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.

Surfer the Week - Archives (2017)

Surfer of the Week - 1/2/2017

JETT SCHILLING

Age: 13
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: National University Academy; 7th grade
Sponsors: Vans, Electric, Villager, Sex Wax, Channel Islands
Equipment: Channel Islands 5'1" Rook 15 shaped by Mike Walters
Claim to Fame: Jett capped 2016 off with a bang clinching double victories in the Mens and Juniors divisions at the Seaside Reef Open. In a smorgasbord of conditions ranging from Seaside’s classic lefts off the reef to the stormy windblown wedge peaks on the inside sandbar, to the clean lines at Palisades, the 13-year-old goofy-footer showcased his versatility advancing through multiple heats to make both finals. It was his first wins in either division this season and in his own words, “It feels really good!” It should because Jett’s two-win triumph was an exceptional competitive moment to close out the year! Favorite thing about Seaside Reef: The lefts, they have such a good wall. Local spot: Lowers. Favorite surfers: Kolohe Andino, Griffin Colapinto, Tanner Gudauskas. Surf crew: My brother Malik, Crosby Colapinto, Taj Lindblad. Fantasy super power: To be able to fly. Dream wave: Desert Point. Someone who pushes your surfing: Crosby. Barrels or Airs: Both. Thank yous: My family and all my sponsors.
 

Surfer of the Week - 3/23/2017

EITHAN OSBORNE

Age: 16
Hometown: Ventura, California
School: High School; 11th grade
Sponsors: Billabong, Monster, Pro-Lite, Sex Wax, Roberts Surfboards, Futures, The Young and the Brave
Equipment: Roberts Surfboards; 5'4" El Tormentor shaped by Robert Weiner
Claim to Fame: Eithan claimed his first victory of the 16/17 season in the Mens division at the Ventura Open in what was an inspiring comeback. After being out of the water for over 4 months due to a knee injury which required surgical repair, he got the clear from his doctors to start surfing again. With the Open coming to his local break at C Street, there was no better place for Eithan to make his return to competition and test the waters with a jersey back on. It was clear in his triumphant comeback that he is on the road to regaining his strength and confidence as he was in solid form unleashing a variety of high performance moves on C Street’s fun righthanders. Favorite thing about C Street: There are lots of sections on the same wave. Local spot: Emma Wood. Surf crew: Dane, Micky, Cory Mikey and the Ventura crew. Fantasy super power: To be invisible. Barrels or Airs: Barrels. Goals: To win the Regionals and the Nationals Thank yous: My friends I surf with everyday and the people I travel with.
 

Surfer of the Week - 3/13/2017

HAYDEN RODGERS

Age: 11
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: San Clemente Christian School - 5th Grade
Sponsors: Volcom, Rumaner Sufboards, Banzai Bowls, Shade Sunscreen, Laguna Surf n' Sport
Equipment: Epoxy Rumaner Carbon Wrap 4' 5 1/2", 15.89 x 1.89
Claim to Fame: Hayden is clearly surfing at a level higher than his 11 years of age dictates. Earlier in the 16/17 season, he scored a perfect 20 heat and this past weekend his double Menehuene win performance in tricky conditions at the HB Explorer was ultra impressive. He can charge, he can punt, he shreds sloppy beachbreak, he pulls into sand-sucking tubes, he does it all. And if his versatility is any indication, this young talented goofy-footer has a huge future ahead! Favorite thing about HB: I like the inside double up barrel section. Local spot: Lowers. Favorite surfers: Clay Marzo, Julian Wilson, Kelly Slater Surf crew: My Brother Nolan, Hagan Johnson & Ryder Salberg. Fantasy super power: Teleportation-so I can go to Indo! Dream wave: Skeleton Bay. Something people don’t know about you: I love to golf or fish when the surf is flat. Someone who pushes your surfing: My brother Nolan. Barrels or Airs: Barrels! Goals: Take the W!! Thank yous: My Mom and Dad and my coaches Dave Post & Erik Kramer
 

Surfer of the Week - 2/8/2017

NOAH STEINMETZ

Age: 12
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
School: Sowers Middle School; 7th grade
Sponsors: Volcom, Roberts, Electric, OAM, Frog House, Surface, Sanuk, Futures, Scosche, HDX,
Equipment: Roberts Surfboards. The Black Punt 5'3"
Claim to Fame: Noah is one of the hardest working kids in the NSSA. He travels up and down the coast to compete for the valuable experience of surfing different breaks. And his work ethic is paying off as he can handle any type of condition tossed at him. So when he showed up to the Gold Coast Ventura event which offered up overhead, unruly surf he was ready for the challenge. He took 1st in the Menehuenes and 3rd in the upper bracket Boys final! Fave thing about Ventura Harbor: I like how the wave is super peaky and wedgy. Local spot: HB. Fave surfer: Kelly Slater. Fave NSSA surfers: Cole & Ella MacCaffray, Nolan & Hayden Rodgers, Sam Sibley. Surf crew: My family, the Rodgers & MacCaffrays, Tex Mitchell, Max Lambert, Sam Sibley. Fantasy super power: To breathe underwater. Something people don’t know about you: I play piano and I love school. Dream wave: Uncrowded Lighthouse or Lowers. Goals: Do well at Westerns & Nationals. Thank yous: My family, my sponsors and my friends for always motivating me!
 

Surfer of the Week - 2/1/2017

LEAH THOMPSON

Age: 15
Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
School: Virtual Academy
Sponsors: Rip Curl, CJI, Surface Sunscreen, Surfberry, Oakley, Aussie Island Surf Shop, ESA Allstars
Equipment: Orion Surfboards 5'8"
Claim to Fame: Leah kicked off 2017 with triumphant results at the NSSA Mid Atlantic event at Carolina Beach. The 15-year-old from Wrightsville Beach clinched double wins in the Open and Explorer Womens. We got a good glimpse of her rising potential at the 2016 National Championships last summer where she claimed the “Carissa Moore Rookie of the Year” award for her impressive 4th place finals showing in the hotly contested Open Girls division. We look for Leah to continue to soar up the competitive ladder with her talent and work ethic as she sets her sights on success at the upcoming East Coast Regional Championships! Local spot: C Street. Favorite surfers: Malia Manuel, Carissa Moore, Tatiana Weston Webb, Brisa Hennessy. Fantasy super power: To be a mermaid so I can breathe and see underwater. Someone who pushes your surfing: Alexander Harris and my dad. Thank yous: My family and all my sponsors.