San Clemente, Calif. (May 5, 2019) – The West Coast Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series season presented by Got Milk? wrapped up at San Clemente’s T-Street. The morning high tide and slower waves forced surfers to get a quick start to their heats to find the scores they needed to advance. The locals' favorite break continued to deliver waist-high rollers throughout the weekend. See event results below and season-end ratings at https://www.usasurfing.org/ratings.html
More than 100 of the best under 18 surfers on the West Coast competed for Prime Series season titles and cumulative points that qualify them to surf at USA Surfing Championships June 18-22 at Lower Trestles.
“The kids are gearing up for an exciting USA Surfing Championships at Lowers in a few weeks,” said USA Surfing’s junior national team coach Brett Simpson. “This weekend’s Prime event put their wave selection and heat strategy to the test.”
Highlights included the highest wave score and heat total for boys went to Hayden Rodgers, whose 8.83 and 7.17 gave him a 16-point heat total. For girls, the highest wave score went to Alyssa Spencer, who scored an 8.67. The highest heat total went to Kirra Pinkerton, who scored an 9.5 and 8.67 for a 18.17 heat total.
In the Under 18 divisions, Kade Matson and Caitlin Simmers clinched wins with big solid combo maneuvers. “Kade’s power surfing and Caity’s precision were the difference makers in clinching the wins,” Simpson said.
Encinitas surfer Levi Slawson was demonstrating solid flow after a few trips to Fiji and Indo. “He had some standout moments this week,” Simpson said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he and the other boys bring to championships.”
“In the girls Under 16 division Alyssa Spencer was looking more comfortable than ever after having some great success on the world stage in the beginning of the year,” Simpson said. "Kirra Pinkerton is surfing well this year on the qualifying series and just got home from Australia, where she was awarded the 2018 Women's World Junior champion trophy.
The boys Under 14 division was dominated by local San Clemente surfers who frequent T-Street. “Makai, Hayden and Cannon spend the most time out in that line up and it shows,” Simpson said.
1st Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
2nd Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad, Calif.
3rd Makena Burke, Ventura, Calif.
4th Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente, Calif.
1st Kade Matson, San Clemente, Calif.
2nd Hagan Johnson, San Clemente, Calif.
3rd Taro Watanabe, Malibu, Calif.
4th Levi Slawson, Encinitas, Calif.
1st Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad, Calif.
2nd Ella McCaffray, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.
3rd Sawyer Lindblad, San Clemente, Calif.
4th Lilie Kulber, Los Angeles, Calif.
1st Levi Slawson, Encinitas, Calif.
2nd Cole McCaffray, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.
3rd Hayden Rodgers, San Clemente, Calif.
4th Jo Jo Whelan, Costa Mesa, Calif.
1st Makai Bray, San Clemente, Calif.
2nd Hayden Rodgers, San Clemente, Calif.
3rd Cannon Carr, San Clemente, Calif.
4th Cole McCaffray, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.
USA Surfing’s Prime Series was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when making the jump to the bigger leagues of surfing, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series, the WSL Championship Tour and potentially the Olympic Games. The Prime format provides surfers with an experience similar to WSL pro events with professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers, four-person heats using priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges.
Several World Surf League stand outs honed their skills in the Prime Series, including No. 1-ranked Caroline Marks, No. 3 Courtney Conlogue, No. 6 Kolohe Andino and Lakey Peterson, as well as Sage Erickson, Kanoa Igarashi, Conner Coffin, Griffin Colapinto and more.
Contact: becky (at) usasurfing (dot) org
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