As of April 24 our 54nd season is open for registration!
We have added back our Women’s 18+ Shortboard division. This will also be a USA Championships division.
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In October of 1961 at the genesis of WSA, all surfboards were longboards. We are the only west coast surfing association that has maintained regular age division competition for boys, girls, men and women in longboarding. As we began in our 54th season and as an homage to our roots, we are continuing with the big improvements for our valued longboard competitors we have implimented the last few years. At all events, all longboard divisions will surf on Saturday only. We will surf all of the longboard heats in one area, in front of one panel of judges from start to finish, when possible. This way our judges will be tuned in to longboard criteria without having to recalibrate because they are constantly switching from longboard to shortboard. Having all longboard divisions together on the same day will also build community and comeraderie among the competitors and we hope will continue the renaissance of modern longboarding. Get your friends together to compete this season in a competition series that appreciates the skill and aesthetic of longboarding.
We surveyed all of our longboarders that were in the West Coast Championships asking whether we should adopt the new ASP judging criteria that focus more on traditional longboarding. The response was to switch to the new criteria 18 to 13. Here is the longboard judging criteria – The Surfer must perform controlled manoeuvres in the critical section of the wave utilizing the entire board and wave using traditional longboard surfing. The Surfer who performs this to the highest degree of difficulty with the most style, flow and grace will receive the highest score for a Ride. Further to that above, the following are key elements for judges to consider: • Nose riding and rail surfing • Critical section of wave • Variety • Speed and power • Commitment • Control • Foot work.
Boys U12 – 1st Jett Schilling, San Clemente, CA – 2nd Taj Lindblad, San Clemente, CA – 3rd Levi Slawson, Encinitas, CA
Boys U14 – 2nd Griffin Foy – Huntington Beach, CA, 4th Noah Hill – Venice, Ca
Boys U16 – 1st John Mel – Santa Cruz, CA – 4th Eithan Osborne, Ventura, CA
Boys U18 – 1st Griffin Colapinto – San Clemente, CA
Girls U12 – 1st Alyssa Spencer – Carlsbad, CA
Girls U14 – 2nd Alyssa Spencer – Carlsbad, CA – 4th Tiare Thompson – La Jolla, CA
Girls U16 – 3rd Meah Collins – Costa Mesa, CA
Girls U18 – 1st Tia Blanco – Oceanside, CA
Mens’ 18 – 29 – 1st Cody Canzoneri – San Clemente, CA – 2nd Evan Sandison, San Diego, CA – 3rd Nate Smithson, Newbury Park, CA – 4th Simon Torres, El Segundo, CA
Masters’ 30 – 39 – 1st Paul Pugliesi – Oceanside, CA
Seniors’ 40 – 49 – 1st Erik Krammer, Oceanside, CA – 2nd Rick Takahashi, San Diego, CA – 4th Scott Whitmer, Redondo Beach, CA
Legends 50+ – 1st Rusty Phillipy, Cardiff, CA – 2nd Tom Matthews, San Diego, CA – 3rd Masaki Kobayashi, San Clemente, CA – 4th Troy Campbell, Torrance, CA
Women’s 18+ 1st Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff, CA
Girl’s Longboard U18 – 1st Frankie Seely, Malibu, CA – 3rd Ocean Tsutsui, San Clemente, CA
Women’s Longboard 18+ – 4th Maddie Lomonaco, Santa Monica, CA
Jr. Longboard U18 – 1st Trevor Anderberg – Encinitas CA, 4th Kaimana Takayama – San Clemente, CA
Men’s Longboard 18+ – 1st Nick Anderberg – Encinitas CA,
Senior Longboard 40+ – 1st Dave Schaefer, Hermosa Beach, CA – 2nd Gregory McEwan, El Segundo, CA
Adaptive – 1st Chris Oberle, Los Angeles, CA – 2nd Jeff Munson, Newport Beach, CA – 3rd Charles Webb, Oceanside, CA
- We’ve been doing it the longest. WSA was established in 1961 by Hoppy Swarts, who is recognized as the father of modern surf competitions. Hoppy and his friends established the original contest format, competition rules and judging criteria that are the nucleus of every modern surfing event.
- We are the largest. Let’s face it, customers vote with their dollars. There is a reason there is always a line at In-N-Out Burger. We have 50% more competition members than any other surfing series on the West Coast. And that’s not counting our highly successful Scholastic Surf Series surfers. We listen and we don’t rest on our laurels. We want you to have fun and leave our events feeling like you received good value for your dollar.
