Surfing Champions

The competitive surf program at San Marcos High School excelled in the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) State Competition at Oceanside Harbor in late April. The men’s longboard and women’s shortboard teams made it into the finals, the men’s shortboard team repeated as state champions, and the San Marcos team was crowned overall team state champions. Orange County’s San Juan Hills High School had previously won the state title for the past four consecutive years. “Here at San Marcos High we have a group of very dedicated surfers who put in lots of hours in the water to improve their surfing, and it shows in the contest results,” said Coach Randy Walton. “In addition to being a great group of kids, these are student-athletes of the highest caliber who are deeply committed to the sport of surfing.” Better yet, this year’s championship team had just one senior competitor so, according to Coach Walton, next year’s season is bound to be another success.

SSS was started in 2010 as a program of the Western Surfing Association (WSA), providing a professionally managed and operated platform for middle and high school surf teams from San Diego to Santa Barbara. SSS competition areas are divided into three sections – San Diego, Orange County, and LA to Santa Barbara. School competitions are divided into individual contest divisions; San Diego high school teams compete in divisions one through four, with middle schools in their own division. Each section consists of five events culminating with the State Championship contest. San Marcos competed against nine other Southern California high schools in the state competition: Aliso Niguel, Canyon Crest Academy, Capistrano Valley, Cathedral Catholic, MUSE, Oak Park, San Juan Hills, University City, and Woodrow Wilson. Learn more at www.surfsss.org.