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USA Champions Crowned

Evan G, all smiles. Photo: Steindler
Evan G, all smiles. Photo: Steindler

Unlike the previous days, the sun was not shining on Monday for the final day of the 2010 Surfing America Championships. Lowers still provided the goods, but the goods were also accompanied by sprinkles and a south wind that had kids and parents bundled up (as bundled as one could be in Southern California). It did not slow the nation’s top under 18 surfers though. The inclement weather only made them want it more.

Kolohe Andino was on point as usual. He played double-time as he was attempting to defend both his Under 16 and Under 18 titles from last year. He was textbook Andino, putting his competitors in both semis on the ropes early, despite surfing back-to-back heats. Racking in 8’s and 9’s with tweaked out slobs and big, upside down air reverses, Kolohe cruised to the finals in both divisions. In the Under 16 final it was really a battle of Kolohe’s forehand versus Parker Coffin’s backhand. Parker’s Santa Barbara groomed goofyfoot assault on the Lowers rights had been some of the quickest and most committed of the entire event. Porkchop, as they call him, seems to have a hunger and desire to win that may not have been there in years past. So his second place finish behind Andino in the Under 16 division at the fresh age of 14 is only a sign of things to come.

Kolohe's slob air might have been the manuever of the event. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe's slob air might have been the manuever of the event. Photo: Steindler

One title defended for Andino. The Under 18 crown seemed to be hovering above his blonde locks. And for a good portion of the final he was in total control with a lower 7 and a 6.5. He had Evan Geiselman, Ezekiel Lau, and Tanner Hendrickson scratching their heads. But then sets began to pour in. And with the sets came a barrage of air reverses and power gouges. Florida’s Evan Geiselman had been capitalizing all week on the lefts at Lowers and when the sets poured in he went to his money carves and lofty air reverses and took the wave of the heat. Andino put in a valiant last ditch effort, but it remained under the 8 range, leaving him with just one red, white, and blue championship and giving the Under 18 title to Mr. Geiselman.

Another surfer who was looking to defend a title was Kaleigh Gilchrist. All week talk on the girls side of things had been focused on the 18 point heat totals that Courtney Conlogue and Lakey Peterson were dropping. Gilchrist squeaked under the radar and put her heart into that final heat. “My biggest goal in my surfing this year was defending that championship title,” she stated after she demolished the Lowers rights with shear force. What a way to end an amateur surfing career.

And what a way to end the 2010 Surfing America Championships. As we celebrate the red white and blue this upcoming week and weekend, don’t forget that America’s surfing future is looking brighter than ever, even on rainy days with cloudy skies.—Ryan Brower

Stay tuned for more on the 2011 PacSun USA Surf Team and head to surfingamericalive.com for more on the 2010 Surfing America Championships.

Ian Gentil here with a stylie hook. Photo: Steindler
Ian Gentil here with a stylie hook. Photo: Steindler
Tanner Hendrickson picking up the wallet and a fourth place in the Boys Under 18 before heading back home to Maui. Photo: Steindler
Tanner Hendrickson picking up the wallet and a fourth place in the Boys Under 18 before heading back home to Maui. Photo: Steindler
Parker Coffin had the most dialed-in backhand attack of any surfer during the event. Photo: Steindler
Parker Coffin had the most dialed-in backhand attack of any surfer during the event. Photo: Steindler
Despite the rain, Lowers was still looking pretty good. Photo: Steindler
Despite the rain, Lowers was still looking pretty good. Photo: Steindler
Tatiana Weston-Webb came out from under the radar to take Girls Under 14 and Under 16 divisions. Photo: Steindler
Tatiana Weston-Webb came out from under the radar to take Girls Under 14 and Under 16 divisions. Photo: Steindler
Evan G's winning finishing air revo. Photo: Steindler
Evan G's winning finishing air revo. Photo: Steindler
Lakey Peterson drifting the tail. Photo: Steindler
Lakey Peterson drifting the tail. Photo: Steindler
Lakey's tail drift, shot 2. Photo: Steindler
Lakey's tail drift, shot 2. Photo: Steindler
Two years in a row for Kaleigh Gilchrist. Photo: Steindler
Two years in a row for Kaleigh Gilchrist. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe's fins spend more time out of the water than they do in the water. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe's fins spend more time out of the water than they do in the water. Photo: Steindler
Droid going for broke in the final minutes of his semis heat. Photo: Steindler
Droid going for broke in the final minutes of his semis heat. Photo: Steindler
Courtney Conlogue doing work on the mushy Lowers left. Photo: Steindler
Courtney Conlogue doing work on the mushy Lowers left. Photo: Steindler
Courtney, Kaleigh, and Lakey after the Girls U18 final. Photo: Steindler
Courtney, Kaleigh, and Lakey after the Girls U18 final. Photo: Steindler
Ian Gentil, one of the top performers of the entire event. Photo: Steindler
Ian Gentil, one of the top performers of the entire event. Photo: Steindler
Parker Coffin was bundled up more than anyone. Photo: Steindler
Parker Coffin was bundled up more than anyone. Photo: Steindler
Little man Jake Marshall has a ton of style for a 12-year-old. And now he's got an Under 12 USA title, too. Photo: Steindler
Little man Jake Marshall has a ton of style for a 12-year-old. And now he's got an Under 12 USA title, too. Photo: Steindler
Imaikalani Devault pulled out all the stops. Photo: Steindler
Imaikalani Devault pulled out all the stops. Photo: Steindler

