PacSun US Team Gets Rolling At World Junior Championships

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All PacSun USA Boys Advance through First Day of Competition at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships – Girls’ Heats Start Tomorrow

Piha, New Zealand – Thursday, January 21 – The 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships started today in Piha, New Zealand with the opening rounds of the Boys Under 18 and Boys Under 16 Divisions.

Amidst on and off sunshine, a cross-shore wind, and a few light drizzles of rain, the Piha beachbreak produced a disorganized 4-foot swell that is expected to build and clean up over the next couple of days.  All eight of the PacSun USA Surf Team boys advanced through their heats into Qualifying Round Two scheduled for tomorrow.  Also, the girls take to the water tomorrow in what’s expected to be a great opening day of competition for them.

“The Team had a good first day,” commented Ian Cairns, Team USA’s head coach. “We just need to keep it going-one heat at a time.  We’ve got contenders, 4-deep, in every division–and our objective is to stay in the moment, focused on the task at hand.”

To watch all the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships live, head to isaworldjuniors.com/newzealand10/Home.php?btn_home=_over. And to stay on top of the PacSun USA Surf Team’s pursuit of gold, stay tuned to transworldsurf.com and SurfingAmerica.org.

Kiwi Ben Poulter reaping the benefits of homefield advantage. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Kiwi Ben Poulter reaping the benefits of homefield advantage. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Andrew Doheny taking a Round 1 victory for USA. Photo courtesy Billy Watts/Surfing America

Andrew Doheny taking a Round 1 victory for USA. Photo courtesy Billy Watts/Surfing America

Aussie Matt Banting making due in the messy conditions. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Aussie Matt Banting making due in the messy conditions. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Hawaiian Keanu Asing. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Hawaiian Keanu Asing. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

The USA Evans (Geislaman and Thompson, respectively) checking things out with Head Coach Kanga. Photo courtesy Billy Watts/Surfing America

The USA Evans (Geislaman and Thompson, respectively) checking things out with Head Coach Kanga. Photo courtesy Billy Watts/Surfing America

American Jake Halstead blasting one in Piha. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

American Jake Halstead blasting one in Piha. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

USAer Conner Coffin with a kiwi wrap around special. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

USAer Conner Coffin with a kiwi wrap around special. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Hawaiian Ian Gentil looks to bring gold back to the Islands. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Hawaiian Ian Gentil looks to bring gold back to the Islands. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Peru's Martin Jeri flying to a Round 1 victory in the Boys U18. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Peru's Martin Jeri flying to a Round 1 victory in the Boys U18. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

USA's Kolohe Andino. Photo courtesy Billy Watts/Surfing America

USA's Kolohe Andino. Photo courtesy Billy Watts/Surfing America

Newly crowned ASP Pro Junior World Champ Maxime Huscenot kept things rolling with a Round 1 win. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Newly crowned ASP Pro Junior World Champ Maxime Huscenot kept things rolling with a Round 1 win. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

PacSun USA veteran Evan Thompson started off strong on day 1. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

PacSun USA veteran Evan Thompson started off strong on day 1. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL