2013 NSSA Nationals: Explorer Finals

posted by / NSSA Blog, Photos / July 1, 2013

In case you’re not currently 14-years-old and laden with stickers in Huntington Beach, we’ll have you know that the 2013 NSSA Nationals is in full swing. The best youngbirds and bees from the home of the brave are buzzing around the south side of HB pier in search of a trophy. Here are some photos from the first few days of competition in the Explorer divisions. Go to SurfingMagazine.com/NSSA on Tuesday, July 2nd and Wednesday, July 3rd to watch dreams come true in the finals of the premier Open divisions.

More, including full results, to come.

All Photos: Quinn Matthews

First come, first surf. First come, first surf.

First come, first surf.

If pink is punk, Bailey Nage is Johnny Ramone.

If pink is punk, Bailey Nage is Johnny Ramone.

And Barron Mamiya is Mike Ness.

And Barron Mamiya is Mike Ness.

Barron Mamiya hitches his first of many lifts up the beach.

Barron Mamiya hitches his first of many lifts up the beach.

Chelsea Tuach, touche.

Chelsea Tuach, touche.

Cody Young, not Cody old.

Cody Young, not Cody old.

Colt Ward, a product of the Spanish Village by the Sea.

Colt Ward, a product of the Spanish Village by the Sea.

Well, it is June. Gloom and south swells at the pier.

Well, it is June. Gloom and south swells at the pier.

Finn McGill could learn a thing or two from Waldo.

Finn McGill could learn a thing or two from Waldo.

Griffin Colapinto is not as moody of a teenager as this photo leads you to believe.

Griffin Colapinto is not as moody of a teenager as this photo leads you to believe.

Griffin again, much better.

Griffin again, much better.

Imaikalani Devault lays rail.

Imaikalani Devault lays rail.

Kirk Weissinger scoops a pier bowl.

Kirk Weissinger scoops a pier bowl.

Isaiah Moniz pushes his weight in the great floater revival of 2013.

Isaiah Moniz pushes his weight in the great floater revival of 2013.

Jake Marshall finishes him.

Jake Marshall finishes him.

Imaikalani gives those red fins some oxygen.

Imaikalani gives those red fins some oxygen.

John Mel is half Condor.

John Mel is half Condor.

Don’t be fooled. Josh Burke sees it.

Don’t be fooled. Josh Burke sees it.

Takumi Yasui ditches the fins.

Takumi Yasui ditches the fins.

Wyatt Mchale and Corey Colapinto, pacific.

Wyatt Mchale and Corey Colapinto, pacific.

Wyatt Mchale and Corey Colapinto, passive aggressive.

Wyatt Mchale and Corey Colapinto, passive aggressive.

After all, Kalani David is John John’s neighbor.

After all, Kalani David is John John’s neighbor.

Kalani David makes it a fight for second.

Kalani David makes it a fight for second.

It wouldn’t be all that brazen to say that Kalani stood out.

It wouldn’t be all that brazen to say that Kalani stood out.

Lucas Taub and the moment he’s been waiting for.

Lucas Taub and the moment he’s been waiting for.

Noa Mizuno with a great foundation.

Noa Mizuno with a great foundation.

And a great finish.

And a great finish.

Thelen McKinna Worrell’s backhanded remark.

Thelen McKinna Worrell’s backhanded remark.

Luke Gordon, the emperor of Pawley Island, South Carolina.

Luke Gordon, the emperor of Pawley Island, South Carolina.

Nick Marshall, at least 11:30.

Nick Marshall, at least 11:30.

Clay Marzo much? Noa Mizuno follows footsteps and tail blows.

Clay Marzo much? Noa Mizuno follows footsteps and tail blows.

Nolan Rapoza goes left right into the pillars.

Nolan Rapoza goes left right into the pillars.

Seth Moniz, a Hawaiian excelling in not-so-Hawaiian conditions.

Seth Moniz, a Hawaiian excelling in not-so-Hawaiian conditions.

Don’t get your sneaks wet. Taylor Clark.

Don’t get your sneaks wet. Taylor Clark.

Green on green on shoulders. Mull on that one, mismatchers. Tommy Coleman.

Green on green on shoulders. Mull on that one, mismatchers. Tommy Coleman.