Thursday, June 16, 2011

Surfers earn scholarships

Even before they finish competing in the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Interscholastic Championships being held this week in Dana Point, Calif., two members of the Daytona State College Surf Club are already bringing home top honors in the form of academic scholarships.

Team Captain Gerald Onesky and member Matt Turner were each named 2011 NSSA Surfer Scholars in recognition of their academic performance.  Onesky is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, while Turner holds a 3.5 GPA.
One of the primary goals of the NSSA is to emphasize and encourage the academic achievement of its membership,” according to a statement posted to the organization’s website. “The Surfer Scholar list serves to recognize NSSA student surfers who have a passion for learning and have excelled scholastically. We are proud to honor these outstanding student athletes!”
Matt Turner
The surfing competition, which gets under way today and runs through Saturday, will be aired on June 25 at 2 p.m. and June 26 at 3 p.m. as part of a new CBS show called "The Alt Games College Action Sports Championships."
In total, 16 teams will be competing for the championship, 11 from California. The Daytona State Surf Club is among five teams competing from Florida. The club finished the regular season this year ranked number four overall in the southeast region. In addition to Onesky and Turner, competing club members are Robert Burns, Patrick Gingras, Eric Lomax, Priscilla Turzyn, Eric Wilson and Sarah Rodriguez.
Bruce Cook, assistant dean of co-curricular activities, is the surf club’s advisor. For more information, please call him at (386) 506-4417, or email