- We are built on a foundation of solid, fair judging. We hire primarily World Surf League and International Surfing Association judges and pay them the going judges scale. We have 3 judges on, one rotating, and a head judge for each area, so we make sure our judges are rested and alert. Our judging panel is fair and impartial, judging solely on the performance of the surfer.
- We don’t play favorites. Competitors are not allowed “behind the ropes” in the beach marshal area. We don’t allow competitors to tabulate heats. Almost all of our registration is handled online so heats are seeded in advance according to ratings and competitors can’t come down to the beach and jump into whatever heat has an opening and looks the easiest.
- We are not intimidating. Surfing is supposed to be fun. Our beach marshal and contest director welcome questions and go out of their way to explain how things work. Our judges are available to answer questions at the end of each day, too. You can email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you right away.
- We offer a clear and direct path from your first surf contest to making the USA Surf Team. Our Menehune Surf Fest is the first event for many great surfers. Some get their start surfing for their school in our Scholastic Surf Series. Once you begin winning WSAs consistently, earn a spot and compete well in Surfing America Prime, we don’t hound you to continue surfing WSA. This gives other kids a chance at making a podium and allows you to surf events that are more of a challenge such as Prime and WSL Pro Juniors. If you do well in Surfing America Prime, you will make it to the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles, the highest level of junior surfing in the USA. Do well at Lowers and you’ll have a chance to make the prestigious USA Surf Team. WSA alumni who have traveled this path include Colin Moran, Trevor Thornton, Griffin Colapinto, Kevin Schulz, Tia Blanco, Frankie Harrer, Lulu Erkeneff, Thelen McKinna Worrell, Nolan Rapoza, Ryland Rubens, Meah Collins, Steffi Kierson, Colt Ward, John Mel, Malia Osterkamp, Kei Kobayashi, Cole Houshmand, Tyler Gunter, Alyssa Spencer, Tiare Thompson, Nick Anderberg, Trevor Anderberg, Micky Clarke, Rachael Tilly, Kirra Pinkerton, Samantha Sibley, Jett Schilling, and Nick Marshall to name a few. In fact, out of the 21 west coast USA Junior Surf Team members, all but three got their start in WSA! Former WSA Surfer Tia Blanco just won the ISA World Surfing Championships!
- We make it simple. We have one district with nine events plus our West Coast Championships. Surf five events and you qualify for West Coast Championships. We count your top five results plus WCC to qualify for Surfing America USA Championships or Surfing America Prime. We don’t have a two tier system and encouarge everyone to surf both tiers or other small districts that allow competitors to avoid competing with the best to make it to WCC and USA Championships.
- We keep it fun. It’s surfing. It’s supposed to be fun. Although the competition is serious, we make sure our competitors keep a good attitude and learn from their mistakes. We encourage families and kids to make friends, enjoy our complimentary pancake breakfast and barbeque lunch, and have a great day at the beach. Plus our events are held at great surf spots up and down the coast, giving them a feeling of a “surf surfari” with friends and family. Plus we provide hundreds of professional photos from staff photographer Jack McDaniel free to competitiors for use on Social Media (as long as you give photo credit to WSA/Jack McDaniel).
- We encourage good sportsmanship. We require all parents to read and sign our Parent Code of Conduct. We will address bad sportsmanship discreetly on the spot and recognize good sportsmanship through our beach announcer and at the end of the season with our Surf Coach USA Midget Smith Good Sportsmanship Award.
- We are a true nonprofit. We are a 501 (c) (3) California nonprofit corporation. Believe me, we aren’t in this for the money. Our board and staff put in countless hours for little or no pay to make WSA the best surfing association possible. Every dollar that comes in goes in to making our events better.
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The Western Surfing Association (WSA) is the oldest amateur surfing association in the USA and the largest on the West Coast. The WSA, established in 1961, is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions. For more information on the WSA, please visit http://www.SurfWSA.org. WSA is an official West Coast member organization of Surfing America. WSA is a path to earn entry into the Surfing America US Championships and Surfing America Prime Series.
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States and is responsible for holding the official USA Championships and for selecting and fielding the USA Surf Team. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Stand Up Paddle, Prone Paddling, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. http://SurfingAmerica.org