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CHS Surf Team Repeats As State Longboard Champions, Quinlan Individual Titleist

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 1:01 pm

April 13-15, 2019 were the dates of the Finals of the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) held at Oceanside South Jetty. The series serves as the state surfing championship and the competition includes Boys and Girls Longboard, Boys and Girls Shortboard competition and Co-ed Bodyboard events. Saturday April 13, the Coastal High School Teams competed, Sunday April 14 the Inland Teams held their competition, and Monday the Individual competitions were held.

The Coronado High School trio of seniors Liam Casey, Santiago ‘Santi’ Girault, and Cole Quinlan entered the water as both the defending State Longboard Champions and the underdogs to San Clemente to win the team title. CHS Surf Team Head Coach ‘Iron Mike’ Gillard (CHS ’80) explained, “We beat Santa Barbara in the first round, Carlsbad in the second round, and Torrey Pines in the third round. Then we defeated a tough San Clemente team in the finals. The surf conditions were a light wind, with three to five foot surf. There were good waves and good surf. They just kept advancing all the way through. It was impressive and a lot of fun. We are a small school competing in Division I against much larger schools.”

Heats in SSS competitions last for 20 minutes each, with two teams have three surfers competing at the same time. First place in the heat earns the team six points, five points for second place and so on, with the highest team point total advancing. A key factor in Coronado retaining their longboard team title was Quinlan posting two perfect rounds of 10, to capture the all-important six first place points in two of the heats.

Monday 30 surfers returned to Oceanside to compete for the individual longboard title. Coach Gillard, who was a champion surfer in his own right, said of the individual event, “It was close. William Hennessey from Torrey Pines was Cole’s main competition, but he came out on top.”

Since the top three Islander longboarders are all seniors, it means Gillard is looking at a new roster for next year. “Now I’m starting from scratch,” said Gillard. “We’re going to rebuild with freshmen.”

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