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Santa Cruz’s Brady Price surfs to fourth place at NSSA National Championships – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Brady Price of Santa Cruz put on a lot of fireworks this week at the surf break near the Huntington Beach Pier.

Finished fourth in the 12-year-old Open Boys (U14) category at the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championships on Sunday. He was the only finalist from Santa Cruz County.

Price, the ’21 NSSA Open Mini Groms National Champion, finished with a two-wave total score of 11.10, counting waves of 5.00 and 6.10.

“I’m happy with my results,” said the soon-to-be seventh-grader at New Brighton Middle School. “I’m shocked.”

A total of 55 athletes entered the category. San Juan Capistrano’s Lucas Senkbeil-Cassity won the title with a total of 15.50. Huntington Beach’s Petey Romanik (13.50), a member of USA Surfing’s Youth Olympic Development Program team, was second and Hawaii’s Jolten Poulsen (12.77) was third.

It’s been a stellar summer for Senkbeel-Cassity, a member of the USA Surfing Junior National Team. He won the boys’ U16 and U14 divisions at the 2022 USA Surfing Championships at Trestle in late June.

Price, who turns 13 on August 10, said this year’s national championships were more challenging as she competed against older surfers.

He didn’t let his experience or size — Senkbeel-Casity was about 6 feet tall and Prize was a foot shorter — stop him. He caught an early wave in the final and was briefly second in the contested final.

After winning his Round 1 heat with a total of 12.76, Price placed second in his next three heats to reach the final. He finished second to Nash Rice in Round 2, 13.53 to 11.50, second to Makai Castle in the quarterfinals, 13.54 to 13.07, and second to Senkbile-Casity in the semifinals, 16.60 to 11.13.

Price earned a spot in the final with three seconds remaining in his semifinal heat. He needed a 6.77 and produced a 6.8 with a daring, three-turn wave. After two maneuvers he felt that the wave had given it all he had when he saw another section open up. He pumped his board to open through the 3-to-4-surf and squeezed in the last vertical move. This is exactly what the judges wanted to see.

He learned that his late wave relegated him to second place and advanced to the finals when he returned to the beach. There, he was surrounded by friends.

“I was shocked,” he said.

Price also competed in the Explorer Menehune (12U) division and reached the semifinals. Other local semifinalists include Harper King (Open Longboard) and Olivia Storer (Explorer Supergirls; 12U).

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