June 27, 2011

Quiksilver USA Championships Wrap-Up


Kolohe Andino and Tatiana Weston-Webb claim U18 USA Champion Titles and Governor’s Cup Trophies in Epic Lowers Conditions

Surfing America, the national governing body for Surfing in the United States, concluded its 2010/2011 season Saturday with the finals of the 2011 Quiksilver USA Championships. Eight Under 18 USA Champions were crowned, with two of them being awarded the prestigious California Governor’s Cup awards.

The 2011 Quiksilver USA Championships ran from June 18-19 in Huntington Beach, CA and June 21 – June 25 at Lower Trestles in San Onofre State Beach, CA. A solid south swell built up to the finals as the most important and prestigious annual event in American surfing came to a dramatic close Saturday in firing surf at Lower Trestles.

“Surfing America shattered the ceiling of American surfing with this year’s event and broke through to an unprecedented new level,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director. “This is thanks to title sponsor, Quiksilver, a huge webcast audience delivered by Surfline, and an unprecedented, mind-blowing display of progressive surfing by the very best juniors in the USA. The event was truly historic in that it brought American surfing to a level never before seen. Clearly a new standard has been set—and this year’s Quiksilver USA Championships was, by far, the most amazing national championships ever run in the United States.”

From the youngest groms on up, performance levels were at an all time high. The youngest surfers proved that the future of American surfing is very bright. Young rippers like John Mel (Boys U12 Champ), Seth Moniz (Boys U14 Champ), Meah Collins (Girls U12 Champ), and Mahina Maeda (Girls U14 Champ), all put on stellar performances throughout the contest. 11-year old, John Mel, in particular, surfed well beyond his years and wowed the beach with a long series of consistent backhand hacks that led to a perfect ten and victory in the Boys Under 12 Final.

Young John Mel scores a perfect ten with man-turns on the Lowers right. Photo: Kenny Morris

In the Boys Under 16 Final, mainlanders Parker Coffin and Cam Richards went up against Hawaiians Ian Gentil and Kain Daly. But it was the Santa Barbara goofyfooter, Coffin, who went away with the title in a buzzer beating display of shock and awe power surfing. “I’ve never been chaired up the beach before,” beamed Coffin. “I’ve never really won anything this big ever. It feels so good!”

Parker Coffin on his throne after winning the Boys Under 16 Division. Photo: Kenny Morris

The Girls Under 16 and Girls Under 18 Divisions both saw the same smiling face on the winner’s podium as Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb claimed both Championship trophies—just as she did last year in the U14 and U16’s. This, despite a perfect ten scored by Girls Under 18 favorite, Lakey Peterson, earlier in the day. Weston-Webb acknowledged the competition when receiving her awards and Governor’s Cup trophy as she said, “It was a stacked heat and all the girls could’ve won. I guess got lucky and got the best waves.”

Under 18 Champions and Governor’s Cup Winners, Tatiana Weston-Webb and Kolohe Andino. Photo: Kenny Morris

But it had to be more that just being lucky and getting the best waves for Weston-Webb. Great waves were in abundance as Lowers brought forth some of its very best conditions this event. This combined with amazing surfing and an on-site production of the highest caliber made this year’s pinnacle of United States amateur surfing truly world class.

The shot heard round the world had to be Kolohe Andino’s perfect ten in the final seconds of the final heat in the event. The San Clemente local took off on a bomb righthander and threw three aerials in what many are calling the most incredible display of progressive surfing ever witnessed at the Lowers venue. With that performance, Andino handily won the Under 18 Division and the prestigious Governor’s Cup. There was no question; all five judges’ scores were unanimous in their perfect ten assessment. And that’s how it ended—the perfect finish to the perfect event in perfect conditions.

