VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships
International Surfing Association
Azores Islands, Portugal
17 - 25 September 2016
Top five teams remain unscathed heading into final four days of competition
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 September, 2016 - On the fifth day of competition at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, the world’s best junior surfers were greeted with epic conditions in the Azores. A large swell pounded the beach break of Praia do Monte Verde, rewarding the surfers who could read the unruly waves.
The top five teams from Tuesday, USA, France, Japan, Australia and Hawaii, remained unscathed, having all of their athletes alive in the competition with four days remaining.
On Wednesday morning the U-18 and U-16 Boys were first to take to the water, each completing Round 2 of the Main Event. While seemingly perfect waves were rolling through, managing the current and being in the correct spot was no easy task.
Japan’s Yuki Nakashio (10.53) and Tahiti’s Warren Packett (13.50) managed to find workable waves with scoring potential, marking the highest heat totals in their division’s Main Event heats.
Puerto Rico’s Gabriel San Miguel © ISA/Rezendes
The day proceeded with a marathon 25 heats of Boys U-18 and Boys U-16 Repechage Rounds. Winners of the Repechage Round 2 advanced back into Round 3 of the Main Event, where the event will continue with an elimination format.
Brazil’s Raul Bormann took first place in the opening heat with a score of 9.33, advancing back into the Main Event along with Morocco’s Badaoui Abderrahim (6.37). Germany’s Lenni Jensen (6.23) and Chile’s Nicolas Canelo (3.23), placed third and fourth, resulting in their elimination from the competition.
Bormann spoke about his gratitude to be representing his country of Brazil at the world’s highest competitive stage of junior Surfing.
“Being in the Azores and competing in an event this big is an incredible opportunity. Through all of the hardship that we go through to get here, it’s a surfer’s biggest dreams. Winning the ISA World Junior title would be the greatest honor for me.
“There are a ton of teams on the beach and it’s amazing to see how the event promotes peace between nations. It’s undoubtedly a moment to remember.”
In a day where high scores were hard to come by, Tahiti’s Kauli Vaast notched the highest heat total of 15.44. Vaast connected two solid waves worth 7.67 and 7.77 points that proved to be the best performance of the day.
Team Portugal © ISA/Rezendes
Costa Rica’s Esteban Chaves, who passed through his U-18 Round 2 Repechage heat back into the Main Event spoke about his experience during Wednesday’s competition.
“Yesterday was a hard day with big waves, today is slightly smaller and improving really fast. I’m happy because each competitor can perform to the best of their ability. Nothing comes easy here. It’s hard, so our team does our best as a family to represent Costa Rica.
“It’s an amazing feeling to give it all for my nation and now that the 2020 Olympics are coming, I have to train hard to compete in Tokyo.”
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said: “The top teams, USA, France, Hawaii, Japan and Australia, have put on amazing performances thus far, but the competition is still anyone’s game. These five teams with all of their surfers in the competition that will be looking to put it all on the line for the Gold Medals. We have some crucial heats and the ISA Aloha Cup on tap for the coming days, which will maintain the level of intensity and excitement in the Azores.”
Surfline, the official forecaster, is calling for the current Northwest swell to continue on Thursday, slowing fading through the day. The remnants of this powerful swell will provide plenty of surf for the rest of the contest period through Sunday, September 25th.
Marco Mignot of France © ISA/Rezendes
View the full Surfline forecast here
The full results from the fifth day of competition can be viewed here
The schedule for Thursday’s competition is the following:
• 8:00am – 1:20pm: 16 heats Main Event Round 3 Boys U-18
• 1:20pm – 4:00pm: 8 heats Main Event Round 4 Boys U-18
• 8:00am – 11:00am: 9 heats Repechage Round 2 Boys U-16
• 11:00am – 5:00pm: 18 heats Main Event Round 3 Boys U-16
Times in Azores Standard Time.