US Team Struggling At ISA World Games

Mike Losness from Team USA had a tough loss and will be cheering from the beach for the rest of the event. Photo courtesy ISA.

Mike Losness from Team USA had a tough loss and will be cheering from the beach for the rest of the event. Photo courtesy ISA.

PacSun USA Surf Team Struggles In Day Six Of The 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

Team USA Down To Four Athletes As World Games Event Moves Into Final Two Days

Punta Hermosa, Peru – Tuesday, October 26, 2010 – The PacSun USA Surf Team had a tough day 6 of competition, losing three more of its athletes, at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa, Peru.

The swell continued its drop as a full slate of heats ran on both the Caballeros and Senoritas Podiums and USA surfers Ben Bourgeois, Mike Losness, and Nikki Viesins were eliminated from the event.

Ben Bourgeois broke a board in his challenging morning repercharge heat and was not able to come back with a score to advance. Micah Byrne is still in it.

PacSun USA Surf Team member Mike Losness won his first repercharge heat of the day handily. But a significant judging controversy in the afternoon round lead to his elimination from the contest. Losness surfed brilliantly nonetheless.

Longboarder Tony Silvagni surfed very well–defeating Australian Josh Constable and South African Brad Weare–and continued his march through the Qualifiers while Steve Newton stayed in the game through two heats of repercharge.

In the Women’s division, Kulia Doherty continued her surge through the Qualifying Round competing against a very tough field.

Finally, young 14-year-old Nikki Viesins did a great job winning her Round Four Repercharge heat of the day and deafeating Australian Rebecca Woods. Unfortunately, she couldn’t come up with the second score needed in Round Five, finished in third place, and was eliminated from the event. But with both of the PacSun USA Surf Team girls being just 14 years of age, the experience gained for both of them is immeasurable.

“Today was difficult for us,” said Ian Cairns, Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team. “We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”