Shortened season doesn’t slow down Mira Costa High’s surf team
Photos by Ken Pagliaro. (KenPagliaro.com)
by Dickie O’Reilly
The year off due to the pandemic hasn’t put a stop to the dominance of Mira Costa’s surf team. Last Wednesday, in the second contest of a 2021 condensed surf season, Mira Costa took first place in all seven rounds against Santa Monica.
Brendan Griffin, winner of the SBSSA Kick Off Classic last December, was once again impressive in the peak, but unsteady, head held high for the aerial surfing on the south side of Hermosa Pier. His teammates Kelly Murphy, Jake Rosenberg (first in longboard and shortboard), Ryan Roberts, Ava Miller and Jamie Wilhelm took the other top spots in the 91-39 victory.
Redondo came out strong in the second half of the contest to beat Palos Verdes 80-67. Palos Verdes’s Karsten Wanke may have had the morning wave, in partial darkness. But that was before the contest started. Redondo’s Dane Acosta won the first round, setting the tone for a tight back-and-forth in the following men’s runs. PV’s Conrad Sanacore took first over Redondo’s Kade Kauffman in the second set, but ultimately it was Redondo’s women’s longboard team, led by Kierra Fedio, that transformed the contest. The Redondo women took first, second and third places. Ty La Franchi and Quentin Ho from Redondo took the win with first and second places in the final round.
In the first contest, on April 21, Mira Cost prevailed over Palos Verdes, 91-54; and El Segundo beat Torrance, 79-54.
The SBBSA 20201 season continues on Thursday April 29, with El Segundo facing Redondo and Peninsula facing Santa Monica. Next Wednesday, May 5, Peninsula will face El Segundo and Santa Monica will face Torrance. The final contest of the season, Wednesday May 12, will feature Mira Costa against Redondo and Palos Verdes against Peninsula. The league is sponsored by Spyder Surf and Subaru Pacific.
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