The final event of the inaugural Surfing America Prime East series made the trek to the Surfing Mecca of the East last weekend–the Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras. This was the Billabong stop on the tour, and all of the best under 18 shortboarders in the East converged on Hatteras to do battle for slots in the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles, June 23 – 28, 2010. This was the 15th Surfing America Prime event in the U.S., all of which have enjoyed good to spectacular surf in the past. It looked like our luck was running out with Hatteras as meager surf in the ankle to knee high range greeted surfers Friday afternoon during a training session with PacSun USA Surf Team Coach and surfing legend, Ian Cairns. Things weren’t much better at 7:00 a.m. Saturday as the kids, their parents and team managers reported to the beach for a judging Q & A session with ASP International and Surfing America Prime Head Judges, Gordon Lawson and Tim Marshall. After a successful seminar, the call was made to delay the start for 2 hours hoping the windswell would build and a lower tide would produce rideable surf. At 10 a.m. the surf had come up enough to be rippable. Right off the bat, the kids showed that they know how to handle meager conditions with grace, surfing amazingly well in the marginal conditions. We got through the first round in all divisions and hoped the swell would build for Sunday.
Sunday morning was shoulder high and good with a slight side/offshore breeze making conditions perfect for the ensuing aerial assault. In Boys Under 18, Evan Geiselman, fresh off wins in the LandShark Pro, Sebastian Inlet Pro Junior, and Sebastian Inlet Surfing America Prime, easily cruised through the preliminary rounds. In the final though he met up with a determined Keto Burns, Chris Tucker, and Nick Rupp who weren’t about to roll over without a fight. It was a nailbiter, with Geiselman getting the score on his last wave to overcome Burns by a mere .10. Evan won the Season Champion title with his two wins for the season.
In Boys Under 16, Cam Richards was on-fire posting up an impressive 18.20 combined wave score for the win. Cam took the Season Champion surfing a perfect season with three 1st Place showings. Daniel Glenn combed the field with his 17.10 in the Boys Under 14 finals. Daniel also earned the Season Champion Title with his two wins in the Boys Under 14 division. Nikki Viesens continued her streak from the Sebastian Inlet Surfing America Prime taking double wins in both Girls Under 16 and Girls Under 18 by comboing the field and securing the Season Champion Title in both divisions.
Next up is the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles, June 23 – 28, 2010, which culminates with the naming of the new PacSun USA Surf Team on Monday, June 28.
1 – Evan Geiselman – 12.27
2 – Keto Burns – 12.17
3 – Christopher Tucker – 12.00
4 – Nick Rupp – 9.03
09/10 Season Champion – Evan Geiselman
1 – Cameron Richards – 18.20
2 – Corey Howell – 13.60
3 – Daniel Glenn – 9.57
4 – Pat Schmidt – 4.60
09/10 Season Champion – Cameron Richards
1 – Daniel Glenn – 17.10
2 – Tyler Faulkner – 8.50
3 – Sam Deely – 5.73
4 – Stevie Pittman – 3.97
09/10 Season Champion – Daniel Glenn
1 – Nikki Viesins – 16.84
2 – Cierra Cunningham – 5.33
3 – Jessica Kwiecinski – 4.73
4 – Bree Kleintop – 3.93
09/10 Season Champion – Nikki Viesins
1 – Nikki Viesins – 15.50
2 – Kaite Gordon – 6.50
3 – Cierra Cunningham – 3.26
4 – Grace Muckenfuss – 3.17
09/10 Season Champion – Nikki Viesins
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