Day four of the Quiksiliver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships got underway yesterday at la FAE beach, with the youngsters putting in some epic performances on a powerful 6-8 foot swell. Costa Rican boys Carlos Munoz and Jordan Hernandez set the competition alight with a dynamic display of silky wave riding. Munoz has taken on the epic task of competing in both Under 18 and Under 16 divisions, and could potentially surf a literally breathtaking 20 heats this week.
Performance of the day goes to Keanu Asing of Hawaii who tamed a solid 8 foot wave, with a combination of backhand turns and a few cheeky hacks in the shore break.
2 April, 2009 : – – Salinas, Ecuador — A powerful 6-8 foot south swell slammed into la FAE beach today making for challenging conditions for surfers at the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.
The competition has gotten much tighter as the event continues on to the later rounds. Heat three of the Boys Under 16 was stacked with the future of surfing’s powerhouses as South Africans David Brand and Mikey February faced USA’s Kolohe Andino and Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau. In the end Brand took the win, followed by Andino for second, and February and Lau in third and fourth, falling to the repercharge rounds.
The standout of the day for the Under 16 Boys was Hawaii’s Keanu Asing. His experience in bigger waves proved to be advantageous in today’s conditions. Taking off on a solid 8 foot wave, Asing put together a combination of beautiful backhand turns, connecting to the inside and finishing off with a few more solid hacks in the shorebreak.
The French team currently leads the Under 18 Girls division with all four surfers still in the main rounds. Teammates Canelle Bulard and Justine Dupont ended up in the same heat today, but were able to both advance, taking first and second over Peruvian Nadja de Col and New Zealand surfer Rosa Thompson. French surfers Johanne Defay and Marie Dejean also made it through their heats to advance on to round four.
In heat three with the swell peaking, only eight waves were surfed between the four competitors. South African Bianca Buitendag and Australian Laura Enever were able to put together two scores a piece to finish in the one and two spots. Team USA surfer Lakey Peterson caught only one wave in the entire 20 minute heat. Peterson finished third and Hawaiian Nage Melamed finished fourth falling to the repercharge rounds.
Team USA surfer and former ISA World Junior medalist Courtney Conlogue placed second in her heat and will be the only USA Under 18 Girls surfer to continue on to round four of the main event. Teammates Peterson, Lani Doherty and Kaleigh Gilchrist will compete in the repercharge rounds starting tomorrow.
It was a difficult day for surfers in the repercharge heats at the secondary contest site with the increased swell combining with an onshore wind and bottoming tide. Organizers held only two rounds before postponing the Girls Under 18 repercharge heats until tomorrow when the swell is expected to decrease slightly.