2011 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships Presented by Nike 6.0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTICS GO OFF IN EXCELLENT SURF CONDITIONS AT SALT CREEK!
Mira Costa College, San Clemente High School, Huntington Beach High School and Shorecliffs Middle School take team gold!

(Huntington Beach, Ca – June 20, 2011) – The 2011 National Interscholastic Championships presented by Nike 6.0 witnessed a phenomenal marathon three days of performance surfing from the top college, high school and middle school surfers from around the country. The Interscholastics were blessed with a building southwest swell which pumped in excellent 4-5 foot surf at Salt Creek. 17 college teams, 12 high schools and 9 middle schools combined for nearly 370 competitors in the Interscholastic Championships. Team spirit was at an all-time high as hungry surfers competed passionately for the gold for their nationally ranked schools.

In an exciting battle for first in the College Championships, Mira Costa edged out the defending 12-time National Champion UC Santa Barbara by a score of 107-106. The victory gave its Mira Costa‚s third National Championship and first since 2004. Running neck and neck with Santa Barbara going into the final rounds, Mira Costa‚s rise to the top of the podium was attributed to Brent Reilly‚s victory in the College Mens and Dayton Silva who was performing double duty placing in both the Mens and Longboard finals. Reilly, who won a National High School Mens title surfing for Carlsbad High in 2008, was on a dominating level at Salt Creek. His polished and explosive frontside attack was a perfect fit for the steep Salt Creek lefthanders. UC Santa Barbara‚s Lipoa Kahaleuahi successfully defended her 2010 National College Womens title and Troy Mothershead broke through for his first National Interscholastic Longboard title bringing his career National title count up to four. Mothershead had won an Explorer title in 2006 and an Explorer and Open title in 2007 and will now add an Interscholastic title to his resume.

Top ranked San Clemente High School marched to their eleventh National title in a decisive 111-103 victory over Edison High School. Both San Clemente and Edison came out of the gates with tremendous momentum in the first two rounds jumping to a huge points advantage over the rest of their opponents. San Clemente led throughout the contest but Edison was still in the game until the semifinals when they lost their remaining Mens team competitors. San Clemente‚s Breyden Taylor battled hard with runner-up Blake Davis in the hotly contested High School Men‚s final. Taylor sealed it when he detonated on a heat high 7.5 wave score which was enough to edge Davis for the win and take home his first career National title. Taylor has become one of the standout surfers this season clinching his first NSSA conference in the Southwest Explorer Juniors division. He will be one of the leading contenders for a National title when that tier of the 2011 National Championships continues in Huntington Beach June 26-July 3. Laguna Beach‚s Taylor Pitz claimed her first National Championship in the High School Womens. Pitz, who was also a Southwest Conference Champion this season, will eye another title in the prestigious Open Womens category when the Nationals hits southside of the HB Pier next week. Huntington Beach‚s Tony Bartovich took the Longboard title. In the National Junior Varsity competition, Huntington Beach took a close 53-51 decision over Edison. This was HB‚s first trip to the winners podium at the National Interscholastic Championships since their Varsity team‚s victory in 1998. Edison‚s Dylan Aragon took the Junior Varsity Mens title while Huntington Beach‚s Paige Ortiz and Taylor McDole claimed victories in Junior Varsity Womens and Longboard respectively.

Shorecliffs Middle School secured their ninth National title and sixth in a row. Their domination of the Nationals with another talented group of surfers shined as they jumped out to an overwhelming lead after round 2. They won the event with a massive point spread in a 136-74 victory over Dwyer. In a stacked Middle School Boys final, Shorecliffs team member Colt Ward took the National Middle School Boys title over last year‚s champ Kanoa Igarashi. Aviara Oaks team member Kylie Loveland claimed her first National title winning the Middle School Girls division and Shorecliffs‚ Mason Shaw won the Longboard.

CBS SPORTS ALT GAMES EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE
For the first time, the NSSA College Surfing Championships will be featured on national television as part of CBS Sports Network‚s coverage of The Alt Games. Highlights from the College Surfing Championships will be part of a special one-hour CBS Sports Spectacular airing on CBS on Saturday, June 25 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET). Following the CBS Sports show, more surfing action will be featured on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, June 25 (6:00-7:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, June 26 (3:00-5:00 PM, ET). For full programming information, log on to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

The 2011 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships is presented by Nike 6.0 and proud to have support from Huntington Surf and Sport, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, CBS Sports and Laguna Art College. The NSSA is a member of Surfing America, the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States.

The NSSA National Interscholastic Championships is the sixth of seven events in the 2011 NSSA Championship Series. The 2011 Championship Series events include the Interscholastic State Championships at Huntington Beach Pier March 5-7 (completed), the Hawaii Championships at Kewalo Basin, Oahu, HI March 15-20 (completed); the East Coast Championships at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, FL April 7-10 (completed); the NSSA Jr. Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA April 9 (completed); the West Coast Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA May 18-22 (completed); the National Interscholastic Championships at Salt Creek, Ca June 16-18 and the National Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA June 26-July 3.

THE SCOREBOARD – RESULTS
2011 NSSA NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
SALT CREEK, DANA POINT, CA

NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

COLLEGE TEAM
1. Mira Costa 107
2. UC Santa Barbara 106
3. University of North Carolina Wilmington 87
4. San Diego State University 84
5. Point Loma Gold 81
6. Saddleback 67
7. Florida Tech 58
8. University of North Florida 56
9. CSU San Marcos 52
10. University of San Diego 51
11. USC 48
12. Flagler 46
13. University of Central Florida 44
14. CSU Long Beach 41
=15. Point Loma Green 23
UC San Diego 23
17. Daytona

COLLEGE MENS
1. Brent Reilly-Mira Costa 14.33
2. Dough Van Mierlo-SDSU 11.57
3. Ben Powell-UNCW 9.93
4. Dayton Silva-Mira Costa 9.16
5. Sebastian Moreno-Florida Tech 8.37
6. Theo Lewitt-UCSB 5.84

COLLEGE WOMENS
1. Lipoa Kahaleuahi-UCSB 10.33
2. Kaleigh Gilchrist-USC 9.80
3. Amy Nicholl-UCF 9.16
4. Marissa Shaw-SDSU 8.77
5. Erika Cook-CSULB 8.33
6. Leilani Pickett-UNCW 7.10

COLLEGE LONGBOARD
1. Troy Mothershead-Point Loma 14.83
2. Kevin Osborne-UCSB 12.63
3. Dennis White-Saddleback 8.57
4. Dayton Silva-Mira Costa 8.33
5. Mick Rodgers-CSUSM 6.54
6. Drake Courie-UNCW 5.74

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (VARSITY) CHAMPIONSHIPS

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM
1. San Clemente 111
2. Edison 103
3. Newport Harbor 90
4. Huntington Beach 64
5. Malibu 57
6. Laguna Beach 55
7. Kamehameha 50
8. Mira Costa 45
9. Jupiter 41
10. Melbourne 38
11. Palos Verdes 17
12. Marina 11

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY MENS
1. Breyden Taylor-San Clemente 11.50
2. Blake Davis-Newport Harbor 11.16
2. Ezekiel Lau-Kamehameha 9.73
4. Derek Peters-Huntington Beach 9.60
5. Trevor Thornton-San Clemente 6.83
6. Tanner Rozunko-San Clemente 6.24

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY WOMENS
1. Taylor Pitz-Laguna Beach 12.50
2. Shelby Detmers-Newport Harbor
3. Jasset Umbel-Jupiter 8.17
4. Emily Ruppert-Melbourne
5. Anise Guzman-Edison
6. Emmy Lombard-San Clemente

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY LONGBOARD
1. Tony Bartovich-Huntington Beach 10.57
2. Shaun Thompson-Edison 10.54
3. Fisher Grant-Melbourne 10.27
4. Kelly Zaun-Mira Costa 9.43
5. Eli Gillis-San Clemente 8.97
6. Kris Williams-Laguna Beach 5.90

