Andino, Geiselman, Coffin bros, Peterson headline stacked American squad in Peru.
By: Mike Cianciulli
It's been five long years since Kolohe Andino first donned an ISA jersey at the ripe old age of 13 in Marasias, Brazil. The PacSun USA Surf Team didn't earn a single medal at that event and have still yet to match their best-ever silver medal showing of 2004.
And the 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships, running May 21st - 29th at Punta Hermosa, Peru, marks Andino's first year as an Under 18 surfer. Will this be the year that the Stars and Stripes return home with gold hanging around their necks? Head Coach Ian Cairns believes it's possible.
"On paper we have maybe the best Junior Team ever," Cairns explains of his stellar squad. "But we are going as underdogs with a lot to prove. The USA has never won this event; and, as underdog contenders, we're going to be the hardest working, most aggro team in Peru."
Andino is psyching about his shot at ISA gold.
"I'm really excited about our chances," Kolohe says. "I think in the past we've had amazing teams and a lot of people have just went off the names on the team and never really noticed that we have to put in a lot of hard work. It should be fun, but it's definitely not going to be easy."
Andino is joined by Evan Geiselman, Conner Coffin and Luke Davis in the hard-hitting Under 18 division. However, each of their individual performances culminates to decide which country will take home the Olympic Committee-recognized medals.
"It's a team event so you have to work together and support each other," USA Team vet Luke Davis notes. "I'm just going to make sure I'm healthy before the event and that I get all my equipment dialed so that when I show up in Peru I'm ready to compete against all the best kids in the world."
Also competing for Team USA is a solid female squad led by Lakey Peterson. She's backed up by Kulia Doherty, Nikki Viesins and Quincy Davis. And for the groms, it's Parker Coffin, Taylor Clark, Kanoa Igarashi and Colin Moran rounding out the Under 16 squad.
"I think the whole team is going into the event really excited and hungry," Parker reveals. "I think everybody not only wants to win individually, but as a team. We just have to connect the dots and do our jobs."
And Coach Cairns will be there every step of the way to ensure that job gets done.
"I believe we have a real chance against the other countries," Cairns exclaims. "We're looking forward to bringing the show to Peru!"