28 Nations Represented in First Day of Competition; Largest Turnout to Date for Junior Championships; Amazing Conditions All Day Long
Huntington Beach, Calif., October 9, 2005 – Competition began today for the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships with solid overhead surf in Huntington Beach, Calif. In what is considered the world’s most prestigious junior surfing contest, top junior surfers from around the world went head-to-head during 24 consecutive heats of Boys Under 18 and Girls Under 18 for the first round of qualifiers.
“We are very happy with the turnout of teams and the level of competition shown here today,” said International Surfing Association Contest Director Marcos Bukao. “Each team has brought the very best from their country. This contest is going to be a good fight all the way to the end.”
Living up to its name, Surf City USAT Huntington Beach delivered excellent overhead surf to kick off the competition, allowing competitors to post high scores of eights and nines throughout the day. In the Boys Under 18 division, Hawaii made a strong first show with all four surfers advancing to the next round of qualifiers and landing three of the four highest scores of the day. Mason Ho posted the highest score with a combined total of 17.17, Dusty Payne followed with a combined score of 15.33, and teammate Torrey Meister earned a combined score of 15.17. In the Girls Under 18 division, USA Surf Team member Erica Hosseini garnered the highest score of the day for the girls with an impressive combined score of 15.00. Following not far behind, top seeded Stephanie Gilmore of Australia, had a combined score of 14.00. Complete results are available at www.quiksilver.com/isa.
The beach was ablaze with color and international spirit as teams proudly displayed their nation’s flags, wore their team colors and cheered on their teammates. For many surfers, this was their first time competing in the United States and in conditions that may be very different from their homeland. The Italian Junior team made their debut appearance in an international competition, bringing nine surfers, many of who had never been to the United States prior. “We have been here for four days and I totally love it,” said Giovanni Perini, top seeded competitor for the Italian national team. “The experience is great, the waves have been really good for competition and I have had so much fun with my friends and teammates.”
The 28 countries participating in the week-long competition include: Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tahiti, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.
Boys Under 16 will begin tomorrow, along with the first round of Repercharges for Boys Under 18 and Girls Under 18. Competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the south side of the pier. For complete results on today’s competition, live scoring and streaming video, go to www.quiksilver.com/isa. For more information on Surfing America and ISA, visit www.surfingamerica.org and www.isasurf.org.
About International Surfing Association (ISA)
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964, and the Junior World Championships since 1980.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of over 50 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided by Fernando Aguerre, first elected in 1994 in Rio, and re-elected five times since. The ISA’s four Vice Presidents are from South Africa, Australia, Hawaii and the USA.
Innspired by the Olympic spirit, the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships showcases athletes competing on behalf of their country. The top four finalists will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. Like in the Olympics, cultural identity, team spirit and moments of great personal triumph are hallmarks of the event. For more information, visit: www.isasurf.org.
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. www.surfingamerica.org
Surfing America is also the North America Regional Office of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). http://www.aspworldtour.com
Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization. All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one.
About Quiksilver, Inc.
Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sports company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on the mountains and on the links.
The reputation of Quiksilver’s brands is based on different outdoor sports. The Company’s Quiksilver, Roxy, DC Shoes and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji, Leilani and Island Soul. The Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Look and Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, and the Company makes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar, DC Shoes, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. The Company’s golf business includes Cleveland Golf, as well as Never Compromise putters and Fidra apparel by John Ashworth. Gotcha is the Company’s surf-based European brand addressing street fashion.
The Company’s products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores. The European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz and Voiron, France; and the Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia. Quiksilver’s corporate and Americas’ headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California.
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