Rockin Fig wins two NSSA Championship titles

What do Kelly Slater and Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti have in common?

Both surfers seem to be getting better with age.

Fig, as he’s known is the surf world, has been chasing after an NSSA Championship title for decades, and finally this week the 55-year-old was able to claim victory with not one, but two big National titles at the competition on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

Fig is a well-known figure around the community and the voice of surfing, his unique and quirky voice recognizable from blaring through speakers at the U.S. Open or from his 20-year stint as the surf reporter on KROQ. He was inducted two years ago in the Surfing Walk of Fame as the “Local Hero,” and has one of the original surf shops in town.

But in the water, Fig is also a fierce competitor. He competed in the first NSSA National Championships in 1978, making the final 35 years ago. He got fourth, but that result gave him something to strive for.

 

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Skateboarding takes the next step to becoming a school sport

Thirty-four years after the National Scholastic Surfing Association was born in Huntington Beach, a National Scholastic Skateboarding League is emerging.

Students attending three San Clemente schools took up competing in 2011 in the OC Skateboarding League, which had been born a year earlier. The three San Clemente teams will open their 2012 OCSL season Friday in a 10-team tournament at Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa.

The San Clemente skaters can’t call any of the three teams a school team, as they haven’t gone through the steps necessary to achieve that designation. Last week, 15 San Clemente High skaters took a first step by petitioning for club status.

“They’re going to meet on campus, just like any of the other clubs.”

OCSL is under the umbrella of the new National Scholastic Skateboarding League, which Shannon Banks said has teams in Orange and San Diego counties and hopes to eventually spread along both coasts.

via OC Register