Thursday, November 18, 2010

Team Laguna

My kids are on their high school surf team. Yup, you heard me right. How many high schools do you know that have a surf team? I know my landlocked high school sure as heck didn't have one!

Today's competition was at Salt Creek Beach
Every Tuesday and Thursday, they get up at around 5:45 to get to surf practice on time. And here's the thing, they don't complain one bit! I think they even appreciate this cool, unique opportunity. The fall is their "season" for competition, so they have to get up early, get to the beach where the competition will be held, and get out there in the cold water, and charge the waves. We compete against some really competitive schools, too. Newport Beach, Dana Hills, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, these schools have consistent surf breaks in their own back yards that their kids can practice at on a regular basis. Our local breaks here in Laguna, Brooks Street, Thalia Street, Oak Street, are really inconsistent, and are known for waves that break right on the shore. It makes it really tough for our kids to be as good as the kids from the other schools, as you can imagine! But every week that they compete, I am so proud of how they handle this challenge. And our team has been doing really great! Laguna's own Taylor Pitz on shortboard, and Kris Williams on longboard both came in first place in their heats. I haven't heard all of the results yet, but it's so great to know that a couple of our kids did well!

We are extremely lucky to have Scott Finn, and Alissa Cairns as coaches, and the kids seem to be thriving with these two surfing power houses behind the reins. We also have some amazing moms who take really good care of our kids. Our team mom prepares breakfast burritos on the sand at every competition.  Don't you think that's way over and above the call of mom duty? She's making the rest of us look bad! But really, it's great to know that the kids get a healthy, organic breakfast after surfing their hearts out.


  1. When we moved to NY I was shocked to find schools had indoor pools (or pools, at all, for that matter!) Surf Team??? No fiquing way!!!

    Go Team!!!

  2. no kidding! and the crazy thing is that they think this is normal!