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (JUNIOR VARSITY) CHAMPIONSHIPS

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM
1. Huntington Beach 53
2. Edison 51
3. Marina 14

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY MENS
1. Dylan Aragon-Edison 11.97
2. Cameron Faris-Huntington Beach 10.10
3. Dane McCrystal-Huntington Beach 8.17
4. Jordan Robinson-Edison 8.10
5. Tony Morelli-Edison 6.63
6. Taylor McDole-Huntington Beach 6.10

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY WOMENS
1. Paige Ortiz-Huntington Beach 5.53
2. Torrey Miethke-Edison 2.97
3. Haley Handy-Huntington Beach 1.37
4. Brittany Gingrich-Edison 0.40

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY LONGBOARD
1. Taylor McDole-Huntington Beach 6.94
2. Nathan Thompson-Edison 5.50
3. Nico Emmer-Marina 2.30

NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM
1. Shorecliffs A 136
2. Dwyer 74
3. Aviara Oaks 68
4. Marco Forster 49
5. Shorecliffs “B” 47
6. Thurston 42
7. Kamehameha 40
8. Sowers 28
9. Bernice Ayer 26

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS
1. Colt Ward-Shorecliffs 13.34
2. Kanoa Igarashi-Dwyer 10.24
3. Daniel Tieman-Shorecliffs 8.13
4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kamehameha 7.66
5. Griffin Colapinto-Shorecliffs 6.53
6. Mitchell Arterburn-Aviara Oaks

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
1. Kylie Loveland-Aviara Oaks 11.83
2. Tia Blanco-Shorecliffs 11.03
3. Sawyer Gilley-Aviara Oaks 6.40
4. Kirra Connolly-Shorecliffs 5.96
5. Mackie Albertson-Sowers 2.77
6. Kawai DeVault-Kamehameha 1.87

MIDDLE SCHOOL LONGBOARD
1. Mason Shaw-Shorecliffs 11.40
2. Kyle Perez-Marco Forster 9.60
3. Rio Donaldson-Bernice Ayer 8.07
4. Dylan Cox-Shorecliffs 6.76
5. Jordan Collins-Aviara Oaks 5.50
6. Kahiamaikalani Walker-Kamehameha 4.84

NSSA OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Apparel & Footwear Sponsor: Nike 6.0
Surf Shop Sponsor: Huntington Surf & Sport
Wax Sponsor: Sex Wax
Print Media Sponsor: Surfing Magazine
Broadcast Partner: CBS College Sports Network
Water and Energy Drink Sponsor: Vitamin Water
Restaurant Sponsor: Daphne’s California Greek
Partner: 5 Points Plaza
Graphic Design College: Laguna College
Member Organization: SurfingAmerica.org

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Huntington Beach, CA 92648
http://www.nssa.org

NSSA Hosts Paddle Out for Founder Chuck Allen

(Huntington Beach, Ca, February 17, 2011) — The sport of surfing is deeply saddened by the passing of National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Founder Chuck Allen. A beach memorial and Paddle Out ceremony for Chuck, who also founded the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA), will take place Sunday, February 27 at 1:00pm on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier.

Huntington Beach Pier was a favorite surf break of Chuck’s where he coached the National Champion Huntington Beach High School surf team for many years. One of his greatest achievements was leading the USA Surf Team to a gold medal at the 1984 World Championships which was held in Huntington Beach. Chuck’s contribution to surfing, snowboarding and the entire action sports industry is unparalleled. His wisdom and inspiration has touched the hearts of many.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and pay respects to one of the true legends of the action sports. Everyone is encouraged to bring a surfboard and paddle out for Chuck and/or pay their respects on the beach at the ceremony prior to the Paddle Out. Just across from Huntington Beach Pier on Main Street, you can also visit Chuck’s (along with the rest of the NSSA Founders) granite stone on the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame right in front of Jacks Surfboards.

SENDING CONDOLENCES TO THE ALLEN FAMILY:
In lieu of flowers, the Allen family appreciates any donations to be made to one of the following Scholarship Programs in Chuck’s honor:

The NSSA National Scholarship Fund
Checks should be made payable to the “NSSA Scholarship Fund” and mailed to:
NSSA Scholarship Fund • Chuck Allen Remembrance
P.O. Box 495, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The USASA Scholarship Fund
Checks should be made payable to the “USASA Scholarship Fund” and mailed to:
USASA Scholarship Fund • Chuck Allen Remembrance
POB 156, Wrightwood, CA 92397

The Allen family appreciates the outpouring of love and support that has been expressed.

The Paddle Out ceremony is being coordinated and hosted by the NSSA. Please direct any questions or inquiries regarding the memorial and Paddle Out ceremony at Huntington Beach Pier to the NSSA National Office. Contact Executive Director Janice Aragon at jaragon @ nssa.org.

National Scholastic Surfing Association
PO Box 495
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-378-0899

Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue

HSS rider, Courtney ConloguePresented by InsuranceSurfers.com

It’s been thirteen years since Lisa Anderson won her last World Title. As the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour gets underway in a few short weeks, the mainland looks to have a contender that could bring the trophy back to America …it may not be this year, or the next, but in my heart of hearts I’m convinced it will happen for this talented young woman. Of all the surfers I know personally, not one has worked harder to get into this position than Courtney Conlogue and when you see her drop into a wave, it’s easy to see that she means business. Courtney’s style is based on power and her highly technical bottom turns and blistering direction changes testify of her commitment to the rail. I’ve seen her drive straight up and smash lips on WAY overhead waves that hardly any surfers, male or female, want a part of. If the Tour lucks into solid waves this season, Courtney is going to be one to watch. As the ASP’s live feed lights up our computer monitors throughout the year, we’ll be sitting in the office waving little American flags for the California girl with the dream of one day being World Champion, Courtney Conlogue. -Chris Grant

JettyGirl: We’re so excited to see a new American surfer make the Tour and nobody is more deserving than you with all the hard work you’ve put into it. With surf contests going on virtually every weekend throughout the mainland, why do you think there has been such a long drought without a US-mainland surfer on Tour? Are other countries (along with Hawaii) doing something that we’re not doing here to prepare surfers for the big show?
Courtney Conlogue: The Australian and Hawaiian surfers outnumber us I think. When I’m in the line-up at home many times I’m the only woman in the water. I’ve never understood it really. The Australian and Hawaiian women surfers are recognized a lot and hopefully I can bring more of that to the USA. Surfers are incredible athletes and should get that recognition. Australia has the support of their country for surfing. They have wonderful surf clubs at every beach and high performance training camps too.

I was raised with several camps that used to be available such as the “Serena Brooke Day” or the “Rochelle Ballard Camps” back in the day. They no longer exist. I was trained through NSSA contests too. I could count on the NSSA events to run year after year as scheduled. Surfing America came along and I’ve been a part of their program since I was 11 years old. Their program gave me access to the international competition that I didn’t have at home. I attended everything I could and loved all of it. However, these camps and contests didn’t offer what the Surfing Australia High Performance Center does for their athletes. My parents gave me the best they could with well-rounded and balanced support for my goals and dreams. I’ve had a lot of individual support from my sponsors too. It has been a lot of work but fun too.

Courtney Conlogue, winner of the 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside, California Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com

Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue sequence by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com

JG: Kelly had Andy. Curren had Occy. Is there anyone on Tour that you’re particularly looking forward to competing against?
CC: With this new crop of rookie athletes on the tour I think there will be many that will give me solid competition. I can’t really pick one right now.

JG: We’ve heard rumors (and seen evidence) that you’ve been taking to the air lately. Do you think airs are going to play a bigger role in heats this year on the women’s tour? Why or why not?
CC: I don’t think airs will ever replace great solid, carving, power surfing. It’s important though to bring new and innovative moves to a heat if the wave offers it. I know with the judging rules they want risk involved with our maneuvers. It’s just another thing added to my cookie jar.

