The fourth and final weekend series of the California Cup’s regular season went off before hundreds of fans at Oceanside Pier, May 21,22, and 23. Team San Diego, which featured several members sporting Mohawks and the letters “SD” cut into the sides of their heads, delighted the hometown crowd with a series of solid displays throughout the weekend. The hometown team threatened to sweep the weekend series of games, until the powerful unit from Orange County narrowly edged Machado and crew by 11 points in Sunday’s showdown.
Despite smallish weekend surf, the teams from San Diego, Orange County, Ventura, and Santa Cruz managed to electrify the venue with the type of surfing expected from such high caliber professionals. Among the noteworthy were Rob Machado, MVP of Saturday’s game versus Ventura, and Jason Bennett, whose slashing carves prompted some of announcer Sal Masekela’s adjective-heavy ranting sessions.
San Diego’s hair club had no issues in knocking off the talented Santa Cruz and Ventura units, winning two games and setting up the anticipated rematch against the boys from OC. The contest went down to the wire, with each team trading blows right up until the end, where OC narrowly edged Team Mohawk by a meager 11 points.
The inaugural season of the NSL’s California Cup will culminate in two weeks, when one of the squads will pocket all the hardware, and the bragging rights that come as a result. The venue for the championship weekend, set for June 4, 5, and 6, is based on home break advantage and remains to be determined.