NSSA Uppers South West Open Results 2015

28th April 2015

(Top photo Malia Osterkamp by Kurt Steinmetz)

The NSSA Uppers South West Open Conference was held over the weekend in an unusually average wind swell at Uppers in California.

In 2-4 foot swells throughout the event the girls 2 divisions took to the water in the last NSSA event before the National Conference. Malia Osterkamp who has had an outstanding season said “It was tricky in the wind swell but there was definitely some shoulder high sets to take advantage of, and the wind calmed down a bit for the final.”

With some of the United States’ best junior surfers in the water it was never going to be an easy road to the top. Malia said it all came down to wave selection and giving full top to bottom manoeuvres. She said “It was a stacked final, anyone could’ve won it. It was so close between Tia and I.” After a nail biting final it was Malia who I managed to find the best waves to make 2-3 snaps and a solid finish on each and secure her first place.

12 year old Samantha Sibley wasn’t far behind the girls in the final finishing with a solid score and result. Malia said “Sam’s did so well all event, she’s been ripping lately!”

In the Open division Tiare Thompson kept herself an edge above the rest with solid combinations and great wave choice in the finals. She kept Bethany Zelasko at bay to win, although Bethany walked away with the point score winner of the season.


  1. Malia Osterkamp-San Clemente 13.57
  2. Tia Blanco-Oceanside 13.50
  3. Samantha Sibley-San Clemente 10.20
  4. Steffi Kerson-Thousand Oaks 6.83


  1. Tiare Thompson-La Jolla 14.00
  2. Bethany Zelasko-Dana Point 12.17
  3. Samantha Sibley-San Clemente 7.37


WOMENS: Malia Osterkamp-San Clemente

GIRLS: Bethany Zelasko–Dana Point

The NSSA Southwest Conference is proud to have support from Body Glove, Huntington Surf and Sport, Java Point, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, Scosche and Channel Islands. Many thanks to the State of California, and the NSSA staff for assisting us in staging a professional quality event at Upper Trestles for the elite Southwest Open Season series.

About the NSSA

The National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist its members in their interest to learn and develop the fundamentals and skills of surfing competition while competing in structured and quality events. The NSSA promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers. The NSSA strives to provide a fun surfing experience for all of its members.

The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.

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