HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (July 8, 2015): The 2015 NSSA National Championships presented by Body Glove have come to a close and Seth Moniz and Caroline Marks, both chosen by SURFING Magazine as the No. 1 contenders in the Open Mens and Open Womens divisions, claimed the titles in the two premier divisions. Check out highlights, photos and scores at www.surfingmagazine.com/nssa.
For Marks, it was the second straight Open Women’s victory. It was also a second year in a row win for a Moniz. Seth claimed the 2015 title while his older brother Josh earned the top title last year. Both Marks and Moniz join the ranks of many legendary surfers whose careers began with wins at the NSSA Nationals: Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Kalani, Robb, Andy Irons, Bruce Irons, John John Florence, CJ Hobgood, Carissa Moore, Lakey Person, Nat Young, Kolohe Andino and Conner Coffin, just to name a few.
A list of winners is below. Visit www.surfingmagazine.com/nssa for all of the results, highlights and photos or watch rebroadcasts on Time Warner Cable (check your listings for more information).
OPEN MENS (ages 16 & up) MAYORS CUP – Seth Moniz
OPEN WOMENS (all ages) MAYORS CUP – Caroline Marks
OPEN JUNIORS (ages 15 & under) – Eithan Osborne
OPEN BOYS (ages 12 & under) – Taro Watanabe
OPEN MINI GROMS (ages 10 & under) – Makana Franzman
OPEN GIRLS (ages 14 & under) – Caroline Marks
OPEN LONGBOARD (all ages) – Parker Sawyer
EXPLORER MENS (all ages) – Elijah Gates
EXPLORER JUNIORS (ages 17 & under) – Seth Moniz
EXPLORER BOYS (ages 14 & under) – Bo Raynor
EXPLORER MENEHUENE (ages 12 & under) – Dimitri Poulos
EXPLORER SUPER GROMS (ages 10 & under) – Levi Young
EXPLORER WOMENS (all ages) – Moana Jones
EXPLORER GIRLS (ages 14 & under) – Caroline Marks
EXPLORER MASTERS (ages 25 & up) – Chris Keet
EXPLORER SENIORS (ages 35 & up) – Chris Keet
EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS (ages 45 & up) – Tim Albury
EXPLORER DUKE (ages 55 & up) – Patrick Schlick
EXPLORER LONGBOARD (all ages) – Parker Sawyer
EXPLORER WOMENS LONGBOARD (all ages) – Mason Schrenner
EXPLORER KNEEBOARD (all ages) – Mike Fernandez
EXPLORER SUP (all ages) – Ty Simpson
EXPLORER WOMENS SUP (all ages) – Mason Schrenner
NATIONAL AIRSHOW CHAMPION – Nolan Rapoza
NATIONAL JUNIOR AIRSHOW CHAMPION – Nick Marshall
KALANI ROBB MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERFORMANCE – Brodi SaleCARISSA MOORE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Gabriella BryanAI OPEN MENS STANDOUT INSPIRED BY ANDY IRONS – Seth Moniz
ALOHA AWARD PRESENTED BY KEANU ASING – David Letinsky
HEART AND SOUL AWARD INSPIRED BY BETHANY HAMILTON – Kelta O’Rourke
HIGHEST GPA WITH TOP NATIONALS PERFORMANCE PRESENTED BY CONNER COFFIN – Dimitri Poulos
About Body Glove International
Founded in Redondo Beach, California in 1953 by twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, Body Glove is the original wetsuit company. Today, the privately-owned, family-operated company is a leading global watersports brand that specializes in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories and technology products. While Body Glove has supported surfers and the surfing industry since 1953, today Body Glove sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry. Pro surfers Tatiana Weston-Webb, Jamie O’Brien, Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray, Guinness World Record Holder Garrett McNamara, as well as wakeboarders Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford, and Bob Soven are all part of the Body Glove Team. Through Reef Check, SIMA’s environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works hard to preserve and protect the oceans and waterways it loves. The company’s headquarters are still based in Redondo Beach, but its products are sold all over the U.S. by a network of independent retailers, at its own Dive N’ Surf retail shop and in approximately 50 countries worldwide.
The National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist its members in their interest to learn and develop the fundamentals and skills of surfing competition while competing in structured and quality events. The NSSA promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers. The NSSA strives to provide a fun surfing experience for all of its members. The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.