Oceanside, Calif. (March 28, 2021) – The nation’s best West Coast surfers lit up Oceanside at the second stop of the Toyota USA Surfing West Coast Prime Series presented by Got Milk? at Oceanside Harbor South Jetty.
With two of the five West Coast events in the books, rankings and qualifiers are starting to take shape for invites to the USA Surfing Championship at Lower Trestles, Calif. in June. See results below and rankings here.
Local stand out Caitlin Simmers saved her best for last, getting the event’s only 10 with a CT-level turn on a right hand close out set wave to win the Girls U16 final. Announcer Timmy Marshall called it one of the most beautiful smashes of the lip he’s seen any junior girl complete. She backed it up with an 8.83 to earn the highest heat total of the event and sweep both the Girls U16 and U18 divisions.
In the final minutes of the Boys U14 final, Huntington Beach’s Petey Romaniuk went from fourth to first to win his first Prime Series event.
Half Moon Bay’s Zoe Chait travelled the farthest to make her Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series debut in Oceanside. She made a heat and will be bringing that experience back to the Prime Series third stop at Church.
The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is the highest level of junior amateur competition in the nation with more than 100 of the best under 18 surfers on the West Coast.
STOP #2 RESULTS
1st Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
2nd Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad, Calif.
3rd Ella McCaffray, Encinitas, Calif.
4th Keanna Miller, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1st Levi Slawson, Encinitas, Calif.
2nd Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.
3rd William “Tex” Mitchell, Oceanside, Calif.
4th Taj Lindblad, San Clemente, Calif.
1st Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
2nd Bella Kenworthy, Dana Point, Calif.
3rd Sara Freyre, Newport, Calif.
4th Mara Morales, Huntington Beach, Calif.
1st Cole McCaffray, Encinitas, Calif.
2nd Luke Guinaldo, Huntington Beach, Calif.
3rd Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.
4th Dane Matson, San Clemente, Calif.
1st Petey Romaniuk, Huntington Beach, Calif.
2nd Eeli Timperi, Encinitas, Calif.
3rd Rex Hennings, San Clemente, Calif.
4th Timothy Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series makes stops along both East and West coasts and culminates in the USA Surfing Championships. The competition was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when trying to make the leap from pro junior competition to next-level competition opportunities, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series and potentially the Olympics and WSL Championship Tour. The Prime Series champion and podium roster is a who’s who in American surfing.
Surfers competing in the Prime Series experience an event with judging, announcing and organization consistent with WSL pro events, including professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers, four-person heats with priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges.
USA Surfing’s Prime Series is grateful for the support of our fabulous sponsors. We will miss seeing them at events under Covid-19 restrictions, but expect they will resume their beach participation soon. Please buy their products and support the companies that support USA Surfing:
Blue Diamond Almonds
American Optometric Association
Sun Bum Sunscreen
Rise Brewing - Nitro Cold Brewed Coffee
Murf Electric Bikes
International Hotel Group
Blue Wonderland Wax
Contact: becky (at) usasurfing (dot) org
USA Surfing is the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States, recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). USA Surfing’s mission is to promote and grow the sport of surfing and support United States athletes of all backgrounds to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American competition. USA Surfing will oversee and support America’s Olympic team as surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and surfing and stand-up paddleboarding athletes compete in the 2019 Pan American Games..
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