Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Movistar
Punta Hermosa, Peru
The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Movistar started today in flawless conditions at Señoritas and Caballeros. The left and right pointbreaks presented well overhead, long and glassy waves for the entire first day of competition.
The scenario was perfect for the world's largest junior surf competition. A total of 171 out of the 276 surfers in the event competed in the intense 48 heats of the Under 18 and 16 Boys divisions. The first round determined who will continue to the second and who will battle in the do or die of the repecharge.
Defending Champion, Team Australia gave the big surprise today by having one of their surfers being sent to the repecharge. In a tough heat, Under 16 Kai Hing lost to Brazilians Lucas Silveira and Filipe Toledo.
The rest of the powerhouses, Brazil, Peru, France, Hawaii, USA, Tahiti and South Africa, kept all their competitors alive in the main event. Peruvians proved they know how to surf their waters by posting the highest combined score and single wave total in the Under 18 division and the highest single wave score in the Under 16.
After combining eight strong frontside maneuvers, local star Cristobal de Col proved why he's one of the events favorites, nabbing a 9.00 (the highest single wave score of the event so far) and a 6.83 for a combined score of 15.83 out of 20 possible points, also the highest of the event so far.
Another local, Juninho Urcia was the man of the hour in the Under 16. After being held out of the water for a back injury and surfing only for five days before the event start, Urcia surfed perfectly today, scoring an 8.50 (the highest single wave score of the division) that he backed up with a 6.83.
An excited Urcia said, "We're all happy, me, my family and my team! They gave me the good vibe to have fun in each wave I caught and I thank God for sending me the waves. I hope to keep things like this for the rest of the contest." Another shocker result in the Under 16 Boys division came straight from Italy, with Leonardo Fioravanti winning his heat against USA's Colin Moran, Japan's Gai Sato and Germany's Leon Glatzer.
The 13 year-old surfer from Rome said, "I'm feeling pretty good because I'm young and I surfed good. Some waves were fatter and other deeper, but I knew when to cut and when to hit them, so I'm really happy. My goal is to be the champion." The best surfer of the division was the Tahitian Keoni Yan, who posted a 7.93 and a 7.33 to get a combined total of 15.26. Other standouts in the Under 16 Boys were, Parker Coffin (USA), Eli Steele (Aus) and Soli Bailey (AUS).
In the Under 18, the standouts were Connor O'Leary (AUS), Miguel Tudela (PER), Davey Brand (RSA) and Conner Coffin (USA). South African, Brand, a bronze medalist in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2009, said, "I felt good on my board, the waves are really nice and every day should be like this. It's good to be in Peru, I'm having fun. In this event I'm hoping to get two places better (than two years ago). I'm giving the best I can in every heat and then I see where it takes me.
The event will be back live Monday with the following divisions being held:
Under 18 Girls Round 1
Under 18 Boys Round 1 (heats 25 to 32)
Under 18 Boys Round 2
The full competition for the world's largest Junior surfing event in history will run from Sunday, May 22 to Sunday, May 29 and will be broadcasted live on www.isawjsc.com.