RVCA Pro Junior

From Newport, with Love

Andrew Nichols

At the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards, the juniors were center stage in pumping, four-to-six-foot Newport Beach waves that allowed them to showcase everything they had throughout the entire weekend, September 23-25.

The RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards began in breathtaking conditions at the 56th Street Jetty on the shores of Newport Beach Fantastic conditions greeted Juniors upon arrival at 56th Street Jetty on opening day. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Tyler Gunter (USA) winning his Round 2 heat at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards. The opening day witnessed juniors like Tyler Gunter throw caution to wind with critical drop-ins and heavy floaters. Many surfers took elevator drops into the flats -- and rode out as waves detonated behind them. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Wil Reid (USA) earned fourth place in his Round 2 heat at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards Juniors such as Wil Reid showed their timeless style with bottom turns that allowed them options to crank an array of top-turn spectacles throughout the event. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Nick Marshall (USA) earned third place in his Quarterfinal heat at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards Nick Marshall went big on the conditions, and fell just short of jumping into the Semifinals. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Jake Marshall (USA) earned third-place at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards But Marshall was not to be outdone by his younger sibling and found the perfect endings to 56th Street Jetty bombs. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Nolan Rapoza (USA) earned a Perfect 10 in his Semifinal win at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards Speaking of perfection, just one Semifinal heat prior, Nolan Rapoza locked into the barrel of the day before emerging and going to town with a variety of countless forehand attacks for a 10. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Ryland Rubens (USA) winning his Quarterfinal at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards It was indeed a dream day for the goofyfooters that Ryland Rubens relished, even as the afternoon winds picked up on opening day that earned him a spot in the Semifinals. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Liam Gloyd (USA) earned third place in his Round 2 heat at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards Liam Gloyd proved that a backhand attack was just as dangerous after capping off brilliant bottom turns with upside-down hits off the lip en route to his Round One win. - WSL / liam gloyd Cole Houshmand (USA) placed third in his Semifinal heat at the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards Nearly earning a place into the Final with his powerful forehand, Cole Houshmand put on a show. In the end, though, he was defeated by Tyler Gunter. - WSL / Andrew Nichols Tyler Gunter (USA) winning the Final of the RVCA Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards It was all eyes on the Final as hometown hero Gunter used his local knowledge to its full advantage and found the best two waves of the heat for his first-ever Pro Junior win. - WSL / Andrew Nichols

The North America Junior Tour final rankings will determined at the Soup Bowl Pro Junior in Barbados, November 10 - 13, to determine who will earn their spot into the World Junior Championships.

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