With only two competitions left this season, the Warrior Surf Team had the benefit of competing right here at home in familiar Carlsbad waters in front of our Army and Navy Academy.

Not only was the event smoothly executed by theScholastic Surf Series, supervised by Craig Matthews, and expertly staffed under the watchful eyes of our very own lifeguards, everyone in attendance witnessed some of the best breaking waves of the year!

Conditions were relatively epic throughout the weekend and for the sunny competition day (at least until the wind picked up in the afternoon, gusting to about 15mph and making the contest a real struggle for all in the balmy 63degF water).

The medium 2’ – 4’ ranged tide cycle allowed the westerly swell to produce a pretty consistent 3’ to 5’ wave, with long workable rides in either direction. With occasional “bomb” sets of waves looming outside, the conditions were favorable while they lasted for some very exciting surf riding!

Almost all of our Warrior surfers advanced in their heats. 7 surfers represented ANA with enthusiasm and guts, especially when the conditions began to deteriorate by late morning.

  • Cole Sweeney advanced up to the quarterfinals in a very competitive men’s shortboard division.
  • Despite a late start, Mark McKee surfed well in his heat.
  • Juan Basave, Charlie MacNamara, and Jake Fain all surfed well and advanced into further rounds accruing valuable points for the team.
  • It was Noah Ross, placing 6th in men’s longboard and 3rd in the bodyboard division, who racked up a couple more medals for him and ANA.
  • Of course, Coral McDuffee had another outstanding performance representing ANA in the women’s division, placing 2nd in shortboard and 4th in longboard.  Thanks again Coral for choosing to surf for us!

The final competition for this year is scheduled to be held at Avalanche Jetty in Ocean Beach, W Point Loma Blvd & Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107.  Hope to see you there!

Story provided by Assistant Coach Jason MacDonnell.