BY MARCY SHORTUSE - The National Scholastic Surfing Association competition was held at a point break in southern California called Salt Creek at Dana Point, and local surfer Mila Wyman was there.
“More than 350 surfers from all over the country came to compete, with a large concentration being from California,” the Boca Grande native said. “The college competition was fierce with a lot of paddle battles for the point wave. We surfed many heats and along with some of my teammates we made it to the semifinals.”
Mila finished fourth in the semifinal, and overall the team came in tenth place in national rankings. View More images >>
“The competition was crazy because we saw tricks in the contest that we see in Surfers magazine or surfing videos,” she said. “Also, I was not used to fighting for waves, I’m used to beach breaks where everyone catches waves – not surfing a point break wave where we all fight for one wave.
“I did really well compared to what I thought I was going to do. After all, going to surf California was pretty intimidating. Also, surfing against new people and not feeling like a local was strange. Everything was pretty different. We were wearing wetsuits in cold water with it being 90 degrees outside.”
Local friends Chantel Spurgeon and the Sligar family (Gary, Sue and their son, Reed) came by to support the team.
“The free surf was the best,” Mila said. “I learned a lot and I feel that my surfing improved a ton while I was there. Surfing the Trestle was amazing. We would have family dinners and watch the sunset from our beach house. We were living the dream. We loved the trip and are looking forward for next year.”
(See the letter to the editor from Mila and the team.)
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