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The PacSun Surf Team at opening day ceremonies. Photo courtesy ISA/Tweddle
The PacSun Surf Team at opening day ceremonies. Photo courtesy ISA/Tweddle

By Andrea Swayne

The PacSun USA Surf Team is making waves at the 2013 International Surfing Association World Junior Surfing Championships, June 8 to 16, in Nicaragua. And by press time, every team member had successfully surfed their way through the Round 3 qualifiers to advance on to Day 4 of competition.

Of the dozen athletes (and one alternate) representing the United States—in a field of 300 from 30 countries—half hail from San Clemente, Dana Point and Capistrano Beach.

The local members of the team are Kevin Schulz, Colton Ward, Griffin Colapinto and Tia Blanco from San Clemente; Lulu Erkeneff from Dana Point and Luke Davis of Capistrano Beach.

The remainder of the team is made up of Cam Richards from South Carolina, Nikki Viesins from Florida and Californians; Parker Coffin (Santa Barbara), Colin Moran (Costa Mesa), Jake Marshall (Encinitas), Frankie Harrer (Malibu) and the alternate is Thelen McKinna-Worrell, also from Malibu.

An update sent Wednesday from Nicaragua by the coaching staff and Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse said, “Team USA had a great day with all of our surfers winning their heats in the main round and only one going to the repechage in one of the most stacked heats of the day. Please watch them live and cheer them on. This is team is fired up and we need your support to bring a gold medal back to the USA for the first time in decades.”

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