Competition Season Starts for SLV Surf Team

Sophie Northcott at the Volcom VQS contest 11-16-13. Photo: Malcolm Northcott
Sophie Northcott at the Volcom VQS contest 11-16-13. Photo: Malcolm Northcott

On a chilly, late October morning, SLV surfers made the long drive up to Half Moon Bay for the first contest in this Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League (SCSSL) season.  In the team on team competition, Santa Cruz Mountains (SLV, Scotts Valley, and Saint Francis) lost to Santa Cruz High 80-45.  Although this may seem like a huge loss, Santa Cruz Mountains actually improved their performance over last year’s team-on-team competition with Santa Cruz High by almost 20 points.  Santa Cruz High is the highest ranked team in the league, brimming with talented, top-of-the-line surfers.

Despite the team loss to Santa Cruz High, some Santa Cruz Mountains surfers advanced through to the semifinals and finals.  Sophie Northcott, sophomore at SLV, advanced to the girls’ longboard semifinals, and April Martin-Hansen, also an SLV sophomore, made it to the girls’ shortboard finals, placing sixth overall.

April Martin-Hansen at the volcom contest. Photo: Malcolm Northcott
April Martin-Hansen at the volcom contest. Photo: Malcolm Northcott

Sophie Northcott and April Martin-Hansen also competed at a contest put on by Volcom at Pleasure Point on Saturday, November 16th.  Sophie Northcott got 5th in her first heat, which was stacked tough talent including top local surfers and competitors from out of the area. April Martin-Hansen made it through the first two rounds of competition to qualify for the finals, where she got 6th overall.

Here are some of their waves at the Volcom contest:

The second SCSSL contest of the season will be held this coming Saturday, November 23rd, at Pleasure Point against Harbor High/Carmel starting at 7 a.m., so all you early risers should come down and check it out.

-April Martin-Hansen

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