Evan Geiselman and Lakey Peterson are the grand winners of the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior, held in the Seaside Reef, California. The surfers had to take the most out of the peaky two-to-four foot waves to defeat their opponents.
In the Men's division, Geiselman belted the highest single-wave score of the competition - a 9.50 point ride - and managed the best available waves to beat Kolohe Andino, Chase Wilson and Dane Zaun.
"It was kind of a sluggish final for me and I think for the rest of the competitors and I was pretty tired out there, but I’m so happy to get a win and get some momentum going", Geiselman said.
"I’m not having the best year like last year so I’m so excited. I just want to thank my Mom for helping me out lately. She flew out here before the event and has been doing everything for me."
This confidence booster is crucial before the upcoming 5-Star Oakley Pro Junior. "I want to do really well at Lowers and try and catch Brother (Kolohe Andino) and try to make it a bit of a race," Geiselman said. "This win helps my confidence after a slow start this year and I’m so excited for the next event."
Peterson, defending Women’s ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion, combined committed snaps and rail work on both her forehand and backhand in the final to top fellow competitors Nage Melemed, Leila Hurst and Taylor Pitz. Lakey leads the women’s 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior Series rankings.
"The final was super fun and the waves were super good the whole time," Peterson said. "The waves never really stopped which was nice. I didn’t really have that good of heats in the beginning and I had been sick in bed the past few days. All of the girls were surfing so well and I’m excited to win."
The next stop on the 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior Series will be the ASP 5-Star Oakley Pro Junior, which will run in conjunction with the ASP PRIME Nike Lowers Pro from May 3 through 7, 2011.
2011 Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior | Finals
1. Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.17
2. Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.67
3. Chase Wilson (USA) 8.47
4. Dane Zaun (USA) 7.26
1. Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.76
2. Nage Melamed (HAW) 11.10
3. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.60
4. Taylor Pitz (USA) 6.40