The Crew had a decent showing
in Oceanside on August 19-21, 2005 at the Guy Takayama Noseriding and Coaltion
team got sixth place overall. We had nine team members in the finals. Josh Mohr had a great performance all the way through with
some tough noseriders to contend with. Kelly Kraushaar and Josh made it to the finals. Kelly took sixth by missing his heat in the finals. Josh took fourth with CJ Nelson winning.
Jon Shelton made it through a couple of rounds in the pro noseriding
on Friday then came through in the Coalition event making it
to the finals. Billy and Bill Hopkins made father and son finalists
for the second time this year. Bill found some nice barrels to take
the semi heat sending him right to the finals. Kirra and Sean were in
fine form but not quite making the finals. Then they entered the
tandem for us as Wendy and Caleb had to cancel. They made it
through several lifts and severe wipeouts to get sixth place.
Seahag won the president's heat and got through one round
in the grand masters division. Rob Brown won his heat sending
him right to the finals. Other fine performances from Rob Royal, Shannon, Allen and Jay added to our final points.
Kirra Kehoe got second place
at the 2005 Hello Kitty Boardfest!
Congrats to Kirra!
Tom Knight and Mike Ester
battled for the finals at the
2005 HB City Contest in epic surf. Mike won the finals with Tom coming
in second place. Then we ate a king's feast courtesy of Duke's
on the South Side Beach. Wow!! Lots of other club members
had great performances in the event.
Thank You, Surf City USA® for a great event.
The team got 9th overall out
of 17 teams at the Swami's event held at Cardiff Reef in October 2005. Billy
Hopkins won his division
in 14 and under. Seahag made two finals and won a new
wetsuit in the raffle. Bushman won a surfboard in the
raffle. We had Mike Stone and Rob Brown advance to the semi's.
Kirra Kehoe got 4th in the 14 and under girls. Josh Mohr advanced to the semi's in the pro noseriding event with some incredible rides.
The surf was brutal on Saturday with a prevailing south wind
turning epic on Sunday with clean conditions all day.
Thanks to Rob Royal, Bill
Hopkins, Riley Hopkins,
Ashley Olson, Turtle, Trevor Waring, Mark Waring, Grace Waring,
Allen Lambert, Josh Mohr, Kelly and Karl Kraushaar, Sean Kehoe andMonique Kehoe for rounding out the team and contributing
to the team effort. There were a few more supporters like
David Nuuhiwa who was head judge and other friends and
family who's names escape me at this moment.
Thanks to all for representing Surf City USA®.
Fun time had by all at
the Northside Classic.
Good surf and a good turnout helped kick off the
holidays with lots of cheer. Awards were presented
at the December 19, 2005 meeting at Mario's. Women's,
young lions, redwood and balsa divisions received
first through third awards.
1st Michelle Richards
2nd Julia McTernan
3rd Marilyn McCart
Young Lion's division:
1st Billy Hopkins
2nd Acey Aseltine
3rd Kyle Harvel
1st Bill Hopkins
2nd Mike Stone
3rd Bret Zschomler
1st Ben Barnick
2nd Joe Gaeta
3rd Mike Minchinton
BLACKIE'S BIKES FOR BAJA 2006 (YEAR 3)
The day started early on a starlit morning. We had packed the truck and trailer full of bicycles the evening before. At 5:30 am sharp, we loaded up with coffee in hand and started our journey to Baja.
The border crossing with 62 bicycles was our
first priority. We filled up with gas at Via San Ysidro and slid into the
third lane at the border. With relief I hit the gas as the Mexican border
guards gave us a green light. A stop in the Mexico secondary inspection
us an import tax or a bicycle tax to the family of the El Supremo on duty.
As we pulled into San Miguel we could see the
six - foot surf sweeping across the bay in front of the black sand beach.
We were stopped on the road in by a friendly familiar face. Reno Abellira
rolled down his window and with excitement in his voice, hailed us with
hardy "Wally are you guys giving bicycles away again? That is so cool of your surf club!" Reno made a u - turn to his home at San Miguel to get the bicycle we traded him for 3 years ago. As he glided down the hill to our truck he asked if another trade was possible. The
sea air had taken a toll on the bicycle he had traded for a new kids BMX bicycle on our first trip. As we scrambled to fill our wet suits, I told Reno, "Sure we can trade, after we get some waves." The takeoffs were steep and the waves long as we jockeyed for waves with a
local contingent of aggressive surf girls. I rode a couple of nice set waves and was lucky to have a limited Spanish vocabulary as the girls cursed my twelve foot surfboard. A local boy Raphael with a big smile and thick black hair asked if we had another bicycle for him as
the last bicycle we gave him before was in pieces on the side of his house. He was eying a red BMX on the back of the trailer. As we handed him the bicycle his mother asked if she could have a one too. Why not, as we unloaded a girls bicycle to fit her petite size.
