SF: Taylor had another excellent year and captured her third South Coast League individual title. Her dedication, work ethic and desire to win have been major contibutors to her success over the years at LBHS. These are qualities that define our program as a result of Taylor's success. I can't say enough about what Taylor has meant to our program. She will be missed!
CW: Who are some of the other team members who have had strong results this season? Any surprises?
SF: Seniors Kris Williams, Rex Strombotne, Travis Sampson as well as juniors Adam R-K and Dane Zarinelli put in some great performances. Brenda Joseph stepped up and received most improved, and Freshman Cameron dePfyffer finished the year strong.
CW: Highlights from this season, any special memories or heats that stand out?
SF: We had a lot of great moments this year. The highlight for me was watching Taylor Pitz win the league individual title yesterday at Trestles.
CW: With the Surfing Nationals Tournament coming up, who in your opinion are some of the top teams heading into the event?
SF: Nationals will be highly contested and there are many strong schools participating including Newport and San Clemente, which are in our league.
Another fun year on the books for the Laguna Surf Team and as several talented members move on and begin to plan for college, rumor has it that there's a strong group of 20 or more junior high surfers ready to take their spot in the Laguna's competitive lineup.
Next week we will talk with Thurston surf coach Eric Zuziak on this talented pool of young surfers and how the team is currently performing.
CHRIS WILLIAMS is a surfing coach and Laguna Beach resident, and father of four surf-crazy sons. He can be reached through his blog: souladventuresinc.blogspot.com.