HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Saturday, July 18, 2009) – An international field of Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Pro Junior talent hit the water for the opening day of the ASP Grade-2 U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior in peaky two-to-three foot surf at the famed break of south Huntington Beach Pier. U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior action saw three rounds completed today with the event’s top seeds starting strong in the afternoon.
All surfers competing on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series are out to compile their top four results on the regional tour to finish within the top three on the ratings. A top three finish earns the surfer a chance to compete at the prestigious ASP World Junior Championships held in Narrabeen, Australia each January, where they battle a top international field for the ASP World Junior Title.
Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 15, crushed the day’s highest scores when he smashed an impressive 9.00 out of 10 with a massive backhand blast on the outside, followed up with a solid forehand hack on the Huntington reform and finished the wave off with a polished air-reverse. the impressive ride was tacked on to his 8.00 score for a 17.00 heat total, the highest of the day.
“My heat was pretty hard,” Geiselman said. “I was looking at the draw and new I’d need some scores to get out of that one. I had a nice little line up on the beach and I stayed pretty close to the pier because it was high-tide and you can get those reforms off of the pier more easily than going down the beach. I got a right and a nice left, so I’m stoked to get out of the heat.”
Geiselman is always a threat to his fellow competitors and hoping to climb further up the ratings with a solid result at the U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior.
“My year’s going okay,” Geiselman said. “I’d like to do better. I made the Quarterfinals in the last two events and I think I’m rated 16th, so I’ll be psyched if I make it past that round and hopefully I can get up there.”
The young Floridian entered last year’s ASP WQS 6-Star event as an alternate and advanced through to the Round of 48, which played a crucial role for his seeding in this year’s Hurley U.S. Open and the East coaster is looking to repeat his performance again in this year’s Hurley U.S. Open event.
“Last year’s results gave me my seed for this year,” Geisleman “I surf on Monday and hopefully I can do what I did last year and make a few heats.”
Dillon Perillo (Malibu, CA), 19, is currently sitting in the No. 2 position overall on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series and put on a strong showing in his opening Round of 32 heat this afternoon.
“It’s kind of like the last contest but with more swell and there is a lot of potential,” Perillo said. “It’s connectable, you can work it through all the way in and get a good snap or air on the inside.”
The stylish regular-footer is hoping his early round U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior heat will act as a good warm up for his ASP WQS campaign as well.
“It’s a good warm up to get a heat under my belt before Monday,” Perillo said. “I’m happy to have the wildcard in to the main event and hopefully the junior heat will help as a warm-up for my ‘QS heat.”
Kaimana Jaquias (Kauai, HI), 16, was a standout today in his first U.S. Open appearance. The Hawaiian advanced through three heats and netted a few top scores along the way and seemed to adapt easily to the changing South Huntington Beach Pier conditions throughout the day.
“My first two heats, most of my good ones were against the pier,” Jaquias said. “Now that the tide’s filling in, it’s kind of spread out and anyone can sit anywhere and still get a good one, so you’ve just got to get two and go from there.”
With the mass of international talent taking center stage at the U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior, Jaquias’ strong showing today proved he can compete with some of the world’s best junior surfers.
“This is not my first time to Huntington, but it’s my first time competing in the U.S. Open,” Jaquias said. “I couldn’t get in to the WQS contest, but there are so many good international guys here in the Juniors. So many of the best junior guys in the world are here in this event, but you really can’t think about it. In Hawaii alone, I’ve surfed against so many good guys and I just try not to think about it and take it heat-by-heat.”
Tomorrow’s action will continue with the Hurley U.S. Open Men’s Trials and will follow with the U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior Women’s ASP Grade-4 event. For event information log on to usopenofsurfing.com
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U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior Round of 32 Results:
Heat 1: Dillon Perillo (USA) 14.17, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.33, Fisher Heverly (USA) 9.90, Dane Zaun (USA) 4.67
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.60, Evan Thompson (USA) 10.60, Nick Rupp (USA) 9.93, Tyler Newton (HAW) 7.80
Heat 3: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.00, Cody Thompson (USA) 10.50, Ian Gentil (HAW) 8.13, Albee Layer (HAW)5.97
Heat 4: Kai Barger (HAW) 10.96, Adam Lambert (USA) 8.80, Spencer Regan (USA) 7.17, Koa Smith (HAW) 4.10
Heat 5: Nat Yong (USA) 13.10, Matt Pagan (USA) 11.10, Tayler Brothers (USA) 7.74, Dylan Melamed (USA) 7.37
Heat 6: Evan Geiselman (USA) 17.00, Charles Martin (GLP) 11.73, Brent Reilly (USA) 7.87, Brett Barley (USA) 4.83
Heat 7: Oliver Kurtz (USA) 14.03, Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.57, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 11.60, Luke Davis (USA) 9.77
Heat 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.67, Tonino Benson (HAW) 12.23, Michael Dunphy (USA) 7.84, Makai McNamara (HAW) 4.47
U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior Round of 48 Results:
Heat 1: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 10.70, Nick Rupp (USA) 10.00, Kyle McGeary (USA) 8.30, Riley Metcalf (USA) 6.70
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.00, Dane Zaun (USA) 13.73, Ford Archbold (USA) 12.14, Kyle Galtes (HAW) 10.77
Heat 3: Stuart Kennedy (USA) 14.70, Spencer Regan (USA) 13.06, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 11.67, Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 8.67
Heat 4: Adam Lambert (USA) 11.04, Ian Gentil (HAW) 10.60, Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 10.24, Ian Crane (USA) 9.33
Heat 5: Dylan Melamed (HAW) 9.80, Brett Barley (USA) 9.20, Granger Larsen (HAW) 8.40, Dege O’Connell (HAW), 5.90
Heat 6: Charles Martin (GLP) 11.00, Tayler Brothers (USA) 8.66, Taylor Thorne (USA) 8.43, Phillip Goold (USA) 6.07
Heat 7: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 11.60, Makai McNamara (HAW) 10.16, Kyle Kennelly (USA) 9.60, Jared Thorne (USA) 4.13
Heat 8: Tonino Benson (HAW) 14.83, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 12.67, Chris Foster (HAW) 8.90, Fisher Heverly (USA) 5.37
U.S. Open Nike 6.0 Pro Junior Round of 64 Results:
Heat 1: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 12.43, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.24, Tanner Deprin (USA) 6.80, Keetin Devine (USA) 7.03
Heat 2: Ford Archbold (USA) 9.40, Kyle McGeary (USA) 8.80, Matt Meola (HAW) 8.64, Conner Coffin (USA) 7.97
Heat 3: Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 15.00, Ian Crane (USA) 12.23, Victor Done (USA) 8.30, P.J. Raia (USA) 6.27
Heat 4: Adam Lambert (USA) 9.66, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 9.06, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 8.80, Keetin Devine (USA) 7.03
Heat 5: Granger Larsen (HAW) 13.43, Charles Martin (GLP) 9.57, Christian Saenz (USA) 7.33, Icaro Ronchi (BRA) 6.31
Heat 6: Taylor Thorne (USA) 10.27, Dylan Melamed (HAW) 9.17, Keto Burns (USA) 6.70, Eli Viszolay (USA) 5.98
Heat 7: Jared Thorne (USA) 11.40, Tonino Benson (HAW) 10.37, Keito Matsuoka (JPN) 8.10, T.J. Mortellaro 5.70
Heat 8: Chris Foster (HAW) 10.20, Kakai McNamara (HAW) 7.50, Brad Hagglund (USA) 6.87, Colton Larson (USA) 6.43