Florida Atlantic University’s Surf Team was one point away from taking first place in the 2013 NSSA East Coast Regional Championship this past weekend. Collegiate surfers from many different colleges and universities came to New Smyrna Beach on April 4 through April 7 to jazz the glass for the judges. Students came from as far as New Jersey to compete.
The NSSA website states that, “The conditions were good, scattered, two- to four-foot-high performance peaks with rippable sections.”
Collin Grimm, the coach of FAU Surf Team and former president, made it through all the heats to the finals and received third place in the Men’s overall division.
“This is the best we have ever done since I’ve been around,” he said. “We got so many trophies!”
The surfers compete individually for points, but each point goes towards the FAU team.
Mila Wyman became president of the surf team this year and is excited about their performance.
“Everyone advanced in the first heat of competition, which is really good because that gives our team more points,” she said.
Will Warren, formerly of the University of Central Florida, took fifth place in the longboard overall division.
Mila explained, “UCF usually wins their conference competition, so we joke about Will being our secret weapon.”
Mila received second place overall in the women’s regional collegiate division. This is a fantastic success; she was competing with the entire eastern collegiate region of the United States.
FAU won second place overall, shy just one point of taking the title from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Mila also received a trophy for having the most individually-scored points for the Southeastern District. This means that out of all the collegiate surfers from North Carolina down to Florida, Mila racked up the most points for women, making her the overall women champion of the Southeast/North collegiate district. She received a special trophy for her accomplishment.
Mila said, “It cost the team $500 just in entry fees to compete in the regionals. California is going to be way more. Registration is probably going to be around $1,000 – not including airfare, rental car, hotel, gas, etc. We can cover our own food, but we could really use some help with funding. If anyone can see their way to help us we would truly be grateful. Any amount will help. You can reach me at email@example.com. Thank You!”
Janice Aragon from the NSSA national office encouraged the team after the awards ceremony by saying, “I want to see you guys in California.”View More images >>
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