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 (2022)

Surfer of the Week

KOLBY KEKOA AIPA

Contest / Result:

Kolby has won three straight events in the Southwest Conference Explorer Season!

1st Place Explorer Juniors (17U) Event 2 at Ponto.

1st Place Explorer Juniors (17U) Event 3 at Huntington Beach Ninth Street.

1sr Place Explorer Juniors (17U) Event 4 at Huntington Beach Ninth Street.

Age

17-years-old.

Hometown (City, State):

Huntington Beach, California

School and grade:

Huntington Beach HIgh School; 12th grade.

Favorite subject:

Surf Class and Math. 

Sponsors:

Aipa Surf, Dakine, HSS - Huntington Surf and Sport, Cobian Footwear, Zevn, Hula Girls Shaved Ice and Naked Viking Surf.

Equipment:

Aipa 5’9” x 18.7” x 2.90” 27.6 L. The Butcher Model.

Coach / Trainer:

My High School Coach - Coach Verdone.

Age you started surfing:

I really got into surfing around the ages of 6 and 7. 

Local surfing spot:

Huntington Beach Pier.

Local heroes::

My grandpa Ben Aipa. 

Surf crew:

Dzaz, Dkook, Jake, Cam, Tanner, Nikoi and Kyle.

Favorite pro surfers::

Andy Irons and Kelly Slater.

Hobbies other than surfing:

Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Fishing and Hacky Sack.

If you could surf like anyone in the world, who would it be:

Andy Irons.

Who has pushed your surfing the most:

My Mom and Dad; and everyone at the HB Pier.

Fantasy superpower:

Teleportation.

Dream wave:

Cloudbreak.

Something people don't know about you:

I also like to longboard. 

Your favorite thing about competing in NSSA contests:

Surfing with and against my friends.

Contest playlist:

Biggie Smalls.

Goals for this season:

I would like to travel. 

Special people you would like to thank:

My Mom, Dad and Coach Verdone.

 

Surfer of the Week

MADDIE STORRER

Contest / Result:

Northwest Conference Open Womens division sweep in events 3 & 4!

1st Place Open Womens (all ages) event 3 at Steamer Lane on November 5th.

1st place Open Womens (all ages) event 4 at Steamer Lane on November 6th. 

2022/23 Northwest Conference Open Womens Season Champion.

Age

16

Hometown (City, State):

Santa Cruz, California

School and grade:

Ocean Grove Charter School. 11th grade.

Favorite subject:

English and Spanish

Sponsors:

O'Neill Surf Shop, Sharp Eye Surfboards, Merge4 Socks and Creatures of Leisure.

Equipment:

5'6" Holy Toledo from Sharp Eye Surfboards. 

Coach / Trainer:

Andre Gioranelli and Christian Saenz.

Age you started surfing:

At age 11, I joined the school surf club with my friends and started surfing at Capitola Beach.

Local surfing spot:

Pleasure Point

Local heroes::

Autumn Hays, Ashley Held and Laura Anderson.

Surf crew:

My sisters, Olivia and Emery Storrer and Zoe Chait.

Favorite pro surfers::

Stephanie Gilmore and Filipe Toledo.

Hobbies other than surfing:

Wakeboarding, wakesurfing, snowboarding and I actually like reselling items and used clothes online.

If you could surf like anyone in the world, who would it be:

Stephanie Gilmore

Who has pushed your surfing the most:

Zoe Chait has pushed my surfing. She is such an incredible athlete and friend.

Fantasy superpower:

To be able to breathe underwater.

Dream wave:

Keramas

Something people don't know about you:

My younger sister and I share the same birthday date. She was born six years after me on the same date!

Your favorite thing about competing in NSSA contests:

Hanging out with friends and getting to surf great waves with only a few other people out.

Contest playlist:

Chance the Rapper

Goals for this season:

To get my surfing to be at the QS level.

Special people you would like to thank:

I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and my dreams. I would like to thank my coach Andre for developing my surfing and mindset. And to my coach when I head south; Christian thank you for helping me continue to become a better surfer. And thank you to my sponsors for always supporting me.

