Shorecliffs surfers win O.C. event at San Clemente pier

Shorecliffs Middle School of San Clemente is undefeated in five Scholastic Surf Series Orange County contests this year, and it was easy to see why at the season finale Saturday, March 25 at the San Clemente Pier.

Shorecliffs and Thurston Middle School of Laguna Beach finished 1-2 out of seven schools, but Shorecliffs, the defending NSSA national champion, was dominant, collecting 286 points to 130.5 for runner-up Thurston.

San Clemente’s Bernice Ayer Middle School was third, San Juan Capistrano’s Marco Forster Middle School fourth and Niguel Hills Middle School fifth.

In boys shortboarding, the top-performance division of the event, Shorecliffs surfers occupied five of the six slots in the final.

Liam Mateer took the win, teammates Brayden Burch, Nico Coli and Dane Matson going 2-3-4. Callan Emery of Marco Forster was fifth.

Shorecliffs’ Kai McPhillips, who took sixth, won the longboard division, in which Shorecliffs surfers went 1-2-3.

Elle Emery of Marco Forster outpointed Tess Booth of Thurston and four other finalists to win girls shortboarding. Chris Early of Don Juan Avila decisioned Seth Lyon of Niguel Hills and four other finalists to win bodyboarding.

In girls longboarding, Shorecliffs’ Taylor Stacy and Carolyn Sachse placed 1-2.


At Oceanside, three of the five division winners in a Surfing America Prime West Coast invitational March 25 were from San Clemente.

Cole Houshmand won the Boys Under 18 division, Kirra Pinkerton won Girls Under 16 and Jett Schilling won Boys Under 16.

Pinkerton also took second in Girls Under 18. Schilling took second in Boys Under 14. San Clemente’s Kade Matson was a two-division finalist, second in Boys Under 16, third in Boys Under 18.

Tyler Gunter of Newport Beach was second in Boys Under 18. San Clemente’s Crosby Colapinto was third in Boys Under 16. Laguna Beach’s Kayla Coscino was third in Girls Under 16. San Clemente’s Samantha Sibley was fourth in Girls Under…

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