11 June, 2013 11 June, 2013

Team SA Fight On at ISA World Junior Champs on Day 2

Diran Zakarian, onwards and upwards into Qualifying Round 3 of the Under 18 Boys division.

Diran Zakarian, onwards and upwards into Qualifying Round 3 of the Under 18 Boys division.

Despite some good surfing, Day 2 of the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in Nicaragua saw three more of the 12-strong SA Team drop into the last-chance repercharge rounds.

J-Bay’s Gina Smith got her campaign off to a wobbly start by finishing 4th in her Qualifying Round 1 heat in the Under 18 Girls division, while Under 16 Boys Steff Burrows and Shane Sykes joined Matt Mcgillivray in Repercharge Round 2, after failing to advance through their Qualifying Round 2 heats in fun peaks at Playa Jiquiliste.

Matt Mcgillivray made amends for his Day 1 heat loss and took out the win in his Repercharge Round 1 encounter,  joining Steff and Shane in Round 2.

Benji Brand smashed his way to the next round.

Benji Brand smashed his way to the next round.

The rest of the team looked sharp, as they registered the win or runner-up spot in their respective heats, all advancing to the next round in the Qualifying stream and still holding their Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card by staying above the repercharge rounds.

They were:

Dylan Lightfoot – 1st in Qualifying Round 2 (U18 BOYS)
Josh Smit – 2nd in Qualifying Round 2 (U18 BOYS)
Diran Zakarian – 2nd in Qualifying Round 2 (U18 BOYS)
Benji Brand – 2nd in Qualifying Round 2 (U18 BOYS)
Nicole Pallet – 2nd in Qualifying Round 1 (U18 GIRLS)
Chanelle Botha – 2nd in Qualifying Round 1 (U16 GIRLS)
Anoush Zakarian – 2nd in Qualifying Round 1 (U16 GIRLS)
Jordy Maree – 2nd in Qualifying Round 2 (U16 BOYS)

Team SA, loud and proud.

Team SA, loud and proud.

It’s still the early rounds in the 7-day World Junior Champs, and while Team SA will be looking to prevent any further surfers slipping into the do-or-die repercharge rounds, they’re always up for a fight and will be going hard to do their country proud.

Check out the highlights from Day 2 below, or go to www.isawjsc.com for all the results, photos and team standings:

Official press release below.

*********************

GREAT SURF CONTINUES IN NICARAGUA WITH EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES BY THE WORLD’S BEST JUNIORS

Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti dominated his heat earning the day’s highest total heat score in the Under-16 Boy’s division. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti dominated his heat earning the day’s highest total heat score in the Under-16 Boy’s division. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong Was Filled With Spectacular Surfing Action

Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Championship Presented by Billabong kicked off with the typical Nicaraguan offshore wind and amazing waves that continued the whole day.

Today showcased the opening Qualifying Round of the world’s best Under-18 and Under-16 Girls, who demonstrated their stellar talent, while the Under-18 and Under-16 Boys competed in both the Qualifying and Repechage Rounds with great 4-6 foot waves in Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua

“Today was an amazing day of competition. The waves were incredible,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I was up at 5:30am surfing Popopyo, a very nice wave and also at Pangas, but it was not as good as it is here at Playa Jiquiliste. Although the waves are a bit smaller today, they are still excellent, and the boys and girls are surfing very well. Stay with us, and if you are not watching the live webcast, you are missing out.”

In the Under-16 Girl’s, France’s Kim Veteau was the standout of the day earning 14.33, the highest total heat score of the division, defeating her rivals, Leilani Aguirre (PER, 11.07), Isabella Bottero (ECU, 4.14) and Delfina Morosini (URU, 3.47).

In the Girls Under-18 division, Barbados’ Chelsea Tuach and Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb were the best of the day after both earning an impressive 16.17 in their respective Heats.

Tuach easily defeated Jasmin Smith (NZL, 8.64), Leticia Freitas (BRA, 5.80) and Cindy Obando (NIC, 0.00). Weston-Webb overcame Ellen Harding (GBR, 6.13) and Aixa Sánchez (ARG, 2.00).

Simultaneously, the action at the Main Podium was taking place with the Boys Under-16 and Under-18 divisions in Qualifying Round 2.

Larissa Santos from Brazil, with powerful, maneuvers like this, was one of the Under-16 Girls standouts of the day. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Larissa Santos from Brazil, with powerful, maneuvers like this, was one of the Under-16 Girls standouts of the day. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

With barrels, airs, and big turns, the world’s best junior surfers took advantage of the great conditions to deliver a great show for the hundreds of spectators on the beach and the tens of thousands around the world, who watched through the live webcast.

In the Boy’s Under-16, Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti had the best performance of the day earning 15.00. Fioravanti defeated Gatien Delahaye (FRA, 9.70), Quinn Bruce (AUS, 6.60) and Max Payne (GBR, 4.67). The young Italian set the pace from the beginning of the heat, posting 8.00 on the first minutes and later securing his victory with a 7.00 wave.

Next up was the Boy’s Under-18, where Hawaiians Josh Moniz and Koa Smith, posted some of the biggest scores of the day, earning 16.04 and 16.00 points in their respective heats.

A great moment of the day was when Team Russia’s lone competitor, Nikita Avdeev advanced through in the Repechage earning 7.44, defeating Eduardo Alfonso (PUR, 5.47) and Edgar Camarena (MEX, 0.00).

At ISA World Championships, it is a traditional sight to see team cheers, especially with the winners of each heat. In the case of Russia’s Nikita Avdeev, being the only competitor from Russia, he had no teammates to make a team cheer with. With a display of excellent sportsmanship, competitors from Team Argentina gathered around Avdeev after his heat win and performed a team cheer for Russia. This was a great symbol of the gathering of the surfing tribe and sharing the love for surfing together.

For a full list of today’s results, click here- http://isawjsc.com/results/

The 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship resumes Tuesday at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst, and with guests from Team Nicaragua, including Jackson Obando, Kevin Cortez and Team Coach, Sean Pearsons.

Following that, the competition will feature:
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-18
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-16
16 Heats Reperchage 2 Boys U-16
2 Heats Reperchage 1 Girls U-18
12 Heats Reperchage 1 Boys U-18
12 Heats Reperchage 2 Boys U-18
6 Heats Reperchage 1 Girls U-16
4 Heats Reperchage 1 Girls U-18

The live webcast of the entire 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is available on www.isawjsc.com

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *