The 2011 NSSA National Championships saw some of the nations top surfing talents battle it out through the Open Mens Round 3 in Huntington Beach today. The Hawaiian’s were clean standouts throughout the day. Among them were Ezekiel Lau (HI), Kalani David (HI), and Ian Gentil (HI), putting on some of the day’s best performances in 1-3′ contestable waves.
Before the men took center stage on the South side of the pier, the Open Boys Quarter Final saw Kaulana Apo (HI) score the highest points of the day – 14. The Open Mens competition was followed by Open Mini Groms, Open Mens Round 3, and the Open Womens Round 2 concluding the day’s action.
“The surf has really picked up today,” said NSSA’s Janice Aragon. “The waves are providing more scoring opportunities for the competitors and that’s really important when you get into the later rounds. We want to see the cream rise to the top in the variety of conditions that we’ve experienced this week in Huntington Beach.”
Weeding out the best-of-the-best clearly happen throughout the day as surfers like Leila Hurst (HI), in the Womens Open Round 2, put on performances that shook their competition to the core. But Bailey Nagy (HI) and Honolua Blomfield (HI) answered back with their heats highest scores and are eager for their chance to take home the title tomorrow.
In the Open Junior Quarter Finals, the crux of the action happened in Heat 4 as Kalani David (HI), Parker Coffin (CA) and Ethan Carlston (CA) put on quite the show, jockeying for the 2nd place advancing position. As the minutes ticked down, Kalani David sat comfortably in 1st with 12.6 points. Parker Coffin’s strategic approach saw him narrowly advance past Carlston by an .80 margin due to an interference and minimal sets.
“I sat there my whole heat,” said Parker Coffin. “I caught two waves in the last few minutes and somehow made it on those waves. I wasn’t giving Carlston or Hdez an inch the whole time.”
Tune in at 7am tomorrow to catch a glimpse of the Mayor Cup trophy, modeled by the legendary surfer Peter Townend, followed by Open Boys Semi-Final, Open Mens Quarter Final, Open Womens Quarter Final, Open Juniors Semi-Final, Open Girls Semi-Final, Open Mini Groms Semi-Final, Open Mens Semi-Final, Open Womens Semi-Final, Open Longboard Final, Open Boys Final, Open Girls Final, Open Juniors Final,, Open Mini Groms Final, Open Womens Final, and the Open Mens final.
In addition to all of the live action, scoring and results, the webcast also features hosts Dave Stanfield, Saxon Boucher, Pete Mel and a roster of other special guest hosts.
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