained the winning form that earned him five straight early season victories and two conference titles by taking the win in the Open Mens over Mission Viejo’s Matt King. Dane proved he is back on track winning all of his heats which included a unanimous judges first place decision in the final. “I wasvery thankful to come out on top in those conditions, especially since I haven’t had a win in a while,” said Dane. “I tried to do strong maneuvers on the outside and connect to the inside. As luck would have it, I got good shapedwaves.” Dane will go into the Nationals as the #1 seed. “This contest definitely gave me a workout for the Nationals,” said Dane. “This victory is a confidence booster.” Andrew Gahan, 16, a rookie in the Open Mens division this year took third. Ian Rotgans enjoyed a good showing at the Westerns taking fourth in the Open Mens and second in the Explorer Mens. Greg Long was also a double finalist taking fifth in the Open Mens andrunner up to Dane Reynolds in the Explorer Juniors on a close split decision. Max Hoshino made his second consecutive Open final at the Western Championships placing sixth.

– California’s other famous Dane, 15 year old Dane Reynolds of Ventura successfully defended his 2000 Western title in an exciting and close final’s battle with Patrick Gudauskas. Dane posted two solid wave scores in the 7.0 range. Patrick, however, pulled off one of the most thrilling rides of the championships, a screaming doubleoverhead barreling left which earned near perfect 9.0 scores from the judges. Rounding out the Open Juniors final, Julian Mullins took third, Travis Mellem fourth, Jimmy Herrick fifth and Michael Taras sixth. Dane Reynolds was the sole double champion of the event claiming the win in the Exorer Juniors which makes a total of four career Western titles. Jimmy Herrick was also a double finalist taking fourth in the Explorer Juniors final.

– Colin Schildhauer, 13, of Santa Barbara charged the bombs and the pay off was a first place decision. The victory awarded Colin his first ever NSSA championship crown. Gold Coast Champion Kellen Ellison was also fearless in the gnarly conditions and took runner up to Colin. However Kellen got his revenge in the Menehuene final placing first and taking his first NSSA championship title with Colin taking the runner up position. H.B.’s Logan Strook turned on his local knowledge and took third in the Open Boys followed by Chris Friesen fourth, Matt Mohagen fifth and Cory Arrambide sixth. Besides Colin and Kellen, Matt, Cory and Chris were also doublefinalists taking third, fourth and sixth respectively in the Explorer Menehuene division. Southwest Conference Open Boys and Explorer Menehuene Champion Tanner Gudauskas was on the disabled list due to a knee injurybut we’re happy to report that it’s nothing serious and Tanner will be ready for action at the 2001 National Championships.

– Southwest Conference Mini Grom Champion Kyle Kennelly of Huntington Beach won his first NSSAchampionship crown in the Mini Grom division. All of the groms were charging the super gnarly conditions and the NSSA is proud of them! Brent Savage took second, Tyler Getzkow third, Ford Archbold fourth, Dane Zaun fifth and Stephen Lonich sixth.

– Holly Beck, 20, of Palos Verdes took the Open Womens title over Anastasia Ashley. “I always look forward to the NSSA Westerns,” said Holly. “The current, pier and big waves of Huntington on a decent south swell make ever heat a challenge.” Holly will represent California as the #1 seed going into the National Open championships. “I couldn’t be more excited about the Nationals this year,” said Holly. “I’ve been surfing Lowers a lot in preparation. It’s been too long since a Californian has claimed the Open Womens title and I’m ready to make that happen. It’s now or never.” Fourteen year old Anastasia came back strong in the Explorer Womens final and took first over Karin Moran.

– In further Explorer competition local surfer Shaun Ward, 18, won the Mens, Alex Gray 14, of Rancho Palos Verdes claimed the Boys, H.B. local Barry Deffenbaugh took the Masters, Seal Beach’s Chas Wickwire won Seniors, Imperial Beach’s Mike Gillard won Longboard, Steve Weaver of San Clemente took Super Seniors and Scott Alfieri from San Luis Obispo won Bodyboard.