We had gotten past the Mexican army road block
before Santo Tomas winery and stopped at a small store in the mountains.
To our amazement three trucks with fifth wheel trailers pulled in behind
our truck. They were the same northern Canadian group we had met one
year earlier. They left Canada and we left Huntington Beach to arrive at the same spot at the same time two years in a row.
The park at the town of San Vicente looked kind
of empty as we pulled up and let the trailer gate down. We started to untangle
ropes and bicycles to give away as a line of people formed out of thin
air. Soon half the bicycles were handed out and the line was still growing.
We handed the last two Barbie bicycles to a set of identical twin girls. With a couple of quick pictures in the park the kids shouted Feliz Navidad as we drove off.
The point at Shipwrecks was a huge white froth
of waves. The swell was big and unorganized. The sun was setting as we
lit a fire and set up our tents. We awoke to a cold damp sunrise. The swell
had dropped but had better shape. We opted for hot coffee and breakfast
Melagro or the Miracle as Rick (Ricardo) and his wife Maria call their home in the bay at Shipwrecks. Their bed and breakfast oceanfront home is a steal at sixty five dollars a night per couple with two meals a day included. The bacon, avocado and cheese omelets with all
the south of the border trimmings were great. Ricardo then surprised us with a slice of French toast for dessert. Dessert with breakfast, does it get any better?
Now it was time to surf. We jumped off the end
of the point and paddled hard as not to get pushed into the bay or the
shipwreck. The Italian couple surfing on the outside was friendly; they
both spoke good English and Spanish. This was there last stop on their
from Cabo. We traded stories and waves for a few hours before riding our last wave from the outside point, past the ship and into the bay.
As the rain soaked the red dirt and our tents,
we decided it was time to pack up. The drive back was filled with daring
high speed trucks passing on the narrow two lane highway in the rain. At
the entrance to the border line two motorcycle cops had been directing
the rain for hours. It was dark wet and crowded as I crossed over a faded yellow line. "Pull over, that's a ticket" the cop shouted. With my arms in the air seventy - five dollars was deposited into his top shirt pocket.
The American border guard eyed our nearly empty
trailer and attached a yellow slip to our window. Secondary inspection
was our fate. A young Hawaiian border patrol guard sorted through our stuff.
He shook his head and stated we should know better. After a couple
comments about our surfboards the last words we heard as we headed home were. "You guys need to do a better job with your stuff next time, OK BRAH?"
The Crew's surf team disbanded for the coalition events of 2008 when team captain, Seahag went on the disabled list with his back problems. However, the membership is still strong and we are rebuilding the team for 2009.
There was a fun time had at the Crew's Northside Classic in November of 2008 with First Place going to Bill Brewer. Tom Knight and Bret Zschomler rounded out the top three. We also had a good showing at the Summer Surf Contest that the city of HB puts on. The Bikes for Baja was postponed this year due to all the problems in Mexico. Our annual Christmas party went off and we adopted two families this year for Christmas.
2009 started off with a decent showing at DLSA's Gathering of the Tribes. We finished 13th out of 18 teams from all over California. We surfed against many of our old teammates who now are surfing for Malibu, Oceanside and Long Beach. Sean Kehoe made two finals, Billy Hopkins made the finals and Seahag won the president's division. Our youngest and newest member, Diego was in good form but was up against tough competition as he is nine surfing against 14 year olds.
Our 23rd annual Pier Paddle on February 1st, 2009 was won by Tom Knight. Second place went to Bill Brewer followed by Bret Zschomler, Bill Hopkins, Ryan Zschomler and Thomas Da Silva. Running the Surf City USA® Marathon's beer garden was a successful fundraiser for us.
The Valentine Day Party was a great success thanks to our hostess, Teresa Pauli. Bret won the trip to Mexico and his band entertained the crew with some hot licks.
Diego Quinonez represented the crew in the 2009 Big, Bad & Ugly at Morro Bay. Diego placed first in the grom division! Way to represent HB, Diego! Thanks to your dad, Hans!
