2011 PacSun USA Surf Team Announced

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Kulia Doherty. Women's Division. Photo: Jack McDaniel

When Kolohe Andino, Evan Geiselman, and Conner Coffin are on their games they’re practically unbeatable. Sure, Kolohe hasn’t had the greatest success internationally, but we have a feeling this year Brother is going to be stepping things up for the ISA World Juniors. He knows he needs to put up a big performance.

Parker Coffin, Kanoa Igarashi, and Taylor Clark are sleepers for Team America. Parker and Kanoa are able to blow up at a moment’s notice. Taylor Clark is a local Encinitas boy and his surfing has grown leaps and bounds in the last year. Don’t be surprised if he puts up a big performance.

And of course the girls. Lakey Peterson is one of, if not the best under 18 female in the world. She stomps airs on a regular basis and this is her year to shine at the ISAs. And Kulia Doherty made a killing this year in the Surfing America Prime Series, winning both the Girls U18 and U16 West Coast divisions. It will be interesting to see if she can continue her domination in heats.

And of course, with Ian “Kanga” Cairns coaching, we’re expecting big things from Team USA this year. As Kanga said himself, “On paper we have maybe the best Junior Team ever. But we are going as underdogs with a lot to prove. The USA has never won this event; and, as underdog contenders, we’re going to be the hardest working, most aggro team in Peru.”—Ryan Brower

Surfing America press release:

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – April 27, 2011 – Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing in the United States, announced today the PacSun USA Surf Team for the 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Peru. The event begins May 21st and runs through May 29th at the incredible surf breaks of Punta Hermosa. The United States brings its most talented team ever to this year’s event and looks to capture the elusive World Championship Title.

“On paper we have maybe the best Junior Team ever,” said PacSun USA Surf Team Head Coach, Ian Cairns. “But we are going as underdogs with a lot to prove. The USA has never won this event; and, as underdog contenders, we’re going to be the hardest working, most aggro team in Peru.”

The surfing will take place at “Senoritas y Caballeros” in Punta Hermosa, approximately 40 minutes, or 42 kilometers from Lima. Both waves break from one to three meters over a rock bottom. Señoritas is a long, fun left with plenty of power that barrels on its best days. Caballeros is a well-known classic right of Lima, with super long rides that on the best days can last up to 300 meters.

“Again, we have an incredible team this year,” added Cairns.  “Surfing America has done amazing things for the competitive surfing system in the United States–and this team is a testament to the fact that the Surfing America system is working!  I believe we have a real chance against the other countries and we’re looking forward to bringing the show to Peru!”

Head to SurfingAmerica.org for more on the 2011 PacSun USA Surf Team.