– In the NSSA O’Neill SMAS Airshow Championships, Carlsbad’s Josh Montgomery executed the highestscoring maneuver of the airshow final, a standard air which earned a 6.0 score from the judges. Josh will be the #1 west coast seed going into the NSSA O’Neill SMAS National Airshow Championships at Salt Creek on June 24. The top six finalists from the Westerns airshow will be invited to participate in the National Airshow Championships along with the six finalists from the Hawaii and Eastern Airshow Championships.

For more information regarding the 2001 NSSA Western Championships, please contact Janice Aragon at (714) 536-0445 or email jaragon@nssa.org.

2001 NSSA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

OPEN MENS
1. Dane Johnson – Carlsbad
2. Matt King – Mission Viejo
3. Andrew Gahan – San Clemente
4. Ian Rotgans – San Diego
5. Greg Long – San Clemente
6. Max Hoshino – Santa Ana

OPEN JUNIORS
1. Dane Reynolds – Ventura
2. Patrick Gudauskas – San Clemente
3. Julian Mullins – San Diego
4. Travis Mellem – San Clemente
5. Jimmy Herrick – Santa Cruz
6. Michael Taras – San Clemente

OPEN BOYS
1. Colin Schildhauer – Santa Barbara
2. Kellen Ellison – Ventura
3. Logan Strook – Huntington Beach
4. Chris Friesen – Carlsbad
5. Matt Mohagen – Culver City
6. Cory Arrambide – Ventura

OPEN MINI GROMS
1. Kyle Kennelly – Huntington Beach
2. Brent Savage – Laguna Niguel
3. Tyler Getzkow – Newport Beach
4. Ford Archbold – San Clemente
5. Dane Zaun – Hollyglen
6. Stephen Lonich – San Clemente

OPEN WOMENS
1. Holly Beck – Palos Verdes
2. Anastasia Ashley – San Clemente
3. Jessica Oswald – Santa Cruz
4. Anna Garaway – Santa Cruz
5. Karlene Wiegand – Carlsbad
6. Erin Meyers – Ventura

EXPLORER MENS
1. Shaun Ward – Huntington Beach
2. Ian Rotgans – San Diego
3. Bart Templeman – Ojai
4. Jeff Hurley – Aliso Viejo
5. Todd Hutton – Huntington Beach
6. Brandon Long – Huntington Beach

EXPLORER JUNIORS
1. Dane Reynolds – Ventura
2. Greg Long – San Clemente
3. Che Stang – Carlsbad
4. Jimmy Herrick – Santa Cruz
5. Mike Klein – Carlsbad
6. Nathaniel Curran – Oxnard

EXPLORER BOYS
1. Alex Gray – Rancho Palos Verdes
2. Jensen Hassett – Del Mar
3. Kory LaPoint – Huntington Beach
4. Kilian Garland – Santa Barbara
5. Chad Compton – Ventura
6. Daniel Jacobs – Goleta

EXPLORER MENEHUENE
1. Kellen Ellison – Ventura
2. Colin Schildhauer – Santa Barbara
3. Matt Mohagen – Culver City
4. Cory Arrambide – Ventura
5. Matt Calderon – Capistrano Beach
6. Chris Friesen – Carlsbad

EXPLORER MASTERS
1. Barry Deffenbaugh – Huntington Beach
2. Damea Dorsey – Carlsbad
3. Chad Wells – Seal Beach
4. Darren Brilhart – Huntington Beach
5. Robert Weiner – Ventura
6. Chad LaBass – Newport Beach

EXPLORER SENIORS
1. Chas Wickwire – Seal Beach
2. Scott Daley – Manhattan Beach
3. Mike Gillard – Imperial Beach
4. Phil Lockman – Huntington Beach
5. Steven Puha – Oceanside
6. Dwight Strayer – Malibu

EXPLORER WOMENS
1. Anastasia Ashley – San Clemente
2. Karin Moran – San Clemente
3. Holly Beck – Palos Verdes
4. Lisbeth Vindas – Costa Rica
5. Erin Meyers – Ventura
6. Amber Puha – Oceanside

EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS
1. Steve Weaver – San Clemente
2. Dwight Strayer – Malibu
3. Greg Johnson – Carlsbad
4. John Silver – Carlsbad
5. Scott Lewis – Los Angeles
6. Pat Schlick – La Mirada

NSSA O’NEILL SMAS WESTERN AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS All 6 finalists will be invited to compete in the 2001 NSSA O’Neill SMAS National Airshow Championships onJune 24 at Salt Creek.
1. Josh Montgomery – Carlsbad
2. Andrew Gahan – San Clemente
3. Shaun Ward – Huntington Beach
4. Brandon Guilmette – Huntington Beach
5. Rodger Eales – San Diego
6. Travis Mellem – San Clemente
GROMS
1. Kyle Kennelly – Huntington Beach
2. Brent Savage – Laguna Niguel
3. Tyler Getzkow – Newport Beach
4. Ford Archbold – San Clemente
5. Dane Zaun – Hollyglen
6. Stephen Lonich – San Clemente

OPEN WOMENS
1. Holly Beck – Palos Verdes
2. Anastasia Ashley – San Clemente
3. Jessica Oswald – Santa Cruz
4. Anna Garaway – Santa Cruz
5. Karlene Wiegand – Carlsbad
6. Erin Meyers – Ventura

EXPLORER MENS
1. Shaun Ward – Huntington Beach
2. Ian Rotgans – San Diego
3. Bart Templeman – Ojai
4. Jeff Hurley – Aliso Viejo
5. Todd Hutton – Huntington Beach
6. Brandon Long – Huntington Beach

EXPLORER JUNIORS
1. Dane Reynolds – Ventura
2. Greg Long – San Clemente
3. Che Stang – Carlsbad
4. Jimmy Herrick – Santa Cruz
5. Mike Klein – Carlsbad
6. Nathaniel Curran – Oxnard

EXPLORER BOYS
1. Alex Gray – Rancho Palos Verdes
2. Jensen Hassett – Del Mar
3. Kory LaPoint – Huntington Beach
4. Kilian Garland – Santa Barbara
5. Chad Compton – Ventura
6. Daniel Jacobs – Goleta

EXPLORER MENEHUENE
1. Kellen Ellison – Ventura
2. Colin Schildhauer – Santa Barbara
3. Matt Mohagen – Culver City
4. Cory Arrambide – Ventura
5. Matt Calderon – Capistrano Beach
6. Chris Friesen – Carlsbad

EXPLORER MASTERS
1. Barry Deffenbaugh – Huntington Beach
2. Damea Dorsey – Carlsbad
3. Chad Wells – Seal Beach
4. Darren Brilhart – Huntington Beach
5. Robert Weiner – Ventura
6. Chad LaBass – Newport Beach

EXPLORER SENIORS
1. Chas Wickwire – Seal Beach
2. Scott Daley – Manhattan Beach
3. Mike Gillard – Imperial Beach
4. Phil Lockman – Huntington Beach
5. Steven Puha – Oceanside
6. Dwight Strayer – Malibu

EXPLORER WOMENS
1. Anastasia Ashley – San Clemente
2. Karin Moran – San Clemente
3. Holly Beck – Palos Verdes
4. Lisbeth Vindas – Costa Rica
5. Erin Meyers – Ventura
6. Amber Puha – Oceanside

EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS
1. Steve Weaver – San Clemente
2. Dwight Strayer – Malibu
3. Greg Johnson – Carlsbad
4. John Silver – Carlsbad
5. Scott Lewis – Los Angeles
6. Pat Schlick – La Mirada

NSSA O’NEILL SMAS WESTERN AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS All 6 finalists will be invited to compete in the 2001 NSSA O’Neill SMAS National Airshow Championships onJune 24 at Salt Creek.
1. Josh Montgomery – Carlsbad
2. Andrew Gahan – San Clemente
3. Shaun Ward – Huntington Beach
4. Brandon Guilmette – Huntington Beach
5. Rodger Eales – San Diego
6. Travis Mellem – San Clemente