- 17 June 2013 | Surfing
Team Australia is the 2013 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship gold medal winner. Hawaiians claim three top results.
In the last day of surfing in Nicaragua, riders enjoyed great waves and exciting performances. The surf was in the waist to chest-high range with perfect offshore winds all day long.
Josh Moniz and Tatiana Weston-Webb secured the gold medal for the Hawaiian flag, in the Boys and Girls Under 18 divisions. Mahina Maeda, in the Girls Under 16, also stole the top honor for the Pacific islands.
"I was nervous, and I got my two scores in the first five minutes. I thought that Soli was in the lead because he had an 8 and a 6, so I thought that I still needed a big score, but once I heard that I was winning I was watching out for Soli, because he's a super good surfer", explains Moniz
Tatiana Weston-Webb continued her dominance, as demonstrated all week, into the Girls Under-18 Final. With another great performance, Weston-Webb won the Gold Medal.
"Getting the gold here in Nicaragua this year means so much to me; I wanted it so bad. It has been my goal for a really long time, I'm super happy. It was a really long and hard week", says the Hawaiian surfer girl.
The only Australian gold medal was conquered by Jacob Wilcox, in a very close final against Silver Medalist Leonardo Fioravanti, from Italy.
"I'm just so happy to win the final and be a world champion. It's been my dream since I was a little kid. I'm so happy. I don't even know how to describe how I feel now. I'm just so happy, feels like I'm floating", reveals Wilcox.
The last event of the 2013 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was the exciting ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team competition, with the participation of the 7 best countries from last year's event.
Team Japan won the Gold Medal exhibiting a smart strategy and displaying high-level surfing skills. Japan defeated USA, Peru and Australia.
2013 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Team Results:
Overall Team Results:
1. Australia - 24,256 points
2. Hawaii - 23,828
3. USA - 18,870
4. France - 18,212
5. Japan - 16,322
6. South Africa - 15,652
7. Peru - 15,316
8. Brazil - 15,300
9. New England - 12,532
10. Portugal - 12,310