Surfing New Zealand 

It was announced today at the International Surfing Association's Annual General Meeting that the 8th Edition of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be held in the perfect waves of New Zealand.

The dates have been set. The event will begin on January 20 with the Parade of the Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony with the competition starting on the 21st and ending on the 28th.

The event will be held at the famous surfing beach of Piha in Auckland. It will be organized by Surfing New Zealand, the National Governing Body of Surfing in the country, recognized by the ISA and sponsored, of course, by Quiksilver.

"We're really happy to announce that New Zealand will be the 2010 location for the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. It is an amazing location with perfect waves and a great surfing culture. It's really important to notice that this is the first time after more than 25 years that the ISA holds an event of this magnitude in the Australasia zone", said the ISA President, Fernando Aguerre.

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Cory Lopez 

This is the stage of a surfing contest where the battle turns bloody and the chips are down. Forced into the repercharge heats, where ‘sudden death' elimination made every wave a “do or die” affair, unlikely countries fought their way to the next round with surprise results today at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games fueled by Monster Energy.

Landlocked Germany's Thomas Lange, along with tiny nation surfers like Salvadorian Porferio Miranda, Italy's Federico Pilurzu, Costa Rican Luis Vindas, and Brian Sanford from the Dominican Republic pulled out all the stops to keep their World Games hopes alive.

“I was in last place until the final five minutes,” said Ecuadorian Dominic Barona, who won her heat against Brazil and Argentina. “Then I got one of the really rare perfect ones where I got 3 big moves and a 7 point score. That took me to first place from last!”

Underdogs like Mexico's Angelo Lozano, Panamanian Gary Saavedra, Japan's Kai Ojima, Argentine's Leandro Ursena and Lucas Santamaria, Puerto Rican Brian Toth, all won their heats and moved straight through to the next round.

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Hank Gaskell

With a building swell, and a huge crowd that was even bigger than yesterday, the pressure to perform was ratcheted up a notch today at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games fueled by Monster Energy.

South Africa, which looked dominant 24 hours ago, struggled to stay in the top echelon. Australia, the reigning champs had only one win with several team members sent to the repercharge heats. France, who shared a perfect record of all six heat wins yesterday with the Americans, had to step up their game to continue their run at the title. While still maintaining a formidable record of 4 wins and a 2nd today, French ASP contender Mickey Picon was sent to the repercharge and Jeremy Flores was pushed into a 2nd place result by red hot local Costa Rican Jason Torres. Flores squeaked through to advance on a last minute deep tube ride that was as lucky as it was amazing.

Hawaii's Joel Centeio got the first legitimate barrel ride of the day early in the first heat of the morning, and Hawaii's stellar team is looking strong. But when Venezuela, Austria, Brazil, Hawaii, Argentina, New Zealand and Puerto Rico all post wins today, nobody is feeling indominatable. Even the USA, who continued their march up the ladder remaining five for six, was quiet. “We are not making any claims here,” said a subdued Ian Cairns. ‘We can celebrate if we get to the finals.”

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