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The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Heats Up As The First Surfers Drop Out

On Day 3 of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, the world’s best junior girls took over the point at La Loberia (La FAE), in Ecuador.

Qualifying and Repechage heats took place today, and the first athletes in the World Championship were eliminated. The Repechage is a do-or-die round; if a surfer gets 3rd or 4th place, the athlete is out of the competition.

The surf conditions were challenging as the waves decreased to the 2-3 feet range. Surfline, the official forecaster, is predicting a solid swell will arrive and build through the final days of the competition, with 5-7 feet waves on the last day. However, today, most of the competitors opted for the inside beach break as the point break was inconsistent.

Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle felt right at home at La Loberia, which is a left point break like her home break of Pavones, and dominated her heat in the Girls U-16. Photo: Rommel Gonzales

Mid-way through the day, surfers and lifeguards reported a small shark feeding near the line up, so event officials immediately cleared the water. After an extensive reconnaissance conducted by lifeguards in the water and with the help of a police helicopter, event officials determined the best course of action was to postpone the competition until the next morning.

“Athlete safety is the ISA’s number one priority at the World Championships. We take that very seriously and always will,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The competition is reaching its critical stages, when athletes in the Repechage can’t afford to lose or they will go home.

Team Ecuador congratulating Maria Game after she advanced in her Repechage heat while keeping her dream alive of winning a Gold Medal for the host country. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

“All National Teams have come together in Ecuador as part of the global surfing tribe and are enjoying the great Ecuadorean culture, hospitality, and friendly vibes,” concluded Aguerre.

In the Girls U-16, Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle was the dominant surfer in the division. McGonagle, who at only 14 years old is the Central American Girl’s Junior Champion, posted the highest total heat score of 13.67, defeating Elin Tawharu, (NZL, 5.17) and Cana Foster (RSA, 3.44).

In the Girls U-18, Australia’s Holly Wawn, a member of Australia’s 2013 Gold Medal Junior Team, was the standout of the day earning a total heat score of 13.33, narrowly defeating Tessa Thyssen (FRA, 13.27), Frankie Harrer (USA, 4.52), and Teal Hogg (RSA, 2.30).

In the Girls U-18 Repechage, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), was a standout of the day, earing a total heat score of 11.50, defeating the local Ecuadorean Maria Game (6.33), who by placing second moves on to the next round, but unfortunately for Adriana Samanamud (CHI, 2.57), she will be going home.

Japan’s Yuji Nishi was the best performer in the Boys U-16 Repechage. Posting a total heat score of 14.16, Japan’s Junior Grand Champion defeated Juan Gonzales (PUR, 7.80) and Joseph Mendez (CRI, 6.50). Nishi and Gonzales survived one more day in the competition, but Mendez was not as lucky and is now eliminated from the competition.

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

The 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship resumes Wednesday at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Beau Hodges, and with guests from Team Wales.

Following that, the competition will feature:
Main Podium:
5 Heats Qualify 3 Boys U-16
3 Heats Qualify 3 Girls U-18
3 Heats Qualify 4 Boys U-16
3 Heats Qualify 4 Boys U-18
6 Heats Repechage 2 Boys U-18

Second Podium:
2 Heats Repechage 1 Boys U-16
12 Heats Repechage 1 Boys U-18
6 Heats Repechage 2 Girls U-16
6 Heats Repechage 2 Girls U-18
12 Heats Repechage 2 Boys U-16

The live webcast of the entire 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is available on

Here is the scheduled for Day 3:
Wednesday, 7:40am Salinas, Ecuador
Wednesday, 5:40am West Coast USA
Wednesday, 2:40pm Western Europe
Wednesday, 10:40pm 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, 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 106 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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