Playa Hermosa. Costa Rica. Photo: AJ Neste/Surfing America
PacSun USA Surf Team Dominates On Day One Of The 2009 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica – August 1, 2009 – The PacSun USA Surf Team dominated the first day of the 2009 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games as all six American shortboarders won their first round heats in tricky three to four foot surf. The Longboard Division starts on Wednesday, August 5th.
Cory Lopez. Photo: AJ Neste/Surfing America
In what many of the locals said was the hottest day of the year, the USA squad stayed cool in the blazing heat and set the pace for the international field. The first USA Open Men’s competitor in the water was Cory Lopez, who won his heat handily while working a variety of small peaks at both ends of main podium’s contest area. He was followed by Nat Young, Ben Bourgeois, and Austin Ware who each claimed solid victories in their respective heats as the crowds grew and covered the black sand beach at Playa Hermosa.
In the Women’s Division, Courtney Conlogue was set to surf in a three person heat in her Round One contest. But after an injury sidelined one of her opponents prior to the heat’s start, she and the remaining competitor both advanced to Round Two, without even having to enter the water. And due to Courtney’s higher seed, she received the first place slot into the next round.
Sage Erickson. Photo: AJ Neste/Surfing America
Sage Erickson easily handled her heat as well-impressing the judges with clean, solid moves in the ever-shifting peaks, and besting her runner up by over nine points in combined scores.
Through it all, the PacSun USA squad carried themselves well; they remained measured and quiet-confident, yet composed.
“Our plan is to be silent and strong,” said Ian Cairns, USA Coach. “Everyone got the job done today. We will continue one heat at a time, slowly build our momentum, and contain our enthusiasm for the final.”
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