Surfing America USA Championships: Thursday

_mg_8557Evan Geiselman, ready to wreck fools. PHOTO: Jimmicane

By Phil Bannan

The Surfing America USA Championships saw some fun, contestable surf yesterday. A light onshore breeze was on tap throughout the day before conditions glassed off in the afternoon. Florida's Evan Geiselman recorded the highest heat score of the day, with a two-wave total of 18.5. Geiselman stuck to the steeper lefts, blowing his tail out and above the lip at every opportunity, and ended his second wave with a stylish air.

He explained, "It's a little slow out there, but luckily there were some waves in my heat. The lefts were really fun." After competing for the USA at last year's ISA World Juniors in New Zealand, Evan hopes to power through his next few rounds to again earn one of the coveted spots for Team USA.

Other Boys Under 18 standouts making it through their first round heats included Andrew Doheny, Luke Davis, Nick Rupp and Keanu Asing. Droid continued to show that power surfing is alive and well by tearing apart the rights on offer, edging out an in-form Tanner Hendrickson. A few heats later, Davis combined his local knowledge with strong forehand and backhand attacks to rack up a two wave score of 14.90, while Asing, fresh off his win from the Arnette Pro Junior in Newport Beach, found the best sets of the day in his afternoon heat. Asing dismantled the classic Lowers right wall with power carves before finding another left where he put his vertical backside hits to good use en route to victory.

The Boys Under 14s and Under 16s saw San Diego's 12-year-old prodigy Jake Marshall take down kids twice his size winning both of his first round heats in each division. Today, Marshall looks to win his first round heat in his third and most fitting age group, the Under 12s.

Be sure to tune in or make your way down to Trestles for the action. The Boys Under 18s started this morning off at 8am, and in case you haven't heard, the last two days of the USA Championships (Sunday – Monday) are shaping up to have some healthy swell fill in for the final rounds of competition. Watch as the top American and Hawaiian juniors battle it out in classic Lowers conditions.