NSSA - National Scholastic Surfing Association

The National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist its members in their interest to learn and develop the fundamentals and skills of surfing competition while competing in structured and quality events. The NSSA promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers. The NSSA strives to provide a fun surfing experience for all of its members.

The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.

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Age: 13
Hometown: Ocean City, New Jersey
School: Westminster Christian Academy, 7th grade; Favorite Subject: Math; GPA: 4.0
Sponsors: Roxy, FCS, Surface Sunscreen, Freestyle Watches, 7th St Surf Shop, i-Heart Pom Pom, Bungalow Bowls.
Claim to Fame: It is no secret that Brynn Gallagher works hard and competes hard. So, when the 2020 East Coast Regionals was announced to go off at Carolina Beach, Brynn dusted off the competitive cobwebs and could not wait to get back in the jersey. The 13-year-old from Ocean City, NJ surfed well enough earning a finals berth in the Open Super Girls placing 4th but knew she could do better. “I wasn’t happy with the way I surfed Regionals at all,“ she was quoted as saying in her local newspaper. “I was riding a board that was way too small for me. After I lost my last heat, my dad made me line up and start doing sprints down the beach. I was looking forward to getting another change at the Nationals.” With the Nationals coming up in a short month, Brynn got her equipment dialed, practiced at her local break Suicides which best replicated the waves at Jennette's Pier and focused more on the process instead of the outcome. This would be her first trip to the Nationals and what made it even more special was it would be held on the east coast for the first time ever. It is common knowledge for competitive success that the way you win championships is by going for it, and not holding back. With the support crew of her dad, Jason Motes and Josh Motes by her side, Brynn surfed her way into the Open Super Girls final in about as perfect conditions as you will ever see at Jennette’s. Staying in perfect rhythm in the overhead, firing conditions compliments of Hurricane Epsilon, she won the division in dominating fashion taking first places in every heat in route to her first National title. Following her momentous victory, she said, “I focused on my wave selection and I just wanted to go big and have no regrets. I am extremely stoked.” Since the inception of the Super Girls division in 2016 when the NSSA expanded its age categories, the titles have been dominated by west coasters and Hawaiians. Brynn became the first east coaster to add her name to the prestigious list of National Super Girls Champions and bringing it home to Jersey was even more special. She returned to Ocean City to find her house decorated with banners of congratulations by local legend Rob Kelly. “Ever since I started surfing my dream was to win a National title before I was a teenager,” she said. “So, to achieve this goal feels awesome!” ## What did you like best about the waves at Jennette’s Pier? It was pumping, offshore and warm. Age you started surfing? My dad taught me how to surf when I was 8 years old. Surf crew: My dad, my sister Mia, and the whole 7th Street Surf Shop crew. Local spot: Suicides and 1st Street Jetty. What is the best thing about calling Ocean City your home? You can bike everywhere, and we get really good barrels in the winter. Local heroes: Definitely Rob Kelly and Matt Keenan because they always pump up the groms, and Jerry Smith for always calling me out. How do you psych yourself up for the brutal Jersey winters? It is definitely cold! The average water temp is around 37F, you have to wear a 5/4 wetsuit with a thick hood, 7mil boots, and 7 mil mittens. I start doing ice baths with my dad in early October to get prepared. I psych myself up by listening to Lil Uzi and Lil Baby. Favorite pro surfers: Caroline Marks because she is from the east coast, and she absolutely rips! If you could surf like anyone in the world who would it be? A mix of John John Florence and Italo, their surfing is insane. Surfer at Nationals that impressed you: At that level everyone was blowing my mind.. Fantasy superpower: Teleportation. If you were not a surfer what would you be? Definitely a competitive lacrosse player. Something people do not know about you: I’m terrified of planes and heights. Dream wave: Overhead pealing left hand point break with no one out. Who has pushed your surfing the most? My sister Mia, we are always pushing each other. Goals for 2021: Be the best version of myself. Thank yous: My parents for always being supportive, Jason Motes for always being there for me, my sister Mia, my sponsors, and everyone who has supported me along the way.

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