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Quincy Davis burning some speed. Photo: Steindler
Quincy Davis burning some speed. Photo: Steindler
Kaleigh Gilchrist's power hack. Photo: Steindler
Kaleigh Gilchrist's power hack. Photo: Steindler
Zeke Lau was throwing some massive turns on the final day. Something tells me this kid is just getting started. Photo: Steindler
Zeke Lau was throwing some massive turns on the final day. Something tells me this kid is just getting started. Photo: Steindler
Little man Kalani David. Photo: Steindler
Little man Kalani David. Photo: Steindler
Girls Under 18 finalist Nage Melamead. Photo: Steindler
Girls Under 18 finalist Nage Melamead. Photo: Steindler
Staying under the tents was a good idea. Photo: Steindler
Staying under the tents was a good idea. Photo: Steindler
Brother Andino. Photo: Steindler
Brother Andino. Photo: Steindler
Evan Geiselman pops these things at will. Photo: Steindler
Evan Geiselman pops these things at will. Photo: Steindler
Courtney Conlogue. Photo: Steindler
Courtney Conlogue. Photo: Steindler
Ian Gentil took the Boys U14 title and a fourth in the Boys U16 division. Photo: Steindler
Ian Gentil took the Boys U14 title and a fourth in the Boys U16 division. Photo: Steindler
The final day set-up for the 2010 Surfing America Championships. Photo: Steindler
The final day set-up for the 2010 Surfing America Championships. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe, contemplating. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe, contemplating. Photo: Steindler
Girls Under 16 third place finisher Quincy Davis. Photo: Steindler
Girls Under 16 third place finisher Quincy Davis. Photo: Steindler
Yes, he can bust airs on his backhand too. Kolohe Andino. Photo: Steindler
Yes, he can bust airs on his backhand too. Kolohe Andino. Photo: Steindler
Colin Moran digging for gold. Photo: Steindler
Colin Moran digging for gold. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe's safety-turns don't look all that safe. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe's safety-turns don't look all that safe. Photo: Steindler
Maui's Tanner Hendrickson. Photo: Steindler
Maui's Tanner Hendrickson. Photo: Steindler
The 2011 PacSun USA Surf Team. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
The 2011 PacSun USA Surf Team. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Evan Geiselman with his Governor's Cup. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Evan Geiselman with his Governor's Cup. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Brother getting lost amongst the crowd. Photo: Steindler
Brother getting lost amongst the crowd. Photo: Steindler

RESULTS

Boys Under 18:

Boys Under 18 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Boys Under 18 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Evan Geiselman

2) Kolohe Andino

3) Ezekiel Lau

4) Tanner Hendrickson

Girls Under 18:

Girls Under 18 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Girls Under 18 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Kaleigh Gilchrist

2) Courtney Conlogue

3) Nage Melamed

4) Lakey Peterson

Boys Under 16:

Boys Under 16 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Boys Under 16 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Kolohe Andino

2) Parker Coffin

3) Colin Moran

4) Ian Gentil

Girls Under 16:

Girls Under 16 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Girls Under 16 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Tatiana Weston-Webb

2) Brianna Cope

3) Quincy Davis

4) Harley Taich

Boys Under 14:

Boys Under 14 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Boys Under 14 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Ian Gentil

2) Imaikalani Devault

3) Kalani David

4) Joshua Moniz

Girls Under 14:

Girls Under 14 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Girls Under 14 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Tatiana Weston -Webb

2) Bailey Nagy

3) Kulia Doherty

4) Frankie Harrer

Boys Under 12:

Boys Under 12 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Boys Under 12 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Jake Marshall

2) Kaulana Apo

3) Griffin Colapinto

4) Log Ng

Girls Under 12:

Girls Under 12 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Girls Under 12 finalists. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

1) Mahina Maeda

2) Dax McGill

3) Katie Gordon

4) Mainei Kinimaka

Much more to come on this group of youngsters: the 2011 PacSun USA Surf Team. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America
Much more to come on this group of youngsters: the 2011 PacSun USA Surf Team. Photo: Jack McDaniel/Surfing America