Hawaii Takes The Lead At The World Juniors With One Day Left

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Wednesday saw a day of big upsets down in New Zealand at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. As things got even closer to medal time, some big names went down in heats: Maxime Huscenot, Courtney Conlogue, Evan Geiselman, Parker Coffin, Ian Gentil, and Kolohe Andino (though Kolohe is still alive in the repercharge).

Brazil’s Gabriel Medina was the standout of the day, posting the highest heat score of the entire event (18.32). Though he’s plugging along in the repercharge, don’t be surprised to see him in the final and with a medal around his neck when it’s all said and done. In his Boys U18 division repercharge heat he’ll have to get past Hawaiians Tanner Hendrickson and Keanu Asing, as well as France’s Dimitri Ouvre. And in the main draw of that division Tahiti’s Tamaroa McComb looks to take charge in the semis against Portugal’s Frederico de Morais, Australia’s Jordin Watson, and South Africa’s Beyrick de Vries.

In the Girls U18 main draw semis it’s going to be an exciting battle with Hawaii’s Malia Manuel facing the Aussie duo of Tyler Wright (last year’s champ) and Felicity Palmateer, and South Africa’s Sarah Baum. The repercharge sees New Zealand’s Sarah Mason, Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon, France’s Canelle Ballard, and USA’s Lakey Peterson.

The Boys U18 semis main draw has the favored Koa Smith butting heads with Aussie Matt Banting, Kiwi Ben Poulter, and Japan’s Hiroti Arai. The repercharge semi is a USA-filled-affair with Kolohe Andino, Jake Halstead, and Trevor Thornton looking to put two Americans into the final.

The overall standings shifted a bit as well on Wednesday with Hawaii snagging the lead (6,420), Australia holding down second (6,405), USA now in third (5,853), and France and South Africa rounding out the top five with 4,845 and 4,763 points, respectively. With one day of competition left and the possibility of having three finalists, the PacSun USA Surf Team’s chances of taking gold still look viable.

Be sure to tune into the live webcast today at isaworldjuniors.com/newzealand10/Home.php?btn_home=_over to watch the world champions be determined.

Brazil's Gabriel Medina put up the highest heat score of the entire event (18.32) as he looks to get to the finals via the repercharge. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Brazil's Gabriel Medina put up the highest heat score of the entire event (18.32) as he looks to get to the finals via the repercharge. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Hawaiian Keanu Asing. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Hawaiian Keanu Asing. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Tahiti's Tamaroa McComb was one of the standouts on Wednesday and now finds himself in the semis of the Boys U18 division. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Tahiti's Tamaroa McComb was one of the standouts on Wednesday and now finds himself in the semis of the Boys U18 division. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

South African Dylan Lightfoot squaring up. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

South African Dylan Lightfoot squaring up. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

The Australian Team took the Aloha Cup victory, as well as second place in the overall standings. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

The Australian Team took the Aloha Cup victory, as well as second place in the overall standings. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Hawaiian youngster Ian Gentil showing why he may be the best 12-year-old in the world. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Hawaiian youngster Ian Gentil showing why he may be the best 12-year-old in the world. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Lakey Peterson is the lone American girl left standing. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Lakey Peterson is the lone American girl left standing. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Peru's Martin Jeri wanted to get barreled so bad on this one that he tucked in under his own spray. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Peru's Martin Jeri wanted to get barreled so bad on this one that he tucked in under his own spray. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

USA's Evan Thompson. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

USA's Evan Thompson. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

New Zealand's Sarah Mason is still alive and flying the Kiwi flag. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

New Zealand's Sarah Mason is still alive and flying the Kiwi flag. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Gabriel supermaned his way to the best heat of the event. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Gabriel supermaned his way to the best heat of the event. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

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