PacSun USA Team Dominates Weekend At World Juniors

All four American Under 16 Boys (Trevor Thornton, Jake Halstead, Parker Coffin, and Kolohe Andino) won their Round 2 heats and are awaiting Round 3 match-ups. Kolohe was easily the standout of Saturday, posting a 15.75 heat score for the highest of the day. After the weekend, there’s a five-way tie for overall first with 7,700 points a piece for Australia, USA, Hawaii, South Africa, and Tahiti. Check out the update on the Girl’s action on page two. To watch the event live, head to isaworldjuniors.com/newzealand10/Home.php?btn_home=_over.

Australia's Cooper Chapman put up a 13.75 to move on to Round 3 of the Boys Under 16. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Australia's Cooper Chapman put up a 13.75 to move on to Round 3 of the Boys Under 16. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Hawaiian Koa Smith on a drainer. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Hawaiian Koa Smith on a drainer. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Kolohe 'Brother' Andino led the way for Team USA on Saturday with the day's highest heat total (15.75). Photo courtesy ISA/Cory Scott
Kolohe 'Brother' Andino led the way for Team USA on Saturday with the day's highest heat total (15.75). Photo courtesy ISA/Cory Scott
New Zealand's Tane Wallis with a solid smack here, but not enough to move on to Round 3. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
New Zealand's Tane Wallis with a solid smack here, but not enough to move on to Round 3. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Just an awesome backdrop in New Zealand. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Just an awesome backdrop in New Zealand. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Peru's Martin Jeri smack to elevator drop (yes he did land it). Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Peru's Martin Jeri smack to elevator drop (yes he did land it). Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
American Jake Halstead slicing through the mush to put himself into Round 3. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
American Jake Halstead slicing through the mush to put himself into Round 3. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Hawaii's Koa Smith wrapping things around in Piha, New Zealand. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Hawaii's Koa Smith wrapping things around in Piha, New Zealand. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Another Hawaiian to make it to Round 3 was Ian Gentil. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Another Hawaiian to make it to Round 3 was Ian Gentil. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Despite this fins-out-foot-off hit, Aussie Jake Scott couldn't quite make it into Round 3. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Despite this fins-out-foot-off hit, Aussie Jake Scott couldn't quite make it into Round 3. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Saturday’s Update: The wild weather continued at the pinnacle junior event for surfers under 18 years, with day three of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship being completed at Piha in New Zealand today.

Rising to somewhat calmer conditions, contest organizers decided to push through with the qualifying round two Under 16 Boys followed by repercharge one Under 18 Boys heats on the tournament’s main event podium.

Although small in stature, the under 16’s tore into the stormy 5-7 foot (2.0m) faces beach break waves on offer.

The Tahitian pairing of Mataiea Hiquily and Tefaafana Arihoe set the performance bar for the day’s action in heat three of the morning. Hiquily, who only rode two waves in the 25-minute exchange, made the most of his waves, netting a 7.00 and 8.25 to claim the morning’s highest two-wave combined total of a 15.25 (out of a possible 20).

Arihoe finished in second, relegating Indonesia’s Jeren King and France’s Ugo Robin into the repercharge round.

Hiquily said he was happy to progress into the next round despite the bumpy conditions. "It was very hard to get to the peak of the wave," said the young Tahitian. "I just tried not to think too much and just surfed. The waves are different in New Zealand compared to at home. The waves are quite messy and we’re not used to it."

The talented goofy foot added that he’s enjoying being a part of his country’s team. "I really appreciate coming with the Tahitian team to the event," he said. "It’s a good experience for me. I’ve been getting a lot of advice from my fellow team members."

Fellow Tahitian Braye Mihamana joined his teammates in round three, finishing behind South Africa’s Steven Sawyer in heat five of the day.

Team USA enjoyed a strong day in the Under 16 Boys with Kolohe Andino, Parker Coffin, Trevor Thorton and Jake Halstead all scoring wins.

