Billabong ISA World Surfing Games
Punta Hermosa, Peru
October 19, 2010
The PacSun USA Surf Team, gold medal winners of the 2009 edition of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games is getting ready to defend the gold in the Peruvian waves of Punta Hermosa from October 19 until 27.
The United States will bring youth to this year’s event and looks to create international experience for some of its younger athletes. “We have a dual purpose in competing in this year’s ISA World Games,” said PacSun USA Surf Team Head Coach, Ian Cairns. “Of course we aim to defend our 2009 Gold Medal, but we are also exposing a few of our Junior Team members to ISA competition and the surf in Peru, as we’ll be back in Peru in April to contest the ISA Junior event.”
Leading the Men’s Team will be former ASP World Tour standout, Ben Bourgeois. A great stylist and excellent competitor, he was a member of the USA’s Gold Medal team in 2009. He will be joined by Micah Byrne, well known Huntington Beach surfer, with some higher level WQS experience and a very savvy and experienced competitor.
Younger athletes Trevor Thornton and Jake Halstead will round out the men’s squad. Both are members of the USA’s Junior squad. Thornton, known for big power and aerial maneuvers, competed in the ISA Junior World Championships earlier this year in New Zealand where he was a Silver Medalist in New Zealand.
Once again, the United States opted to bring up the youth on the women’s side as well. Nikki Viesins and Kulia Doherty are two of America’s most promising young female surfers, and the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games will be a very true indicator as to just how big of an upside each has when they go up against an international field. Viesins and Doherty, both 14 years old, will be participating in their very first ISA event. And both of these young athletes will be out to prove they can produce at the next level.
In the Longboard division, the PacSun USA Surf Team will be represented by Toni Silvagni and Steve Newton. Disappointed in his results in the ISA Worlds in 2009, Newton is back with a vengeance and hopes to podium for the USA. Silvagni, a Finalist in the 2009 ISA Longboard division, will be looking to improve his placing and help earn consecutive Gold for USA.
“We have a young team, but I believe they have a real chance against the other countries,” added Cairns. “We’re looking forward to mixing it up!”
Be sure to watch the event live when it gets started on October 19th at billabongpro.com/isa10.