The pandemic threw the surf world – let alone the entire world, in general – for a loop. And while we’re not out of the woods yet, things are starting to return to some semblance of normalcy.

Huntington Beach. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Hence, after just over a year of COVID-19 cancelations, the best under 18 surfers on the West Coast were back in jerseys at the Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series in Huntington Beach on February 20th and 21st. Wave conditions shifted from everything imaginable – from grindy and blownout to offshore and groomed with surfers having to adjust and chase opportunities.

U18 & U16 Girls Winner: Sawyer Lindblad. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Highlights included double wins in girls U16 and U18 for San Clemente’s Sawyer Lindblad and double podiums for Caitlin Simmers of Oceanside. Cole McCaffray of Encinitas won the Boys U16 with the highest score of final’s day – an 8.67. In his first Prime Series competition, Adam Bartlett of Santa Cruz made a final, placing second in Boys U14.

U16 Boys Winner: Cole McCaffray. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Coach Brett Simpson said he was stoked to see the surfers competing again. “The kids have been working hard and it showed on the Prime Series stage. Most noticeably Sawyer Lindblad – she’s a year better!” Simpson said.

U14 Boys Winner: Rex Hennings. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

The Prime Series drew more than 100 of the West Coast’s best junior surfers to battle it out for West Coast titles and qualification into the Toyota USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles in California. The event is the highest level of junior amateur competition in the nation.

U18 Boys Winner: Jett Schilling. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

See full event results below.

Girls U18

1st    Sawyer Lindblad, San Clemente, Calif.

2nd   Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad, Calif.

3rd    Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.

4th    Lilie Kulber, Laguna Beach, Calif.

U18 Girls. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Boys U18

1st   Jett Schilling, San Clemente, Calif.

2nd  Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif..

3rd   Kyan Yang, Encinitas, Calif.

4th   Raiki Nishida, San Clemente, Calif.

U18 Boys. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Girls U16

1st   Sawyer Lindblad, San Clemente, Calif.

2nd  Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.

3rd   Bella Kenworthy, Dana Point, Calif.

4th   Syd Ott, Encinitas, Calif.

U16 Girls. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Boys U16

1st   Cole McCaffray, Encinitas, Calif.

2nd  Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.

3rd   Ben Brantell, San Clemente, Calif.

4th   Greyson Grant, Encinitas, Calif.

U16 Boys. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Boys U14

1st   Rex Hennings, San Clemente, Calif.

2nd  Adam Bartlett, Santa Cruz, Calif.

3rd   Petey Romaniuk, Huntington Beach, Calif.

4th   Charlie Stevens, San Clemente, Calif.

U14 Boys. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

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