New Zealand Junior Surfing Team ready for world juniors
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 May, 2015 - Four debutants feature amongst the twelve surfers named in the New Zealand Junior Surfing Team announced on Friday 29th May 2015. The team will compete at the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) Vissla World Junior Surfing Championship to be held at Oceanside Beach, California, USA from 11th – 18th October 2015.
The pinnacle junior surfing event attracts 30 nations and the best surfers under the age of 18 from around the globe. The newly named surfers include Callum Chuter (Mnt) and Taylor Hutchison (Rag) in the Under 18 Boys Division, Kaya Horne (Mnt/Queensland) in the Under 16 Boys Division and Raiha Ensor (Mnt) in the Under 16 Girls Division.
The four surfers join a wealth of experience between their eight team mates, the likes of Gisborne surfers Korbin Hutchings and Jasmine Smith each having represented New Zealand on three previous occasions.
Smith was the top ranked Kiwi girl at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Ecuador with a ninth placing in the Under 18 Girls Division. Smith was joined by Kehu Butler (Mnt) in his second outing with the team placing seventh in the Under 16 Boys Division at the age of 14.
Butler will contest the same age group division in 2015 and will again be eligible to contest the division in 2016. Butler’s long-time friend Kaya Horne will debut in the team at the age of 14 and he will be the youngest surfer in the 2015 team.
At the other end of the age group spectrum will be two new comers in Callum Chuter and Taylor Hutchison who will contest the Under 18 Boys Division for the first time. Both surfers spend the majority of their time surfing at Raglan with Chuter who hails from the Bay of Plenty attending the Raglan Surfing Academy.
Also new to the team is Raiha Ensor (Mnt) contesting the Under 16 Girls Division. Ensor was a reserve for the team in 2014 and this year will join fellow Mount Maunganui surfer Elin Tawharu who will represent New Zealand for the second time.
Harrison Whiteside (Chch) makes a return to the New Zealand Team in the Under 18 Boys Division after having been selected in 2013. The team finished tenth at the 2014 ISA World Championship which was won by Hawaii over France in second and Australia in third.
The 2015 New Zealand Junior Surfing Team is as follows:
Under 18 Boys
Callum Chuter (Mnt)
Harrison Whiteside (Chch)
Korbin Hutchings (Gis)
Taylor Hutchison (Rag)
Non travelling reserve – Manu Scott Arrieta (Sandy Bay)
Under 18 Girls
Britt Kindred (Muriwai)
Jasmine Smith (Gis)
Non travelling reserve – Dayna Story (Gisborne)
Under 16 Boys
Daniel Farr (Tara)
Jonas Tawharu (Mnt)
Kaya Horne (Mnt/Queensland)
Kehu Butler (Mnt)
Non travelling reserve – Lee Ririnui (Mnt)
Under 16 Girls
Elin Tawharu (Mnt)
Raiha Ensor (Mnt)
Non travelling reserve – Kea Smith (Mnt)
Team Manager: Kahn Butler (Mnt)
Team Coach: Matt Scorringe (Whangamata)
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.
Prior to the main event the team will meet South Africa to contest the annually run ‘SANZ’ Trophy held between the two teams. South Africa regained the trophy from New Zealand in 2014. The two teams will fine tune their competitive strategies only days out from the main event. The unique trophy that is up for grabs is made out of a solid pounamu base with paua inlay and a surfboard made out of South African hardwood.
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