San Onofre, Calif. (April 11, 2021) – The nation’s best under 18 West Coast surfers put on a show at the third stop of the Toyota USA Surfing West Coast Prime Series presented by Got Milk? at Church Beach in San Onofre State Park.
With three of the five West Coast events completed, surfers are heading into the homestretch to build points and rankings that qualify them for USA Surfing Championship at Lower Trestles, Calif. in June. See results below and rankings here.
Highlights included double wins for Oceanside’s Caity Simmers in the Girls U16 and U18 divisions with the highest wave score – an 8.57 series of backside turns on rail that combined with an 8.07 was the highest heat total (16.64) of the event. Fellow O-sider Lucas Owston earned double podiums with a U16 win and U18 third place finish. San Clemente’s Rex Hennings won the boys U14 division with the highest wave score of Sunday’s finals – a 7.83.
The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is the highest level of junior amateur competition in the nation with more than 100 of the best under 18 surfers on the West Coast.
STOP #3 RESULTS
1st Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
2nd Bella Kenworthy, San Clemente, Calif.
3rd Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad, Calif.
4th Keanna Miller, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1st Taj Lindblad, San Clemente, Calif.
2nd Levi Slawson, Encinitas, Calif.
3rd Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.
4th Kyan Yang, Encinitas, Calif.
1st Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
2nd Sara Freyre, Newport, Calif.
3rd Bella Kenworthy, Dana Point, Calif.
4th Avery McDonald, San Clemente, Calif.
1st Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.
2nd Ben Brantell, San Clemente, Calif.
3rd Jak Ziets, Santa Barbara, Calif.
4th Wheeler Hasburgh, Encinitas, Calif.
1st Rex Hennings, San Clemente, Calif.
2nd Eeli Timperi, Encinitas, Calif.
3rd Chase Niemann, San Clemente, Calif.
4th Quaid Fahrion, Costa Mesa, Calif.
The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series makes stops along both East and West coasts and culminates in the USA Surfing Championships. The competition was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when trying to make the leap from pro junior competition to next-level competition opportunities, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series and potentially the Olympics and WSL Championship Tour. The Prime Series champion and podium roster is a who’s who in American surfing.
Surfers competing in the Prime Series experience an event with judging, announcing and organization consistent with WSL pro events, including professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers, four-person heats with priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges.
USA Surfing’s Prime Series is grateful for the support of our fabulous sponsors. We miss seeing them at events under Covid-19 restrictions, but expect they will resume their beach participation soon. Please buy their products and support the companies that support USA Surfing:
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Contact: becky (at) usasurfing (dot) org
USA Surfing is the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States, recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). USA Surfing’s mission is to promote and grow the sport of surfing and support United States athletes of all backgrounds to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American competition. USA Surfing will oversee and support America’s Olympic team as surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and surfing and stand-up paddleboarding athletes compete in the 2019 Pan American Games.
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