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Kanoa And John US Champs/ NSSA Wrap Up

Well the 3 week show that is the US Am circuit has come to a close with a stellar weekend for Quiksilver’s Grom Squad. John Mel-  Mr consitency coming off an equal 5th at the Surfing America Trestles U12’s Div. headed into the NSSA Nationals at HB Pier with one thing on his mind....winning! In 2 separate clutch performances, one in the semis, John needed a mid range 3 with 30 seconds left found a miracle lefthander, a mid afternoon wind chip and secured a 7pt ride straight to the Open Mini Final. In the Open Mini Final John, with Dad on the Pier calling sets, steered Johnny into a nugget right hander where he solidified a 7.5pt’r then took the lead then backed it up with a mid range 4 for the win....John Mel Open Mini Champ! Kairi Nori who came over and competed all season from Japan finished 5th and Luke Gordon from the East Coast finished 4th. Kanoa Igarashi-  K.I. Nearly 3 weeks ago at the NSSA Salt Creek came off with the Interscholastic Middle School Boys Title. Then the highly touted Igarashi who is likely the most precise in technique and foundation in his Div. ran out of time and luck at Trestles in the U14 Surfing America Champs with an equal 5th. He then charged into HB on a mission. Kanoa defending his backyard on the Southside of HB Pier in what was the most exciting final of the event saw him claw his way from 5th to 1st falling down to 2nd then to 3rd only to secure the lead with a wide swinging pier bowl right for the win. Jesse Guglielmana- Jesse, quite likely the dark horse of the hotly contested Jr Div, was the silent assassin. In the semis he knocked out Ian Gentil  (last yrs def champ) and in the final he sat in 4th for the greater portion of the heat waited until the last 7 mins to open his campaign with a couple crisp forehand top turns into an air revo finish....7.5- immediately into the game- back into the hunt looking for a 5.5pt ‘s for the win hail Mary’d a frontside close out air reverse but lacking in loft it came in at a 5pt ride but enough to take home a Runner Up finish......2nd in the nation, Jesse “Google Search” Gugliemana. Matty Passaquindici- Making the Junior Varsity Interscholastic final at Salt Creek waited nearly 3 weeks to compete yesterday. Matty who you will notice is small in stature agreed on the game plan to sit far to the south of the area and stay out of the paddle hassles due to his lack of paddle speed was lost at sea for the greater portion of the heat. It only takes two waves and Matty put together a pair of ugly rip chopped wind swept waves to rise up the placings for a 2nd place finish. Matty P.........in a sea of competing high schools came thru 2nd in the nation.....Matty “The Ranga” Passaquindici.......made us all proud yesterday! 2 National Champs- 2 Runner Ups......and a few podium appearances for the Mountain and Wave Crew......great weekend at HB!