Japan and USA Fully Intact; VISSLA ISA Juniors Head into Home Stretch with Three Days Remaining

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Main Event Semis set in all Divisions

Hawaii’s Eli Hanneman earns event-high wave score with 9.57

Two-time US Open Champion Brett Simpson shows support for Surfing’s youth 

ISA Aloha Cup Semifinals to run Friday

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Team Japan and USA are the last teams with all competitors remaining through six days of competition at the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Visit Huntington Beach.

During Thursday’s competition at Huntington Beach Pier, Team Hawaii and Australia lost three (out of twelve) surfers each to the elimination Repechage Rounds, leaving Team Japan and USA tied for the pole position.

Team France is sitting just outside medal position in fifth place, having lost a surfer in all four division.

Germany’s Rachel Presti cruises into the Girls U-18 Semifinals. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Germany’s Rachel Presti cruises into the Girls U-18 Semifinals. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Hawaii’s U-16 competitors Eli Hanneman and Gabriela Bryan impressively earned the highest wave scores of the day among their gender divisions, respectively scoring 9.57 and 9.33 in the Main Event Quarterfinals.

Hanneman’s 9.57 was the highest score of the event thus far and earned him a trip to the Semifinals in his first showing at the VISSLA ISA Juniors, while Bryan’s 16.56 heat total was the highest of the day for the girls.

The highest heat total of the day was earned by USA’s Jett Schilling with 16.90. Schilling’s 9.4 and 7.5 advanced him into the Boys U-16 Semifinals.

The three past Champions in the event continued their perfect run, with Summer Macedo (HAW), Joh Azuchi (JPN), Alyssa Spencer (USA) all moving into the Main Event Semifinals.

Alyssa Spencer advances through the Main Event as teammate Kirra Pinkerton narrowly misses out. Regardless, USA shows their camaraderie that has led to such a strong team performance thus far. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Alyssa Spencer advances through the Main Event as teammate Kirra Pinkerton narrowly misses out. Regardless, USA shows their camaraderie that has led to such a strong team performance thus far. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Two-time US Open Champion and Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson came down to the beach for the second day in a row to support and cheer for the youth of the sport.

“It has been a pleasure to watch the level of surfing between the girls and the boys,” said Simpson. “Competing in a typical surf event is one thing, but here at the ISA there is more to it than that with the team aspect. It’s special.

“I competed in the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica. Representing your country is an amazing feeling. You are trying to work together with your teammates, but also make it as far as you can to avoid the Repechage.

“It’s great to see the growth in Surfing with all 44 nations here in Huntington Beach.”

Marco Mignot (FRA) impresses with aerial maneuvers despite falling to the Repechage Rounds. Mignot will look to regain his footing on Friday. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Marco Mignot (FRA) impresses with aerial maneuvers despite falling to the Repechage Rounds. Mignot will look to regain his footing on Friday. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Chile’s 13-year-old phenom Noel de la Torre has become one of the inspiring stories of the event as the last Chilean in the Main Event.

“I am feeling incredible in my second VISSLA ISA Juniors,” said de la Torre. “It’s incredible to have my team screaming for me on the beach when I ride a wave.

“A big result here for me would mean a ton for my country, because surfing is not so big yet in Chile.

“Success for me in this event would be nothing less than winning a Gold for my team.”

On the seventh day of competition more Repechage Rounds will continue with the team relay ISA Aloha Cup Semifinals closing out the day.

Minami Nonaka will carry the torch for Team Japan in the Girls U-18 Semifinals. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Minami Nonaka will carry the torch for Team Japan in the Girls U-18 Semifinals. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“We are off and running towards the Gold Medals. In just three days we will crown the World Champions, which likely will become future stars of the sport and vie for slots in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“Tomorrow we have the ISA’s one-of-a-kind Aloha Cup, which will bring you non-stop action. This will be a must-watch event!”

The schedule for the event will be as follows*:

November 2-4 – Competition at Huntington Beach Pier south side, 7:30am – 4pm
November 4 – Closing Ceremony after competition

*Schedule subject to changes. All times in Pacific Standard Time.

To see the full schedule of activities, click here.

The 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be streamed live on www.isasurf.org October 27 – November 4.

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 Governing Bodies of 104 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).