PacSun USA Surf Team Continues Strong Showing In Day Four At The 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships
Three USA athletes surf Repercharge Round Two heats and win
Punta Hermosa, Peru – Tuesday, May 25, 2011- Wednesday was filled with high drama and upsets as only Repercharge heats ran on both podiums. For the PacSun USA Surf Team, that meant the nine surfers in the Qualifying Rounds had the day off. But for the three USA athletes in the Repercharge–Colin Moran, Kanoa Igarashi, and Nikki Viesins–their work was clearly cut out for them.
Because the Repercharge heats are do-or-die, by the end of the day, the contest field had narrowed dramatically; of the 276 competitors who started this World Championships event, only 144 remain. Among them, the entire PacSun USA Surf Team.
At the end of the day, Colin, Kanoa, and Nikki all won their heats by solid margins, sending a strong message about the USA’s resolve.
But, that resolve must persist; because, while the PacSun USA Surf Team still has all of its athletes in the event, so does Peru and South Africa. And, while the PacSun USA Surf Team still has nine of its twelve surfers in the Qualifying Rounds, so does Brazil and Hawaii. With only three days of competition left, this contest is very far from over. And the surf is expected to increase.
The forecast is for 12-15 feet at Senoritas and Caballeros by this weekend. At that size, it is highly likely that the entire bay will close out making it impossible to run the event. As a result, the ISA has determined that the event will end on Saturday, May 28th and has adjusted the schedule accordingly.
Thursday is a very important day for the PacSun USA Surf Team. All 12 USA athletes are scheduled to compete–and the heats are getting tougher as the field is getting smaller. Qualifying Round Three pits all of Team USA’s athletes against power nations such as Australia, France, Hawaii, or Brazil. If there was ever a day to stay glued to the live webcast all day, tomorrow is it.
“Tomorrow’s performance is crucial,” said Ian Cairns, Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team. “We need to stay composed, but keep our intensity level high. The Team has a challenging job ahead of it. But overcoming challenges is how opportunities are created; and I believe they will get it done.”
The 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships will run through May 28th. Surfers from 27 nations are competing for medals in the largest field of competitors ever at an ISA Juniors event.