UCSD Surfing Impresses in Huntington Contest
Despite tricky conditions and high-level competition, the UCSD surfing team completed the Huntington Contest with their best result yet. The team finished with a 4th place overall and left the beach with a handful of great memories.
The contest was held just south of Huntington pier, with Saturday's conditions yielding 2-3ft swell and gusting offshores winds. These conditions made it tricky to get into waves and finish maneuvers, but our men's shortboard team prevailed through the first round of heats with all of our men's A team making it to round two along with most of our men's B team. By the afternoon conditions turned messy with onshore winds and most of our men's team were unable to make it past round two.
Sunday's conditions were smaller and cleaner in the morning, with our A team longboarder Trent Webster scoring a nine point ride on a wave shown in the attached photo. Trent made it as far as the semifinals, adding nicely to our team's total score.
The biggest highlight of the contest was women's shortboard, with all of our women making it through round one in the morning despite the small conditions. Ultimately, three of our women made it to the shortboard finals with Kalohe Danbara finishing in fifth, Maddie Garlough in fourth, and Makena Burke taking the win with a first place finish! This is Makena's second first place finish in a row, demonstrating a consistent ability to out-surf the competition regardless of wave conditions.