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 ### NSSA PO Box 495 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 http://www.nssa.org

An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, Pt Two

Serena Brooke photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, Part Two of Two JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine's Interview with a Living Legend (If you missed Part One of An Afternoon with Serena Brooke, click here.) JettyGirl: The Serena Brooke Days back in the early 2000's inspired hundreds of young girls to follow their passion for surfing. Do you ever run into surfers who were first introduced and/or encouraged to surf due to participating in your events? Serena Brooke: Definitely. There were a lot of young girls that came to the events back then. I remember Courtney Conlogue, Anastasia Ashley, Karina Petroni and lot of other girls that I've met since that I didn't even remember because they were little groms up in Huntington when I'd go up to the US Open. They had started surfing and would come to my Days up there. It's really cool. It’s something to be proud of and to look back to. Hopefully I put good positive spin on helping some young girls get the encouragement and confidence to start surfing and do what they love. Once you get into surfing, it speaks for itself but those days were really good because they put a lot back into the younger girls and into women's surfing. They were really fun to run. ( JG: We asked a couple of surfers who participated in Serena Brooke Days to share their experiences from back when they were groms. Check below to see what Courtney Conlogue, Anastasia Ashley and Amy Nicholl have to say about Serena Brooke Days. )
"Serena Brooke Day was at 9th Street (Taco Bell Reef) in Huntington Beach, CA. I will never forget Serena Brooke Day. It was very special for me. This was actually the first surfing event and contest I had ever done. I was only 9 years old. I remember being stunned when I saw Serena driving up in her yellow Ford truck to the event. The event was so much fun and there were a lot of girls participating too. My mom joined in and participated in the surf clinic. The surf that day had so much current and some good waves. I wanted to perform the best that I could because I wanted to get on the podium to have Serena Brooke hand me my trophy. Mike Morgan was also the announcer for the event and that's where I met him for the first time. I ended up winning my division and getting Overall Best Performance. I still have the trophies. After this day I wanted to become a World Champion! The day left a big impression on me and I'm currently trying to qualify for the WCT and competing in all the WQS contests this year. Thank you Serena! " -Courtney Conlogue
"Serena Brooke Day was the best day ever! I remember when Serena Brooke Day would come along every year and it was the contest I would look forward to the most. There were great prizes, a fun atmosphere, and it was really empowering for women's surfing. It represented what surfing was about, having fun at the beach, and showing that female surfers are the future. Serena Brooke was someone I looked up to. She was a pioneer for women's surfing. She is beautiful with a polished surfing style and a great personality...she is the complete ultimate package. Serena showed that you could be a beautiful girl both inside and out, and still rip just as hard as the guys. That was inspiring. Serena Brooke Day also showed how much Serena gave back to women's surfing and how much time and energy she put into the event so that young girls could really have one day at the beach. Serena helped push women's surfing to the forefront to where it is now." -Anastasia Ashley
"2002 was the year I went to Serena Brooke Day and I was twelve. I think it was in Cocoa Beach or St. Augustine FL. I won the little girls division. I remember the waves were one foot and really glassy and I got Serena to sign my surfboard. My board had a slightly rounded nose, pink with colorful hibiscus flowers up the rails. LOL. It was a big deal seeing a pro in town since Lisa had already moved away. I was super excited, and I also won a $500 scholarship which has come in handy! The experience definitely gave me inspiration and I made an awesome friend that day who I still keep in touch with. I think that same year Rochelle Ballard had her surf camp too, so the influences really helped my surfing. I am sure I blushed when they gave me the award. And by the way, I still have the trophies!" -Amy Nicholl