JG: Which breaks are you most looking forward to surfing on tour this year and which waves do you think match best with your style of surfing?
CC: I don’t want to sound like I’m not giving details but I’m really just looking forward to surfing the tour! I’ve never surfed any of these locations before so it’s going to be a lot of fun just figuring out everything the first year. I know I’ll be in Australia for a lot of the tour competing on the WQS and WCT.

JG: Nobody makes the Tour without solid boards underfoot. Tell us a little bit about your shaper and your boards (without revealing any secrets). How many boards do you think you’ll go through while on Tour this year?
CC: My boards have been going through some changes lately. I’ve worked with several shapers and I’m still learning about my equipment. I really don’t know what to expect this year.

JG: At the end of 2011, how will you define success?
CC: I’ll define my success by learning and overcoming the tour’s challenges, making new friendships, creating a global family of support, and not falling off the tour!

Courtney Conlogue surrounded with young fans. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.comJG: Last year at the US Open, I saw dozens of little kids, both girls and boys, following you up and down the beach and generally looking up in awe at you. Do you take the title of “role model” seriously?
CC: I completely take the role model thing seriously! I was one of those little girls reading the mags, watching the surf videos, getting the autographs of the pros when I could. I know how important it is to inspire a young person. I live approximately 20 miles inland, went to a school without a surf team and none of my friends at school surfed until I went to high school at Sage Hill in Newport Coast. I’ve always been called the underdog, the weekend warrior, the Rocky Balboa of surfing, and I don’t really know if anyone thought I’d ever keep going towards my heartfelt goals and dreams. But here I am because of the people that inspired and supported me when I was that little girl.

Courtney gets a pre-heat pep talk from her sister, Charleen.JG: We know you’re just about to take off for Australia shortly, but in closing we wish you our heartiest congratulations and hope for all the best for you in your rookie season. Are there any people you’d like to thank who helped you get to where you are now and who played a large part in the realization of your childhood dream to make the World Tour?
CC: I want to thank my family and friends for all their support. My dad, mom, brother and sister for always being there in so many ways. Thank you to all the individuals that run the NSSA, ISA, WSA, ASP, and Surfing America events. You helped to bring me this far. Thank you to my coaches throughout the years that have given me guidance. Thank you to the many sponsors old and current that supported me. Thank you to all of you that supported and helped the girl with the dream.



Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com One of the keys to good surfing is flexibility. Courtney Conlogue stretches before paddling out. Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Courtney Conlogue surf photo by Chris Grant

Courtney Conlogue - JettyGirl Surf Video ClipPhoto Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM

• Courtney Conlogue surf video clip on JettyGirl’s YouTube Channel
• Courtney also visited with us in 2008 for one of our first episodes of “Five Minutes with…” . Check out what Courtney was up to back then: Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue (2008)

The JettyGirl Interview: Taylor Pitz

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“We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.” -President Obama, January 25, 2011.

I have no idea what individual educational awards Taylor Pitz has garnered through the years but as a result of her stratospheric GPA and years of dedication to her studies, she has achieved what few competitive surfers before her have accomplished …acceptance into revered Stanford University. Between surf contests and schoolwork, Taylor gave us a few minutes of her precious time and we’re stoked to have her here on JettyGirl. (Our small window of opportunity was just in time too because within the last 48 hours, USC has just knocked on her door as well.)

Currently ranked number one in the NSSA Open Season, Taylor obviously rips but she’s so much more than simply a surfing talent. Taylor’s an engaging, considerate, thoughtful young woman and it’s clear that she’s also been blessed with a supportive family at home. Whether she’s throwing spray with her formidable frontside snap or trading ideas with the brightest young minds at Stanford next fall, our world is simply a better place for having Taylor in it. She is exactly the type of person that we like to celebrate on the pages of JettyGirl. –Chris Grant


JettyGirl: Before we get into surfing questions, we hear congratulations are in order. How happy are you to be heading to Stanford next fall?
Taylor Pitz: I’m so stoked! I never thought in a million years I’d get into a school like that. It’s really exciting. It’s a bit scary because it’s something really far outside of my comfort zone. It’s Northern California. I’ve never really spent any time up there and it will be with some of the smartest kids in the country. I’m really excited so hopefully it will be a good year.

