This past weekend Rusty team rider, Rick Takahashi, extended his lead in both the Masters and Seniors divisions in the NSSA Southwest circuit by taking home yet another double win! Plus, Takahashi just missed making the final in the Men's division and, not to mention, he posted the highest wave score of the entire event. Takahashi is taking no prisoners in 2011...
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.
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Takahashi and friends gathered at the La Jolla Brew House over the weekend to celebrate a tremendous season in NSSA.
Takahashi surfed in both the Masters and Seniors divisions and when it was all said and done he took home 18 wins, 5 seconds, 1 third, 1 seventh, 2 Conference Titles, 2 Regional Titles, 1 Western Title, and Two National Titles!
Before this year's NSSA season started we took a few minutes to chat with Rick Takahashi (see "The Man With No Middle Name"), last year's Masters' Champion, and he claimed he was going to bring home two Championship titles this year... well, the man is true to his word and he brought home the NSSA Southwest Conference Masters (25+) and Seniors (35+) Championships!
The NSSA states that, "Rick Takahashi kicked up the heat in the Masters and Seniors categories this year, dominating the divisions with a major 14 win-record while handily collecting both conference titles."
Takahashi did not just sneak by with the titles, he destroyed the series in both divisions, leaving everyone points behind. In the Masters division Tak took home seven 1st places, two 2nds, and a 3rd- leaving him with a series point total of 12,450, 2,935 points ahead of second place! For the Seniors division he took home seven 1sts, two 2nds, and an equal 7th- a series total of 12,134, 1,805 points ahead of the runner up! Tak only missed one final in two divisions all year!
Not to mention that, just for fun, Tak entered and won one of the Sun Diego Pro/Am Events; as if he had not surfed enough contests this year...
"I won both conferences and looking forward to Westerns next week. I'm not looking forward to nationals until I win the Westerns Cup..."
Congratulations Rick! No Mercy at Westerns and Nationals!
In the most recent NSSA Southwestern Conference Contest, held at pumping Ocean Beach pier, San Diego, Jake Halstead took 1st Place in the Explorer Boys Division. Rick Takahashi, once again, took 1st in the Seniors Division as well as the Masters Division. Both the amping rookie and the unstoppable veteran seem to be on a clear path to victory...
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Rick Takahashi and Jake Halstead are looking to sweep the NSSA season this year! The two Rusty team riders have won both events of the season thus far, not to mention Rick has won both in two separate divisions:
A building combo of Northwest and Southwest swells provided consistent 4-6 foot surf with bigger close out sets. With a lot of water pushing from the multiple swell energy, wave conditions at the D Street sandbar were moderately walled but there were many steep corners for the competitors to maximize their scoring potential.
Jake Halstead (La Jolla) took command of the Boys division for the second straight event. Halstead's explosive moves were rewarded with wins in every heat en route to his second win of the season. Also worth noting is Halstead's perfect heat win percentage as he has not lost a heat in Explorer Boys competition thus far. Rick Takahashi (San Diego) got the broom out again pulling off his second consecutive two division sweep in the Masters and Seniors.