The next event was the 10th Annual Robin Hauser Surf n Bowl held on April 25-26, 2009. Fountain Bowl hosted the bowling and the surf was good 2-4 footers on Easter Sunday at 6th Street in Huntington Beach. Gary, Bill, Dave and Bret placed in that order. Baby Steve won the junior and Kelly grabbed first in the women's division.
The Northside Classic event in November 2009 went off with good waves but a poor turnout. The finals had first place Gary Sahagen; second Place Thomas Da Silva; third place Alex Marks and fourth place Randy Lyford. .
The Longboard Crew had a few christmas parties and adopted a family for christmas.
The Bikes for Baja program has ended with our final bike distribution taking place in December 2009 thanks to Wally and Bret.
The Club had a great paddle race this year the week after Superbowl Sunday.
February 13th, 2010
23rd Annual Surf City USA® Pier Paddle
1st Bill Brewer
2nd Thorsten Hegberg
3rd Thomas Da Silva
4th Bret Zschomler
5th Bill Hopkins
6th Tim McCollum
2010 paddle race winner - Bill Brewer
The 2010 Valentine Day dance was a great success at Don the Beachcomber.
10th Annual Robin Hauser Surf n Bowl April 17th, 2010
The event was held in good 2-4 foot surf at sixth street just north of the pier. The bowling took place at fountain bowl that afternoon. Two heats and two games. Here are the results.
1st Place Bill Hopkins
2nd Place Bill Brewer
3rd Place Bret Zschomler
4th Place Noel Terrado
Younger Men Open
1st Bart Zschomler
1st Place Wendy Sahagen
"I Suck at Bowling" Award: Gary Sahagen
Our competition team for the Longboard Crew is in need of new riders in all age categories. Longboard, shortboard, SUP, tandem, paddlers and cheerleaders are needed.
The team made an entry in the First coalition event last January 2010 at Church in Trestles. The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association hosted the event. The waves were great and the team had a decent showing for a small team. Diego Quinonez and Asa Aseltine were our groms. Thomas DaSilva, Gary Sahagen and Tim McCollum were our men entries and Jamie Weaver was our lone female entry. Jamie got third and Gary got a fourth in the president's and fifth in the Grand Masters which helped the team avoid last place. We tied with the Malibu Boardriders for 12th out of 14 clubs.
The Sanosmash was transformed to a July 17th "Newluwatu 2010" weinie roast at Huntington State Beach at Newland Street. The club had a great turn-out with the surf a contestable 1-3 foot. The shorebreak had some barrelling sections but the long rides from outside proved the winning formula. The results were:
1st Bret Zschomler
2nd Tom Knight
3rd Gary Sahagen
4th Gary Zschomler
August saw the competitors down in Oceanside for the 26th Annual Oceanside Longboard Event in conjunction with the Supergirl and Guy Takayama contests. Gary Sahagen made two finals receiving first place in the President's division and 5th place in the Grand Masters division.
September had the HB Summer Surf Contest. Many Longboard Crew members entered this city event. Gary Sahagen was the only club member to reach the finals and placed second in the Super Grand Masters.
The Dale Velzy Classic was also in September at Doheny. Several members attended as the day ended with a great luau. Gary Sahagen won first in his division as the only surfing entry from the Longboard Crew.
On October 30, 2010 the Senior Olympics had their fourth annual surfing competition. This was a joint effort between Huntington Beach Council on Aging and Anaheim cities. The event was fun and many Crew members were in attendance. The club members to get medals were Gary Sahagen who won the gold medal in division II and legacy member Mike Downey who won the gold in division I. Another legacy member, Kim Hamrock won the gold in the woman's division.
The Northside Classic went off on November 13, 2010 in great waves this year.
First - Gary Sahagen
Second - Bill Hopkins
Third - Tom Knight
Fourth - Bill Brewer
Fifth - Diego Quinonez
Sixth - Tim McCullom
Our annual Christmas Gathering was well attended. We adopted a family and sent a van load of canned foods to our charity. Great stories by Chuck, Bill, David, Greek and others! Thank you to all who contributed:
David N., Kai N., Bret Z., Rick I., Raule J., Hans A., Ralph W., Jim A., Bill F., Lisa B., Bill H., Kathy M., Tim M., Erik V., Alex M., Dan L., Corwin R., William B., Bob B., John T., Chuck L., Michael T.,Tony J., Al S., Cary W., Tom K., Greek, Bill B., Myra B., Hans Q., Diego Q., Thomas D., Randy L., Billy S., Wendy S. and Gary S.
The Gathering of the Tribes 2011 went off January 8-9, 2011. The waves were okay in the morning but great each afternoon as 300 competitors and 20 clubs camped out all weekend at Church Point, Trestles. The club finished 12th overall with the help of Chuck Linnen who finished 4th in the Extreme Legends, Kirra Kehoe who was 4th in the jr women shortboard and Gary Sahagen who was 4th in the Presidents division. We had over half our team advance from the first round including Bill Brewer, Bill Hopkins, Noel Terrada and Tim McCollum. Tim went on to the next round almost making the finals. Points were awarded to all who competed with Kirra, Sean Kehoe and Diego Quinonez contributing fine surfing skills for more team points before they got eliminated. Chuck Linnen (pictured below) took a double shin laceration on the rocks as he came in from the Extreme Legends Final Heat which was won by Mickey Munoz. Way to take "one for the gipper", Chuck!
The Crew did the beer garden again on February 6, 2011 at the Surf City Marathon. Longboard Crew volunteers raised over $2000. Thank you to Kathleen and Tim McCollum, William Baptiste, Wendy and Gary Sahagen, Grace and Mark Waring, Alex Marks, Bill Brewer, Kitty Willis, Bob Delmer, Thomas DaSilva and Rauol Jimenez.
The day before the marathon we held the 26th Annual Pier Paddle Race. Attending were Chuck Linnen, Miff Clowe, Kathleen McCollum, Jim Angeley, Don Monson, Rick Ischinger on conch shell and Gary Sahagen as the race official timer and card hander outer.
1st Bill Brewer won with a time of 7 minutes 40 seconds
2nd Thorsten Hegberg
3rd Thomas DaSilva
4th Noel Terrado
5th Tim McCollum
6th Oscar B.
7th (Best Surfing) - Bill Hopkins
Best Effort - Randy Lyford
The Valentine Day Surf n' Dance was held on February 12, 2011 with a fine assortment of donuts, some coffee and good waves for the surfing portion we fondly refer to as the BD Classic. We finished up the surfing around noon and met up at Fred's as planned later that night. By 10pm we had had a couple of drinks and some food and we were ready to dance! Here are the Surfing winners:
1st Noel Terrado
2nd Gary Sahagen
3rd Tim McCollum
4th Alex Marks
5th Michael Tillmans
6th Bob Bright
and the dancing winners:
The SALSA event was a great success! Check out all the pictures and results. Thank you Catherine!!! Great job!
Just before we all paddled out at Rincon Point March 27, 2011 for the Rincon Invitational. The team received a second place award. Thank you to all who made the trek and surfed your brains out for two hours.
In April 2011, we held the 11th Annual Robin Hauser Surf n Bowl. This event has been a favorite of our members, mostly the better bowlers in the Crew. The bowling can count for a bigger part of the score if you bowl over 100. Fortunately most of us can barely break 100. Miff led the pack with a 149 but he did not participate in the surfing. Total participants this year was 19. The surfing was held in fun 2-3 foot surf on the northside at Huntington Beach pier. Joey won the surfing handily with some long noserides and several helicoptor 360's. Bill Brewer went to the bowling alley with a second place in surfing so he was behind in the pin count by 22 pins. Well Bill managed to bridge the gap by bowling a 137 to beat Joey's 114 by 23 pins! Final results are:
Bill Brewer 1st Place Mens
Joey Hawkins 2nd Place Mens
Gary Sahagen 3rd Place Mens
Tim McCollum 4th Place Mens
Lisa Beebe 1st Place Womens
Cody English 1st Place Juniors
Andrew English "I Suck at Bowling" Award
In May 2011, we held our monthly meeting and watched Free and Easy. Lifetime member Chuck Linnen and the Longboard Crew honored Bill Fury with a lifetime membership. Bill will be inducted this summer as Local Hero in the Surfing Walk of Fame.
In June 2011, we honored Gordie with a lifetime membership. Gordon Duane was a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang surf team. Some of the past members were in attendance and told some good stories. The HITW Gang will be honored with a Surfing Walk of Fame induction this August 4th, 2011 at Jack's Surfboards in Huntington Beach.
In July, we honored Christian Mondor with an honorary lifetime membership. The Crew committed to the Blessing of the Waves.
The Crew had a good showing at The Call to the Wall on July 23-24, 2011.
Joey Hawkins won a second place award, Mary Bigler took 3rd in her longboarding division and Gary Sahagen received a fourth place trophy. Tim, Diego, Josh, Kelly, Noel, Don and Bill surfed well with some advancing to the second round. Chuck could not attend and cancelled. Laura, Catherine and Aryn were no shows.
