Monday, November 9, 2009

Jalama Expression Session

The Surf Dog's annual Jalama Beach Expression Session is just around the corner!

Jalama Expression Session
December 4 - 6th, 2009
20 min from Lompoc, California at Jalama County Park

By far, one of the most fun and exciting surf kayaking events of the year, the Expression Session is a gathering of surf kayakers from all over. Jalama Beach is about an hour's drive from Santa Barbara. Camping is available at the park. Though traditionally famed for bone-crunching, closed-out waves, last year's surf was small and well-formed. The vibe is laid back and friendly. This year promises more good times and great stoke!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Upcoming West Coast Contests for Fall 2009

Surf kayak competition is one of the absolute best ways to sharpen your skills, test your abilities, meet new surf kayak buddies, and have an absolutely incredible time. If you're an old salt, you'll be excited to see several contests on the radar. If you're new to surf kayaking or surf contests, there are several exciting opportunities to try it out!

The following are all USWSKA scanctioned event, meaning points earned will count towards getting a place on the 2011 Worlds team! The 2011 Worlds are going to be held in the fall, in North Carolina at a world famous break. Expect competition for team slots to be tough.

Hoebuck Hoedown
October 3-4, 2009
At beautiful Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay, Washington

Clam Slam at Pismo Beach
October 17-18, 2009
This old favorite has been brought back to life. Held in conjunction with the Pismo Beach Clam Festival, it's a great one to bring the family to. Categories include:
Mens and Womens HP
Mens and Womens IC
Mens Masters HP
Mens Masters IC

1st Category: $75
2nd or 3rd Category: $25

Mail checks to
Dave Johnston
113 Van Ness Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Please include your name and the categories you plan to enter.

Davenport Classic
October 24-25, 2009
Davenport is an incredibly gorgeous spot, frequently blessed with spectacular waves. The contest is exciting, the spills thrilling, and the spot gorgeous. Categories include:
Mens and Womens HP
Mens and Womens IC
Mens Masters (>40) HP
Mens Masters (>40) IC
Stand-up Paddling

1st Category: $65
Additional Category: $50

Registration is through and closes October 18, 2009 @ 11:59pm: Davenport Registration

You must be either an ACA member (bring your card to the check-in) or you'll have to pay $5 to the ACA for the event. A Saturday social is being planned.

Contact Person
Mark Pastick

2009 World Surf Kayak Championship Report

Congratulations to the US West Surf Kayak team for taking 7th place at the 2009 World Surf Kayak championships in Santa Cruz Portugal. This years team consisted of a small group of seasoned competitors and many fresh new faces. The team described conditions as being fierce, the paddle-out hard, and the competition fun. The performance of the US West competitors was superb both individually and as a team.

US West Final Team
Devon Barker
Jim Grossman
Jeffrey Hille
Rachael Krugman
Carlisle Landel
Wayne Waddington

The team had several medalists in individual competitions:
Devon Barker placed 4th in women's HP (short boat)
Jim Grossman placed 1st for master IC (long boat)
Jim Grossman also placed 3rd for master's HP
Wayne Waddington placed 4th in the world for grand master IC


Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 US West Surf Kayak Team

Congratulations to the US West Surf Kayak Team, who will be representing the West coast at the World Championships in Portugal this summer!

Bios soon-
Jeffrey Hille
Devon Barker
Wayne Waddington
Jim Grossman
Andrew Nolan
Dennis Judson
Alex Stubbs
Erik Miller
Rachael Krugman

New Commitee

There is a new committee for the US West Kayak Surf Association. We met, and we're committed to helping promote the sport here on the west coast. We've just started, but we've got some ideas so watch this space for updates....

The new committee is:

Kristie Koski
Wayne Waddington
Sean Morley - Team Trainer
Dave "The Wave" Johnston - President
Jameson Riser
Jennifer Dohrman - Treasurer
Geoff Jennings - Secretary

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Here is clarification on the sign ups for the team trials at Santa Cruz. We hope to be sending out a corrected standings list by this weekend. We had one but found some errors so we are rechecking it to correct those and for complete accuracy. These are the same rules that have applied for every team trials in the past on the West Coast.

• In order to be eligible for the trials you must have competed in one West Coast event in the last 2 years (2007-08). Official events include Santa Cruz, Davenport, and Hoebuck.
• You must be willing to commit to going to the worlds in Portugal in July-Aug of 2009. This is the official team trials not a come see how you stack up for the fun of it contest.
• Everyone signing up for the team trials must send a deposit check for $200.00 towards the team fees. This check WILL NOT be cashed unless you qualify for the team. If you do not qualify for the team your check will be returned or shredded (your choice). If you qualify for the team the check will then be deposited into the team account as your commitment to go to the World Championships. This deposit is non-refundable at that point as it is a commitment on your part to represent the team.
• All checks need to be sent to Mickey Stowell at the address below by March 1st in order to secure your spot in the team trials. Mickey will bring them all to Santa Cruz and they will be distributed according to the final results. IE, returned or deposited shortly thereafter. Do not send the checks with your contest fees as they are not accepting the responsibility of that and unless I get them in time, you will not be added to the team trials. Send the checks made out to Rick Starr to this address:

Mickey Stowell
2462 W. Harriet Ln.
Anaheim, Ca. 92804

• This notice is being posted on Boater Talk and the committee and team website at:

If there are any questions feel free to ask. If you have already signed up for the team trials you will be getting contacted by phone or email about this from one of the committee members, either Morlee Griswold, Mickey Stowell or Dan Crandall.

The West Coast Surf Kayak Committee