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2004 NSSA Nationals Wrap Up

| posted on July 22, 2010

After a grueling week of battling each other in timed heats, the competitors from NSSA Nationals came together Sunday night for a year-end banquet, to find out the results of the week’s tight action. In the ballroom of the Laguna Beach Marriott-made anxious by the buzz of jangled nerves wondering at the outcomes-the NSSA’s best competitors sat down to celebrate the end of another year of competition.

This year’s NSSA Nationals Governors Cup was held, as it has been for the past twelve years, at Lower Trestles, where a consistent swell swept over the cobblestones throughout the week. During Saturday’s finals heats (and according to custom) commentators stopped updating scores with five minutes remaining in each heat, leaving the results to be announced at Sunday’s banquet.

Careful observers of Saturday’s action knew that most heats were easily predictable, with Dane Gudauskas the obvious winner of the Open Men’s final, having honed an aggressive backhand attack and a tactical knowledge of Lowers into an unbeatable combination.

But the real story of Nationals was the emerging prowess of the women’s competitors. Kauai’s Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack last November. Bethany not only made the final, but surfed well, managing to pick off set waves and paddle for position. The winner of that heat, however, was 11-year-old Carrissa Moore from Hawaii, who made Nationals history by winning the Open Womens, Explorer Womens, and Middle School Girls divisions.

With incredible competition and camaraderie all week long, Nationals, though tightly contested, underscored the value that the NSSA provides for amateur surfing-a showcase of all the unbridled joy that youth surfing hasn’t forgotten.

Here are the official unofficial results, with more to come as the day progresses, and a thorough wrap-up in the forthcoming issue of SURFER (Vol. 45, No. 10).

OPEN MEN

  • 1. Dane Gudauskas
  • 2. Kellen Ellison
  • 3. Kaimi Hui Hui
  • 4. Kilian Garland
  • 5. Ola Eleogram
  • 6. TJ Barron

OPEN WOMEN

  • 1. Carissa Moore
  • 2. Erica Hosseini
  • 3. Lauren Sweeney
  • 4. Colleen Mehlberg
  • 5. Bethany Hamilton
  • 6. Paige Alms

OPEN JUNIORS

  • 1. Clay Marzo
  • 2. Tyler Newton
  • 3. Tanner Gudauskas
  • 4. Casey Brown
  • 5. Eric Geiselman
  • 6. Dusty Payne

OPEN LONGBOARD

  • 1. Tony Silvagni
  • 2. Christian Wach
  • 3. Troy Mothershead
  • 4. Morgan Faulkner
  • 5. Ned Snow
  • 6. Cody Thompson

O’NEILL AIRSHOW CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • 1. Sterling Spencer
  • 2. Hank Gaskell
  • 3. Eddie Guilbeau
  • 4. Ola Eleogram
  • 5. Cory Arrambide
  • 6. Danny Shea

EXPLORER MEN

  • 1. Jeremy Johnston
  • 2. Ola Eleogram
  • 3. Todd Hutton
  • 4. Dane Gudauskas
  • 5. Brandon Guilmette
  • 6. Patrick Gudauskas

EXPLORER JUNIOR

  • 1. Dylan Graves
  • 2. Kilian Garland
  • 3. Alex Gray
  • 4. Nick Rozsa
  • 5. Hank Gaskell
  • 6. TJ Barron

EXPLORER BOYS

  • 1. Clay Marzo
  • 2. Cory Arrambide
  • 3. Kekoa Cazimero
  • 4. Brent Reilly
  • 5. Tyler Newton
  • 6. Tonino Benson

EXPLORER LONGBOARD

  • 1. Felipe Becerra
  • 2. Ned Snow
  • 3. Makame Desoto
  • 4. Kelly Kraushaar
  • 5. Kevin Osborne
  • 6. Troy Mothershead

EXPLORER MASTERS

  • 1. Evan Slater
  • 2. Andrew Valentine
  • 3. Parker McNaughton
  • 4. Chris Keet
  • 5. Micah Pitts
  • 6. Rusty Phillipy

EXPLORER SENIORS

  • 1. Paul Barr
  • 2. Neil Bern
  • 3. Rusty Philippy
  • 4. Scott Daley
  • 5. Terry Gillard
  • 6. Robert Weiner

COLLEGE TEAM

  • 1. Mira Costa Red
  • 2. SDSU
  • 3. UCSB
  • 4. CSUSM

COLLEGE MEN

  • 1. Dylan Slater
  • 2. Ryan Schnell
  • 3. Ted Travers
  • 4. Bryce Frees
  • 5. Ryan Clancy
  • 6. Sam Baugh

COLLEGE WOMEN

  • 1. Kristin Wilson
  • 2. Bianca Valenti
  • 3. Bridget Saeman
  • 4. Darlene Connelly
  • 5. Summer Meyer
  • 6. Lara Kinney

COLLEGE LONGBOARD

  • 1. Scott Hutchins
  • 2. Justin Hugron
  • 3. Brendan Castile
  • 4. Kyle Albers
  • 5. Ryan James
  • 6. Chris Reeves