ISA Junior Championships Under Way

posted by / Event / January 20, 2010

Kolohe Andino flashes his new vibe as Andy Irons would say. New stickers, new approach.

Kolohe Andino flashes his new vibe as Andy Irons would say. New stickers, new approach.

Juniors looking to replicate the success of the senior team.
All Photos: Billy Watts

The ISA World Junior Championships are getting underway today at Piha beach, just outside of Auckland, New Zealand. Team USA has been on hand for a few days now, surveying the area and the wave, getting in a few last minute practice sessions, and doing everything they can to improve on last years fourth place finish in Ecuador.

At the ISA World Games in Costa Rica, team USA came away with its first gold medal since 1996, and the juniors hope to pull off a similar result—though they’ll have to overcome team Australia, which has won the last four titles.

Team USA will be looking for big results from Courtney Conlogue, the Open Women’s champ at last years’ ISA World Games, and Kolohe Andino.

Watch the event live here http://www.isaworldjuniors.com/newzealand10/Live.php

Courtney Conlogue enjoying the black sands of Piha Beach, outside of Auckland.

Courtney Conlogue enjoying the black sands of Piha Beach, outside of Auckland.

The surf is forecasted to pick up as the week goes on, but for now Evan Gieselman toys with a small one.

The surf is forecasted to pick up as the week goes on, but for now Evan Gieselman toys with a small one.

The view from the house, with Lion Rock to the north and The Nun to the south. And a thousand surfboards to the west.

The view from the house, with Lion Rock to the north and The Nun to the south. And a thousand surfboards to the west.

The juniors enjoying a post surf pasta feast.

The juniors enjoying a post surf pasta feast.

Coach Ian Cairns keeping Courtney Conlogue at ease.

Coach Ian Cairns keeping Courtney Conlogue at ease.

The red white and blue making sure they’re as prepared as possible for the start of the competition.

The red white and blue making sure they’re as prepared as possible for the start of the competition.

Kaleigh Gilchrist working on her forehand snap.

Kaleigh Gilchrist working on her forehand snap.

Reigning NSSA Natinal Champ and a big contributor for the USA team Lakey Peterson off the top.

Reigning NSSA Natinal Champ and a big contributor for the USA team Lakey Peterson off the top.

The Yankees are coming.

The Yankees are coming.

Courntey Conlogue during the Sands of the World ceremony.

Courntey Conlogue during the Sands of the World ceremony.

The Coffin brothers are no strangers to international competition.

The Coffin brothers are no strangers to international competition.

Parker Coffin loosening up.

Parker Coffin loosening up.

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