The annual elections were held August 10, 2011 at Marios Mexican Restaurant with a full house. Seven were nominated to seven positions and after closing nominations all nominees were duly appointed to the board of directors.
Father Christian Mondor accepted his honorary lifetime membership. A blessing of the Longboard Crew and a prayer for Gordie were given by our surfing priest at the bequest of Chuck Linnen. RIP Gordie.
The September meeting was well attended and the movie was enjoyed by all. The new board was introduced and Fae Fruitwala was elected as our new secretary. Tim McCollum has assumed the role of treasurer. Thank you to Tim and Fae for stepping up to help!
September we had the Annual HB City Contest for residents. The Hurley Pro at Trestles also went off as well with some all time surf! The crew planned for the upcoming surf season (October and November) with great anticipation seeing all the great surf in September.
October did not disappoint! The crew had the end of the year award ballots prepared and announced the Northside Classic for November. A small team was going to attend the Tourmaline CSC event but the deal fell through at the last minute. Oh well, we would have had to surf for Long Beach! The event was held without a team from HB.
November we held the Northside Classic in extremely challenging conditions. Results will be announced at the December 14th Christmas Party. End of the year awards for 2011 will also be presented at the party. Tim, Tom, Sean and Gary represented the Longboard Crew at the Thanksgiving Weekend CSC Tournament in La Jolla Shores. The team had no finalists but finished 8th overall which was the teams best finish for the year. There were ten clubs attending the event in clean 2'-4' surf.
The 2012 Gathering of the Tribes went off in beautiful conditions. The first coalition event of the year saw the Longboard Crew step up a bit from last year. We had a small but strong team which included Joey Hawkins, Kelly Kraushaar and Mark Stewart.
We had a good showing for a small team. We had less than ten surfers where a full team is 25 surfers. Joey Hawkins got a ten point ride in the semi’s. We had two surfers make the finals:
Grand Master – 36 competitors with Tim M getting 25th and Gary S getting 8th.
Masters – 36 competitors with Thomas da S and Sean R tied for 19th, Dwayne L got 16th and Joey H got 10th.
Senior Men’s – 30 competitors with Kelly Kraushaar in 10th and Mark Stewart in 6th.
Boys 14 and Under – 12 competitors with Diego Q in 9th.
Shortboard 49 and Under – 36 competitors with Gary S in 31st and Kelly K in 25th.
Club Presidents – 12 competitors with Gary S coming in 3rd.
Joining the fun as spectators were Kathleen M., William B., Al, Karl, Rocky and Tony Jones.
Our 27th Annual Pier Paddle happened on February 4th, 2012! Bill Brewer took the title for the third straight year with a time of 6 minutes 47 seconds.
Thanks to all the volunteers for the Surf City USA Marathon's Beer Garden: Alex, Wendy, Thomas, Bob, Cary, Al, William, Tim, Kathleen, Bret, Bill, Myra, Grace, Mark and Gary.
The Rincon Invitational happened on March 24th and then again in April 15th due to a rain delay. We had representatives at both days events and came home with a second place in the "Shared Waves" category. This is a fun event that is made up of a ten man team that surf for one hour at the point catching all the waves we want. Extra points are given for sharing waves together.
Rincon Team 2012: from left to right is Shane Jones, Tony Alvarado, Gary Sahagen, Shon Esparsa, Kim Hamrock, Sean Rathan, Tim McCollum, Tony Jones, Bill Brewer, Thomas Da Silva. (not pictured but surfed were Mary Bigler, Lisa Beebe, Bill Hopkins and Hans Avemaria) Also attending were Myra Brewer, Kathleen McCollum, Bruce Gabrielson and Wendy Sahagen who were part of the support team. Thank you all!!!!
Next up the Longboard Crew had the 13th Surf N' Bowl. The Crew established the Surf N’ Bowl in the year 2000 with the bowling taking place at Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa. Joey Hawkins and Eddie Enriquez battled it out for first place. It came down to the bowling and in a controversial win Eddie edged out Joey narrowly. Well the saga continues as we hope to see Joey and Eddie have a rematch someday. Robin Hauser came on the scene shortly thereafter and started a reign as he was an excellent surfer and bowler. His untimely death shocked the Crew. We immediately decided the Surf N’ Bowl would be renamed the Robin Hauser Surf N’ Bowl in memory of our friend, fellow Longboard Crew member and unbeatable Surf N’ Bowl Champion.
