2012 NSSA Southwest Conference champions: smile, you're getting new surfboards

A pumping southwest and northwest swell combo delivered great surfing conditions with shoulder to overhead peaks for the grand finale of the NSSA Southwest Conference, at the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier.


Taylor Clark took his fifth victory of the season with a powerful, progressive surfing performance on southside. Clark’s consistent and dominant surfing throughout the season secured him the 2011/12 Southwest Open Men’s conference crown, one of the most recognized and celebrated honors in the NSSA.

Kulia Doherty dominated the Open Womens division winning by her sixth event of the season, while easily clinching the conference title.

Griffin Colapinto put on a super impressive surfing display on southside nailing his third season victory in the Juniors and securing the conference title. Colapinto also earned his third runner up showing this season in the premier Open Mens division.

John Mel put on a super heat in his Open Boys quarterfinal posting the highest combined total of the event (18.93) with two wave scores of 9.93 and a 9.00. Mel also claimed his fifth Open Boys victory of the season and handily secured the conference title.

14-year-old female phenom Frankie Harrer who made a statement this season with her unmatched competitive record and accomplishments, placed runner-up in the Open Girls final but handily collects the conference title on the strength of her 8 season victories in the division. Harrer crushed the all-time season wins record posting 40 victories in the 2011-12 season.

Tia Blanco broke the ice in the Open Girls collecting her first win of the season in the division in a hard fought final.

Noah Hill claimed his second Open Mini Grom victory of the season. Nick Marshall who sat out the final event of the season, earned the conference title on the strength of five season victories.

Tony Bartovich tore up his local break on southside scoring his fifth season win in the Longboard division and nailing his first NSSA conference title.