International Surfing Association
Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua
8 - 16 June 2013
Big Day of Surfing At World Junior Champs With 11 Kiwis In The Water
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 June, 2013 : - - All but one of the Rip Curl New Zealand Junior Surfing Team were in action on day three of the 2013 Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua with several big performances as well as the loss of our first surfers from the event. The surf remained highly contestable with 1.0m of swell and clean offshore winds which allowed the Kiwi team to produce some high scoring heats.
Gisborne's Jasmine Smith followed Korbin Hutchings (Gis) through to Qualifying Round 3 for the Under 16 Girls Division. While Hutchings had the day off after excellent surfing the day prior, Smith had to again contest two heats today and produced her best result in the Under 16s advancing to the last twelve surfers of the division.
Smith placed second in her heat to 2012 champion Dax McGill (HAW). Despite the low score of 7.20, Smith showed the determination that is required to progress in the difficult low tide conditions that have plagued the second podium. Smith will now face surfers from France, Japan and Australia in her next match up.
"Pretty happy to still be in the main round of Under 16s" said Smith. "I didn't surf my best in that heat and I almost beat the world champ so I'm pretty confident in my surfing ability to do well, it's just a real mental game. Hopefully I can start putting it together in my heats with bigger scores because I know it's going to get harder and harder" she added.
In the Under 18 Girls Division, Smith placed third in her heat and was relegated to the repechage rounds along with Ella Williams (WGM) who suffered a shock loss in her heat. Williams contested the highest scoring heat of the round missing progression after leading the heat and being pushed back into third in the last two minutes by Hawaiian Tatiana Weston - Webb and South African Nicole Pallet.
Smith and Williams will now have to contest the Under 18 Girls Division via the long route of the repechage rounds.
The boys in the Under 18 Boys Division surfed well in their 15 minute heats with Sean Kettle (Tara), Dune Kennings (WGM) and Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha) all progressing through to the third round. However it was Mackenzie Christie (BOP) that was the team's first casualty placing third in his heat scoring 10.40. Chrisite finished the event placed 49th.
It was Sean Kettle that set the standard earlier for the Under 18 Boys placing second in his heat to advance. Kettle posted an 11.40 to advance alongside American Colin Moran on 16.06.
"Yeah I'm feeling good heading into the next round just got to focus on each heat" said Kettle. Kennings won the following heat scoring 13.0 including his highest scoring wave of the event an 8.17. Elliot Paerata - Reid was next dominating his heat to win with a 15.33 point heat total to advance and meet team mate Kennings in the third round.
"Because it was a 15 minute heat I tried to just go out and get a quick start. In the first two minutes I got a 7.0 then backed it up with an 8 so I'm stoked" said Paerata - Reid. I didn't realise Dune and I are in the same heat in the next round but I'm just going to treat it like any other heat" he added of the match up between the two team mates.
Earlier in the day the three Kiwis in the Under 16 Boys Division made a clean sweep of their repechage heats, Daniel Farr (Tara) being the standout winning his heat with a 10.44 point heat total.
"I was having fun, I didn't get the best waves but I'm happy to get first in the heat, I would like to get through a some more heats though" commented Farr on his performance. "Most of us are in the repechage rounds so we are all in the same boat and we just have to encourage each other as much as possible" he added of his team's predicament with all but two surfers in the repechage rounds.
Kehu Butler (Mnt) and Harrison Whiteside (Chch) both placed second in their heats to progress. Butler posted an 8.33 point heat total and Whiteside an 8.56 point heat total.
Late in the day the team lost their second surfer with Dayna Story (Gis) bowing out of her repechage heat. The swell is expected to build slightly throughout day four with perfect offshore winds also forecast. The World Championship includes 30 countries and 300 entrants and takes place from the 8th - 16th June.
Please see below for results from day three of the 2013 Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong held at Jilquiste Beach, Nicaragua today (Wednesday 12th June NZT).
Under 18 Boys Repechage Round 2
1, 16.06, Colin Moran, USA, 2, 11.40, Sean Kettle, NZL, 3, 7.57, Jose Luis Ramos, SAL, 4, 3.33, Jorge Soto, CHI
1, 13.00, Dune Kennings, NZL, 2, 8.93, Joaquin del Castillo, PER, 3, 8.33, Gabriel Farias, BRA, 4, 6.43, Carlos Dominguez, MEX
1, 15.33, Elliot Paerata-Reid, NZL, 2, 12.84, Elliot Ivarra, FRA, 3, 8.94, Garen Pryce, JAM, 4, 5.13, Lucca Piscione, URU
1, 14.04, Luan Wood, BRA, 2, 12.80, Arne Bergwinkle, GER, 3, 10.77, Mackenzie Christie, NZL, 4, 7.30, Taz Knight, UK
Under 18 Girls Repechage Qualifying Round 2
1, 9.67, Nikki Veisins, USA, 2, 7.47, Josephine Costes, FRA, 3, 7.10, Jasmine Smith, NZL, 4, 3.43, Emily Currie, UK
1, 13.33, Nicole Pallet, RSA, 2, 13.17, Tatiana Weston-Webb, HAW, 3, 12.50, Ella Williams, NZL, 4, 2.06, Marie Troja, FRA
Under 16 Girls Qualifying Round 2
1, 10.47, Dax McGill, HAW, 2, 7.40, Jasmine Smith, NZL, 3, 4.73, Anoush Zakarian, RSA, 4, 2.70, Lliana Aguirre, ECU
Under 16 Boys Repechage Round 2
1, 11.10, Aldo Chirinos, CRI, 2, 8.33, Kehu Butler, NZL, 3, 7.03, Jose Luis Ramos, SAL, 4, 2.30, Jose Recordon, CHI
1, 11.00, Bruno Carvalho, CRI, 2, 8.56, Harrison Whiteside, NZL, 3, 5.63, Max Payne, UK, 4, 3.43, Julius Wenzel, GER
1, 10.44, Daniel Farr, NZL, 2, 9.40, Angus Scotney, UK, 3, 6.86, Gary Gonzalves, ECU, 4, 6.13, Maikel Cardenas, VEN
The World Junior Surfing Championships is an annual event having been held since 2003. New Zealand has competed at the event since its inception as well as competing at the World Grommet Titles as it was formerly known since 1989. New Zealand has been one of the top nations at each event with Jay Quinn (Gis) securing New Zealand's first World Championship in the Under 18 Men's division in 2001. In 2012 the New Zealand team placed tenth at the event when it was held in Panama.
About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running Open Division World Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and held the first stand-alone World Bodyboard Championship in 2011, and the first World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 70 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA's three Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA).
More information www.isasurf.org
Source: Surfing New Zealand
Author: Ben Kennings
Tags: New Zealand, South Africa, ISA World Junior Champs