Last Friday evening saw the end of an incredible season of historic wins and personal bests as San Clemente High honored their 2009 varsity and junior varsity surfing teams. Held at the Surfing Heritage Museum, the awards banquette included the athletes’ families and friends who came out in support of the teams’ strong and rich talent. Special recognition was given to the eight students who earned academic excellence by consistently mainitaining a 3.5 GPA or higher, further proving their bright futures in and out of the water.
Swell.com also received special acknowledgement for their committed sponsorship and resourcefullness in promoting individual team members.
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The Orange County Regional Championships, the seventh stop of the 2009 Red Bull Riders Cup season, took place this week in sunny, albeit “small” conditions. This leg saw Orange County’s best high school surfers battle it out in a series of close games. Participating high schools included San Clemente High, Newport Harbor High, Edison High, and Huntington Beach High.
In 1- to 2-foot surf at best, the SCHS team fought fiercely in some of the worst conditions they’ve had to compete in the entire year. Surfing against the local favorites of Huntington Beach, the SCHS team was plagued with high tides and drastic lulls. The event did see some highlights for the team as Dane and Patrick Gudauskas, WQS warriors and SCHS alumni, came down to root the team on and make sure the boys were focused. Dane gave an incredible speech to the team leading into the third quarter of the game.
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