San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Aug 27, 2009) – It was a quintessential Southern California day with clear, sunny skies and pumping surf as the horn sounded on Day 3 of the 2009 SIMA Surfing America USA Championships presented by Verizon Wireless. The country’s top amateur talent have been ripping it up on the South Side the Huntington Beach Pier to earn a spot on the podium and a place on the 2010 PacSun USA Surf Team.
The tropical swell provided ample overhead sets with some big lefts heading into the pier for the surfers to showcase their skills on. In Heat 8 of the Boys Under 18 division Conner Coffin (CA) demonstrated how to do just that with his opening wave. He attacked a large left with full commitment, power and speed, to earn a near perfect 9.73 out of 10 possible points, setting the pace for the remainder of the heat and making known his intentions to improve upon his 2008 second place finish.
Kolohe Andino (CA), who competed in both the Boys Under 18 and Under 16 divisions, responded with dual first place finishes in Round 1; dominating his opponents in both heats by a lead of 6 points or more.
As the day progressed and the morning’s swell began to mellow, the conditions became a little more challenging, but the competitors in the Girls Under 18 division were not about to be outdone by the boys. In the very first Girls’ heat Courtney Conlogue (CA) surfed with the same voracity we saw at the US Open last month. Her fearlessness paid off on her second wave when she nailed a big hook and then proceeded to shoot through the pier for a competitive 8.67 out of a possible 10 point wave score.
Today’s action was a full day of surfing as Round 1 of the Boys Under 18 (ISA), Boys Under 16 (ISA), and Girls Under 18 (ISA) divisions were completed. The following surfers will continue their pursuit of a national title win and opportunity to compete for the United States in the 2010 Quiksilver/ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand this January as a member of the 2010 PacSun USA Surf Team.
Boys Under 18 (ISA) Round 1 Results (1st and 2nd Advance)
Heat 1: Dylan Goodale (HI) 9.43, Jacob Halstead (CA) 7.77, Matt Lopez (CA) 6.33, Cody Canzoneri (TX) 2.43
Heat 2: Victor Done (CA) 11.50, Evan Thompson (FL) 11.50, Vincent Scroggs (TX) 5.76, Caden Kerr (CA) 5.57
Heat 3: Christian Seanz (CA) 12.10, Nick Rupp (NC) 10.70, Dylan Kowalski (CA) 9.73, Jeremy Carter (CA) 7.10
Heat 4: Andrew Doheny (CA) 12.00, Taylor Brothers (FL) 11.63, Eli Vizolay (CA) 5.40, Erik Haimstaedt (CA) 4.93
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (CA) 12.43, Austin Ganz (CA) 9.50, Dayne Colby (CA) 5.83, Evan Kane (CA) 5.20
Heat 6: Nathan Carvalho (HI) 10.56, Ian Crane (CA) 10.23, JD Lewis (CA) 8.34, Scott Weinhardt (CA) 8.30
Heat 7: Luke Davis (CA) 13.83, Shaw Kobayashi (CA) 10.50, Cole Moody (CA) 6.26, Mason Barnes (NC) 4.50
Heat 8: Conner Coffin (CA) 15.96, Jared Cassidy (CA) 11.60, Gavin Klein (HI) 8.77, Christian Arball (CA) 7.50
Boys Under 16 (ISA) Results (1st and 2nd Advance)
Heat 1: Trever Thornton (CA) 14.50, Andrew Jacobson (CA) 10.00, Ryan Croteau (FL) 9.10, Breyden Taylor (CA) 8.90
Heat 2: Roy Carvalho (HI) 11.80, Josh Giddings (CA) 9.06, Randy Gilkerson (CA) 9.00, Lucas Joshnson (CA) 5.86
Heat 3: Parker Coffin (CA) 14.60, Colin Moran (CA) 8.94, Tommy Wehsener (CA) 8.47, Sam Orozco (CA) 5.24
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (CA) 17.00, Matty Lopez (FL) 7.60, Kyle Marre (CA) 7.40, Duke Van Patten (CA) 5.67
Heat 5: Conner Coffin (CA) 13.00, Dylan Kowalski (CA) 10.16, Kelly Zaun (CA) 7.04, Matt Lewis (CA) 5.66
Heat 6: Taylor Clark (CA) 9.66, Jonah Carter (CA) 7.66, Derek Peters (CA) 7.06, Cameron Richards (SC) 5.87
Heat 7: Luke Davis (CA) 12.16, Ian Crane (CA) 11.70, Mason Barnes (NC) 11.07, Tanner Rozunko (CA) 8.47
Heat 8: Jacob Halstead (CA) 13.00, Scott Weinhardt (CA) 8.67, Nic Hdez (CA) 5.33, Dy;an Colby (CA) 3.83
Girls Under 18 (ISA) Results (1st and 2nd Advance)
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (CA) 15.60, Frankie Harrer (CA) 4.94, Keenan Reeser (CA) 3.60, Chelsea Gresham (FL) 3.50
Heat 2: Natalie Anzivino (CA) 8.17, Catherine Clark (CA) 6.50, Bailey Nagy (HI) 4.47, Savannah Bradley (FL) 2.67
Heat 3: Taylor Pitz (CA) 11.24, Shelby Detmers (CA) 6.83, Tara Franz (CA) 5.10, Kayla Durden (FL) 0.00
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (CA) 9.17, Quincy Davis (NY) 7.20, Dax McGill (HI) 5.77, Mackenzie Kessle (CA) 1.27
Heat 5: Lani Doherty (HI) 10.66, Marissa Shaw (CA) 6.66, Kalli Rodman (HI) 2.40, Chandler Parr (CA) 1.77
Heat 6: Jasset Umbel (FL) 11.77, Kaleigh Gilchris (CA) 11.03, Kulia Doherty (HI) 7.33, Brianna Cope (HI) 0.00
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