CSUCI ranks among the Top 10 colleges for surfers

CSU Chanel Islands News

June 18, 2018 — CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) has 26 majors, 26 minors, a top-notch faculty, small class sizes…and great waves.CSUCI was just ranked 6th among the Top 10 Colleges for Surfers across the nation by College Magazine, a national college guide and quarterly magazine edited by students. The recognition comes as the University’s Surf Club competes in the 2018 National Scholastic Surfing Association National Interscholastic Championships June 15-18.Surf Club President Claire Loughlin said her hopes are high that the team will do well again this year as the University boasts one of the most successful National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) teams in the nation.“It started with Austin (Finley) and Chase (Stavron),” Loughlin said. “Austin won the state championship in 2016 and in that same contest, Chase ended up placing fourth overall. This year, our longboarder, Tomas Germann, has placed in the finals every single contest.”Both Class of 2016 graduates, Finley, an Art major, took the College Men’s NSSA State Championship title and Stavron, a Communication major, got fourth place in the Longboard division. Finley and Stavron competed against 180 other surfers during the March 2016 competition in San Onofre, California.“Hidden among the 7,000 students at CSU Channel Islands, you’ll find some amazingly talented surfers,” read the article in College Magazine. “In Camarillo, between Rincon and Malibu, CSU Channel Islands students catch some major waves.”The coastline along Ventura and Santa Barbara County is unique among surf destinations because of the different types of waves you can get on any given day, Loughlin said.“We have such a variety of different breaks,” Loughlin said. “We can get a point break at Rincon, a beach break at Pacific Coast Highway in Oxnard, and if I want a reef break, I can paddle out to Emma Wood (State Beach),” she said.A “break” describes the obstruction or geographic feature where the waves break. A “point,” such …

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