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Ella Williams shines for Team New Zealand at WJSC

 Ella Williams © ISA / Gonzalez


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DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Presented by Billabong
International Surfing Association
Playa Venao, Panama
14 - 22 April 2012

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Williams Wins Through To Top Six

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 April, 2012 : - - Overnight, Ella Williams of Whangamata charged her way through to the final six surfers in the qualifying rounds of the Under 18 Girls Division at the 2012 DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship being held at Playa Venao, Panama. The Rip Curl New Zealand Junior Surfing Team member progressed through two rounds on a tough day of surfing that saw five of her team mates eliminated from the event in solid 1.5m - 2.0m waves.

Five New Zealand surfers will head into the final three days of the event as divisions are narrowed down to the final 30 surfers in each division, a third of the original 303 surfers from 31 countries. New Zealand is currently sitting in tenth place with Peru being the only nation who has all surfers remaining in the event. Peru is joined by four nations at the top of the table - Australia, Hawaii, USA and France.

In Williams' final heat of the day she found herself sitting in fourth position with five minutes remaining and a single scoring ride of 1.17. With the action intensifying, the two leading Hawaiian surfers opted to team up on the Australian surfer to prevent her from progressing. However it was Williams that paddled into a perfect right-hander which she then proceeded to belt all the way to the beach for the highest scoring ride of the heat - 7.77 points out of a possible 10. The score was enough elevate Williams into second place before she paddled back out to get another scoring ride and end with a 10.50 point heat total.

"I was just paddling around trying to look for a wave because time was ticking by and I had to get something and I found that one and it was a goodie" commented Williams on her game changing wave. Williams still has a lot of work to do to make the final but if she can progress through the qualifying rounds without getting relegated to the repecharge, she is only two heats away from the grand final.

"Yeah it's pretty cool I'm so happy to make it this far, now I just have to keep going" Williams said. "It was fun conditions I have worked so hard to get here and now it's paying off."

Also progressing in the Under 18 Girls Division was Jayda Martin - Fitzharris (Gis) who faced two of her own do-or-die heats in the repecharge rounds. Martin - Fitzharris used her four years of experience at the event to navigate her way through the two heats progressing from the third round in second place behind Keisha Eyre (POR) with a 6.17 point heat score.

"Yeah today was a big day for me, stoked to have made both heats" said a relieved Martin - Fitzharris. "Because the surf was so unpredictable my plan was to sit in a bit and just get a couple of waves where I got at least one turn in. Tomorrow I could have up to three heats so I'm just going to take it one heat at a time and work on getting the best waves."

In the third round, Jasmine Smith (Gis) was ousted out of the event by her Japanese and Peruvian opponents. Smith, a first time competitor at international level and with three years of eligibility left at the event, placed 37th overall.

Earlier in the day Alethea Lock (Chch) succumbed to her opponents from Australia and Brazil finishing third in her second round matchup and 49th overall. Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha) was the second of two Kiwis in the qualifying rounds but he could not emulate the success of Williams and finished fourth in his heat to surfers from France, Hawaii and South Africa.

Paerata - Reid will now contest the repecharge rounds where his opponents have yet to be confirmed. His next match up will take place late on day six. Also surfing in the Under 16 Boys Division was Korbin Hutchings (Gis) who was contesting the repecharge rounds. Hutchings failed to progress past the third round finishing third in his heat behind surfers from Peru and Barbados. Hutchings finished the event placed 33rd.

With three surfers left in the fourth round of the repecharge heats of the Under 18 Boys Division, the round got off to a flyer with Mackenzie Christie (BOP) placing second in the first heat behind South African Slade Prestwich.

"The waves were quiet a bit bigger today than other days so with the repercharge heats being only 15 minutes you had to work pretty hard to get the waves. My heat was close and I only got a pretty small score. I wasn't on the best waves so was only able to do around two turns each wave. At the end of the heat I was in first but the other three were waiting on scores. I was catching a wave in when they read out the scores and I thought I had been passed but was so stoked to hear I had only dropped back to second and was still in the comp" explained Christie of how the final stages of his heat unfolded.

Christie will have a big day ahead on day six with up to three rounds of heats if results go his way. "Yeah, real stoked at how I'm going, I think I've done alright considering it's my first international comp" said a happy Christie.

While purposely not focussing on his opponents prior to his heats, Christie will indeed front up to the toughest heat of Round 5 when he takes on two Australian surfers and an American but he hopes his strategy of getting quick scores and sitting on the others will pay off again.

