Since an opening-day loss to Dana Hills High, defending National Scholastic Surfing Association champion San Clemente High has done a 360 on the waves, reeling off five straight wins.


The latest, Wednesday at San Clemente’s 204 Beach, was 54-30 (boys) and 24-18 (girls) over San Juan Hills High.

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San Clemente High’s Andy Nieblas launches Thursday vs. San Juan Hills.
The Tritons now are 5-1 overall, 3-1 in the South Coast League. The Stallions use a different Pacific Coast League format and are 3-3 boys and 3-3 girls overall, 2-1 in league.

San Clemente surfers took first place in all six heats – Dylan Cox, Rachael Tilly, Derek Reynolds, Malia Osterkamp, Conner Dand and Tai Stratton. San Clemente went 1-2-3 in three heats. San Juan Hills’ highlight was taking the women’s longboard heat, 12-9. Meg Roh, Gabriella McCormic and Natalie Sixtos placed 2-3-4 out of six surfers. Bodyboarding was a close – 11-10, San Clemente, as SCHS’ Reynolds took the win with SJH’s Shayne Jenkins and Walker Carvalho taking 2-3.    FRED SWEGLES, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER San Juan Hills, which makes 204 its home break, will host Capistrano Valley High at 6:30 a.m. Friday while San Clemente High’s next meet is set for 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at Laguna Beach High’s Thalia Street break. NSSA WINNERS At Newport Beach, San Clemente’s Jett Schilling scored his fourth straight win Sunday in an NSSA Open Season contest. He won the grom division. San Clemente’s Taj Lindblad took fourth. Other San Clemente finalists were Kevin Schulz, second in the men’s division, and Tia Blanco, second in the women’s final; Colt Ward, third in the men’s final, and Cole Houshmand, third in the junior division; and Alexxa Elseewi, fourth in the girls’ division. There were no other Orange County finalists. HIC PRO IN HAWAII At Sunset Beach, HI, Nathan Yeomans of San Clemente and Jake Davis of Capistrano Beach are Orange County’s two remaining surfers in advanced rounds of the $95,000 HIC Pro, a 4-star qualifying event on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ circuit. As of early today, Davis was in the Round of 32 while Yeomans was in the Round of 64 seeking to get into the Round of 32. The event is part of a Hawaiian series known as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing