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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020

LBHS Surf takes 3rd Place at NSSA National Championships with finalists Coscino & Nelsen 

For the third year in a row, the Laguna Beach High School Surf Team had a very successful weekend surfing in the NSSA National Championships at Salt Creek. Laguna’s tremendous showing took them all the way to third overall out of the 17 competing teams. Only San Clemente and Huntington Beach finished ahead of the Breakers.

Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns reported, “The surf and weather was a mixed bag. The surf was difficult and bumpy at times, but the competitors surfed really well, scoring several excellent rides along the way. The sun came out, and it was pretty hot on Saturday, but Sunday it stayed chilly and overcast all day.”

LBHS Surf Kayla

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Kayla Coscino, fourth place finish

The big result was an entire team effort. Kayla Coscino, with a fourth place finish, and Kiko Nelsen, with a fifth place finish, led the pack in each of their shortboard divisions. “They both had some outstanding performances along the way, but got a bit skunked early in their finals,” said the coaches. 

LBHS Surf Kiko

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Kiko Nelsen, fifth place finish 

They had to dig really deep in the last several minutes to secure their results. It was just enough to edge out Dana Hills. Kiko also did double duty helping out in the Longboard Division.

LBHS Surf winners

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(L-R) Kayla Coscino, Coach Scott Finn, Kiko Nelsen

Tess Booth had an outstanding first round heat in the Women’s Division and the rest of the Men Shortboarders did well, making several rounds, which helped LBHS to their impressive finish. 

Sam Nelsen made it all the way to the semifinals, while Travis Booth and Liam McCue had some outstanding performances, but were unlucky getting interference calls against them in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Kyle Shaw and Jett North put in great efforts (and surfing). 

LBHS Surf trio

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(L-R) Coaches Alisa Cairns and Scott Finn with Liam McCue 

        Coaches Finn and Coach Cairns say, “Thank you to all the parents…who supported us including all the Dads spending time down there on Father’s Day! Great job Team.”

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