Surfing America Prime Event Goes Off At Seaside Reef

Despite unseasonably cool weather and a pesky red tide, California's best groms rip apart the first major event of the Prime event of the season.

School was in Session at the Nike 6.0 Surfing America Prime presented by Got Milk?

With the chill of fall in the air the new semester of the Surfing America Prime Series commenced on a drizzly Saturday morning at Seaside Reef, in San Diego County. This was the Nike 6.0 stop on the Prime Series presented by Got Milk? All eyes were on the freshman class to see who improved the most over the summer and to check out the new talent that qualified for Prime through the Western Surfing Association and the National Scholastic Surfing Association. While the weather was gloomy, the surf was not, as a mix of southwest and west northwest swell funneled onto Seaside Reef providing excellent 2-to-4 foot plus peaks for the kids to perform for our cast of ASP judges. The class of Girls U16 was the first to hit the water and PacSun USA Surf Team member; Kulia Doherty showed she continued to improve over the summer throwing down numerous scores in the good to excellent range on her rampage to the finals of both the Girls U16 and Girls U18 divisions.

In the Girls U16 Final, fellow PacSun USA Surf Team member, Frankie Harrer, gave Kulia a run for her money with a spicy snap on a set left followed by skilled weaving through the fat section to finish with flair on the inside. The ride earned her a 6.43 from the judges, but it wasn't enough to beat Kulia who won by .64 points. Kylie Loveland and Tia Blanco were looking sharp throughout the event but had a tough time finding the better waves in the final and finished in 3rd and 4th respectively.

Kulia and Tia both made the Girls U18 final too, but Kulia proved impossible to beat opening her account with a 7.5 and 7.67 combo-ing the field and leaving Tia in 3rd place. Lulu Erkeneff was throwing up some big scores in the preliminary rounds but was out of rhythm in the final and finished 4th. Danielle Wyman and Lulu shared the "Most improved over the summer" mantle as Danielle powered her way to 2nd place adding a newfound flow to her repertoire of power hacks.

The freshman class of Boys U14 division showed lots of new talent and some huge improvement from last season. No one stood out more than PacSun USA Surf Team members Jake Marshall and Griffin Colapinto. Jake was schooling the field with his home court advantage posting 4 of the top 10 waves scores in the event on his way to winning both the Boys U14 and Boys U16 divisions. Griffin Colapinto continues to amaze; surfing with a maturity that belies his 13 years. Griffin was combed by Jake early in the final but he persevered and ground out scores of 6.67 and 9.03 in the dying minutes of the heat to jump to the second spot. He was followed by Micky Clarke and Jake's brother Nicholas, making his first Prime Series final appearance.

The Boys U16 division hit the water Saturday afternoon with everyone chasing Jake Marshall. Griffin Colapinto surfed well but was narrowly defeated in the semi-finals. Jordan Collins, Nolan Rapoza, Skip McCullough, Colt Ward and Colin Deveze all showed great improvement over the summer with Nolan, Skip and Colin making it to the finals with Jake. The Boys U16 final on Sunday was a wave-starved affair with just 11 waves ridden by the 4 surfers. Jake snagged the best two waves for the win, followed by Skip McCullough in 2nd, Colin Deveze in 3rd and Nolan Rapoza taking 4th in his first Prime final.

Sunday the senior class hit the water led by PacSun USA Surf Team member, Parker Coffin, showing the form that won him the Fins Junior Pro the weekend before. Fellow PacSun USA Surf Team members Colin Moran, Trevor Thornton, Jake Davis, Taylor Clark and Kanoa Igarashi all looked polished, but a new and improved Scott Weinhardt edged out Colin Moran by just .04 points in Boys U18 semi-final one to earn a spot in the final with Parker Coffin, Taylor Clark and Kanoa Igarashi. It was another wave starved final but Parker pulled a 7.33 and 6.67 out of his hat on his only two waves leaving Taylor Clark needing a 9.60 for the win. He settled for 2nd with Kanoa and Scott left short on waves with any scoring potential.

Thanks to Surfing America sponsors Nike 6.0 for "The Lounge" and all the schwag and to PopChips for the snacks. Also a big shout out to Rick "Rickoray" Erkeneff for the Escher inspired graphic design on the new Surfing America Prime sweatshirts.

Next stop is Church Beach, San Onofre State Beach on October 8.


Girls U16
1st – Kulia Doherty – San Clemente
2nd – Frankie Harrer – Malibu
3rd – Kylie Loveland – Carlsbad
4th –Tia Blanco – San Clemente

Girls U18
1st – Kulia Doherty – San Clemente
2nd – Danielle Wyman – Laguna Niguel
3rd – Tia Blanco – San Clemente
4th – Lulu Erkeneff – Dana Point

Boys U14
1st – Jake Marshall – Encinitas
2nd – Griffin Colapinto – San Clemente
3rd – Micky Clarke – Ventura
4th – Nicholas Marshall – Encinitas

Boys U16
1st – Jake Marshall – Encinitas
2nd – Skip McCullough – La Jolla
3rd – Colin Deveze – San Clemente
4th – Nolan Rapoza – Long Beach

Boys U18
1st – Parker Coffin – Santa Barbara
2nd – Taylor Clark – Encinitas
3rd – Kanoa Igarashi – Huntington Beach
4th – Scott Weinhardt – Dana Point

Boys under 18 winner Parker Coffin. Photo: McDaniels

Boys under 18 winner Parker Coffin. Photo: McDaniels