JG: I know it’s early days to be asking this but have you decided on what area you’d like to be studying in at Stanford?
TP: I haven’t declared a major yet so I’m not sure but I have an interest in environmental science so I’m looking into details about that.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

Taylor Pitz showing perfect backside technique on a flawless Santa Ana day in Southern California.

Taylor Pitz photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf MagazineJG: Many surfers who have achieved your success in the amateur ranks would have gone straight from high school to the WQS. Do you look at college and professional surfing as an “either/or” or a “both/and?”
TP: For a while I thought it was an “or” but now I’m realizing that it’s just going to be more of the same. I did the whole high school thing without homeschooling and still did a complete amateur career so I’m just going to try to do the college thing and see how far I can stick with college and surfing and just keep it going. I love both and they both mean a lot to me so I don’t see why I should have to choose one over the other.

JG: What are your thoughts on kids taking the homeschool route in hopes of making surfing a career?
TP: I feel like there’s a place for everything and there are those kids like Kolohe (Andino) and Luke (Davis) who are really, really exceptional at surfing and that travel all over the world. It doesn’t make any sense at all for them to go to regular public school but for most kids I feel that it’s better to go to public school because you miss out on so much by homeschooling. In public school there are parts that are boring but there is a lot that is fun. You do have the learning part but you also get to be with all of your friends.

JG: Over the past four years you seem to be at the top of the list whenever the NSSA sends out their scholar/athlete press releases. Since you’re obviously succeeding with both your surfing and grades, have you discovered any secrets on balancing the two?
TP: I haven’t really figured out the best way to balance anything. I just do what I need to do and hope that it ends up alright in the end. Sometimes it gets rather hard. I won’t get to surf for a whole week because I’ve been busy with school and stuff and then I’ll go straight into a contest on Sunday and simply have to wing it. Other times I’ll be missing two weeks of school while traveling and when I come back I’ll have three papers and four tests and it’s just like, “Oh c’mon, really?” It’s turned out alright though. I’m happy that I’ve worked hard to keep both going.



…and now a few words from NSSA Executive Director, Janice Aragon…

“Clearly what Taylor has accomplished both in the water and the classroom is an amazing display of commitment and excellence. She is a terrific role model for young surfers and I hope her dedication to surfing and school can inspire and show kids that they too, can be surfing standouts and champions while also pursuing a higher education. Taylor currently holds a commanding lead in the Southwest Open Womens ratings with 3 victories so far this season and is also the reigning NSSA State Women’s Champion, a title she will look to defend at the 2011 State Championships this coming March. She was named NSSA Surfer of the Month for December 2010, because of her outstanding competitive and academic achievements which included being accepted to Stanford. She is also one of the leading contenders for a National title this coming summer. A 4.5 GPA scholar who hits the waves and the books, Taylor has been the epitome of a NSSA student athlete!” -Janice Aragon, NSSA Executive Director



Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

JG: Switching topics a bit, growing up in Laguna Beach must be interesting. With such an eclectic population of residents, the constant flow of tourists, the art and surf communities, etc. what is it that makes this place special to you?
TP: It’s the weirdest little town ever but I love everything about it. It’s just so different than anywhere. Even though there are so many things going on, everyone is really close and united. There are a bunch of school sports and surfing and there’s the whole art scene. I don’t know, it’s just so different and it’s so beautiful. If you look around, the water!!! …I’ve never been anywhere that has water that looks like Laguna. I love it! You can hike. You can surf. You can do whatever and everyone’s close. I’ve grown up with the same friends since kindergarten. It just has a neat homey feel. There’s nowhere like it!

JG: We hear that your family is in the local restaurant business. True?
TP: Yes, my family owns a restaurant called Dizz’s As Is. My grandpa started it in the 70′s. Now my dad, my uncles and my aunts all help out and run the family business.

JG: What’s your favorite item on the menu?
TP: Berry pie. It’s so good!

JG: Although Laguna Beach as a whole seems to be a mellow place, the surf breaks are known to be less than friendly to outsiders. Does that reputation hold some truth?
TP: Yes, pretty much. Everyone is super mellow but obviously surfers are greedy. They want their waves. Laguna’s nice because there aren’t many people here but it’s pretty hard to get the waves good due to inconsistent swells, fickle tides and unpredictable winds. When it is good, you had to have put your time in to get any waves and when some new guy paddles out, it’s like, “Ok, I’ve waited here, I’ve surfed all the bad days. Now, please don’t try to take my waves. I want a good one!”

Taylor Pitz photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

JG: How old were you when you discovered you loved the ocean?
TP: I’ve loved the ocean for as long as I can remember. My parents both grew up in Southern California so I’ve been going to the beach since I was a baby and I’ve always loved the water. I didn’t start surfing until I was thirteen but I’ve been in the water my whole life and have just loved it.

JG: Describe the board that made you a surfer.
TP: Well, there are basically two. The first one that I ever had was my orange Doyle. Everyone in my middle school surf team remembers it very well. It was just this round little 7-foot Doyle, bright, bright orange and I was just out there everyday having so much on it. I’d be able to sit out the back so all the little groms on the shortboards would be like, “No, your’e catching all the waves!” I was stoked on it! When I started working my way onto real boards, I got this pink Stamps surfboard and I loved that board so much. I thought it was so cool. Those two made me a surfer (laughs).

JG: Does anyone else in your family surf?
TP: Yes, my dad surfs and my little brother surfs too, my sister a little bit. I used to surf with my dad everyday before I had a car and could drive. He’d take me surfing every morning so we got really close. We’re both really busy now so we don’t get to surf as much anymore. It’s kind of a bummer. My brother is just starting so I’m hoping this summer I’ll get to take him out and surf with him.

JG: Do you think the future of women’s surfing will happen in the air?
TP: I think women’s surfing is going to keep progressing the same as men so airs will be incorporated but I don’t think airs will be the main focus. I think barrels and good solid rail turns will always be the foundation. Obviously, girls like Carissa, Coco and Lakey are going to go do crazy stuff and bring it to another level but I think the basics will always be really important too.

Taylor Pitz photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf MagazineJG: Where would you like to travel?
TP: I’d love to travel everywhere! That’s my favorite thing about surfing …getting to surf new waves and meet new people and friends. It’s so weird because I love being at home. I love Laguna but it makes me love home more when I get to go to all these places. I want to travel hopefully all through Indo. I really want to go to Australia and Africa and Europe …pretty much everywhere (laughs).

JG: Describe your perfect day.
TP: My perfect day would be in August because it’s my favorite month. I’d wake up, go surf perfect waves with warm water and a couple friends, not crowded. After surfing I’d go eat yoghurt because it’s my favorite food. I’d surf again and then meet all my friends at the beach and hang out. For the most part, it would be like summer in Laguna which is basically my favorite.

Taylor Pitz surf video on JettyGirl.comJG. Any shout-outs in closing?
TP: Shouts-outs to my family! I’m really close to my family so my mom and my sister Makenna especially and my dad for all those days surfing and my little brother. My best friend Andrew who I always drag surfing. Rex, Kris and Chandler Parr!

JG: Thank you Taylor!
TP: Thank you JettyGirl!


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*Taylor Pitz rides for Billabong, Tonic Haircare, XS Energy Drinks and Laguna Beach Bikram Yoga. *Check out Taylor’s new blog: “straightSass: two blondes + a camera + the ocean + a whole lotta sass”

Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM
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