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By Matt Szabo | September 4, 2009
Laguna Beach?s Taylor Pitz has been named to the 2009-10 PacSun USA Surf Team following her performance last week at the SIMA Surfing American USA Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier. Pitz, who will be a junior at Laguna Beach High, made the U.S. team for the third straight year. She was one of five selected for the girls? Under-18 team, along with U.S. Open women?s champion Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana, Kaleigh Gilchrist of Newport Beach, Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara and Quincy Davis from New York.
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By Matt Szabo | February 5, 2010
The defining moment of Taylor Pitz?s experience at the International Surfing Assn. World Junior Championships probably occurred in Qualifying Round Three. Pitz had done well in the first two heats at the event, which concluded in Piha, New Zealand, on Jan. 28. She won both her first two heats, but the third round was stacked. The Laguna Beach High junior would be going against her PacSun Junior National teammate, Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana, who finished second individually at the event last year and was also the 2009 U.S. Open of Surfing women?
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July 24, 2009
Pitz competes at U.S. Open Laguna Beach?s Taylor Pitz advanced to the quarterfinals at the Nike 6.0 Junior Pro girls? event over the weekend at the U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier. Pitz, who will be a junior at Laguna Beach High, won her heat in the first round with a score of 12.00 to advance to the quarterfinals. It was the second-best overall score of the first round. In the quarterfinals, Pitz finished third in her heat with a score of 6.37, but only the top two scores advanced.
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By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2010
Surfers are already known for being a mellow group, but Laguna Beach High junior Taylor Pitz may just be taking it to the next level. Pitz said she started doing Bikram yoga in North Laguna over her Christmas break. ?I just really like it,? she said. ?It?s helped a lot with my flexibility, and strength as well.? In the water, though, her strength is becoming less and less of a question. Pitz won the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. women?s high school state championship Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier, beating out four other girls in the process.
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By Matt Szabo | December 25, 2009
It’s led up to this, the hours and hours that Taylor Pitz has spent in the water perfecting her craft. Next month it will be go time for Pitz on the world stage. Pitz, a junior at Laguna Beach High, was named to the PacSun USA Surf Team. She will be on the Girls’ Under 18 team for the upcoming Quiksilver International Surfing Assn. World Junior Surfing Championships. The prestigious contest will go down beginning Jan. 18 in Piha, New Zealand. Pitz has been on the national team three years running, but this year she will take a bigger role.
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By Matt Szabo | August 21, 2009
Taylor Pitz has had her driver’s license for less than a month. It’s a practical thing for Pitz, 16, more than most teenagers. She may enjoy cruising the town, but now she can drive to various beaches around Southern California. “It’s nice being able to drive yourself, especially to the beach and stuff,” she said. “It’s definitely different, though. I feel a lot older.” In terms of surfing, she’s been quite grown for some time now. Yes, Pitz should get better at driving, but when she hits the water it’s her chance to really show off. The Laguna Beach High junior-to-be and standout surfer is in the midst of a competition a weekend.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
For all the superlatives Taylor Pitz has garnered through her years of competing in National Scholastic Surfing Assn. contests, one title had eluded the soulful surfer was a high school national championship. That all changed June 19 when she nabbed that honor by winning the High School Varsity Women's Division title at the three-day NSSA National Interscholastic College, High School and Middle School Championships at Salt Creek in Dana Point. "I am so excited to have finally won a national title," said Pitz, who will compete at the NSSA National Open and Explorer Championships beginning Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | September 17, 2010
Taylor Pitz, a senior at Laguna Beach High and member of the school's surf team, won the Open Women's division of the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. (NSSA) Southwest Open Season series opener Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier. The contest was the first in a 10-contest NSSA season. Placement in the series qualifies surfers for NSSA West Coast Championships and NSSA Nationals in June 2011. The Open Women's division is the top division for female competitors. "Starting my senior year of high school has been really busy and stressful, so winning this contest gives me a lot of confidence," Pitz said.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
When Taylor Pitz and Chris Paul heard their names called out toward the end of Laguna Beach High's General Athletic Boosters All Sport Banquet on Tuesday, both said it was unexpected. Pitz — who starred on the surf team — and Paul — who book-ended a record-setting senior year in football l and baseball — finished the night, and their prep careers at Laguna Beach High, by being presented with the school's Female and Male Athlete of the Year honors for the 2010-11 school year.
