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Super Surfing Day

I got an email this morning from Mike Wallace that brought joy to me.

The weather is solid enough that the Half Moon Bay High School surf team will host a Santa Cruz Scholastic League meet, starting at 7 a.m., Sunday.

It means I won’t be anywhere near a TV for a good part of the Super Bowl. Which is fine by me.

I have watched every Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV, played in New Orleans in 1970. I was passionate about the NFL. Now that fire is gone.

I blame the behavior and poor choices of some of the players for my disdain. At the same time, the poor choices in the past few years made by Commissioner Roger Goodell have added to my scorn.

He hasn’t done much of anything in regards to the latest debacle, Deflategate, other than launching an investigation that won’t merit any sanctions by kickoff. He was slow to the case on the concussion issue, blew the punishment for Ray Rice and only dealt with the labor problems with the NFL officials after a blown call on Monday Night Football.

Meanwhile, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch was in grave danger of being banned from playing in the NFC Conference title for thinking about wearing gold spikes.

Granted, there are people who will watch the game and not care about the off-field issues. The game itself has grown from a championship game to an event, with parties for B- and C-list celebrities and sports talk radio hosts anxious to pucker up to these folks.

Makes me wonder if Half Moon Bay will be a destination for some of the festivities for next year’s gathering, which will be held in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

For those who chose to watch it, enjoy the game. But don’t ask me to come over. I have a surfing competition to cover, and I’m perfectly happy with that.


I share your feelings about the Super Bowl.

I have watched every Super bowl ever played. For the first time I am having a hard time working up an interest.

The bloom has gone from the rose. The glitter is tarnished.


Mark this sounds great! I'd never heard of an athletic team comprised of high school surfurs till now! How many? Co-Ed? Coaches? This is going to be a great story to cover! Looking forward to finding out more. Good luck to you and also good luck to all participants.

Good day Bigsea.

There will be two surfing competitions this weekend

The Middle School competition takes place Saturday at Dunes Beach. The Half Moon Bay team goes up against New Brighton, starting at 7 a.m. There will be two more team competitions before the individual competitions begins.

Sunday's high school competitions occur at Francis Beach, with Half Moon Bay facing off against Soquel/Cypress. That also starts at 7 a.m. There will be two more competitions before the individual heats begin.

There are divisions for boys and girls.

This has been going on for a few years. It's a lot of fun to cover.

Best regards.

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