- 14 April 2014 | Surfing
Team Hawaii has conquered the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC), at La Loberia (La FAE), Ecuador.
After a week of tight competition, the Hawaiian surfing team stole two gold medals in the finals to clinch the Team Champion Trophy.
The ocean came alive on the final day of competition, as the swell arrived with powerful waves in the 6 -8 feet range. The conditions provided great waves for the world's best juniors to perform at their highest level.
The first final in the water was the Girls Under 16, where Hawaii's Mahina Maeda, posted 10.90, earning, for second year in a row, the Gold Medal and World Championship. Maeda battled the conditions from the incoming new swell, and had to wait for her last two waves to take the gold medal back to Hawaii.
The silver Medal went to Costa Rica's Leilani McGonagle (8.94), the bronze to Australia's Laura Poncini (10.57), and the copper to USA's Maddie Peterson (5.50).
"I feel so amazed right now. Honestly this is the biggest dream come true that I ever had. I stuck to the game plan and got one score under the belt and then worked to improve it," explains Maeda.
Up next was the Boys Under 16 Grand Final. France's Leo -Paul Etienne won the gold medal, earning 12.44 points against silver medalist Joe Van Dijk (11.86) from Australia. The bronze went to Nolan Rapoza (11.57) from USA and the copper to Griffin Colapinto (6.93) also from USA.
Tatiana Weston-Webb once again demonstrated her strong skills to take the gold medal for Hawaii. The 2014 ISA WJSC gold medalist, Weston -Webb, posted the highest total heat score of the entire event in both the Boys and Girls divisions, scoring an impressive 18.16, and also the highest single wave score of 9.83 in the Girls Division during the Grand Final.
"I just want to thank the ISA for having such a great venue and put on such a spectacular event. I can't wait to come here maybe as a coach or as a Hawaii Team Member, helping the young kids surf. I just can't be thankful enough," added Weston -Webb.
The Hawaiian defeated silver medalist Kim Veteau (FRA, 11.86), bronze medalist Tia Blanco (USA, 9.37), and copper medalist Leilani McGonagle (CRI, 9.17).
In the Boys Under 18 Final, Brazil's Luan Wood won gold after posting a big score in his first wave of the final, a 8.60, followed by a 5.83, for a total of 14.43. His teammate, Elivelton Santos, followed with a score of 10.93, earning the silver medal.
"I thank God and I don't have words right now, I'm so excited. Brazil wins! Thanks to all my family and the Secretariat of the State of Santa Catarina, if it wasn't for them and my family I wouldn't be here," concluded Wood.
Lucca Mesinas, from Peru, won the Bronze Medal, finishing third with a 9.94 and Hawaii's Imai DeVault won the Copper Medal placing fourth with a 9.50.
2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship | Official Results:
1. Hawaii - 21,168
2. France - 20,872
3. Australia - 20,628
4. USA - 18,418
5. Brazil - 17,426
6. Peru - 15,062
7. Japan - 14,820
8. South Africa - 14,618
9. Portugal - 13,852
10. New Zealand - 13,474
11. Costa Rica - 12,252
12. Argentina - 11,866
13. Ecuador - 10,766
14. Venezuela - 10,740
15. Great Britain - 9,393
16. Uruguay - 7,959
17. Germany - 7,834
18. Chile - 7,554
19. Barbados - 7,548
20. Mexico - 7,034
21. Tahiti - 5,630
22. Puerto Rico - 4,260
23. Wales - 3,600
24. Guatemala - 3,552
25. Italy - 2,440
26. Canada - 1,800
27. Ireland - 1,500
28. Austria - 1,200
29. Switzerland - 1,056
30. Trinidad & Tobago - 960
31. Russia - 960
32. Sweden - 480
Boys Under 18:
Luan Wood (BRA), Gold Medal
Elivelton Santos (BRA), Silver Medal
Lucca Mesina (PER), Bronze Medal
Imai DeVault (HAW), Copper Medal
Girls Under 18:
Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal
Kim Veteau (FRA), Silver Medal
Tia Blanco (USA), Bronze Medal
Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Copper Medal
Boys Under 16:
Leo-Paul Etienne (FRA), Gold Medal
Joe Van Dijk (AUS), Silver Medal
Nolan Rapoza (USA), Bronze Medal
Griffin Colapinto (USA), Copper Medal
Girls Under 16:
Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal
Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Silver Medal
Laura Poncini (AUS), Bronze Medal
Maddie Peterson (USA), Copper Medal