International Surfing Association
Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua
8 - 16 June 2013
TravelSIM team Australia & Jacob Wilcox win gold at ISA World Juniors
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 June, 2013 : - - TravelSIM Team Australia won the teams’ gold medal and Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) won the Under 16 World Junior Title at the Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua today. The event at the beachbreak of Playa Jiquiliste in Tola attracted more than 300 of the world’s best Under 18 and Under 16 surfers from more than 30 countries.
TravelSIM Team Australia scored 24,256 points to finish ahead of Hawaii (23,828) with the United States (18,870) in third and France (18,212) fourth. Australia collected one gold medal, two silver medals and a copper medal plus the teams’ gold medal on the final day.
Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW) won silver in the Under 18 boys, while Luke Hynd (Tallebudgera, QLD – 5.70) finished fourth. In the Under 18 girls, Stephanie Single (Lennox Head, NSW) won the silver medal, while Kirsten Ogden (Suffolk Park, NSW – 1.60) missed out on contesting the final after she was eliminated in the last qualifying heat.
Wilcox scored 14.90 to defeat Italian Leonardo Fioravanti (14.73). The pair swapped the lead for much of the heat before Wilcox secured the win scoring an 8.40 with just over seven minutes remaining.
“The feeling hasn’t really set in yet, but when it does I’m going to be really stoked,” Wilcox said. “I’m stoked for everyone who came to share the experience and I’m really happy Australia won gold... I’d like to thank Team Australia and especially all the coaches as well as Mum and Dad back home for their support and getting up early and watching every heat online and all the support I received from Australia.”
Bailey came desperately close to taking the gold losing the final to Hawaii’s Josh Moniz 14.43 to 14.40. Bailey opened with 8.0 but could not find the back-up score to take the lead after the Hawaiian scored a 7.0 and a 7.43. Earlier in the day, Bailey won the final repechage round to advance to the final with a 15.20.
Single scored 12.10 to finished second to Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb (15.50) with Nikki Veisins (11.07) of the USA in third. “This is a fantastic result for TravelSIM Team Australia,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark. “We are extremely proud of our talented junior Australian representative athletes and our coaching staff.
“This gold medal is a reflection of the great talent base we have in Australia and importantly the outstanding high performance programs we have in place to develop these athletes.
“Our improved state and national high performance programs including the new Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre and new elite athlete scholarship program have played an important role towards this international gold medal result.... I would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Sports Commission and our major team sponsor TravelSIM for their support."
Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM, Suncorp and Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.
TRAVELSIM TEAM AUSTRALIA
2 Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW)
4 Luke Hynd (Tallebudgera Valley, QLD)
11 Eli Steele (Moffatt Beach, QLD)
31 Matt King (Ulladulla, NSW)
1 Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA)
7 Kai Hing (Wurtulla, QLD)
11 Chris Zaffis (Angourie, NSW)
13 Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, QLD)
2 Stephanie Single (Lennox Head, NSW)
6 Kirsten Ogden (Suffolk Park, NSW)
7 Isabella Nichols (Coolum Beach, QLD)
9 Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW)
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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 Australia
Author: Tim Brimblecombe
Tags: International Surfing Association, World Junior Champs, Australia