Under 18 Boys Battle Back in Repechage Rounds at Worlds
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 October, 2015 - It was the turn of senior members from the New Zealand Junior Surfing Team to perform on day three of the 2015 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championships today as they looked to bounce back from early defeats in their first-round match ups.
Mount Maunganui surfer Callum Chuter and Harrison Whiteside (Chch) successfully contested two rounds of the Under 18 Boys while Taylor Hutchison (Raglan) and Britt Kindred (Muriwai) successfully contested one round of the event before the day was through.
The surf dropped slightly for the third day of competition but waves in the 1.0m – 1.5m range were still on offer with varying quality throughout the day at Oceanside Beach, California, USA. Chuter left his run late in his second round match up but posted a 6.67 point ride on his last wave to push himself from third to first and advance.
“I was so nervous before I got that 6” said Chuter. “The bank was pretty much a straight close out for the first 10 minutes, I managed to ‘sell’ the first wave of the set to one of the guys who had my inside and lucky the next one came straight to me. It was hard not to get too excited because it was the first wave that had a wall on it in the whole heat so I was really stoked when it came my way. I think I had everyone from the team on the beach and my Mum at home on the ropes as it only came in the last two minutes” added the relieved young surfer.
It is Chuter’s first time competing at the event and he has been amazed by the level of surfing. “I can't believe how good everyone is. Even in free-surfs it's like competing, no one is talking and everyone is hassling which is kind of gnarly for us Kiwis being the pretty relaxed surfers we are.”
Christchurch surfer Harrison Whiteside was also fortunate to latch on to one of the only peeling rides in his heat, this time at the start of the heat and an excellent score of 8.67 out of 10 which set up his win.
“It was a left that I picked off slightly wide of the pier and managed to get two backhand reos in. The rest of the heat was mostly one-turn waves. But I was pretty stoked to hear it was an 8.67” said Whiteside who added that the average afternoon conditions were in his favour because they were kind of similar to his home break at New Brighton Pier.
“It feels good to make it through those heats, it was a long day at the beach but it definitely is good to get two heats out the way and get some extra confidence. I am frothing for my next heat tomorrow” added Whiteside.
Following suit in the Under 18 Girls Division was Muriwai surfer Britt Kindred who posted a 10.67 point heat total and heat win to bounce back from her loss yesterday.
“I was stoked to get some decent waves and actually feel like a competitor against the other girls. I'm looking forward to competing in Round 2 tomorrow, I am not too sure how the surf will be but I am hoping for the mid-tide heats as the surf is really tide dependent here and challenging on the low.”
Late in the day Kehu Butler stormed back to form with 15.67 heat total in his heat and a convincing win.
“Yeah it was good to finally redeem my loss the other day and the win gave me more confidence leading into the next few days” said Butler.
Unfortunately the team lost their first surfer with Manu Scott – Arrieta (Sandy Bay) exiting the event in Repechage Round 2 placing 65th overall. Scott – Arrieta held an advancing position for much of the heat before the Canadian surfer stormed to the lead progressing alongside the surfer from Japan.
Earlier in the day our three successful girls from day two, Jasmine Smith (Gis), Raiha Ensor (Mnt) and Elin Tawharu (Mnt) were all relegated to the repechage rounds and will be up again in the early hours of Friday morning for their second round match ups. Daniel Farr (Tara), Jonas Tawharu (Mnt) and Kaya Horne (Mnt/Aus), who did not surf today, will all be in action Friday morning too.
The team is competing at Oceanside Beach from 11th – 18th October. A record 36 countries are in attendance at the event with over 320 entrants across Under 18 and Under 16 Divisions for both boys and girls.