COMPETITION INTENSIFIES AS FIRST SURFERS ARE ELIMINATED ON DAY THREE OF THE 2015 VISSLA ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

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Field of Boys and Girls Narrows As First Repechage Rounds Take Place at Oceanside Pier

Sean_Foerster_01_ISA_Chris_GrantCanada’s Sean Foerster releases his fins with style, advancing through his Repechage heat. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

Day three of the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship started off with clean, barreling waves as the first surfers were being eliminated from the competition. Surfers were faced with increasingly challenging conditions as the day went on, dealing with tide changes and varying wind.

Five Rounds of Repechage narrowed the field of athletes and intensified the competition. Repechage is an elimination round that give surfers who lost in the Main Event a second chance to advance through the competition.

JPN_Momoto_Tsuzuki_Peak_ISA_SeanEvansOceanside Pier continues to produce picture-perfect a-frames for the competition. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

Nicaragua’s 9-year-old Candelaria Resano expressed her excitement after advancing through her U-18 Round 1 Repechage heat.

“I love coming to California because the waves are amazing. The Repechage Rounds are great because in my first U-18 heat I didn’t do too well. I got a second chance that I was able to prepare for and do some great turns.”

HAW_Team_ISA_SeanEvansTeam Hawaii gathers on the beach in support of their athletes at dawn in Oceanside. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

Australia’s Macy Callaghan (15.84), Portugal’s Guilherme Fonseca (15.67) and New Zealand’s Kehu Butler (15.67) stood out from the competition on Day 3 and earned the top heat scores of the day. Both surfers took advantage of the clean morning conditions and advanced to the next round of the Main Event.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and ISA VP, Barbara Kendall, who has been watching the competition unfold, said, “It has been amazing to see the camaraderie between all the countries and the pride they all show towards their own nation – true team spirit. These kids could be our future Olympians. They have Olympism in their hearts. I am proud to be a part of the ISA team.”

WAL_Rhys_Evans_ISA_Chris_Grant Wales’ Rhys Evans expresses his stoke to compete with the best juniors in the world. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

Surfline, the official forecaster, predicts 3-4’+ wave faces for Thursday, with occasional larger sets on the best tides. The conditions will be semi clean in the morning with light onshore wind in the afternoon.

Watch previous days’ webcast on demand: http://isaworlds.com/juniors/en/live/

For a full list of today’s results, visit: http://isaworlds.com/juniors/en/results/

The 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will resume Thursday at 7am PST. Thursday’s schedule will be the following (all times PST):

South Podium

  • 7am – 8 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 3
  • 9:40am – 8 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 3
  • 12:20am – 4 heats Girls U-18 Main Event Round 3
  • 1:40pm – 4 heats Girls U-16 Main Event Round 3
  • 3:00pm – 8 heats Boys U-18 Repechage Round 3

North Podium

  • 7am – 2 heats Boys U-16 Repechage Round 1
  • 7:30am – 4 heats Boys U-18 Repechage Round 2
  • 8:30am – 16 heats Boys U-16 Repechage Round 2
  • 12:30pm – 8 heats Girls U-18 Repechage Round 2
  • 2:30 – 8 heats Girls U-16 Repechage Round 2

For live action, photos, videos, news and event info, visit: www.ISAworlds.com

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 100 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).