Santa Barbara 9-year-old Hamilton Jacobs made a big splash in the season-opening events of the National Scholastic Surfing Association Gold Coast Conference.
Hamilton was victorious in the Explorer Super Groms Division in the first two conference meets held at C Street in Ventura recently. The NSSA meets feature youth age-group and adult divisions.
Hamilton’s twin brother, Curtis, took third place in the first meet at C Street. The sons of Chris and Charmaine Jacobs are fifth graders at Roosevelt School.
“The Wonder Twins are absolutely frothing at everything they do,” said Chris Keet, the boys’ coach and the owner of the Surf Happens surf school. “They caught their first waves with us at summer surf camp when they were only 4 years old. They have really been honing their skills over the last 16 months. Hamilton is an absolute natural and already has an amazing backhand snap, while Curtis is a little bit less natural but has incredible drive and work ethic and will be amazing as well.”
In the both competitions, Keet said Hamilton was “throwing down huge backside slams reminiscent of a young Bobby Martinez.” Santa Barbara’s Martinez surfed on the ASP World Championship Tour for several years.
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