Carlos Carpenter didn't especially like finishing second in the Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League's year-end standings in boys shortboard -- even if it was to Santa Cruz High teammate Ben Coffey. So, this year the sophomore decided to do something about it.

Carpenter found the wave he needed with four minutes left in the boys shortboard championship heat and rode it to a win over runner-up Coffey during the third SCSSL contest of the season Saturday at Manresa Beach. The win, which came over four Cardinals surfers and one from Half Moon Bay, marks Carpenter's second shortboard victory this season.

"I got second overall last year, so I kind of want to win the overall this year," Carpenter said. "It's pretty important to me."

Emily Locatelli in girls shortboard and Selah Bartlett in girls longboard also won their events for the Cardinals. Konrad Wallace of Half Moon Bay won the boys longboard, also over Coffey, and Evan Milnes won the coed bodyboard event for the Santa Cruz Mountain team. Locatelli, Wallace and Milnes all lead the standings in their respective events.

Surfing at low tide with offshore winds, Carpenter had his patience and wave knowledge tested as much as his surfing. After grabbing a high score early, he almost went on a couple "really bad" waves during the 20-minute heat before finding the one he wanted.

"It looked like it had a good wall to it all the way through," he said. "I could see throughout the day that the medium-sized waves were the ones that were working, and that's what I went on."


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In the team standings, Santa Cruz defeated Aptos 75.5-41.5; Soquel/Cypress narrowly bumped out Santa Cruz Mountain, 59-54; and Half Moon Bay beat Harbor 83-26.

The next SCSSL high school event is scheduled for Feb. 3 at Pleasure Point.