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Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong Was Filled With Spectacular Surfing Action


Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti dominated his heat earning the day’s highest total heat score in the Under-16 Boy’s division. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Championship Presented by Billabong kicked off with the typical Nicaraguan offshore wind and amazing waves that continued the whole day.

Today showcased the opening Qualifying Round of the world’s best Under-18 and Under-16 Girls, who demonstrated their stellar talent, while the Under-18 and Under-16 Boys competed in both the Qualifying and Repechage Rounds with great 4-6 foot waves in Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua

“Today was an amazing day of competition. The waves were incredible,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I was up at 5:30am surfing Popopyo, a very nice wave and also at Pangas, but it was not as good as it is here at Playa Jiquiliste. Although the waves are a bit smaller today, they are still excellent, and the boys and girls are surfing very well. Stay with us, and if you are not watching the live webcast, you are missing out.”

In the Under-16 Girl’s, France’s Kim Veteau was the standout of the day earning 14.33, the highest total heat score of the division, defeating her rivals, Leilani Aguirre (PER, 11.07), Isabella Bottero (ECU, 4.14) and Delfina Morosini (URU, 3.47).

In the Girls Under-18 division, Barbados’ Chelsea Tuach and Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb were the best of the day after both earning an impressive 16.17 in their respective Heats.

Tuach easily defeated Jasmin Smith (NZL, 8.64), Leticia Freitas (BRA, 5.80) and Cindy Obando (NIC, 0.00). Weston-Webb overcame Ellen Harding (GBR, 6.13) and Aixa Sánchez (ARG, 2.00).

Simultaneously, the action at the Main Podium was taking place with the Boys Under-16 and Under-18 divisions in Qualifying Round 2.


With barrels, airs, and big turns, the world’s best junior surfers took advantage of the great conditions to deliver a great show for the hundreds of spectators on the beach and the tens of thousands around the world, who watched through the live webcast.

In the Boy’s Under-16, Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti had the best performance of the day earning 15.00. Fioravanti defeated Gatien Delahaye (FRA, 9.70), Quinn Bruce (AUS, 6.60) and Max Payne (GBR, 4.67). The young Italian set the pace from the beginning of the heat, posting 8.00 on the first minutes and later securing his victory with a 7.00 wave.

Next up was the Boy’s Under-18, where Hawaiians Josh Moniz and Koa Smith, posted some of the biggest scores of the day, earning 16.04 and 16.00 points in their respective heats.

A great moment of the day was when Team Russia’s lone competitor, Nikita Avdeev advanced through in the Repechage earning 7.44, defeating Eduardo Alfonso (PUR, 5.47) and Edgar Camarena (MEX, 0.00).

At ISA World Championships, it is a traditional sight to see team cheers, especially with the winners of each heat. In the case of Russia’s Nikita Avdeev, being the only competitor from Russia, he had no teammates to make a team cheer with. With a display of excellent sportsmanship, competitors from Team Argentina gathered around Avdeev after his heat win and performed a team cheer for Russia. This was a great symbol of the gathering of the surfing tribe and sharing the love for surfing together.

For a full list of today’s results, click here-

The 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship resumes Tuesday at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst, and with guests from Team Nicaragua, including Jackson Obando, Kevin Cortez and Team Coach, Sean Pearsons.

Following that, the competition will feature:
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-18
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-16
16 Heats Repechage 2 Boys U-16
2 Heats Repechage 1 Girls U-18
12 Heats Repechage 1 Boys U-18
12 Heats Repechage 2 Boys U-18
6 Heats Repechage 1 Girls U-16
4 Heats Repechage 1 Girls U-18

The live webcast of the entire 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is available on

Here is the scheduled for Day 3:
Sunday, 7:40am Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua
Sunday, 5:40am West Coast USA
Sunday, 2:40pm Western Europe
Sunday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia

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. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Para 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; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).