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


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 - 4/14/2017


Age: 17
Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
School: Switched-On Schoolhouse; 11th grade
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Freak traction, Otis, Orion Surfboards
Equipment: 6'0" Orion shaped by Greg Geiselman
Claim to Fame: After taking the Explorer Mens National title in 2016, Gabe has stuck to the course of “taking things slow and not worrying about too much.” And his game plan is working. At the 2017 Regionals held in a smorgasbord of surf, Gabe shrugged off his 1st round Explorer Mens loss and got right back to work in the Juniors. As things heated up in the Open Mens, his versatile surfing spoke for itself. He hammered away win after win adapting nicely to the Inlet’s ever changing conditions taking out two titles in the Open Mens and Explorer Juniors! Fave thing about NSB: It’s super fun. I love the wedge affect to it. Fave surfers: Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds. Surf crew: All my friends at home. Fantasy superpower: Breath underwater. Local spot: C Street, Wrightsville Beach. Dream wave: That right point in Morocco. Barrels or Airs: I probably do more airs but barrels all the way! Goals: Take things slow, not worry and hopefully win a couple! Thankyous: God has helped me through so much & my parents.

Surfer of the Week - 4/5/2017


Age: 14
Hometown: Melbourne Beach, Florida
School: Florida Virtual School: 9th grade, 4.26 GPA
Sponsors: Hurley, Ron Jons, Surfinista, Long Doggers, Cobian, DHD, Headhunter, Boardstix, Futures, Crush
Equipment: DHD Surfboards, DX1 5'6"
Claim to Fame: Rachel always shows up to Regionals with eyes on the podium, but this year was different. There was a fire in her eyes and she knew she had to come out hot to take out the stiff competition. The dedicated 14-year-old was in dominating form and never let up. She posted a near perfect 19-point total in her Open Girls quarter, took Performer of the Day honors and capped off the event winning 2 titles including the Crown Jewel-the Open Womens! Fave thing about NSB: There are always waves. Fave surfers: Coco Ho, Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence. Surf crew: Kirra Pinkerton, Coral Schuster, Blake Speir & sister Audrey. Fantasy superpower: Teleportation. Local spot: RC’s, Pelican, Sebastian Inlet. Dream wave: Snapper Rocks. Something people don’t know about you: I would love a career in Marine Biology. Who pushes your surfing: Jim Hogan, Dave Speir, my competitors & Mom! Goals: To be top 8 in Jr. Pro & win a National title. Thank yous: Mom, Dad, sisters, coaches & sponsors.

Surfer of the Week - 3/29/2017


Age: 15
Hometown: San Clemente, California
School: San Clemente; 10th grade
Sponsors: Nixon, DVS, Sun Diego Boardshops
Equipment: Lost Surfboards, Mayhem V2 Grinder carbon wrap 5'5"
Claim to Fame: Liam has been making waves in his first year of NSSA comp. The dedicated San Clemente HS sophomore has only been surfing 3 years so he had a lot of catching up to do. With a ton of determination, this kid is on the rise big-time. In the past month he placed second at the State Champs and piggy-backed it with a double finals showing in the Open Mens and Juniors at C Street! Fave thing about C Street: The long, fun rights, no matter the size. Fave surfers: Griffin Colapinto, Mick Fanning, John John Florence. Surf crew: Kade & Dane Matson, Crosby Colapinto, David Economos, Taj Lindblad, Jett Schilling, Jack Hopkins. Fantasy super power: To be able to fly. Local spot: Lowers & T St. Dream wave: Lance’s Right. Barrels or Airs: Airs feel good but barrels are much better! Who has pushed your surfing: Crosby and the entire Colapinto family, they introduced me to surfing! Goals: Make the finals in Regionals & Nationals. Thank yous: My family for their constant support, my friends & my sponsors.

Surfer of the Week - 3/23/2017


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


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


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


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.