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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Geiselman Triple Crown Rookie of Year

By Jon Coen
ESPN Action Sports

2011 JN Automotive Rookie of the Year, Vans Triple Crown, Evan Geiselman.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida's Evan Geiselman has claimed the 2011 JN Automotive Rookie of the Year of the Vans Triple Crown. Yesterday, Geiselman made the round of 32 at the Vans World Cup of Surfing, losing to Travis Logie and Nat Young, but beating Taj Burrow to finish best of all newcomers.

"It was a big goal of mine," said the 18-year-old, "I'm just really happy to accomplish this."

He also made the quarterfinals at the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa in November.

Geiselman is in an interesting position as a rising East Coaster in a time where despite Kelly Slater's recent eleventh world title, there are very few East Coast surfers well ranked in the very competitive ASP One World ranking. Geiselman is currently ranked No. 55.

Among his fellow Right Coasters, the Hobgood brothers remain near the top of the pack while Cory Lopez occupies the No. 55 slot. Floridian Gabe Kling, who was rotated out off the World Tour at the midway point is No. 59. Brother Eric Geiselman is next highest, currently ranked No. 137.

Geiselman is a lone rising East Coast star among the ASP ranks.

While the Hobgoods, Lopez, and Kling represent an older generation, Evan Geiselman is the only East Coaster of his age to achieve anything close to what he has. He has also had the sponsorship of Hurley, Oakley, Nike, and Red Bull, three brands that offer their athletes serious support and coaching.

Despite his solid performance in the first two events of the Vans Triple Crown, Geiselman will not likely be granted a slot into the Billabong Pipeline Masters, a World Tour event, which runs December 8-20.