After Christie progressed, the focus turned to Tane Wallis (Piha) and Ben Poulter (Rag) in their heats. Unfortunately a loss by Wallis was closely followed by Poulter also exiting the event. Wallis finished his heat in fourth place and 41st overall while Poulter finished third in a heat where 0.31 points separated first from fourth, Poulter missing progression by 0.04. Poulter finished the event in 33rd place.

The swell is expected to build further tomorrow (Saturday NZT) and ease for the final two days of the event. Please see below for New Zealand results from day five of the 2012 DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Billabong.

Under 18 Boys Repecharge Round 3
Heat 5 1 Carlos Zapata (PER), 2 Tane Wallis (NZL), Andre Faria (POR), 4 Joshua Burke (BAR)
Heat 7 1 Ben Poulter (NZL), 2 Joao Marco Maffini (ITA), 3 Isaiah Moniz (HAW), 3 Mario Vega (GUA)

Under 18 Boys Repecharge Round 4
Heat 1 1 Slade Prestwich (RSA), 2 Mackenzie Christie (NZL), 3 Miguel Blanco (POR), 4 Will Davey (UK)
Heat 6 1 Michael Rodrigues (BRA), 2 Naxto Gonzalez (SPN), 3 Elijay Guy (CRI), 4 Tane Wallis (NZL)
Heat 7 1 Yan Daberkow (BRA), 2 Andy Criere (FRA), 3 Ben Poulter (NZL), Jason Mora (CRI)

Under 18 Girls Qualifying Round 3
Heat 3 1 Miluska Tello (PER), 2 Ella Williams (NZL), 3 Ana Morau (FRA), Mauarii Maro (TAH)

Under 18 Girls Qualifying Round 4
Heat 3 1 Tatiana Weston - Webb (HAW), 2 Ella Williams (NZL), 3 Keely Andrew (AUS), 4 Dax McGill (HAW)

Under 18 Girls Repecharge Round 2
Heat 3 1 Jayda Martin - Fitzharris (NZL), 2 Belu Quispe (PER), 3 Cindy Lone (GUA), 4 Mascha Trietsch (GER)
Heat 6 1 Kirsten Ogden (AUS), 2 Jasmine Smith (NZL), 3 Pamela Verboonen (Mex), Tamara Futch (CRI)
Heat 8 1 Bronte MaCaulay (AUS), 2 Karol Ribeiro (BRA), 3 Alethea Lock (NZL), 4 Camila Meana URU)

Under 18 Girls Repecharge Round 3
Heat 1 1 Keshia Eyre (POR) , 2 Jayda Martin - Fitzharris (NZL), 3 Marion Philippe (TAH), 4 Vrinda Rodrigues (VEN)
Heat 31 Reika Noro (JPN), 2 Melanie Giunta (PER), 3 Jasmine Smith (NZL), 4 Karol Ribeiro (BRA)

Under 16 Boys Qualifying Round 4
Heat 1 1 Nomme Mignot (FRA), 2 Kalani David (HAW), 3 Max Armstrong (RSA), 4 Elliot Paerata - Reid (NZL)

Under 16 Boys Repecharge Round 3
Heat 4 1 Lucca Messinas (PER), 2 Dane Mackie (BAR), 3 Korbin Hutchings (NZL), Guilherme Fonseca (POR)

Team Standings
1 Peru - 7770
2 Australia - 7770
3 Hawaii - 7770
4 USA - 7770
5 France - 7770
6 Brazil - 7340
7 Japan - 7280
8 South Africa - 6870
9 Portugal - 6250
10 New Zealand - 5860

Day six will see only repecharge rounds contested with four of the five remaining Kiwis in action. Ella Williams will have a lay day. Surfing kicks off at 3:30am New Zealand time tomorrow (Saturday NZT). Approximate times for Kiwi heats are below. All heats are 15 minutes.

Podium 1 (Webcast and live scores)
Under 18 Girls Repecharge Round 4
Under 18 Boys Repecharge Round 5
Under 18 Girls Repecharge Round 5
Under 18 Boys Repecharge Round 6
Under 16 Boys Repecharge Round 6
Under 18 Girls Repecharge Round 6

3:45am Jayda Martin - Fitzharris
5:15am Mackenzie Christie
8:00am Elliot Paerata - Reid
Potentially further heats if Jayda Martin - Fitzharris, Mackenzie Christie and Jordan Griffin progress through their heats.

Podium 2 (Live scores only)
Under 16 Boys Repecharge Round 4
Under 16 Boys Repecharge Round 5

4:45am Jordan Griffin
Potentially a further heat if Jordan progresses through Round 4

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# 2 :
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# 3 :
Paerata & Christie shine for Kiwis at ISA WJSC
# 4 : Kiwis Paerata-Reid & Williams charge at ISA WJSC
# 5 : Team New Zealand turns up 'fight' volume at WJSC

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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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