- 17 March 2014 | Surfing
Cam Richards and Mahina Maeda have conquered the Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro 2014, in small surf, at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach.
The surfer from South Carolina secured the first ASP Pro Junior victory of his career against Parker Coffin, Derek Gomez and Tristan Thompson.
"I've very surprised and I'm really happy. I'm glad to start my year off with a win. They're not easy to win, so I'm really glad I won this one. It's my first Junior of the year and I'm hoping to requalify for the World Junior Championships", says Richards.
"Surfing against all of those kids is a different platform and I'm hoping to get there again. We don't get many chances to surf against a lot of the international competitors and it's a good opportunity."
Meanwhile, Mahina Maeda looked lively in the tricky Florida conditions. The Hawaiian surfer defeated Tatiana Weston-Webb, Chelsea Roett and Caroline Marks in the Women's final.
"This is my first time coming to Florida so it was a great experience. I've surfed in these conditions and these conditions remind me of Tahara in Japan," says Maeda.
"It was really challenging with how small the waves were. I was sitting more south and drifted towards the pier side and caught my two waves there."
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Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro Men's Final Result:
1. Cam Richards (USA) 15.00
2. Parker Coffin (USA) 11.87
3. Derek Gomez (VEN) 11.00
4. Tristan Thompson (USA) 8.34
Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro Women's Final Result:
1. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.90
2. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.74
3. Chelsea Roett (BRB) 9.33
4. Caroline Marks (USA) 6.30