ISA Scholarship Program Success on Display at 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

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Twelve ISA Scholarship ambassadors represent their nations with pride 

Improved, clean conditions produce high scores in Huntington Beach

USA’s Sawyer Lindblad first competitor to crack 9-point range for single wave score

France’s boys impress, Kyllian Guerin nabs top heat total 

Twelve ISA Scholarship ambassadors representing their nations at the 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Visit Huntington Beach have put the developmental power and success of the program on display.

Japan’s Kana Nakashio finds a quality wave at Huntington Beach Pier to earn an excellent score of 8.5. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Japan’s Kana Nakashio finds a quality wave at Huntington Beach Pier to earn an excellent score of 8.5. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The twelve surfers have used their ISA Scholarship to aid the development of their Surfing and education to go on to represent their nations at the highest level of Junior Surfing. 

Among the 342 competitors, the twelve recipients of the scholarship are Abril Solis (ARG), Rachel Agüero (CRC), Cedric McCrackin (CRC), Barnaby Cox (ENG), John Vasea (FIJ), Ulaiasi Tukana (FIJ), Valentina Resano (NCA), Candelaria Resano (NCA), Oscar Guzman (NCA), Amaru Rodriguez (PER), Daniella Rosas (PER), and Puleiata Martin (SAM).

Nicaragua’s Candelaria Resano, a 2018 ISA Scholarship winner, advanced through her Girls U-16 Main Event heat and spoke about the value of the award to her.

“I was happy to know that the ISA is looking out for young surfers around the world, not just for surfing but education as well.

“It’s important to know how to balance out Surfing and school because both are equally as important.”

Nicaragua’s ISA Scholarship ambassador Candelaria Resano finishes strong in the shorebreak to advance to Girls U-16 Main Event Round 2. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Nicaragua’s ISA Scholarship ambassador Candelaria Resano finishes strong in the shorebreak to advance to Girls U-16 Main Event Round 2. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

2016 ISA Scholarship winner John Vasea from Fiji spoke about what the program has meant to him.

“When I found out that I won the ISA Scholarship it was a great feeling. It allowed me to travel the world, including to the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship for my first time last year. 

“For whoever wants to be an ISA Scholarship winner, I would tell them to work hard because it will be the best feeling of your life.” 

Peru’s Daniella Rosas, an ISA Scholarship ambassador who earned provisional qualification for Tokyo 2020 with a Gold Medal in the Pan American Games, advanced through her Girls U-18 Main Event Round 2 heat to keep her Gold Medal chances alive and well. 

Since 2007, the ISA Scholarship Program has awarded more than USD $308,500 to over 300 surfers across all five continents. 

Monday’s action kicked off with drastically improved conditions at Huntington Beach Pier, with increased swell and offshore winds. 

USA’s Sawyer Lindblad was the first athlete to break the 9-point barrier, earning an event-high 9.07 wave score. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

USA’s Sawyer Lindblad was the first athlete to break the 9-point barrier, earning an event-high 9.07 wave score. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

France was the standout nation on the Boys side of the competition. Kyllian Guerin was the top performer in the Boys U-16, earning an event-high heat total of 15.97, and Tiago Carrique impressed in the Boys U-18 with a division-high total of 15.17.

Japan’s Kana Nakashio put on a solid performance for the defending Gold Medalist Team Japan in the Girls U-16 with a 15.83 heat total, the highest of the day for the girls. 

USA’s duo of Caitlin Simmers and Sawyer Lindblad also shined in the Girls U-16 with top heat totals. Lindblad became the first surfer to crack the 9-point mark in the event thus far for a single wave, scoring a left hander worth 9.07 points heading toward the pier. 

Nakashio and Simmers followed close behind Lindblad’s mark, each with single wave scores of their own worth 8.5.

France’s Tiago Carrique letting his fins free to earn the highest heat total of Boys U-18 with 15.17. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

France’s Tiago Carrique letting his fins free to earn the highest heat total of Boys U-18 with 15.17. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Huntington Beach flipped the script today and produced excellent waves for the world’s best junior surfers.

“Today the U-18 and U-16 girls moved over onto the broadcasted north podium and showed their world-class talent to a global audience. The girls even managed to earn the highest wave scores of the day. 

“I am proud to see the ISA Scholarship program bearing fruit. Young surfers that we have been supporting for years are finally getting to the level where they can represent their entire nation. It’s inspiring to see their progression and maturity on display here in Huntington Beach.”

The official Surfline forecast is calling for the current south swell to hold on Tuesday with an increase in northwest swell in the afternoon. Conditions are expected to be clean in the morning, with an onshore breeze developing in the afternoon. 

The 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is broadcast live until November 3 on isasurf.org. 

View schedule for Tuesday’s competition here

The remaining event schedule is as follows*:

October 29 – November 3 – Competition on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier, 7am – 5pm
November 3 – Closing Ceremony at Pier Plaza following the close of competition 

*Subject to changes. Pacific Standard Time.

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, 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, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

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).

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