La Jolla students ride the waves into Scholastic Surf Series

By Ashley Mackin

The Scholastic Surf Series (SSS), a division of the Western Surfing Association for middle to high school students, had some high-ranking representation from La Jolla students at recent matches. With five events total, leading up to the SSS State Championships, the teams from Muirlands Middle School, La Jolla High School and La Jolla Country Day School each competed in at least one event, scoring well as a team.

■ Muirlands Middle School team took first place Nov. 2 in their first and only event thus far, and prepares to compete again this month. Contributing to the high marks were several students who scored well independently.

Muirlands’ Tiare Thompson took first place in the individual girls shortboard and girls longboard divisions, and Maddie Perreault took second in girls long-board. In the boys shortboard division, Ben Barone took second place and Luke Hartman took fourth. In the boys longboard, Matt Perreault took third and Lorenzo Villea took sixth.

The Muirlands team will next compete Dec. 14 in Oceanside, and the middle school SSS state championships take place in May 2014.

■ La Jolla High School and La Jolla Country Day School also scored highly in their respective divisions. The high school SSS state championships take place in April 2014. La Jolla Country Day school surfers competed in their first event Oct. 27 and won as a team in Division 5. High scorers include: in the men’s shortboard, Vince Heyman winning first place and Daniel Nierman taking sixth place; Kaitlin Keane earning sixth place in the women’s shortboard and fifth place in women’s longboard; and Alex Heyman earning second place in the bodyboard division.

The next meet for Division 5 was postponed to an unannounced date.

The division in which La Jolla High School competes, Division 1, has already held three of the five events, and La Jolla High’s surfers won two of them.

Overall, the men’s shortboard participants scored very well. Even in their sole loss thus far, Nov. 17, Skip McCullough took first in the men’s shortboard and Michael Gumina took sixth.

In their more successful tourney Nov. 3, the La Jolla High School team defeated Point Loma, and Remy Juboori and Tristan Sullaway scored fourth and fifth respectively in the men’s shortboard. Ava Verbrugghen took fourth in the women’s long-board.

Verbruggen also placed in the women’s long-board category during the Oct. 20 match, taking sixth place, with Emma DeJourday taking third. The team defeated Torrey Pines for the win.

La Jolla High School will next compete Jan. 12 at the San Clemente Pier.

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