ENCINITAS — Girls surf teams from Carlsbad High School, San Dieguito Academy, Torrey Pines High School and Vista High School competed in The Girls Surf Game Scholastic Team Surf Competition Encinitas Surf Festival on April 25 at D Street south of Moonlight Beach.
Carlsbad’s Kyla Peterson Bryn Lutz, Sara Locke, Ivy Miller and Deanna Dhillon took home the trophy, in what was a tightly contested match-up with the top seeded San Dieguito Academy.
Carlsbad High School (No. 2 seed) and San Dieguito Academy (No. 1 seed) were tied after the first and second periods going into the final period. The final score was 39 points Carlsbad to 38 points San Dieguito.
Top honors were awarded to Maddie Lyon of San Dieguito Academy for the most radical maneuver, scoring a 6.5 and Kyla Peterson of Carlsbad High School who received Most Valuable Player honors for the championship match with a 5.5 and 5.0. scores. Peterson had three solid periods and scored the game-winning wave with four minutes and 28 seconds remaining in the bottom of the third and final period.
Earlier in the day, Vista High School was eliminated by the No. 1 seed San Dieguito Academy 53 to 45 in the first match of the morning in some excellent conditions. They were followed by Carlsbad who escaped a nail-biter with Torrey Pines by carving up a victory 47 to 45.
The Game is a competitive surfing format developed by local retired professional surfer and big wave pro rider Brad Gerlach. The scheduled teams competed for scores judged on various maneuvers. Judges score the rides and referees on the beach managed the time. Each team is allowed coaches to be positioned in the surf line up, as well as on the beach. Play-by-play substitutions can be called. The format follows a three-period time frame of nonstop surfing action.
This event has received support from the Carlsbad, Vista and Encinitas firefighters associations. The contest director, Jon Peterson, is a longtime Encinitas firefighter and owner of Surfin Fire surf school.