Jay Christenson, Rusty Surfboards team rider, surfed the NSSA Explorer event #5 held in 2-3' beack-break at D -Street in Encinitas this past Saturday. Three years... twenty-one different locations... sixty plus contests... thirty plus finals made... a model of consistent solid results... and Jay takes his FIRST NSSA WIN ever, also jumping one spot in the season rankings, he now ranks 2nd overall. 2011 is starting off great for the young San Diego grom.
NAME: Mikey Ciaramella
HOME: Stone Harbor, NJ
SCHOOL: Middle Township High School
SPONSORS: Rusty, Reef, Electric, Xcel, Freestyle, Dakine, Futures Fins, 7th Street Surf Shop
Don’t know if you’ve seen or heard, but the East Coast has been cooking lately. From Florida to Maine, it’s been an offshore playground, and Mikey Ciaramella has been taking full advantage.
“The waves have been really fun for the past month or so,” Mikey says. “Two weekends ago I got some of the best waves I’ve ever gotten on the East Coast.”
All that extra water time paid off this weekend when Mikey won the NSSA Northeast Conference High School Championships in Ocean City, New Jersey.
“I came up on the boardwalk and saw some really fun, head-high barrels,” Mikey says. “As soon as I saw that, I knew it was going to be a sick day.”
A sick day, indeed. Competing against the best high school surfers in New York and New Jersey, Mikey owned the day. He won every one of the five heats he surfed — a big accomplishment for the high school (real high school, not home school) junior.
“I was really excited about the contest because the last two years I made the finals but wasn’t able to pull off a win,” Mikey says. “It was pretty important to me to win because a lot of the best Jersey pros of today, guys like Matt Keenan and Rob Kelly, have won this contest. I feel like it’s a good result for my career.”
—Taylor Paul/Surfing Magazine
Video by Alex DePhillipo
13 year old Kylie Loveland has been tearing up the heat sheets and turning heads! Recently she took 1st in the Girls Division and her team, Aviara Oaks, also took 1st overall in the San Diego Region. Then she also claimed an impressive second place finish at the Open NSSA DMJs event. Congratulations to young Kylie!
80 pound gouge. Photo: Wyman
Congratulations to the young Kylie Loveland for placing 1st in the NSSA Southwest Explorer Girls, 1st in the NSSA Womens at HB Pier, and an equal 5th at the Surfing America Prime at DMJs; not bad for a weekend's work, especially when you're not old enough for a worker's permit.
A big congratulations goes out to young Ryland Rubens for taking home a second place finish overall in the 10 and under NSSA Southwest conference and a fourth place finish at the West Coast championships.
Rusty team rider and Point Loma Nazarene Team Captain, Hunter Lysaught, clenched a third place finish as an individual and his points bumped his team into third place over all at the recent NSSA State Championships. Click here for all the details from the event...
Hunter bringing home the cheddar. Photo: Brody
Hunter going vertical. Photo: Garcia
After taking home two national titles last season Rick Takahashi has tasted blood and is on a rampage. Takahashi claimed double wins, for the third time this season, at the NSSA Southwest Explorer conference contest held at Huntington beach over the weekend. The technical regular footer competes in the Seniors and the Masters divisions, but still surfs like an amped junior - making the most of every wave. Takahashi knows how to make heats and get scores. For instance, in this weekend's event he got at least an 8.5 in every heat he surfed (in both divisions) and he even nailed a perfect 10 in one of the finals! Once Takahashi gets his momentum going he is tough to stop: better get out of the way because he is blazing full speed ahead to another pair of national titles!
The NSSA Southwest Conference season opener took place in Huntington Beach over the weekend and reigning Conference and National Champion, Rick Takahashi, is looking ready to meet or beat his personal best. Repeating last season’s opening day, Takahashi put on another dominating performance putting 7-point rides on the scoreboard. He nailed wins in both the Masters and Seniors divisions proving the merit behind his double Nationals titles last June.
Click here to check out the full story at nssa.org.
NSSA Nationals is a great time to be a grom...
What better way to amp up for a heat than a little Black Sabbath on Guitar Hero? What better way to rejuvenate after an exhausting paddle battle than an extra large shaved ice and fresh BBQ fish tacos? What beats a post heat massage?
The Rusty Groms got to enjoy the V.I.P. treatment. Jake Halstead, Keto Burns, Tayler Brothers, Mikey Ciarmella, Corey Howell, and Ian Garcia climbed the ranks of the NSSA to earn a spot in the coveted Nationals competition for a chance to duke it out with the next crop of (soon to be) World Title contenders...
The NSSA Nationals are under way at the coveted Trestles Beach in Southern California and the most talented surfers from across the country are in town to compete for the championship...
Amongst the elite crowd of up and coming surfers are Rusty's very own Corey Howell, Mikey Ciarmella, Ian Garcia, and Tayler Brothers. Although, the surf was a bit inconsistent, the sets provided for clean rippable walls and the groms went off! Ian Garcia was a stand out, taking first place in his heat!
The Playground: Trestles
Ian Garcia working it all the way to the beach...
Ian Garcia winning the heat
All Photos: Brody