Huntington Beach, Calif. 2005 USA surfing champions
Open men -- Dusty Payne, Hawaii
Open women -- Courtney Conlogue, California
Boys under 18 -- Kyle Ramey, Hawaii
Girls under 18 -- Erica Hosseini, California
Boys under 16 -- Kai Barger, Hawaii
Girls under 16 -- Christa Alves, Florida
Boys under 14 -- Riley Metcalf, California
Open longboard -- Christian Wach, California
Open bodyboard -- Chris Welpman, California
Huntington Beach, Calif., Christa Alves' won the
girls under-16 title in the Surfing America USA
Championships. Alves, a Cocoa Beach resident who
recently turned 16, also earned a berth on the USA
Surf Team for the second year in a row.
She will join Melbourne Beach's Connie Arias and
Eddie Guilbeau when the Americans face international
competition in October at the World Junior
Championships at Huntington Pier.
It has taken Alves just two years of competitive
surfing to establish herself among the country's top
amateurs. She earned enough points at last weekend's
event to earn one of four qualifying spots in the
women's open division with a trio of Californians:
Courtney Conlogue, Jenny Quam and Darlene Conolly.
Alves, entering her junior year at New Covenant
Christian School in Melbourne, had earned one of 300
qualifying spots by accumulating enough points in
Eastern Surfing Association competition this past
She arrived in California two weeks before the
contest to become acclimated. It paid off when
thunderous 7-foot waves struck the coastline early
in the competition, then faded to waist-high "Cocoa
Beach-sized" waves toward the final days.
In the four-person final, she defeated Virginia's
Lindsey Bowman, New Smyrna Beach's Amy Nicholl and
Hawaii's Leila Hurst.
Last year, the USA Surf Team earned a silver medal
behind Australia at the inaugural World Games in
Arias, who also was on that squad, has tuned up this
year with World Qualifying Series appearances in
Peru and Australia, stating that this will be one of
her last amateur events.
Guilbeau, who earned his USA Surf Team berth with a
fifth-place finish, is ready for plans for the
38-member squad to cross-train in the mountains near