Young Islander Christian Daniels is ripping the waves on the East Coast. He presently ranks No. 2 in East Coast National Scholastic Surfing Association in his age group. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tom Daniels
Young Islander Christian Daniels shows how to take a wave in the May 14-15 NSSA competition in Melbourne Beach. Islander Photos: Courtesy of Tom Daniels
Local grom makes waves in surfing world
Lifelong Holmes Beach-resident Christian Daniels at the young age of 10 is making waves on Florida’s surfing scene. He recently completed his first season in the East Coast National Scholastic Surfing Association where he secured a second place overall finish in the southeast district.
And he’s ripping up the waves in the new season of competitive surfing — earning plenty of metal and seeded spots in future tourneys.
Christian went on last month to the East Coast Championships in New Smyrna Beach April 8-11 and made the finals in two divisions. He finished fourth in the 11-and-under open mini-grom division and had a fifth-place finish in the 11-and-under explorer super-grom division. His performances against some of the east coast’s best young surfers earned Christian a seeded spot in the NSSA nationals next month in Huntington Beach, Calif.
April 15 had Christian traveling to St. Augustine Beach for the Eastern Surfing Association southeast regionals to try and build on his Central Florida District No. 2 ranking. After three grueling days of heats against some outstanding competition, Christian made the finals and brought home a fifth-place finish. He also secured a spot in the ESA East Coast Championships being held in Cape Hatteras, N.C., in September.
The May 14-15 weekend saw the start of the new NSSA season with two contests in Melbourne Beach. Christian competed in three divisions both days and made all three finals. He brought home two second-place finishes in 11-under open mini-groms, a fifth- and a sixth-place finish in explorer super-groms. He took first and second place in the 12-and-under explorer menehune division.
With a season of experience to fall back on, Christian a third-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School and parents Tom and Beth, are looking forward to a great second NSSA season.
Stay tuned for more updates on this “Hot Dog” in the Islander.
Center soccer signups start up
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is taking registrations for their summer indoor recreational soccer league.
Season starts June 27 and runs through most of the summer school vacation. Tryouts are required. Games will be played weekday evenings in two coed age divisions — a 6-9 age division and a 10-12 age division.
The Center also is offering a competitive league with registration costing $250 per team. Registration for this league ends June 15.
Tryouts for the age 6-9 age recreational divison players will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, and the 10-12 division will tryout at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. Cost for the recreational program is $45 for center members and $60 for nonmembers. Teams will be selected at the tryouts.
Both coaches and team sponsors are needed.
For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at the center, 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women joined the men for a throw-out-the-worst-two-holes game May 20. The team of Terry Westby, Christina Mason and Dennis Schavey combined for a 97 to earn a two-shot victory over Frankie Smith-Williams, Jerry Brown, Ron Robinson and Kris Landkammer.
The KRC men played an 18-hole, two-man low-net game May 18. Vince Mercadante and Carl Voyles carded a 2-under-par 62 to take first place.
The men played a nine-hole, individual low-net game May 16. Ernie Hauser took first place with a 6-under-par 26 for a three-shot victory over Austin Rice and Bill Gallagher, who tied for second at 3-under 29.
Three teams emerged from pool play during the May 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Tom Sofron and Debbie Rhodes earned the bye into the finals and watched as John Johnson and Jeff Moore rolled past Ron Pepka and Dom Livedonti 23-3. The finals saw Rhodes-Sofron earn an easy 21-10 victory over Johnson-Moore.
Karl Thomas, in his final game of the season until he returns from Canada in October, teamed with Norm Good and they were the only team with three pool-play wins and the day’s outright champions.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Basketball rolls on
The youth basketball schedule continues at the center. However, once again, game score sheets were not made available in a timely manner. Calls to the center and messages left by The Islander were unproductive.
The game schedule is posted online at www.islander.org, but standings also were not provided this week.
Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League schedule
Instructional Division (ages 5-7)
May 26 6 p.m. WCAC vs. Beach Bums
May 27 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Coastal Orthopedic
May 31 6 p.m. WCAC vs. Coastal Orthopedic
Division III (ages 8-9)
May 26 7 p.m. Kat Charters vs. Agnelli Pool
May 27 7 p.m. Kat Charters vs. Oyster Bar
May 31 7 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Oyster Bar
Division II (ages 10-11)
May 25 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Ross Built
May 26 8 p.m. Bistro vs. Connie’s
May 27 8 p.m. Connie’s vs. Ross Built
Division I (ages 12-13)
May 25 7 p.m. Holy Cow vs. Walter
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
May 25 8 p.m. LaPensee vs. Dips
May 31 8 p.m. Dip’s vs. Sun