The event started at 6th Street, April 21, 2012. Donuts and coffee were served up. Surfboards, longboards, SUP’s, boogie boards or bodysurfing were all allowed for the surf portion of the event. Surf 2 twenty minute heats and gather points (pins). These points (pins) are accumulated and tallied. The scores were posted later in the day at Fountain Bowl. One game score was added to the surfing points to get the final scores. Thank you to the volunteers, supporters and the two judges, William and Sean. The results:
1st Place Open Men - Bill Hopkins
2nd Place Open Men - Noel Terrado
3rd Place Open Men - Tim McCollum
4th Place Open Men - Gary Sahagen
1st Place Open Women - Marilyn McCart
1st Place Grom - Maddie Comargo
Santa Cruz Memorial Classic 2012: It looks like we will not be sending a team to Santa Cruz this year. I am blaming the economy and gas prices.
The Chili at the Beach asked the Crew to run a beer garden in the middle of 5th Street. We accepted the assignment and had a blast on June 16, 2012. Thank you to all who volunteered: Kathleen, Joanne, Myra, Bill, Tim, William, Tony, Johnny, Glenn, Al, Reno, Noel, Felipe, Thomas, Marilyn, Maddie and Gary.
Malibu Boardriders Call to the Wall 2012 Finalists pictured below from left to right are Todd, Morghan, Gary, Maddie and Bill (Kelly MIA) Congrats!
The team for Malibu Boardrider's Call to the Wall 2012 was Gary, Tim, Bill, Sean, James, Kelly, Todd, Trent, Jennifer, Morghan, Maddie, Gabriel, Robin, Scott (Pod) and Matt. Nineteen clubs entered and we placed ninth as a team. Six of our surfers made the finals: Maddie, Morghan, Kelly, Bill, Todd and Gary. Great surfing by all of the surf team. Thanks for the support on the beach by Kathleen, Myra, Karl, Stephanie and especially Ace Aseltine who came down Saturday to cheer us through the pre-lims!
The Oceanside event was tons of fun! Our new tandem entry for the Longboard Crew, Aaron and Leslie Lindquist took First Place!!!! Our team got 8th out of 14 clubs. Maddie got Third Place in the girls 14 and under. Jonathon, Todd and Gary got awards for their efforts as well! We had help from Tamra, Kathleen O, Tim, Gabriel, Trent, Steph and Larry who surfed well but were eliminated before the finals. Our cheering section included Eli, Kathleen M and Noel. Good job to all!!!
The Dale Velzy Surf Classic 2012 was fun in small but clean waves. 1-2 footers rolled in Saturday morning and the Longboard Crew was well represented by Larry, Tim, Todd, Mike, Trent, Gary, Kathleen, Wendy and Sean all getting wet at Doheny. Congrats to Todd for 3rd place and Tim for fifth place in the finals!!
The MSA Malibu Classic held September 7-9, 2012 had a small team which consisted of a mix of novice, intermediate and seasoned competitors. Thanks to all who showed up, surfed, hung out and generally supported the Longboard Crew's Surf Team! The competitors were Todd, Gary, Larry, Jon, Gabriel, Maddie, Stephanie, Artie(surfed for CSC and HBLC) and Tim. Kathleen, Wendy, Bill(surfed for CSC and got fourth overall), Myra, Ace, Tony and Barry came to support and join the party which included paddling out to a boat offshore for fish tacos. There were great waves and some exhibitions by Tom Curren, Courtney Conlogue and Lisa Andersen to mention a few. Todd placed second for the club.
Da Crew at Da Bu for the 2012 MSA Classic
The HB City End of Summer Contest for residents September 15-16, 2012 was held during Surf City Days. Seventy Sessions and Victory SUP races were held concurrently. A new judging criteria was in place this year. The City continued with an open format that included traditional surfboards in the same heats as short boards. They still do not allow any paddles. The new judging criteria allowed higher scores for radical moves versus a more flowing style. Our own Joey Hawkins was on fire and showed that radical moves on a longer board can be very impressive. Joey's picture made the front page of OC Register's The Wave!
The 5th Annual Blessing of the Waves occurred and the Longboard Crew helped our own Lifetime member, Father Christian Mondor. For those who are not familiar with the event, it is for all faiths or those who have only a love for the ocean. This is has been a fun event that is aligned with the Longboard Crew's mission of giving back to the community. Rick Ischinger blows a conch shell during the event.
The Halloween Logjam in Sunset Beach (which is now HB) was held in fun 2-3 foot surf at Broadway near Capt. Jack's Restaurant. The crew had some competitors that went to the finals in the amateur divisions, the father and son team of Mike and Trent. Way to go! Bucky Barry (pictured) was the pro division winner.
