Muirlands surfers in it to win it

Muirlands Middle School surf team looks forward to a winning year

Muirlands Surf Team (MST) took second place overall and claimed nine individual final results at the first Scholastic Surf Series San Diego County middle school event of the season Oct. 18 at Oceanside Harbor.

Judd Henkes placed fifth overall in both Boys Shortboard and Boys Longboard events, Lorenzo Villela placed fourth in Boys Longboard, and Jacob Kelly placed third in Coed Bodyboard.

MST girls dominated the Girls Shortboard division with a second place finish by Tiare Thompson, a fourth place final result for Kira Stanley and fifth place for Charlie Davey. The team also claimed two spots in the finals for the Girls Longboard division with Tiare Thompson winning first place and Kira Stanley placing fourth overall.

MST has progressively developed into a strong team by providing a positive and fun environment for all student surfers in the Muirlands area, while becoming successful as a competitive team. Last year, Muirlands placed second overall out of 30 Division 1 teams from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The team took first place overall in Girls Shortboard, second place overall Boys Shortboard, third place overall Boys Longboard, fifth place overall Body Board and fifth place overall Longboard Girls.

MST individual winners in the finals were Tiare Thompson with a first place girls shortboard final and a second place girls longboard final, Tanner Ford placed fifth in boys shortboard, Matthew Perrault had a sixth place final result, and Brayden Chalfant placed 11th overall in boys shortboard.

MST has more than 70 members this year and has added a Division 11 team, allowing more surfers the chance to compete and improve their surfing skills. President Jim Wilson and vice-president Robert Stanley — along with coaches Robert Chalfant, Chris Kelly, Chuck Davey, Chris Dartland and Dave Klimkiewicz, plus a group of dedicated parent helpers — lead the team.

MST encourages friends to come out to the competitions.

The schedule for the remainder of the year for both MST divisions is listed as follows:

n Middle School Division 1

• Nov. 15: Avalanche, Ocean Beach

• Jan. 31: Oceanside Pier South

• Feb. 28: Army Navy Academy

• March 21: La Jolla Shores

n Middle School Division 11

• Dec. 13: San Fernando Place, Mission Beach

• Jan. 10: La Jolla Shores

• Feb. 1: Oceanside Pier South

• March 1: Army Navy Academy

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