“A perfect swell hit Trestles and set the stage for best under-18 surfers in the country,” said Mike Matey, VP Marketing for Quiksilver. “We couldn’t have asked for a better week of progressive surfing, and this will go down in the history books as one of the most exciting surf contests ever. Congratulations to all the winners, and a huge thanks to all the competitors, Surfing America and Surfline who made this something special. Quiksilver is very proud to have supported this event, and together we showed the world what the future of surfing looks like.”

For more photos and videos of the final days of the Quiksilver USA Championships, click here.

2011 Quiksilver USA Championship Results:
Boys under 18
1st – Kolohe Andino, San Clemente, CA (Governor’s Cup)
2nd – Ian Gentil, Maui, HI
3rd – Colin Moran, Costa Mesa, CA
4th – Derek Peters, Huntington Beach, CA

Girls under 18
1st – Tatiana Weston Webb, Kauai, HI (Governor’s Cup)
2nd – Leila Hurst, Kauai, HI
3rd – Jasset Umbel, Florida
4th – Lakey Peterson, Santa Barbara, CA

Boys under 16
1st – Parker Coffin, Santa Barbara, CA
2nd – Ian Gentil, Maui, HI
3rd – Cam Richards, Garden City, SC
4th – Kain Daly, Maui, HI

Girls under 16
1st – Tatiana Weston Webb, Kauai, HI
2nd – Kulia Doherty, San Clemente, CA
3rd – Harley Taich, La Jolla, CA
4th – Nikki Viesins, Indialantic, FL

Boys under 14
1st – Seth Moniz, Oahu, HI
2nd – Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach, CA
3rd – Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach, CA
4th – Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente, CA

Girls under 14
1st – Mahina Maeda, Oahu, HI
2nd – Dax McGill, Oahu, HI
3rd – Tia Blanco, San Clemente, CA
4th – Meah Collins, Costa Mesa, CA

Boys under 12
1st – John Mel, Newport Beach, CA
2nd – Finn McGill, Oahu, HI
3rd – Tyler Gunter, Newport Beach, CA
4th – Luke Gordon, South Carolina, CA

Girls under 12
1st – Meah Collins, Costa Mesa, CA
2nd – Honolua Blomfield, Oahu, HI
3rd – Brissa Hennessy, Oahu, HI
4th – Moana Jones, Oahu, HI

Adult and Longboard Division Final Results:

Men 18 – 29
1st – Kylen Yamakawa – HI
2nd – Gavin Klein – HI
3rd – Chad Eastman – CA
4th – Ricky Lovato – CA

Masters 30 -39
1st – Paul Pugliesi – CA
2nd – Mike Reilly – CA
3rd – Yari Vodraski – CA
4th – Tiago Monteiro – HI

Senior Men 40 – 49
1st – Pedro Diaz – CA
2nd – Chas Wickwire – CA
3rd – Richard Patey – HI
4th – Mike Estrada – CA

Legends 50+
1st – Allen Sarlo – CA
2nd – Mike Lamm – CA
3rd – Steve Mendelson – CA
4th – Dale Baker – CA

Women 18+
1st – Sophia Tiare – HI
2nd – Wes Noble – CA
3rd – Crystal Hoskins – CA
4th – Jennifer Argenti – CA

Girl’s Longboard U18
1st – Tory Gilkerson – CA
2nd – Honolua Bloomfield – HI
3rd – Natalia Smith – HI
4th – Lianna Patey – HI

Women’s Longboard 18+
1st – Sophia Tiare – HI
2nd – Kaitlin McGuire – CA
3rd – Erin Lewis – CA
4th – Amy King – CA

Jr. Longboard U18
1st – Kris Williams – CA
2nd – Shaun Thompson – CA
3rd – Steve McLean – FL
4th – Crispin Nakoa – HI

Men’s Longboard 18+
1st – Mike Gillard – CA
2nd – Cody Canzoneri – TX
3rd – Terry Gillard – CA
4th – Brandyn Garske – CA

Senior Longboard
1st – Richard Patey – HI
2nd – Terry Gillard – CA
3rd – Mike Gillard – CA
4th – Albert Shannon – TX