SURFING AMERICA MAKES HISTORY WITH QUIKSILVER 2011 USA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT LOWER TRESTLES
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.