Wednesday saw a day of big upsets down in New Zealand at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. As things got even closer to medal time, some big names went down in heats: Maxime Huscenot, Courtney Conlogue, Evan Geiselman, Parker Coffin, Ian Gentil, and Kolohe Andino (though Kolohe is still alive in the repercharge).
Brazil’s Gabriel Medina was the standout of the day, posting the highest heat score of the entire event (18.32). Though he’s plugging along in the repercharge, don’t be surprised to see him in the final and with a medal around his neck when it’s all said and done. In his Boys U18 division repercharge heat he’ll have to get past Hawaiians Tanner Hendrickson and Keanu Asing, as well as France’s Dimitri Ouvre. And in the main draw of that division Tahiti’s Tamaroa McComb looks to take charge in the semis against Portugal’s Frederico de Morais, Australia’s Jordin Watson, and South Africa’s Beyrick de Vries.
In the Girls U18 main draw semis it’s going to be an exciting battle with Hawaii’s Malia Manuel facing the Aussie duo of Tyler Wright (last year’s champ) and Felicity Palmateer, and South Africa’s Sarah Baum. The repercharge sees New Zealand’s Sarah Mason, Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon, France’s Canelle Ballard, and USA’s Lakey Peterson.
The Boys U18 semis main draw has the favored Koa Smith butting heads with Aussie Matt Banting, Kiwi Ben Poulter, and Japan’s Hiroti Arai. The repercharge semi is a USA-filled-affair with Kolohe Andino, Jake Halstead, and Trevor Thornton looking to put two Americans into the final.
The overall standings shifted a bit as well on Wednesday with Hawaii snagging the lead (6,420), Australia holding down second (6,405), USA now in third (5,853), and France and South Africa rounding out the top five with 4,845 and 4,763 points, respectively. With one day of competition left and the possibility of having three finalists, the PacSun USA Surf Team’s chances of taking gold still look viable.
Be sure to tune into the live webcast today at isaworldjuniors.com/newzealand10/Home.php?btn_home=_over to watch the world champions be determined.