Nat Young of Santa Cruz wins Jack’s Surfboards Pro of the WSL in Huntington Beach

Nat Young of Santa Cruz wins Jack's Surfboards Pro of the WSL in Huntington Beach

Nat Young from Santa Cruz won the Jack’s Surfboards Pro of the World Surf League, a qualifier of the 1,000 series, in Huntington Beach on Sunday.

Young defeated Josh Burke of Barbados 14.75-14.50 to claim the title and the winning payout of $ 2,500.

“It’s so great to come here and win this,” Young told “That was definitely my goal, so I’m happy.”
Nat Young (left) of Santa Cruz and Caitlin Simmers of Oceanside battled it out for big wins for their respective podiums in Huntington Beach on Sunday in the Jack’s Surfboards Pro of the World Surf League, a 1,000 series event. (Nichols – WSL)

It was an emotional year for Young, whose mother, Rosie, passed away in February. He also became the proud father of daughter Rocky, who was on hand with his finances, Tia Schmidt, on Sunday.

Young scored an 8.25 for a wave of three maneuvers in the 25-minute final eight minutes from time to take a 14.75-14.50 lead. With that, it took Burke a 7.16 to regain the lead. Burke never caught this green wave.

Young laid back to top his highscore wave.

“I’m lucky I landed this,” he said. “It gave me enough to get in first.”

Burke took three waves, two hits, to take the lead early in the run, with Young holding the wave’s priority.

Young, ranked 2nd on QS when the 2020 season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, defeated San Clemente’s Cole Houshmand 15.90-9.25 in the semifinals. He also defeated Chauncey Robinson of Melbourne Beach, Florida, 12.75-11.65 in the quarterfinals.

Burke defeated Cam Richards of Pawleys Island, South Carolina at 5:20 p.m. to 4:85 p.m. in the second semifinals.

Santa Cruz’s Autumn Hays lost to Alyssa Spencer 14.25-7.60 in the quarterfinals of the women’s event, also a WSL QS 1,000 event. Hays (8.10) came second in the round of 16 behind Heat winner Sawyer Lindblad (10.25).

Oceanside’s Caitlin Simmers defeated San Clementes Lindblad 15.65-13.70 in a 15-year-old battle for the women’s title.


National Lifeguard Championships: Raylene Allen of the Capitola Beach Lifeguard Association took eighth place in the Women’s Open Beach Flags at the National Lifeguard Championships, held Thursday through Saturday on South Padre Island, Texas.

Skye Davies of the Santa Cruz Surf Lifesaving Association reached the semi-finals in the Open Women’s Board Race.

Allen and Davis also took part in the Open Women’s Board Relay and made it to the finals. All of them also made it to the finals in the Beach Sprint Relay.

Nichoas Graessle from the Capitola Beach Lifeguard Association participated in the Open Beach Flags.


Inkster wins in Minnesota: Santa Cruz-born Juli Inkster, 61, won the first Land O ‘Lakes Legends Classic on Saturday at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Inkster, a graduate of Harbor High and San Jose State University, graduated 5 under par 67 for a total of 9 under 135. The World Golf Hall of Famer, a seven-time major winner, earned $ 24,500 for her sixth Legends Tour finish.

Christa Johnson (136) and Rosie Jones (136) took second place.

The Legends Classic is the second stop on the LPGA Legends Tour, a professional tour for former LPGA players aged 45 and over.


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