A challenging day of competition for the PacSun USA Surf Team sees Mike Losness and Micah Byrne surf against Mick Campbell and Drew Courtney at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games.
Punta Hermosa, Peru – Monday, October 25, 2010 – The PacSun USA Surf Team had a day of triumphs and tragedies in day 5 of competition at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa, Peru.
The swell dropped as forecast and cleaned up considerably as all PacSun USA Surf Team athletes competed with the exception of Women’s qualifier, Kulia Doherty.
On the Men’s side, young Trevor Thornton continued to suffer the after effects of a stomach flu earlier in the week and was eliminated from the contest. Also, WCT veteran Ben Bourgeois was sitting in second place in a very close heat, but suffered a set back when Brazilian Alan Johnes scored an inside barrel in the final seconds, just beating the buzzer, and sending Bourgeois into the repercharge round.
The heat of the day featured Mike Losness and Micah Byrne facing off against Australia’s top two seeds: Mick Campbell and Drew Courtney in Men’s Qualifying Round Four on the Caballeros break. In the end, the PacSun USA Surf Team and the Australians split the advance as Micah Byrne reigned supreme with Australian Drew Courtney finishing second. USA’s Mike Losness and Australian Mick Campbell were both sent to the repercharge rounds and will compete again today.
Longboarder Tony Silvagni finished second place in his heat and continued his march in the qualifying round. Tony has been surfing very well and displaying a solid mix of contemporary and traditional maneuvers. Steve Newton had difficulty finding his rhythm in his morning heat, finished third, and fell into the repercharge.
Finally, young 14-year-old Nikki Viesins surfed incredibly well, and winning two heats of repercharge, to keep her bid intact.
“It was a long and challenging day for the PacSun USA Surf Team,” said Ian Cairns, Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team. “Now we’re in a real dog fight, but we still have a chance.”
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