Team Australia: Day 1 surfers win their opening heats
DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Presented by Billabong
International Surfing Association
Playa Venao, Panama
14 - 22 April 2012
Team captain Cooper Chapman’s 15.56 was the day’s highest score out of 20
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 April, 2012 : - - TravelSIM Team Australia has made a strong start to the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Billabong in Pedasi, Panama, with all six surfers winning their opening heats on Day 1. More than 300 of the World’s best junior surfers from 31 countries are competing. In the Boys’ Under 18 division, Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) 15.56, Creed McTaggart (Margaret River, WA) 12.37 and Eli Steele (Moffat Beach, QLD) 10.50 had convincing victories.
In the Boys’ Under 16 division, Kai Hing (Wurtulla, QLD) 13.84, Michael Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) 13.17 and Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) 8.17 also made successful starts. Joshua Hay (Copacabana, NSW) and Luke Hynd (Tallebudgera Valley, QLD) are still to surf in the Under 18 and Under 16 divisions, while competition is yet to start in the Girls’ Under 18.
Team captain Cooper Chapman’s 15.56 was the day’s highest score out of 20. "I started my heat slowly but I hit a rhythm and found some nice waves,” he said. “Our preparation has been solid and I want to continue to grow each performance through the week. I am team captain so getting up on stage with the Australian flag at the opening ceremony last night was a true honour and I was stoked to keep that feeling going by winning my first heat.”
TravelSIM Team Australia:
Under 18 boys: Creed McTaggart (Margaret River, WA); Cooper Chapman, (North Narrabeen, NSW); Eli Steele (Moffat Beach, QLD); Joshua Hay (Copacabana, NSW).
Under 18 girls: Keely Andrew (Mooloolaba, QLD); Ellie-Jean Coffey (Coolangatta, QLD); Kirsten Ogden (Byron Bay, NSW); Bronte Macaulay (Margaret River, WA).
Under 16 boys: Kai Hing (Wurtulla, QLD); Michael Wright (Lennox Head, NSW); Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA); Luke Hynd (Tallebudgera Valley, QLD).
Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.
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Some quick Panamanian surfing facts
2010 Hosted ISA World Masters Surfing Championships
2011 Hosted ISA World Surfing Games (Palya Venao)...
2012 Hosts ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.....
13 Times Panama Mens National Champion - Gary Saavedra..
10 Times Panama Womens National Champion - Pucha Garcia
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Author: Pablo Zanocchi / Chasen Marshall
Tags: DaKine, ISA, World Junior Surfing Championship, Panama