 

Surfer of the Week

MAKAI CASTLE

Contest / Result:

WHAT A PERFORMANCE FOR MAKAI! HIS BEST YET!

1st place Boys 14U Division, Southwest Explorer Event #3. Event 3 final heat total 19.50 on wave scores of 9.83 & 9.67.

1st place Boys 14 U Division, Southwest Explorer Event #4.  Event 4 final heat total 15.10 on wave scores of 8.97 & 6.93.

Age

13

Hometown (City, State):

Huntington Beach, California

School and grade:

Cabrillo Point Academy. 7th grade.

Favorite subject:

Math

Sponsors:

Matuse, Huntington Surf and Sport, Carver, Sessions West Coast Deli, Prolite, Bubblegum Surf Wax

Equipment:

5'2" T Patterson, Pato Model

Coach / Trainer:

Christian Saenz- Orange County Surf Coaching

Age you started surfing:

Age 5. My dad took me to River Jetties in Huntington Beach. He pushed me into the first wave and I stood up. I remember even going surfing before preschool some days!

Local surfing spot:

Huntington Beach Pier

Local heroes::

Brett Simpson

Surf crew:

My brother Finn Castle, Nehemiah Willmer, Jesse Rapp and the Meza's.

Favorite pro surfers::

Jack Robinson, Griffin Colapinto and Ethan Ewing.

Hobbies other than surfing:

Video editing and skating on my Carver.

If you could surf like anyone in the world, who would it be:

If I could surf like anyone in the world it would be Griffin Colapinto. I would want to surf like Griffin because he has such sick carves and blow-tails and he also has an insane air game.

Who has pushed your surfing the most:

My brother Finn, Jesse Rapp and other kids my age who compete in the NSSA's.

Fantasy superpower:

Teleportation

Dream wave:

Snapper Rocks, 4-6 ft barrels.

Something people don't know about you:

Something people don't know about me is that I was so afraid of the ocean from around age 8 to age 10 that I could hardly even walk on the pier. One scary experience in the ocean had me spooked for a while.

Your favorite thing about competing in NSSA contests:

My favorite thing about competing in the NSSA contests is getting to surf against kids who push my level of surfing.

Contest playlist:

Sometimes Rage Against the Machine or Lose Yourself by Eminem.

Goals for this season:

My goals for this season are to win the Nationals and the Southwest Explorer Boys conference title.

Special people you would like to thank:

Thank you to my mom and dad for sitting on the beach and watching my brother and me surf. Huge thanks to my coach Christian Saenz, who has helped my surfing develop so much and to all of my sponsors who believe in me and support me. So thankful.

 

Surfer of the Week

JORDY COLLINS

Contest / Result:

Southwest College Event #1; 1st place College Mens out of a field of 216 competitors!

Age

23

Hometown (City, State):

Vista, California

School and grade:

Westcliff University - Freshman

Favorite subject:

English

Sponsors:

None right now!

Equipment:

5’10" Chris Borst Designs

Coach / Trainer:

Coaches Kyle and Chelsea from Westcliff University

Age you started surfing:

I started surfing around 5 or 6 years old.

Local surfing spot:

Ponto in Carlsbad.

Local heroes::

Josh Kerr, Taylor Knox and Josh Collins.

Surf crew:

PTC

Favorite pro surfers::

John John for sure!

Hobbies other than surfing:

Clubbing

If you could surf like anyone in the world, who would it be:

It would have to be John John. There is nothing he can’t do.

Who has pushed your surfing the most:

A lot of the up and coming kids from San Diego probably push my surfing the most. There is so much talent here it’s insane.

Fantasy superpower:

It would be sick to be able to breath underwater so you wouldn’t have to worry about drowning.

Dream wave:

Cloudbreak

Something people don't know about you:

Probably there are people who don’t know that I just took a two year hiatus from surfing because I was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Missouri and Kansas.

Your favorite thing about competing in NSSA contests:

I always just love competing in general. It’s fun to push yourself and see what you can do when you put the jersey on. I love how coming back and competing at a NSSA contest just feels like home to me. I have made so many friends here over the years and had such good memories.

Contest playlist:

Maybe some King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard!!

