O.C. surfers shine in NSSA opener


O.C. surfers shine in NSSA opener

Photo: Frankie Harrer of Malibu bashes a section Sunday during teh NSSA women’s division final at Oceanside. FRED SWEGLES, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Published: Sept. 5, 2011 Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Twelve of 28 finalists and 2 of 7 division winners are from Orange County. Newport Beach’s Shelby Detmers and Tyler Gunter lead the way. San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto makes the men’s division final at age 13.


As school bells are about to ring this week, Orange County surfers more than made the grade Sunday in the first National Scholastic Surfing Association contest of the open season.

Twelve of 28 finalists were from O.C. and Newport Beach’s Shelby Detmers and Tyler Gunter scored victories in their divisions in head-high surf at Oceanside.

At age 13, San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto reached the men’s division final and placed second, leading the NSSA’s Janice Aragon to say she’ll have to check the record book to see if Colapinto is the youngest ever to make a men’s division final.

Detmers and San Clemente’s Kulia Doherty placed 1-2 in the women’s division with San Clemente’s Tia Blanco taking third.

Gunter won the boys’ division with John Mel of Newport Beach taking second.

Cody Canzoneri, a Texas surfer now living in California, won the longboard division with Tony Bartovich and Nathan Thompson of Huntington Beach placing 2-3.

Jacob Davis of Capistrano Beach took third in juniors, with Kirk Weissinger of Seal Beach …

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