UCF star Amy Nicholl : photo courtesy Amy Nicholl
Handful Of East Coast Teams Eye Success At Upcoming NSSA College Champs
With the NSSA National Championships kicking off next week at Salt Creek, CA, all East Coast eyes are understandably on our hot young surfers swinging for Open and Explorers titles against the cream of the junior crop from California, Hawaii, and beyond.
But since other publications and media outlets devote so much time and space to household names like Andino, Geiselman, and Coffin, EasternSurf.com decided to shine a light on the underexposed yet passionate Interscholastic side of NSSA Nationals competition.
The six colleges listed below all qualified for Nationals by competing at the NSSA East Coast Championships back in April, and all have achieved varying levels of success – from UCF star Amy Nicholl’s individual College Women’s title in 2009, to UNC Wilmington’s last-second tie-breaker loss against Cal State San Marcos that same year.
Why profile the often-forgotten college students toiling in the NSSA Nationals shadows, especially when some of them can’t even rally the support and funding needed to make Nationals in the first place?
Well, the Andinos and Geiselmans and Coffins may be future superstars of the surfing world, but the hard-working, intelligent, and motivated waveriders listed below will be the next magazine editors, graphic designers, marketing directors, business owners, and industry insiders steering our sport into the 21st century.