The HBLC Northside Classic was scheduled on November 17, 2012. The event was not well attended so we cancelled the contest and just went surfing. The waves were great!
Our 2012 holiday party at Mario's was well attended. We had a complimentary all you can eat buffet and a canned food drive. We collected about $600 for our charitable causes.The 2012 awards were given out to Young Lioness, Maddie Comargo; Comeback Competitor, Joey Hawkins; Most Improved, Bill Brewer; Perpetual Trophy, Tim McCollum. Gary Sahagen was awarded the Huntington Beach Longboard Crew's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Longboard Crew sent a team to the DLSA Gathering of the Tribes on January 5-6, 2013. Our team got ninth out of 17 teams. A great article about it appeared in the OC Register written by Laylan Connelly.
The 28th Annual Pier Paddle was held on February 2, 2013. The event was won by Shane Jones with a 5 minute and 55 second time. This set a new record for the race. It was low tide, small waves and no wind. Perfect conditions for a fast race. Noel Terrado was second with a time of 6 minutes and 37 seconds. Third place and also beating last year's time was Tim McCollum finishing at the 6 minute and 48 second mark. Thomas Da Silva, Sharon Lee and Maddie Comargo rounded out the top six with times of 7' 21", 7' 28" and 7' 48" respectfully. Laylan Connelly wrote an article which appeared with photos by Pat Fabian in the OC Register on February 5 in the Local section.
February 3, 2013 the Crew returned to the beach not to surf but to host the Surf City USA Marathon's Beer Garden for the sixth year. If you missed out you can join the fun at the 2014 event on February 2.
In March, the Master Chef filmed on the beach and many crew members participated. Tim McCollum had a starring role as an extra.
The Crew supported the Rincon Invitational with a team again for March 16, 2013. Thank you for coming up to surf Rincon and winning third place for wave sharing. Bill, Tim, Mike, Gary, Tony A., Shane, Lee, Wendy, Myra, Yvette, Hans, Jon, Pete, Dakota, Derek, Shon, Tony B. and Steve.
In April the crew served up the 13th Annual Robin Hauser Surf n Bowl. The surf was fun and so was the bowling. Thank you to all the participants and Jim Angeley for the vintage surfing monkey trophies. Results were:
Open Men 1st Gary S.
Open Men 2nd Steve H.
Open Men 3rd Bill H.
Open Men 4th Mike W.
Women 1st Shelly C.
Grom 1st Marria B.
I Suck Awards Al S. and Kathleen M.
For May 2013 the club went traveling from Malibu to Swamis and there were waves up and down the coast. We were getting the team geared up for Malibu Boardriders' Call to the Wall in June. By the time June rolled around the team was ready to step up and meet the call. We sent a strong team up but met with problems from the get go. Injuries and judging aside it was a fantastic tournament with epic waves at the world famous Surfrider Beach. Imagine a perfect wave with only six surfers out. Maddie Camargo took first in her longboard division and fourth in her shortboard division. Todd Messick brought home a third place trophy. Many club members made it through a round or two.
Oceanside was next followed by another Malibu event in September for the surf team. The Blessing of the Waves and the HB City Contest for residents happened in September as well. Many members supported these events. Finally we attended the 24th Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau at Doheny State Beach. It would have been Dale's 86th birthday! What a blast with Stewie taking home a first place! Way to go Mark!
October 2013 and summer finally arrives in Huntington Beach. Warm water and some offshores provide some much needed surf for us. Hope you goy some with the crew. The team hit La Jolla and Cardiff for a couple of coalition events. Tim attended La Jolla as a team of one. This represented one of our top team places for the year! Way to go Tim!
The Cardiff Reef Invitational in October was attended by a few more members and the team placed seventh out of 20 clubs that got invited. John, Jeremy and Gary placed third in their divisions. The camping was great and supporters were there in force. Thanks to Kathleen, Tim, Irena, Chris, Todd, Mark, Ted and Noel.
The Huntington Beach Longboard Crew's Surf Team headed for La Jolla in November 2013 for the Cardiff Surf Club's and the Pacific Beach Surf Club's Tourmaline Club Challenge. We camped all weekend at Tourmaline Beach Park. Great food, company and the team did quite well. Thank you to all who came down. Our team's finalists included John W. who got third in classic surfing. Awesome job by Maddie C. who got fifth in classic surfing and sixth in shortboard. Mark Stewart absolutely killed it all weekend with a third place in shortboard and taking home first place in classic surfing with some incredible waves in all his heats. Stewie also had fresh caught halibut served up for us after the awards ceremony! Gary S. won a third place in the presidents heat. Our team cumulated points based on how far you got in the contest. Jeremy G. made it to the semis, Stephanie D. advanced and Duncan M. advanced in both classic surfing and SUP heats. Sean R., and Larry C. were pitted against each other in their opening heat. They had a strategy to get points and it was Sean who went down in a show of personal sacrifice as he took one for the team. Thank you all!
