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LBHS Surf team takes second place at NSSA Regional State Championships

Story by Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns

Photos by Ellen Nelsen

The LBHS Surf team had a very successful weekend surfing in the NSSA Interscholastic Regional State Championships for the third year in a row. Laguna’s tremendous showing took them all the way to 2nd overall with an 84-point total, just 9 points behind San Clemente. 

Surf team one Jameson Roller

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Jameson Roller finishes third in Longboard

In all there were 10 schools competing. This is the best result for Laguna to date. It was definitely a whole team effort. 

Laguna was represented in each of the Division Finals. Jameson Roller led the way in Longboard finishing third, Kayla Coscino and Tess Booth both did awesome taking fourth and fifth, while Sam Nelsen won heat after heat dominating the field on Saturday and closed out the Men’s Final for Shortboard in sixth place.

Surf team two Sam Nelsen, Coaches Scott Finn, and Alisa Cairns, Kayla Coscino and Tess Booth

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Sam Nelson, Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns, Kayla Coscino, and Tess Booth help lead the LBHS Surf team to a big team

The rest of Laguna’s Men Shortboarders did super well also, making several rounds and helping LBHS to its impressive finish. Trey Lockhart and Liam McCue had some outstanding performances barely coming up short of advancement in the Quarterfinals. Meanwhile there was great surfing and efforts also put in by Kiko Nelsen, Jett Nelson, and Kyle Shaw.

Surf team three Kayla Coscino

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Kayla Coscino takes fourth in Longboard

The event was held at Seaside Reef at Cardiff-by-the-Sea in San Diego. Surf on Saturday was pretty good in the morning, but got progressively worse as the day went on. The weather was pretty bad with plenty of rain and some wind. Sunday afternoon prior to the Finals there was more wind and rain, but the kids still managed to navigate the conditions very well.

Surf team four Sam Nelsen

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Sam Nelson won heat after heat, dominating the field on Saturday, and closed out the Men’s Final for Shortboard in sixth place

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