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September 12, 2008
Taylor Pitz has been selected to the 2009 PacSun USA Surf Team for a second time. The 15-year-old, a sophomore at Laguna Beach High, competed over a six-day period at the SIMA Surfing America USA Championships presented by PacSun at the Huntington Beach Pier that wrapped up Aug. 24. Pitz competed in both the girls? Under-16 and Under-18 events and was the lone female to make the finals in both divisions. At the conclusion of the championship, the new PacSun USA Surf Team was announced by Surfing America, the national governing body for the sport of surfing.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
For all the superlatives Taylor Pitz has garnered through her years of competing in National Scholastic Surfing Assn. contests, one title had eluded the soulful surfer was a high school national championship. That all changed June 19 when she nabbed that honor by winning the High School Varsity Women's Division title at the three-day NSSA National Interscholastic College, High School and Middle School Championships at Salt Creek in Dana Point. "I am so excited to have finally won a national title," said Pitz, who will compete at the NSSA National Open and Explorer Championships beginning Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
When Taylor Pitz and Chris Paul heard their names called out toward the end of Laguna Beach High's General Athletic Boosters All Sport Banquet on Tuesday, both said it was unexpected. Pitz — who starred on the surf team — and Paul — who book-ended a record-setting senior year in football l and baseball — finished the night, and their prep careers at Laguna Beach High, by being presented with the school's Female and Male Athlete of the Year honors for the 2010-11 school year.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
The 2010-11 school year has been nothing short of an amazing ride for Taylor Pitz. That's how the Laguna Beach student-athlete describes the past seven months, months that have seen the 18-year-old strive for new goals and see them come to fruition. "A lot has happened but it's been so amazing," she said. Pitz could have entered her senior year on cruise control, having already achieved plenty. But to do so wouldn't have been her style. Instead, she challenged herself in different facets of her life, from the classroom, to college admissions, to the ocean.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | September 17, 2010
Taylor Pitz, a senior at Laguna Beach High and member of the school's surf team, won the Open Women's division of the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. (NSSA) Southwest Open Season series opener Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier. The contest was the first in a 10-contest NSSA season. Placement in the series qualifies surfers for NSSA West Coast Championships and NSSA Nationals in June 2011. The Open Women's division is the top division for female competitors. "Starting my senior year of high school has been really busy and stressful, so winning this contest gives me a lot of confidence," Pitz said.
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By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2010
Surfers are already known for being a mellow group, but Laguna Beach High junior Taylor Pitz may just be taking it to the next level. Pitz said she started doing Bikram yoga in North Laguna over her Christmas break. ?I just really like it,? she said. ?It?s helped a lot with my flexibility, and strength as well.? In the water, though, her strength is becoming less and less of a question. Pitz won the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. women?s high school state championship Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier, beating out four other girls in the process.
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By Matt Szabo | February 5, 2010
The defining moment of Taylor Pitz?s experience at the International Surfing Assn. World Junior Championships probably occurred in Qualifying Round Three. Pitz had done well in the first two heats at the event, which concluded in Piha, New Zealand, on Jan. 28. She won both her first two heats, but the third round was stacked. The Laguna Beach High junior would be going against her PacSun Junior National teammate, Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana, who finished second individually at the event last year and was also the 2009 U.S. Open of Surfing women?
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By Matt Szabo | December 25, 2009
It’s led up to this, the hours and hours that Taylor Pitz has spent in the water perfecting her craft. Next month it will be go time for Pitz on the world stage. Pitz, a junior at Laguna Beach High, was named to the PacSun USA Surf Team. She will be on the Girls’ Under 18 team for the upcoming Quiksilver International Surfing Assn. World Junior Surfing Championships. The prestigious contest will go down beginning Jan. 18 in Piha, New Zealand. Pitz has been on the national team three years running, but this year she will take a bigger role.
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By Matt Szabo | September 4, 2009
Laguna Beach?s Taylor Pitz has been named to the 2009-10 PacSun USA Surf Team following her performance last week at the SIMA Surfing American USA Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier. Pitz, who will be a junior at Laguna Beach High, made the U.S. team for the third straight year. She was one of five selected for the girls? Under-18 team, along with U.S. Open women?s champion Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana, Kaleigh Gilchrist of Newport Beach, Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara and Quincy Davis from New York.
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By Matt Szabo | August 21, 2009
Taylor Pitz has had her driver’s license for less than a month. It’s a practical thing for Pitz, 16, more than most teenagers. She may enjoy cruising the town, but now she can drive to various beaches around Southern California. “It’s nice being able to drive yourself, especially to the beach and stuff,” she said. “It’s definitely different, though. I feel a lot older.” In terms of surfing, she’s been quite grown for some time now. Yes, Pitz should get better at driving, but when she hits the water it’s her chance to really show off. The Laguna Beach High junior-to-be and standout surfer is in the midst of a competition a weekend.
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July 24, 2009
Pitz competes at U.S. Open Laguna Beach?s Taylor Pitz advanced to the quarterfinals at the Nike 6.0 Junior Pro girls? event over the weekend at the U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier. Pitz, who will be a junior at Laguna Beach High, won her heat in the first round with a score of 12.00 to advance to the quarterfinals. It was the second-best overall score of the first round. In the quarterfinals, Pitz finished third in her heat with a score of 6.37, but only the top two scores advanced.
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