The Western Surfing Association (WSA) on August 12, 2010 announced the addition of a new scholastic competition series for middle and high school surf teams. The new series, dubbed the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS), will provide a professionally managed and operated platform for school surf teams from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Teams competing in this new series can expect the same high quality events that the WSA has become known for, including professional judging, quality events and a family oriented program.
SSS competition areas will be divided into three sections—San Diego, Orange County and LA to Santa Barbara. School competitions will be divided into nine individual contest divisions—San Diego High School Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and middle schools; Orange County high school and middle schools, LA to Santa Barbara high school and middle school.
Each section will consist of five events culminating with a State Championship contest for both middle school and high school teams.
High school teams will each consist of six to nine shortboard men, three longboard men, two to three shortboard women, two to three longboard women and one coed bodyboarder. Middle school teams will field nine shortboard boys, three longboard boys, two shortboard girls, two longboard girls and three coed bodyboarders.
SSS will be led by Administrative Director Sue Lister who brings four years of experience in coaching middle school and high school surf teams in Orange County and San Diego and three years as the administrative and executive director of the Interscholastic Surfing Federation (ISF). SSS Competition Director Carolyn Krammer has been involved in the sport of surfing since 1963 and has served as competition director for the Women’s International Surfing Association (WISA), the United States Surfing Federation (USSF) Western Region, the ISF and the WSA.