PacSun USA Surf Team Tied For The Lead After Day Five At The 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships
Ten Of Twelve USA Athletes Still In Event With Just Two Days Remaining
Punta Hermosa, Peru – Tuesday, May 26, 2011- Day Five of the 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships was action packed with both podiums featuring Qualifying and Repechage Rounds in all divisions. Every one of the twelve PacSun USA Surf Team members competed among the flurry of 52 heats that went into the water today. In the end, two of Team USA’s surfers were eliminated from the contest; but the Americans were pleased with the result and now stand tied with the Hawaiians on top of the team leader board. Team Australia is in a close third.
Other power nations were not so lucky. South Africa and New Zealand each lost seven surfers, Peru lost five, and Brazil lost four.
While the skies were cloud covered and the air carried a chill, there was no shortage of waves as world famous Punta Hermosa continued to deliver a steady flow of 3-6 foot faces and long running walls.
The day started off with the Girls Under 18 Division and all four Team USA athletes came out swinging. Kulia Doherty and Quincy Davis kicked it off with a commanding wins in both of their Qualifying Round 3 heats on the Senoritas Podium. Lakey Peterson followed them up shortly thereafter and dominated over Australian Brodie Doyle, Hawaiian Bailey Nagy, and Peruvian Belu Quispe. Meanwhile, on the Caballeros Podium, Nikki Viesins won her repechage heat easily, eliminating Brazilian Barbara Segatto from the contest. Four heats and four wins for the USA Girls; and that all happened before most people in California had their first cup of morning coffee!
Hoping to capitalize on the momentum of the Girls, the Boys Under 16 were next. Taylor Clark and Parker Coffin were in Qualifying Round 3 on the Caballeros right–while Colin Moran and Kanoa Igarashi were in the Repechage bracket on the Senoritas left. Three of them advanced through their heats while Kanoa Igarashi was eliminated from the event after being called for an interference and finishing third. Colin Moran then went on to Repechage Round 4 later in the afternoon and advanced again into Round 5.
Nikki Viesins then surfed a second time in the Repechage and, unfortunately, finished third and was also eliminated from the event.
The Boys Under 18 batted clean up. And all but Derek Peters advanced through the Qualifying Round 3. Derek finished third and went in to the Repechage where he surfed again in the afternoon and advanced to Repechage Round 5.
With just two days left in the contest, tomorrow is another critical day for the PacSun USA Surf Team. Be sure to the live webcast all day.
“We’re pleased with how we did today,” said Ian Cairns, Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team. “It would be great if we hadn’t lost Nikki and Kanoa. But what really matters is that they have contributed greatly and the Team would not be where it is today without them. Now the rest of the Team needs to stay focused and continue to raise their performance level heat by heat through Saturday.”
The 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships will run through May 28th. Surfers from 27 nations are competing for medals in the largest field of competitors ever at an ISA Juniors event.
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