World Junior Championships Plug Along In Stormy Conditions

DAY 2 Highlights

The 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships faced some challenging conditions in its second day.  A strong and steady onshore wind, combined with an increasing swell, created a washing machine sea that was relentless and unforgiving.   It was all about being in the right place at the right time today; and there were lots of missed opportunities amidst the endlessly shifting peaks.  The conditions were so adverse that only one division ran during the shortened day.  The Under 18 Boys took to the water late in the morning.  And two of the Americans, Conner Coffin and Andrew Doheny, were sent to the repercharge while the other two, Evan Geiselman and Evan Thompson, won their heats and continued their advancement through the qualifying rounds.

In an anxiety-filled moment during the last heat of the day, Evan Thompson paddled furiously in toward the beach prior to the heat’s finish.  The USA crew on the sand figured he had broken his board and ran to the waters edge with a spare.  But that wasn’t the case… Thompson yelled to his team mates that he saw a shark in the water.  But Thompson’s panic was short lived as he then turned quickly, paddled back out, to got the score he needed to win the heat.

“We had a tough go today in a couple of the heats,” said Ian Cairns, Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team. “But all teams have the same conditions to deal with. We just have to work a bit harder to get the job done.”

To watch the event live, head to isaworldjuniors.com/newzealand10/Home.php?btn_home=_over and to keep tabs on the PacSun USA Surf Team, head to SurfingAmerica.org. Head to page two for more photos.

Conner Coffin with a man's bottomturn at Piha. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Conner Coffin with a man's bottomturn at Piha. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

With conditions pretty stormy and all over the place, the jetski was a big help. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

With conditions pretty stormy and all over the place, the jetski was a big help. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Despite this big backside slash, USAer Andrew Doheny was sent to the repercharge Round. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Despite this big backside slash, USAer Andrew Doheny was sent to the repercharge Round. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Tahitian Bourez Kevin. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Tahitian Bourez Kevin. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Despite the stormy conditions, there were still a few gems to be had. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Despite the stormy conditions, there were still a few gems to be had. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Brazilian Gabriel Medina put up the highest heat score of the day (14.67) take send Doheny and Zeke Lau to the repercharge round. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Brazilian Gabriel Medina put up the highest heat score of the day (14.67) sending Doheny and Zeke Lau to the repercharge round. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

New Zealand loves their rugby. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

New Zealand loves their rugby. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Andrew Doheny and his American backhand smashing. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Andrew Doheny and his American backhand smashing. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

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