San Clemente star Andino, who is competing in his fifth Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship event got busy in the improving conditions, netting both the event’s highest individual wave score (9.00) and two-wave combined total (15.75) to advance through to round three ahead of Australian Creed McTaggart (Margaret River). With South Africa’s Dylan Lightfoot and Tahiti’s Massin O’Neil finishing the heat in third and fourth respectively.

Post heat, Andino said he felt lucky to get his 9-point ride. "I just lucked into that wave," he said. "Creed McTaggart kind of paddled wide and I just hung where I was. The wave doubled up and I got two good turns in."

Andino added that he was pleased with USA’s performance today. "Team USA had a really good day," he said. "We won all of our heats to go through to the qualifying round. We’ll just keep trucking along."

New Zealand ace Ben Poulter (Raglan) continued his hot run of form, downing no.1 seed Matt Banting (Port Macquarie) to storm into round three of the under 16 boys.

"I’m really stoked," said Poulter. "It was so good to take down the top seed." It wasn’t too bad out there. It was 4-5ft, maybe a little bigger on the sets. But if you got the right wave you could take it right to the beach."

But it wasn’t all smiles today, with repercharge one of the Under 18 Boys division being completed this afternoon. Third and fourth from each heat were eliminated from the prestigious event.

Surfers who were lucky to survive this afternoon included the United Kingdom trio of Alex Baker, Nathan Elms and Matt Chapman, along with Sebastian Correa (Peru), Sidney Grimares (Brazil), Charles Teiki (Tahiti) and Jose Ferreira (Portugal), who all recorded repercharge one wins. All the top seeded nations were able to stay with all their surfers alive in competition.

Contest organizers are highly likely to run round one and two of the U/18 Girls division on the main podium tomorrow, with repercharge one and two of the U/16 Boys and repechage two of the U/18 Boys on podium two.

HEAD TO PAGE 2 TO SEE SUNDAY’S UPDATE ON THE GIRL’S SIDE OF COMPETITION.

All four American girls (Lakey Peterson, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Courtney Conlogue, and Taylor Pitz) won their Round 1 heats and are through to Round 3. Solid start for the girls as they face some big match-ups in Round 3.

USAer Courntey Conlogue has her eyes on gold this year. To do that her and teammate Taylor Pitz will have to get past their Round 3 match-up with Hawiians Malia Manuel and Nage Melamead. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
USAer Courntey Conlogue has her eyes on gold this year. To do that her and teammate Taylor Pitz will have to get past their Round 3 match-up with Hawiians Malia Manuel and Nage Melamead. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Australian Ellie Jean-Coffey was sent to the repercharge round after a Round 2 loss. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
Australian Ellie Jean-Coffey was sent to the repercharge round after a Round 2 loss. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
You better believe Hawaiian Malia Manuel wants to add an ISA Gold Medal to her already long list of accomplishments. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
You better believe Hawaiian Malia Manuel wants to add an ISA Gold Medal to her already long list of accomplishments. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA
France's Johanne Defay. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
France's Johanne Defay. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
USA's Lakey Peterson on to Round 3 with the other 3 American girls. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
USA's Lakey Peterson on to Round 3 with the other 3 American girls. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Hawaii's Leila Hurst. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Hawaii's Leila Hurst. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Australian Tyler Wright is looking to repeat last year's gold medal. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Australian Tyler Wright is looking to repeat last year's gold medal. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Courtney banking off the foam. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL
Courtney banking off the foam. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Sunday’s Update: It was girl fever at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Piha today, with the Under 18 Girls´ surfing on day four in New Zealand.

With easing 4-6 ft (1.5m) beach break conditions, contest organizers opted to run qualifying rounds one and two of the under 18 girls on the main event podium, along with repercharge one and two of the under 16 boys and repercharge two of the under 18 boys on podium two.

After three days off, the girls shredded the south Piha line-up to shreds, pushing the limit in the race for all-important qualifying round three berths.

