Roller, Coscino, Booth and Nelsen make finals
By Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns, LBHS Surf Coaches
The Laguna Beach High School surf team had a successful weekend surfing in the NSSA Interscholastic Regional State Championships for the third year in a row. Laguna’s showing took them all the way to second overall with an 84-point total, just 9 points behind San Clemente.
In all, there were 10 schools competing, and this was the best result for Laguna to date.
Laguna was represented in each of the division finals. Jameson Roller led the way in longboard with a third, and women competitors Kayla Coscino and Tess Booth took fourth and fifth. Sam Nelsen won heat after heat dominating the field on Saturday and closed out the men’s final for shortboard in sixth place.
The rest of the men’s team shortboarders did well, making several rounds and helped Laguna Beach High School to their impressive finish. Trey Lockhart and Liam McCue had some outstanding performances, barely coming up short of advancement in the Quarter Finals. Great surfing and efforts were also put in by Kiko Nelsen, Jett Nelson and Kyle Shaw.
The event was held at Seaside Reef, Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego. Surf on Saturday was good in the morning but got progressively worse as the day went on. The weather was also pretty bad, with plenty of rain and some wind. Sunday afternoon, prior to the finals, there was more wind and rain, but the surfers managed to navigate the conditions very well.