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Junior Surfers from 36 Countries Are Greeted by Perfection at Oceanside Pier

Joshe_Faulkner_RSA_Barrel_ISA_SeanEvansSouth Africa’s Joshe Faulkner finds a clean, morning barrel in Oceanside. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

Competition at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship got underway in Oceanside, California.

The junior surfers from 36 countries were greeted by incredible waves and conditions at Oceanside Pier. The Under-16 and Under-18 Boys each completed 30 heats, with the U-16 surfers competing on the north side of the pier and the U-18 on the south side.

The competition kicked off at sunrise with strong offshore winds and a rising tide, giving way to more hollow, punchy conditions in the afternoon as the tide dropped. The waves provided barrel opportunities and open faces conducive for high performance surfing.

Kai_Gale_Grani_Turn_ISA_SeanEvansPanama’s 11-year-old competitor, Kai Gale Grani, lost his heat, but will surf again in the Repechage Round. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

Hawaii’s Noa Mizuno posted the highest total heat score of the day in Boys U-18 in the morning’s first heat. Mizuno earned a heat score of 16.27, defeating Germany’s Jacob Lilienweiss (7.5) and sending Chile’s Sebastián Oliva (3.24) to Repechage, where he will have a second opportunity to advance.

Rolf Brusso from Norway, the newest ISA Member Nation, did not have the same fortune as Mizuno, however he expressed his joy of competing in this ISA World Championship.

“The journey has been amazing. We all gathered here in Oceanside and get to see everyone performing in warm water and thin suits. I’ve never surfed in a competition before, but it’s amazing to surf with all these other great nations. Everyone is shredding and there is great unity and vibes among all of us.”

Team_Norway_Tanner_Gudauskas_ISA_Chris_GrantDane Gudauskas, coach of Team Norway, joins the team on the beach in support of their surfers. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

In Boys U-16, Hawaii’s Logan Bediamol earned the highest heat total, leading the Hawaiian dominance on Day 1 of competition. With a score of 17.87, Bediamol will advance to the next round along with Barbados’s Zander Valencia (8.67), whereas Germany’s Jonas Seitz (3.63) will move onto the Repechage Round.

ECU_Irons_Burgos_ISA_Chris_GrantEcuador’s Iron Burgos drops in on a set wave on the south side of Oceanside Pier. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, commented on the commencement of competition.

“It’s incredible to see all 36 National Delegations cheering on their athletes on the beach and waving their country flags. You can feel the energy coming from this record amount of competing surfers. With the high level of Surfing we witnessed today, the tone of the competition has been set and the bar has been raised for the week to come.”

The 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is a double elimination competition, with the first two surfers always advancing to the next Qualifying Round. Surfers in third and fourth place move into the Repechage Round, giving them one more chance to advance.

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

  • South Podium:
    • 7am – 2 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 1
    • 7:40am – 16 heats Girls U-18 Main Event Round 1
    • 1pm – 5pm – 12 heats Girls U-16 Main Event Round 1
  • North Podium
    • 7am – 2 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 1
    • 7:40am – 16 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 2
    • 1pm- 5pm – 12 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 2

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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).