Goals for this season:

Have fun!

Special people you would like to thank:

My parents, everyone at Westcliff University and Jesus Christ!

 

Surfer of the Week

MAKENA BURKE

Contest / Result:

2022/23 West Coast College Season event 1 at Blacks: 1st place College Womens. Won back-to-back season openers. 2022 College Womens National Champion. 2022 College Womens State Champion. 2021/22 West Coast College Season Champion.

Age

19-years-old.

Hometown (City, State):

Ventura, California.

School and grade:

University of California, San Diego Class of 2025

Major: Health w/ a Concentration in Medicine Sciences

Career Goal: Medical professional (still deciding between physician, dentist, or PA)

Favorite subject:

Biology

Sponsors:

O'Neill Women's, Revolution, Betty Belts

Equipment:

5’9 x18 3/16 x 2 1/8 CI Pro

Coach / Trainer:

N/A

Age you started surfing:

Age 6. My first wave ever was on a family vacation to Hawaii.

Local surfing spot:

Black's Beach.

Local heroes::

Sage Erickson

Surf crew:

Maddie, Soleil, Anna

Favorite pro surfers::

Owen Wright, Yago Dora and Ethan Ewing

Hobbies other than surfing:

Running, mountain biking and golfing.

If you could surf like anyone in the world, who would it be:

I would like to surf like Yago Dora.

Who has pushed your surfing the most:

My twin brother.

Fantasy superpower:

Breathe underwater.

Dream wave:

Desert Point. 

Something people don't know about you:

I have a twin brother!

Your favorite thing about competing in NSSA contests:

Hanging with friends.

Contest playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/

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Goals for this season:

Help the UCSD Surf Team place 1st in a contest.

Special people you would like to thank:

Mom, Dad and grandparents for supporting my education!

 

Surfer of the Week

Luke Tema

Contest / Result:

NSSA Hawaii event #1 at PKs. 1st Open Mens, 1st Explorer Mens, 2nd Explorer Juniors

Age

16

Hometown (City, State):

North Shore, Oahu

School and grade:

Penn Foster, 10th grade

Favorite subject:

PE

Sponsors:

Hurley, HIC, K Tokoro Surfboards, Leus, Sunbum, Dragon Alliance, Nixon, Mokulele Airlines

Equipment:

5’11" Hi•Per Model

Coach / Trainer:

Kid Peligro & Yadin Nicol

Age you started surfing:

4 years old at Suis.

Local surfing spot:

V Land, Pipeline, Suis.

Local heroes::

John John Florence, Seth & Josh Moniz.

Surf crew:

Nalu, Maddix, Keone & Nolan.

Favorite pro surfers::

Ethan Ewing & Griffin Colapinto.

Hobbies other than surfing:

Golf

If you could surf like anyone in the world, who would it be:

Ethan Ewing

Who has pushed your surfing the most:

My Dad

Fantasy superpower:

To breathe underwater.

Dream wave:

Kandui

Something people don't know about you:

I golf a couple of times a week.

Your favorite thing about competing in NSSA contests:

The contest locations & competing with friends.

Contest playlist:

A mix of music, mostly rap & rock.

Goals for this season:

Do well in a QS event, win States & have a good ranking in HSA & NSSA.

Special people you would like to thank:

My family for their support and being at all the contests. 

 

Surfer of the Week

DAVID O'KEEFE AND SARA FREYRE

Contest / Result:

David - 2022 National Open Mens Champion; Sara - 2022 National Open Womens Champion

Age

David: 17; Sara: 15

Hometown (City, State):

David: Newport Beach, Ca; Sara: Huntington Beach, Ca

School and grade:

David: Futures Academy 12th grade; Sara: Huntington Beach High School 9th grade

Sponsors:

David: Body Glove, Etnies, Surfside Sports, LXD Eyewear, Stamps Surfboards. Sara: Hurley, Jacks Surfboards, Surface Sunscreen, Sambazon, Channel Islands Surfboards, Sticky Bumps, Future Fins, Prolite

Equipment:

David: Stamps Surfboards Sara: Channel Islands Surfboards

 


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