2010 NSL High School Cup Hits Santa Cruz

2010 NSL High School Cup Hits Santa Cruz

Shaun Burns. Photo: Nelly/NSL

Shaun Burns. Photo: Nelly/NSL

Santa Cruz High School Gets Revenge And Advances To National Championship

Santa Cruz, CA – (May 4, 2010) – The National Surf League in association with The Core hosted the NSL High School Cup Santa Cruz Regional on May 2, 2010 in sunny and glassy 2-4 foot waves at Santa Cruz's Pleasure Point

The final Game was a rematch of the 2009 regional final between the Santa Cruz High School Cardinal coached by local professional surfers Joe Hudson and Matt Rockhold and the defending regional champion Aptos High School Mariners coached by Grant Hueth and HS Cup alumni Brandon Barnes and Jesse Snyder.

Aptos High won the coin toss and elected to surf in the top half of each period after considering the incoming tide's effect on the consistency at Pleasure Point.   Noah Wegrich broke the grace period with a series of solid backside snaps connecting from 1st peak all the way through 2nd peak for a score of 6.5.  However, the remaining three Aptos players missed a couple scoring opportunities and posted below average scores.  The Mariners finished the first period with a 16.5 total score.

The Santa Cruz High Cardinal immediately made their intentions clear in the bottom of the first with Pete Mueller and Shaun Burns leading the team with a 6.5 and 7.0 respectfully.  All four starting players scored 5.5 and above and Santa Cruz finished the first period with a total score of 25 points and a commanding lead.

Aptos was unable to make up any ground in the second period and none of the players were able to get over 4.5 wave scores and finished the period with a disappointing 13.5.  Santa Cruz High meanwhile continued to build their lead, dropping a 21-point period score on the strength of scores from Shaun Burns and John Wilson.

For Aptos to keep the Game alive in the top of the third period, the Mariners needed to score at least 16 points collectively.   Wegrich, the 2009 MVP for Aptos went to work scoring a 7.0 with a series of aggressive backside snaps which got the Aptos bench cheering.   Again, the young Aptos Team was unable to capitalize on other scoring opportunities and was just unable to tie the Game with a 15.5 period score, giving Santa Cruz High the win without having to surf in the bottom of the third period.

With Santa Cruz High already in the water and the victory secured, Coach Hudson instructed his team via water radio to "Go off! We want to show the teams down south what we got!" in reference to earning a trip to the NSL High School Cup National Championship at Upper Trestles.   Shaun Burns received the message and on the next set wave launched into a series of vertical snaps topped with an air 360 at the end – the score: 10.  The Santa Cruz High bench and crowd erupted in cheers, fist-pumps and high-fives to coaches Hudson and Rockhold.    The wave earned Burns both the Most Radical Maneuver and the MVP as the teams leading scorer.

"I'm really proud of my team's performance today", said Santa Cruz High head coach Joe Hudson.   "I haven't seen any of the other schools, but our team has been practicing hard and I like our chances at Uppers."

Santa Cruz High School will now move on the NSL High School Cup National Championships at Upper Trestles on June 12th and 13th.

The NSL High School Cup next travels to Ocean City, NJ on May 15th and 16th for the New Jersey Regional Championship.

Noah Wegrich. Photo: Nelly/NSL

Noah Wegrich. Photo: Nelly/NSL

Final Game Box Score:

P1 P2 P3 Final
Aptos High School 16.5 13.5 15.5 45.5
Santa Cruz High School 25 21 21 67
Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Shaun Burns, Santa Cruz High School
Most Radical Maneuver (MRM) – Shaun Burns  (snap, snap, to frontside air 360 – scoring perfect 10)

Remaining 2010 NSL High School Cup Schedule:

Date: Region: Location:
May 15-16 New Jersey 3rd-9th streets, Ocean City, NJ
May 24-27 San Diego Seaside Reef, Cardiff By the Sea, CA
June 1-4 Orange County Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA
June 12-13 Championships Upper Trestles, San Clemente, CA

About the NSL High School Cup:
The National Surf League's goal is to provide the high school student with the most unique, enjoyable platform to compete for the pride of his/her school through showcasing his surfing talents.

The NSL High School Cup (formerly Red Bull Riders Cup) is the premier high school surfing tournament with schools from 8 regions nationwide competing using the National Surf League's "Game" format in a single elimination "March-Madness" style tournament until a champion is crowned.

Santa Cruz High School. Photo: Nelly/NSL

Santa Cruz High School. Photo: Nelly/NSL

About National Surf League (NSL):
The NSL is a revolutionary competitive surfing organization established in 2001 by legendary pro surfer, Brad Gerlach.  The NSL is dedicated to the pursuit of surfing excellence, building awareness for the sport of surfing while creating a fun competitive landscape for all types of surfers with its unique team surfing format called The Game.

About The Core:
The Core is a Santa Cruz based non-profit organization for Jr. High and High School youth that provides social events, sports activities, competitions, homework clubs, peer support, and a safe place to hang out while instilling values, discipline, and respect.  www.thecoresc.org

The Game
Modeled after team sports such as Basketball, Football, and Baseball – The Game turns an individual sport like surfing into fan-friendly team sport

• Two teams against each other
• One team in the water at a time
• 3 Periods, Timeouts, Coaches, Referees
• Substitutes
• Rivalries
• Entertainment
• Real Surfing
• Game time: under two hours
• A scoreboard, continuous commentary, and scoring updates so the crowd and television audience can easily follow the results

For more information on the NSL and the High School Cup go to: www.nslgame.com