Grand Strand surfers compete in NSSA nationals

Grand Strand surfers competed in the the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) championships held in Huntington Beach, CA this week.

The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.

In the Explorer division, Boyd and Seth Brown of Litchfield were both eliminated in the first round.

Pawleys Island’s Katie Gordon made it to the girls 2nd round before being eliminated.

Local standout and recent winner of the Village Surf Shoppe Anniversary and Herndon/Lebel Memorial Surfoff Addison Miles was eliminated in the 3rd round.
Micha Cantor picked up an interference call in the Super Groms quarterfinals.

Pawleys Island’s Luke Gordon had the best showing with a fourth place finish in Explorer Menehune (ages 12 & under).

In the open division,  Katie Gordon was eliminated in the second round of the girls division, while brother Luke Gordon was eliminated in the third round of boys.

Litchfield’s Trip Chandler was put out in the first round of boys.
Seth Brown made it to the second round of mini Groms, and his brother Boyd Brown made it to the quarterfinals of boys before being eliminated.

Myrtle Beach’s Nate Dorman was eliminated in the third round of open mens.

Murrells Inlet stand out Micha Cantor advanced to the semi-finals of the Mini Groms before picking up an interference call and finishing in 5th place.

 

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