Liam McCue was tops with a final spot in shortboard at Scholastic Surf Series team and individual high school state championships on Saturday, April 22, held at Oceanside’s South Jetty.
Laguna Beach High School surfed in the team competition portion of the contest against various high schools in different divisions. The surf was four- five feet with light winds.
In the competition against Carlsbad High in shortboard, Laguna surfers Trey Lockhart and Travis Booth both won their heats, while Jake Levine and Jett North took second and third and Liam McCue took a fourth. The team missed moving on by just three points: 30 to 33 points.
The girls longboard team was up against Half Moon Bay. Kayla Coscino took the win and pulled off several stylish rides. Destiny Thompson unfortunately had her leash break and Maya Takabayashi, coming off a major injury, was in the water to support her teammates.
Kayla and Destiny went back out in shortboard against La Jolla where Kayla continued to impress the judges. One of her rides included a big high-risk vertical hit that scored her an 8.5 out of 10 and she took the win while Destiny took a fourth. The girls were short one team member and missed advancement by just 2 points.
The boys longboard team competed against La Costa Canyon taking first, second and third. Jake Levine competed for the first time in longboard and took the win followed by Jameson Roller and Jackson Jenkins. They ran out of steam in the semi-finals against Coronado.
Jake and Jameson did triple duty also competing in bodyboard against La Costa Canyon where they were just edged out with a second and fourth.
On Monday, April 24, Liam McCue led the Laguna surfers in boys shortboard to the finals finishing in sixth place and winning nearly all his six heats along the way.
Claire Kelly surfed well in the shortboard making it a few rounds and getting a couple of standout rides while Jameson Roller also won several heats in longboard and had some great rides.
The Scholastic Surf Series also announced team and individual ratings.
Laguna Beach earned an overall first, plus first in boys shortboard, boys longboard, girls shortboard and second in girls longboard.
In shortboard, Sam Nelson took first, Jake Levine claimed third, Holden Geary placed fourth and sixth place went to Liam McCue.
Jameson Roller won first in longboard and Destiny Thompson took first place in longboard while Maya Takabayashi placed sixth. Second place in shortboard went to Claire Kelly and third place went to Destiny Thompson.
Hunter Johnson and Travis Booth placed third and fifth respectively in bodyboard.
–By coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns