Surf Team, #1 in Florida, Ready to Make Waves at Nationals

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Florida Institute of Technology’s Surf Team is West Coast bound and feeling fine. The team leaves sunny Central Florida Monday, June 14, to compete in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) National Championships June 16-19 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, Calif.

The young group of eight enters its first national competition as the top-ranked Florida team.

“I’m feeling more than excited. This is our first year having a surf team and we’re already #1 in Florida heading to nationals,” said team captain Sebastian Moreno, a senior majoring in international business. “I think everyone on the team is very happy with our results. We’ll see how we compete against the California teams.”

Florida Tech makes its first foray into the national contest having placed second only to University of North Carolina Wilmington in the NSSA East Coast Championships in April.

Competing in California are: Sebastian Moreno, Alex Ferencz, Frankie Brown, Justin Ellingham ( co-captain), Katie Spagnolo, Pat Brendan, Pat Reily and Ellis White. Supporting the team are: James Woerner, Kiki Roettger and Samuel Breit.

The team, financially supported by the university, is also looking for corporate sponsors for next year. For more information, e-mail Alex Ferencz at or Sebastian Moreno at


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