Following an incredible week of camaraderie and competition between the 32 National Teams, the Final Day of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) delivered great waves and exciting surfing performances. The VISSLA ISA WJSC officially closed after all the individual and team champions were crowned.
Hawaii is the new VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Gold Medal Team and winner of the Team Champion Trophy.
In the individual divisions, Brazil’s Luan Wood won the Boys U-18, Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb defended her Gold Medal in the Girls U-18, France’s Leo-Paul Etienne won the Boys U-16, and Hawaii’s Mahina Maeda also defended her Gold Medal in the Girls U-16 in the incredible waves at La Loberia (La FAE), Ecuador.
“Thank you everybody for coming to Ecuador, and thank you to everyone in Salinas for receiving us with open arms,” commented ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
“To all the competitors, congratulations, if you were here, you are a champion. At the end of the day there will be four individual Gold Medalists, but all of you are champions as members of your National Teams, the highest honor, which is surfing for your country and the love of your sport. Ecuador has a beautiful ocean that provides an endless source of waves and joy. We hope to be back with an ISA World Championship next year.
“I want to give a special thanks to the President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, the Ministries of Sport and Tourism, and a special recognition to our hosts, the Ecuadorean Surfing Federation (FES), and its President Xavier Aguirre, thank you very much for your excellent work in developing surfing in your country.”
The ocean came alive on the final day of competition, as predicted by Surfline, the official forecaster, as the swell arrived with powerful waves in the 6-8 feet range. The conditions provided great waves for the world’s best juniors to perform at their highest level.
The first final in the water was the Girls U-16, where Hawaii’s Mahina Maeda, posted 10.90, earning, for second year in a row, the Gold Medal and World Championship. Maeda battled the conditions from the incoming new swell, and had to wait for her last two waves to take the Gold Medal back to Hawaii.
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Overall Team Results: 1. Hawaii- 21,168 points and Winner of the ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy 2. France- 20,872, Silver Medal 3. Australia- 20,628, Bronze Medal 4. USA- 18,418, Copper Medal 5. Brazil- 17,426 6. Peru- 15,062 7. Japan- 14,820 8. South Africa- 14,618 9. Portugal- 13,852 10. New Zealand- 13,474 11. Costa Rica- 12,252 12. Argentina- 11,866 13. Ecuador- 10,766 14. Venezuela- 10,740 15. Great Britain- 9,393 16. Uruguay- 7,959 17. Germany- 7,834 18. Chile- 7,554 19. Barbados- 7,548 20. Mexico- 7,034 21. Tahiti- 5,630 22. Puerto Rico- 4,260 23. Wales- 3,600 24. Guatemala- 3,552 25. Italy- 2,440 26. Canada- 1,800 27. Ireland- 1,500 28. Austria- 1,200 29. Switzerland- 1,056 30. Trinidad & Tobago- 960 31. Russia- 960 32. Sweden- 480
Boys Under-18: Luan Wood (BRA), Gold Medal Elivelton Santos (BRA), Silver Medal Lucca Mesina (PER), Bronze Medal Imai DeVault (HAW), Copper Medal
Girls Under-18: Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal Kim Veteau (FRA), Silver Medal Tia Blanco (USA), Bronze Medal Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Copper Medal
Boys Under-16: Leo-Paul Etienne (FRA), Gold Medal Joe Van Dijk (AUS), Silver Medal Nolan Rapoza (USA), Bronze Medal Griffin Colapinto (USA), Copper Medal
Girls Under-16: Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Silver Medal Laura Poncini (AUS), Bronze Medal Maddie Peterson (USA), Copper Medal