Defending U/18 girls ISA World Junior champion Tyler Wright (Lennox Heads, Aus) kicked off her title defense in style, netting both the opening round’s highest individual wave score (8.5) and two-wave combined total (14.00).

The talented regular foot, which is the youngest surfer to ever win an ASP World Tour event, looked composed in the bumpy conditions to easily beat the Portugal pairing of Ana Sarmento and Maria Abecasis.

"I’m very happy with this result," said Wright. " There were some fun waves coming through and I’m glad about how I surfed. I had to wait for a good one, but it finally came and I got the score."

But she wasn’t so dominant in her qualifying round two heat, outscored by ISA 2019 World Surfing Games Champion, USA’s Courntey Conlogue in one of the best heats of the day. Both surfers going head-to-head in the tight exchange, unleashing their full repertoire of maneuvers to both progress into qualifying round three. Conlogue finished just ahead of Wright – 12.00 to 11.25.

"Things went well for me today," said Conlogue. "The waves were fun, probably the best since we got here and I gave my best." She added that defeating Wright was a confidence boost, but wasn’t her main focus. "Beating Tyler (Wright) is positive, but I compete against myself," she said. "In the heat I just went for the best waves and tried to do my best."

Team USA has another successful day with Lakey Peterson and Taylor Pitz joining Conlogue as qualifying round two winners.

Also through to qualifying round three was Australian Phillipa Anderson (Merewether), who bested USA’s Kaleigh Gilchrist in a dominating performance.

Anderson accrued a 14.00 total to Gilchrist’s 7.80. Tahiti’s Popkke Karelle and South Africa’s Tanika Hoffman finished in third and fourth respectively.

But history was made at Piha today. Seven year old Gabriella Aguirre (Ecuador) became the youngest competitor to ever compete at an ISA World Junior Surfing Championship event, lining up against Hawaiian Nage Melamed (Haw) and Tahiti’s Maro Mauraii in round one of the U/18 girls.

Competing against girls over double her age, Aguirre made her country proud by finishing an honorable third.

Hawaiian Alessa Quizon set the standard for qualifying round two, upstaging New Zealand surfer Jayda Fitzharris (Gisborne) to breeze through to qualifying round three.

Despite finishing in second, Fitzharris progressed through to qualifying round three, along with fellow Kiwi surfer Alexis Poulter (Raglan), who took line honors in her round two heat.

New Zealand surfing sensation Sarah Mason failed to progress through her talent-packed, qualifying round two heat, finishing fourth against France’s Canelle Bulard, Hawaii’s Malia Manuel and Australia’s Ellie-Jean Coffey.

Earlier today, Mason was lucky to squeeze through to round two, amassing a 6.00 total to finish in second behind the USA’s Taylor Pittz’s (13.25 total).

Mason, who was born in New Zealand but lives on the Gold Coast of Australia, started the 20-minute heat in a shaky fashion. After a few low scores, Mason hit back nailing a 4.65 to eventually hold onto second place.

Mason will now line-up in repercharge two when the Under 18 girl’s division recommences.

In the under 18 boy’s repercharge two, Hawaiian Tanner Hendrickson put his fellow competitors on notice, netting the highest individual wave score of the event so far (9.25) to storm into the next repechage round. Other winners in the division included fellow Hawaiian’s Keanu Aising, Ezekiel Lau and Kaimana Jaquias, as well as South African’s Michael February and David Brand, and USA’s Andrew Doheny and Peru’s Christobal De Col.

The Under 16 Boys repercharge two was also completed with Portugal’s Vasco Ribeiro and Miquel Blanco taking wins, along with France’s Ugo Robin and Andy Criere. Martin Jeri (Peru), Jarred Veldhuis (South Africa) and Tane Wallis (NZL).

In this round, South African Dylan Lightfoot surfed amazingly to get the highest combined total of the event so far of 16.25.

Competition is expected to continue tomorrow with improved conditions foreed for the prestigious tournament.