On the final day of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, it was once again Australia standing on the podium when all was said and done. With gold medal victories by Tyler Wright and Matt Banting, and a silver finish by Jordi Watson, the Aussies took home the overall gold for the fifth consecutive year. Much of this can be accredited to the 15-year-old Tyler Wright, who took the gold medal last year in the Girls U18 division and has already won herself an ASP Women’s World Tour event (the youngest to ever do so). She’ll continue to dominate this division for the next two years and I’m guessing by that time she’ll be well on her way to taking names on the World Tour just like older borther Owen.
Brazilian Gabriel Medina continues to shine on the international scene, taking home another individual gold medal, this year in the coveted Boys U18 division. Putting down a near perfect heat (19.90) in a final is a huge statement. Though Brazil finished fourteenth overall, Gabriel was easily the top individual performer of the entire competition this year. He will be making a push on the WQS in coming years and will eventually make the Tour. The Brazzos are coming.
The PacSun USA Surf Team bettered their result from last year’s ISAs with a bronze medal finishâ€”thanks in part to two medal placers this year: Jake Halstead took silver in the Boys U16 and Lakey Peterson took copper in the Girls U18. Halstead battled through the repercharges for a good portion of the event and in the final ousted the highly touted Koa Smith. Halstead has always been shadowed by the limelight of fellow USAers like Kolohe Andino and Evan Geiselman, but his finish as the top individual American this year surely let the world know that Halstead is a serious threat on the international scene.
The top five overall standings broke down like this:
01 – Australia – 6,015
02 – Hawaii – 5,038
03 – USA – 4,958
04 – South Africa – 4,163
05 – France – 3,928
HEAD TO PAGE 2 FOR THE REST OF THE PHOTOS AND THE FULL REPORT FROM THE ISA.