Australia Wins ISA Gold For Fifth Consecutive Year

On the final day of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, it was once again Australia standing on the podium when all was said and done. With gold medal victories by Tyler Wright and Matt Banting, and a silver finish by Jordi Watson, the Aussies took home the overall gold for the fifth consecutive year. Much of this can be accredited to the 15-year-old Tyler Wright, who took the gold medal last year in the Girls U18 division and has already won herself an ASP Women’s World Tour event (the youngest to ever do so). She’ll continue to dominate this division for the next two years and I’m guessing by that time she’ll be well on her way to taking names on the World Tour just like older borther Owen.

Brazilian Gabriel Medina continues to shine on the international scene, taking home another individual gold medal, this year in the coveted Boys U18 division. Putting down a near perfect heat (19.90) in a final is a huge statement. Though Brazil finished fourteenth overall, Gabriel was easily the top individual performer of the entire competition this year. He will be making a push on the WQS in coming years and will eventually make the Tour. The Brazzos are coming.

The PacSun USA Surf Team bettered their result from last year’s ISAs with a bronze medal finish—thanks in part to two medal placers this year: Jake Halstead took silver in the Boys U16 and Lakey Peterson took copper in the Girls U18. Halstead battled through the repercharges for a good portion of the event and in the final ousted the highly touted Koa Smith. Halstead has always been shadowed by the limelight of fellow USAers like Kolohe Andino and Evan Geiselman, but his finish as the top individual American this year surely let the world know that Halstead is a serious threat on the international scene.

The top five overall standings broke down like this:

01 – Australia – 6,015
02 – Hawaii – 5,038
03 – USA – 4,958
04 – South Africa – 4,163
05 – France – 3,928

HEAD TO PAGE 2 FOR THE REST OF THE PHOTOS AND THE FULL REPORT FROM THE ISA.

Gabriel Medina took himself another international victory with a gold in the Boys U18 division. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Gabriel Medina took himself another international victory with a gold in the Boys U18 division. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

America's top finisher, Jake Halstead taking home the silver in Boys U16. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

America's top finisher, Jake Halstead taking home the silver in Boys U16. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Tyler Wright once again taking the Girls U18 gold medal. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Tyler Wright once again taking the Girls U18 gold medal. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Aussie Matt Banting en route to a gold medal. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Aussie Matt Banting en route to a gold medal. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

The scene on the beach on the final day. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

The scene on the beach on the final day. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Team Hawaii sweating things out. They ended up taking home the overall silver. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Team Hawaii sweating things out. They ended up taking home the overall silver. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Aussie Jordi Watson helping Oz take home the gold with his silver medal finish in the Boys U18 division. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Aussie Jordi Watson helping Oz take home the gold with his silver medal finish in the Boys U18 division. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Silver medal finisher, Hawaiian Alessa Quizon. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Silver medal finisher, Hawaiian Alessa Quizon. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Japan's Hiroti Arai made a big statement with a copper finish in the Boys U16 division. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Japan's Hiroti Arai made a big statement with a copper finish in the Boys U16 division. Photo courtesy ISA/CPL

Thaiti's Tamaroa McComb doing his country proud with a bronze medal in Boys U18. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Thaiti's Tamaroa McComb doing his country proud with a bronze medal in Boys U18. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

American Lakey Peterson bringing home the copper medal in the Girls U18. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

American Lakey Peterson bringing home the copper medal in the Girls U18. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Brazzo Gabriel Medina boosting to a first place finish. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

Brazzo Gabriel Medina boosting to a first place finish. Photo courtesy Cory Scott/ISA

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