Thursday, April 25, 2024

PacSun Surfers Have Orange County Connections

Southern California is home to some of the world’s elite surfers — and many of them are still in high school. Here’s a look at the professional PacSun team.


Kolohe Andino

Hometown: San Clemente

Profile: 5’10”, 150 lbs.

Sponsors: Nike 6.0, Red Bull, Target

Accomplishments: Andino has won nine National Scholastic Surfing Association championships. He holds records for being the youngest winner and for having won the most NSSA championships.

Parker Coffin

Hometown: Santa Barbara

Profile: 5’5″, 150 lbs.

Sponsors: Volcom, Monster Energy, Reef, Channel Islands, Spy, Sex Wax, Aerial 7

Blog: Young Wise Tails

Jake Halstead

Hometown: Santa Cruz

Goal for the year: Win a pipe master

Sponsors: Billabong, Nixon, Dakine, Rusty Surfboards, Vertra, Oakley

Accomplishments: Placed second in the 16U competition during the 2010 World Championships in New Zealand.

Colin Moran

Hometown: Costa Mesa

Nickname: Coleen Moron

Sponsors: Rip Curl, Ocean Earth, Oakley, Surfside

Motto: “It’s not who is going to let me… It’s who is going to stop me”

Griffin Colapinto

Hometown: San Clemente

Nickname: Griffindor

Sponsors: Billabong, DC Shoes, Sex Wax, Daphne’s, Von Zipper, Jack’s Surf Shop, OAM, Grombomb

Accomplishments: Just this month, Colapinto won the Surfing America Prime competition for the boys 16U division. The competition took place at Church Beach.

Jake Davis

Hometown: Capistrano Beach

Nickname: The Bull

Sponsors: O’Neill, Versa Grip, Filtrate Eyewear, Sex Wax, Carver Skateboards, Power Balance, Daphne’s California Greek, Republik of Kalifornia Skate/Surf Shop

Motto: “Never Give Up”

Kanoa Igarashi

Hometown: Huntington Beach

Nickname: Igar

Sponsors: Quiksilver, Channel Islands Surfboards, Ocean Earth, Boost Mobile, SexWax, HSS

Accomplishments: Won the 2012 Surfing America Championships for the 18U division — even though he was just 14 years old.

Jake Marshall

Hometown: Encinitas

Nickname: Jakey

Sponsors: Hurley, Nike 6.0, Deuce Brand, Dragon Alliance, Famous Surf Wax

Other hobbies: Skateboarding, fishing, basketball and reading


Quincy Davis

Hometown: Splits her time between New York and Peurto Rico

Sponsors: Volcom, Electric, Bill Johnson Surfboards, Volcom Creedlers, Nixon

Accomplishments: Won the women’s Open NSSA Championship in 2009.

Kulia Doherty

Hometown: Rancho Santa Fe

Nickname: Kudos

Sponsors: Sector 9, Buell Wetsuits, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, Daphnes California Greek, Wyland, Dakine, FCS, Marko Foam, SurfCo Hawaii

Accomplishments: Won the Nike Surfing America Prime competition for the women’s 18U division — just two days after her dad died of a heart attack.

Lakey Peterson

Hometown: Santa Barbara

Sponsors: Nike 6.0, Kaenon Sunglasses, Mc.Donalds, Channel Islands surfboards

Accomplishments: Two-time winner of the women’s Open NSSA Championships.

Nikki Viesins

Hometown: Indialantic, Fl.

Nickname: Nik-i, Chicken Hawk

Sponsors: Roxy, Grills, XM, Cobian, Oakley, DNA Energy Drinks, FCS and Quietflight Surfboards

Accomplishments: Only team member to compete in the final round of the Junior World Championships in 2012.

About Emily Glover

Emily is the publishing coordinator for High School Illustrated — and she loves receiving new content! She is a recent journalism graduate from the University of Kansas. Her favorite sport to participate in is track and field. Her favorite sport to watch is basketball. Rock chalk, Jayhawk!

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