Team results were:
1. Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club OLSC
2. Windansea Surf Club WSC
3. Long Beach Surf Club LBSC
4. Pacific Beach Surf Club PBSC
5. Cardiff Surf Club CSC
6. Doheny Longboard Surfing Association DLSA
7. Huntington Beach Longboard Crew HBLC
8. La Jolla Shores Surfing Association LJSSA
9. Malibu Surfing Association MSA
10. Swami’s Surfing Association SSA
11. Ventura Surf Club VSC
12. San Diego Surf Ladies SDSL
In December of 2013 there was a great Mario's gathering with lots of swag to go around. We celebrated a successful year with a vote for member annual awards which were presented at the January gathering. The HBLC Surf Club award winners for 2013 are Robin Bewsee for Comeback Competitor, Maddie Camargo for Young Lioness, Zoe Camargo for Most Improved and Gary Sahagen for the Annual Perpetual Award Plaque. A canned food drive went to Share Our Selves. Thanks to your generous donations we delivered a van full to them! The Crew attended the Colette's Childrens' Home fundraiser where the we were able to participate in raising a million dollars for this great Huntington Beach based charity.
On the 21st of December the Morgan Wave of the Day fundraiser generated a nice donation for the Fireman's Fund. Thank you Chris Sardelis and all the sponsors who gave generously.
2014 started off right with a strong showing for the HBLC Surf Team at the Gathering of the Tribes event at Chuch Point, Trestles, San Onofre. 18 surf clubs from all over California sent surf teams consisting of age categories from 14 and under to Extreme Legends 70 plus years young. Our Extreme Legend was 77 year old Chuck Linnen who placed third. All types of surfboards were utilized to compete against such as Stand Up Paddle (SUP), fishes, thrusters, quads, classical single fins and some high performance hybrids. Being a point break there were some long rides with a lot of tricks and crash landings, some right on the sand! In fact, there were several surfers who sacrificed their bodies to try for a few extra points for the team. Sean and Noel left the beach with bloody wounds. Noel ended up 2nd in the shortboard division!
Thanks to the strongest HBLC Surf Team we have sent from Huntington Beach in a number of years, we finished 4th overall. Finalists besides Noel and Chuck included Bill (two finals), John (two finals), Gary (two finals), Quinten (two finals), Terry and Maddie! Our supporting cast included Kelly, Todd, Sean, Larry, Shaun, Zoe, Stephanie, Deborah, Scott, Andrew, Tim, Ted, Duncan, Asa and Thorsten! Kathleen, Wendy, Diana, Chuy, Michael, Don M, Don B, Steve and Karl rounded out the crew from HB. Thanks to all the club members who attended this event. We could not have done so well without your help.
End of Arcived Club Notes
The Longboard Crew Club members are all ages and abilities.
Joey Hawkins, Josh Mohr, Danny Nichols, John Taylor, Matt Taylor, David Nuuhiwa, Jay Boldt, Chuck Linnen, Bobby Neishi, Ralph Yeramian,
Al Miller, Kelly Kraushaar, Bill and Billy Hopkins, Mike Minchinton, Kim Hamrock, Acey Aseltine, Eva Lewington, Shannon Gibson, Margeaux Hamrock, Bob "Da Greek" Bolen, Mickie Rat Ester,
Gary "Seahag" Sahagen, Trevor Waring, Nick Lopez, John Edwards, Kyle Harvel, Eddie Enriquez, Dave Carlos, Bill Brewer, Les Potts, Albert Jenks, Scotty Lyon, Frank Cochran, Marilyn McCart,
George Lambert, Allen Lambert, Bret Zschomler, Bart Zschomler, Tom Knight, Matt Schaefer, Ace Aseltine, Chris Olivas, Paula Ontkean, Jonathon Shelton, Wally Walczyk, Kevin Kirby, Raoul Jimenez, Eldon Smith, The Flynn Clan (Jack, Jim, Chris, Scotty and Rick), Angela Madsen and Bruce Gabrielson have all graced the ranks of the
Longboard Crew Hall of Fame.