Serena Brooke surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine JG: In addition to the legions of young surfers you encouraged during Serena Brooke Days, you also used the events to reach out to the community …giving thousands of dollars to local non-profits like youth shelters and child abuse prevention centers. Do you recall any particularly touching moments that resulted from you reaching out to the community like that? SB: Yes, there were a lot of really good and touching memories from donating and putting back into shelters and those types of organizations. I went to some of the shelters and met some of the girls. A lot of them were really timid and shy and I'd just have them come down to the beach and even if they didn't want to surf but just hang out and watch, I'd give them a pack and things like that. For me it was just good to see them smile and get them stoked for a day. There are definitely a lot of memories for me that made it all worth it. To me those types of charities are really things in the community that you want to give back to because they are defining the next generation. Many of those women are probably going to be mothers themselves one day and they're going to continue the cycle in either a good way or negative way. The direction they take will determine whether there's going to be some kid who has a mother with a lot of problems or a mother that had some problems but got over them and moved on. JG: Since you have sisters who surf, when you were at the height of your professional career and would return home for a visit, did your family treat you any differently than when you were a regular grom? SB: I didn't spend a lot of time at home when I was going back in between trips because I have five sisters and they're spread out all over the country. Not really, no, they were exactly the same. They say things like, "Um, you're never here. Where are you? Where have you been?" I remember more so when I first started getting in the paper all the time and I was a young girl, my sisters were like, "People want to be my friend because I'm your sister so screw you!" type of thing (laughs). I had to weave through that side of life …being treated differently in school or by my sisters' friends and things like that but none of that stuff ever bothered me. I was just the same. JG: In your Firsthand on Fuel, Megan Abubo mentioned that while on tour you'd pull random pranks like pouring honey outside their door. Growing up with surfing sisters, did you ever soap each other's wax or anything like that? SB: Oh, we did pranks all the time. Growing up with my sister Christine we'd play tricks on each other continuously. Putting stuff in wax, vegemite in the hair while you're sleeping or drawing on people. I did all that stuff growing up. I thought it was rather funny to play pranks and do silly stuff and that continued on in my first season on tour. There was a lot of craziness overseas. Growing up and being in different countries and learning about the different cultures and incorporating those into pranks was pretty fun actually. Serena Brooke at Cardiff Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine JG: Which is most memorable …the first time you stood up on a surfboard, the first time you got barreled, or the first professional surf contest you won? SB: Probably the first contest I won because it was from the trials to the main event and it was unexpected. I surprised myself. JG: Which event was that? SB: The 1996 Rip Curl Pro in Hossegor, France. I had only been on tour one year and everyone that I was competing against were my idols. I'd have a heat with Pauline Menczer, or Neridah Falconer, or Pam Burridge or whoever it ended up being and when I beat them, I was like, "Wow, I beat my idol" type of thing and it kept rolling on from there. It was pretty special. I was stoked! JG: When you stood on stage that first time, was it surreal? SB: It was definitely surreal just standing on stage at that first pro contest I won. I remember getting sprayed with champagne and holding the trophy above my head, just being super stoked and people congratulating me. I definitely took it all in. If I look at photos of it now, it's hilarious. I don't think women's boardshorts had come out yet. I had these long boardshorts on and it's just funny. I just laugh when I look at it. I was a grom. Yes, I was pretty happy with the whole thing. JG: Regarding your equipment, do you prefer the tried-and-true or do you like to experiment with different boards and fin setups? Do you have a favorite all-time board? SB: I'm not as experimental as a lot of people are. I don't really go for the big twin fin, massive fish tail type boards. I still ride fairly conventional equipment, a little bit of a fishy board but it still has the thruster setup even if it's a 5'4" with a rounded nose. I do like trying different boards but I generally stick to a thruster or something that I can still get speed and do a bunch of turns because I like to turn. If I want to cruise I'll ride a Mal, or a longboard or whatever you call it here. Yes, I've had a magic board. The best board I ever had was a Rusty. I got a bunch of photos on it. I snapped it in Indonesia after one of the longest barrels I had ever got in my life at Lance's Right. The very next wave I snapped it clean in half. Oh well, at least I scored that wave before. JG: In this awesome April 2000 Surfing Girl cover shot that I'm holding right here, you’re wearing a one-piece swimsuit and in all the other photos we've seen of you over the years, you primarily wear modest bikinis. Do you think the current trend of 'wear a thong, get the shot run' is detrimental to women’s surfing? SB: I feel like it's an individual's choice. If a girl is choosing to wear one because she feels comfortable in that and she's not wearing it because that's the only way she can get a shot or attention, then great, go ahead. I think it's detrimental to the girl herself if she's wearing it for any other reason than that she thinks it's totally comfortable and that's what she really does want to surf in. Regarding it being detrimental to the whole of women's surfing ...it should all come down to an individual thing where it's what each person chooses. If it becomes where society is expectant on every girl wearing a g-string because one girl likes wearing a g-string, that's where I think it becomes detrimental. JG: In one particular double page ad a decade ago, it looks like you're surfing a gnarly reef pass while wearing red trunks, a long-sleeve rash guard, a face full of zinc and even reef booties. It seems like there was a little more freedom back then to look however you liked or wear whatever you wanted. Would the girls be able to get away with that today? SB: I definitely don't think they'd run a photo of a girl in a long-sleeve red rash vest, long boardies and booties (laughing). I don't think that would be as accepted today because there is more emphasis on wearing the thong, the two-piece or the sexy bikini. We did go through phases where they tried to tell us that we couldn't wear sunscreen while we were on an Indo boat trip because the magazine didn't want there to be any zinc or sunscreen in the photos. We were like, "Pfffff! Fine, don't take the photos then. Hello, we're surfing on the equator. As if we're not going to wear zinc." That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So that didn't last long. (laughter) There definitely isn't the freedom to wear what you would have worn then. I mean, I had a bowl cut and was wearing boys' boardshorts but that was pretty cool back then. It's a different world today that we're living in. It should be the same, like if you want to wear long boardies and booties and if you're doing a rad turn, then they should run it. But I don't think there's really the freedom to do that like there used to be which is a shame. Serena Brooke surf video clip by JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine JG: Big subject change …let's close this out with something light and simple. Since you've become a recent fan of Bull Taco, we have to ask …is there good Mexican food in Australia? SB: Awww, the old Mexican food in Australia question. Everyone pays out Australia so bad about our Mexican food. There's not good Mexican food in Australia …we're a long way from Mexico. It's like Mexican food Australian style. It's not authentic and a lot of the food is not real Mexican style. I know a lot of Californians come over and are like, "Are you kidding?" We have great Thai food though (laughs). We have more Thai restaurants than Thailand I think. JG: Thank you Serena! Any parting thoughts or shout-outs? SB: Really, just have fun and don't take life too seriously. I think we're here to have fun and enjoy life and not feel guilty about it. Everyone just have fun and keep surfing.
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