A name we can all get very accustomed to seeing, Vaihiti Inso took to Lower Trestles with power. speed and solid surfing to capture a 1st place slot in the U14 division. Photo Mike Latronic
With great looking boards under his feet, a variety of moves, machine like precision and a tireless work ethic Oahu’s Shion Crawford landed runner up in the Boys U16 final and claimed top spot in the highly coveted U18 division. A well-deserved win and we can be sure to see more from this young man in the future! Photo: Mike Latronic
Betty Lou Sakura is the embodiment of the new school progression in female youth surfing. Strong, explosive and unafraid Betty was by and far doing some of the most dynamic surfing in the women's divisions. Photo: Sean Evans
Jackson Bunch is no stranger to the winners circle. Taking home a 1st place trophy in 2018 World Jr, Bunch looked in classic form to do a repeat but got stopped early in the semis in this years event. Photo: Mike Latronic
Lower Trestles in all it's glory. Photo Kurt Steinmetz
Hawaii’s Ewe Wong fell short of a finals berth, but placed herself on everybody’s radar with snaps like this. Photo: Mike Latronic
Boys U12 Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Caitlin Simmers Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
This year surf legend Peter “PT” Townend awarded Girls and Boys U18 champions Sawyer Lindblad and Shion Crawford the Terry McCann memorial trophy and a Murf electric bike. Along with PT and Dick Baker, McCann is responsible for creating Surfing America, the Olympic National Governing Body and organization that would become USA Surfing. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Girls U12 Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Sawyer Lindblad Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Hawaii’s Vaihiti Mahana Inso took the Toyota USA Surfing Championship Girls U14 crown after putting on a forehand clinic standing out in the heat of talent. She’s four-time world champion and Olympic surfer Carissa Moore’s protégé and it showed. She surfed a nearly perfect final heat with a 9.77 and 8.77
Searing Performances from the Nations Best Juniors at Pumping Lower Trestles
By Mike Latronic
Several hundred of the nation’s top young surfers battled for national titles during the 2021 TOYOTA USA Surfing Championships at one of California’s premiere surfing locations-Lower Trestles in San Clemente. This event is indeed one of the most highly anticipated events in junior surfing in America, attracting surf industry leaders, media and talent scouts and not to mention, the creme of the crop competitors from all over the country. The under 18 surfers competing, qualified for the event through regional competitions held across Mainland USA and Hawai’i. As surfing makes its Olympic debut, the athletes’ performances were a high energy preview of surfers who could and likely would represent the United States in future Olympic Games and on the WSL Championship Tour.
This years competition was held June 21-25 and as luck would have it southerly swells lined up back to back to provide super fun surf in the 3-5 range the entire event. The action was a stark example of top tier performance and after witnessing this week long tournament anyone watching can clearly see the future of American surfing is brighter than ever.