It’s the first look at the Girl’s Under 18 division at the main tower bank where conditions were holding up with clean 3-5’ conditions allowing the girls to show how far women’s surfing has come in this decade from all corners of the world.
The French girls Pauline Ado and Leeann Curren(Tom’s daughter) veterans of this event both showed their experience posting big scores. Brasilian Diana Souza showed a maturity in her surfing after two years already of being in this event that is scary after she destroyed a right on her backhard with some vertical attack and looks like the girl to beat.
Hawaii’s Bethany Hamilton also put in a good performance to overcome a double interference call in the opening minutes of her first round heat to still take first place.
The USA had a good day too, with all four girls advancing with wins for Courtney Conlogue, Amy Nichol and Sage Erickson and Lexi Papillion taking a second.
In the Men’s Under 18’s competition continued with second round winners action and USA’s Cory Arrambide opening up with a powerful performance that pushed the 2004 Tahiti Quiksilver ISA Under 16’s gold medal winner, Aussie Matt Wilkinson into the second chance loser’s rounds whilst Trevor Saunders and Eric Geiselman squeezed out seconds to keep their winning round hopes alive.
USA suffered it’s second winner’s round casualty when Jordan Gaudet struggled to find waves and joined first day casualty Under 16’s Kris Wiernicki in the fight of their competitive lives in the repercharge rounds in this double elimination format.
Wiernicki though fought back though to win his first loser’s round heat and keep his hopes alive of getting back to the winner’s side at the finals days away.
The next rounds will be critical for the USA’s team medal hopes as the super-groms Kolohe Andino and Andrew Doheny face stiff competition with loaded second round heats. For Andino he will face hot Australian Owen Wright and Hawaii’s Granger Larsen whilst Doheny will square off with another Aussie in Christopher Friend and Hawaiian Alex Smith.
Each day the event is being “live” webcast from the main stage on Quiksilver.com