RVCA Pro Junior 2018 | Newport Beach CA

It's a privilege to partner with the City of Newport Beach for the 30th annual City of Newport Beach Surf Championships RVCA Jr Pro. We're honoured to support this long-standing community event with our neighbouring town. Check out the excerpt below from WSL (World Surf League) coverage and read their entire article here.

Special thanks to our sponsors Jacks Surfboards, Banzai Bowls, Bearflag Fish Co, Topo Chico, Sun Bum, Smith Optics, Slowtide, Flexfit, Hydroflask, Scosche, and the City of Newport Beach.

Via WSL: "The surfing community of Newport Beach, California, rejoiced once more as Tyler Gunter brought the RVCA Pro Junior pres by Jack's Surfboards and Banzai Bowls title back to his home city. It marked the 18-year-old's third consecutive Final at 56th Street Jetty yielded a second victory over Chase Modelski, Cole Houshmand, and Cooper Davies after his 2016 win and runner-up in 2017...

San Clemente was well represented once more on finals day with Samantha Sibley and Kirra Pinkerton's one-two finish in the women's event, and Houshmand earning his second Finals appearance of 2018. Houshmand came out firing in the Semifinals, garnering the day's highest heat total of 15.50, and looked to be Gunter's most formidable threat to his win. The 17-year-old got to an early lead with his first two scoring waves, but couldn't hold that position and now looks to defend his Live Like Zander Junior Pro title for a shot at the Top 4 finish...

As in many of the North America Pro Junior events, international talents are scattered among the region's top competitors and Davies held firm as this year's most volatile -- going from Round 1 to the Final. Both the Queensland, Australia, native and Japanese competitor Taichi Hagita earned Semifinal berths, but it was Davies who found his way into the Final -- the first since Kalani David in 2015. While no points go to the 18-year-old's account, some prize money and experience outside his home region never hurt...

"It's such a good feeling being able to build heat by heat and progress to the Finals means so much," Davies said. "It was such a great experience and being able to widen my horizons overseas, and seeing what the competing is like elsewhere is a big part of me succeeding. Now it's just seeing what happens next, but next year I'll give the QS a good crack and see how it goes."

The next North America Pro Junior event will be the season's last -- the Live Live Like Zander Junior Pro in Memory of Zander Venezia at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados."...

Photos by Delon Isaacs

Video by Blaine Suque



Dante Silva & Kiko Nelson backing the ANP

Justin Knott got the goods

Family supporting family: Ellis Ericson extending support for Colin Moran

Colin Moran backside turn mid heat

|| Cheers Goose ||

Cooper Davies hailing from Australia, made the trip to California for RVCA Jr Pro

Dante Silva post heat action

balance of opposites

Jimmy Jazz, Alex Knost, Ellis Ericson

Tyler Gunter wins the WSL Pro Junior 2018 - Congrats!

Our champions for the day, WSL Pro Junior, Tyler Gunter & Samantha SIbley

Logan Dulian on the shoulders of our RVCA family, Bryce Krause, Stefan Lugo, and RVCA Surf's Brophy




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