Piha does have sunshine!.. Piha does have offshore winds!.. Piha does have barrels and winding open faces that provide a platform for high performance surfing. Put it all together and that¹s what day 6 of the ISA QUIKSILVER JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS was all about.. In these conditions the cream of the crop seems to rise to the top, and remain afloat.
It became a numbers game by mid morning for the Verizon Wireless Junior Surf Team. Seven of the 12 team members managed to squeak thru barrels, float around sections, carve crests, pump sections and gouge bottom turns. Some of Hawaii¹s team riders were eliminated falling short by tenths of a point or getting edged out within the closing seconds of a heat.
The good news remains that Koa Smith and Malia Manuel wake to another morning in the undefeated qualifying rounds. Keanu Asing, Tanner Hendrickson, Ian Gentil Isaiah Moniz and Alessa Quizon find themselves alive in the sudden death repercharge rounds.
Thus these rebuilding Hawaiians find themselves with 7 surfers still in the mix. They are in second place and are more than capable of surfing into the finals in each division. However the finest young amateurs from around the world,will also be laying it on the line with top tier performances.
Australia, Tahiti, Brazil ,New Zealand, South Africa, France and the United States are all providing more than enough talent to make things extremely interesting.
To close the rounds of competition on day 6 the action packed Aloha Cup tag team event found Hawaii advancing to the finals along with Australia, France, and South Africa. This sidebar event displays a teams top level riders and illustrates how they can work together to gain victory. The Hawaiians are proud to be in the finals in the ALOHA CUP, and win or lose, it seems only fitting. The ALOHA CUP finals will conclude at podium one on day 7.