Hawaii Wins ISA Junior Championship in Panama

With young surf prodigies sprouting up from far flung locales like Germany, Japan, Jamaica, and Switzerland, it’s easy to forget that surfing’s birthplace, Hawaii, still has some talent. South America, South Africa, and Europe may have taken away some of the focus from the traditional surf-meccas of the past. But at this year’s ISA World Games in Playa Venao, Panama, team Hawaii just served a friendly reminder, with Gold medal performances in both girls and boys, and overall Gold at the ISA World Games– their first since 2005.

One of the islands’ rising stars, Kalani David, put on one of the most impressive displays of the event, stomping aerial after aerial to take the Boys under 16 Gold– despite being just a 14-year-old. And David’s teammate, Dax Mcgill, scored a last second victory over defending champ Ellie Jean Coffey in the Girls under 18 final.

Boys Under-16 Final
Gold: Kalani David (HAW) – 13.50
Silver: Takumi Nakamura (JPN) – 13.40
Bronze: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRC) – 11.34
Copper: Josh Moniz (HAW) – 11.17

Boys Under-18 Final
Gold: Matheus Navarro (BRA) – 16.93
Silver: Deivid Silva (BRA) – 16.83
Bronze: Vasco Ribeiro (POR) – 11.77
Copper: Joshua Hay (AUS) – 11.37

Girls Under-18 Final
Gold: Dax McGill (HAW) – 12.60
Silver: Ellie Jean Coffey (AUS) – 9.20
Bronze: Tatiana W-Webb (HAW) – 8.53
Copper: Mahina Maeda (HAW) – 8.24

Final ISA World Juniors Team Ranking

Gold: Hawaii
Silver: Australia
Bronze: Brazil
Copper: USA
5. Japan
6. France
7. Peru
8. Portugal
9. South Africa
10. New Zealand
11. Costa Rica
12. Tahiti
13. Argentina
14. Great Britain
15. Venezuela
16. Barbados
17. Panama
18. Mexico
19. Germany
20. Ecuador
21. Uruguay
22. Puerto Rico
23. El Salvador
24. Spain
25. Guatemala
26. Jamaica
27. Italy
28. Chile
29. Canada
30. Switzerland
31. Nicaragua