ISA World Junior Championships

It was like victory at sea in Piha today, with the second day of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship getting underway in stormy 10 foot faces (2.5-3m) plus waves in New Zealand.

Earlier in the day, contest organizers opted to put the day's action on hold for three hours with wild weather lashing the main contest site.

After the delayed start, the Under 18 boy's qualifying round two competitors' battled large seas and strong winds in the race for all-important round three berths.

Local star Alex Dive (Mt Maunganui) kept his country's hope of a gold medal alive in the third heat of the day, finishing behind Brazilian star Gabriel Medina to book a spot in round three. In a see-sawing affair, Medina took an early lead with a 6.67 wave. Dive hit back netting two scoring waves (4.83 and 6.17) to take over the lead.

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Ben Poulter

It was lights, camera and action for the world’s greatest junior event for under 18 year old surfers, with the 2010 edition of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship getting underway in New Zealand.

After a moving opening ceremony full of traditional New Zealand culture in Auckland’s Mission Bay yesterday, contest organizers opted to run the opening rounds of the Under 18 (Podium 2) and Under 16 (Podium 1) boy’s heats in rising 4 ft (1-1.2m) beach break conditions.

The day’s action representing the first time that teams from Indonesia, Vanuatu and Fiji competed in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

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2010 ISA World Juniors

The 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships opened with a colorful display of New Zealand culture in Auckland today.

More than 200 representatives from 21 countries from around the world marched behind their national flag bearer through the city's Mission Bay in a tremendous display of surfing unity.

The Sands of the World ceremony kicked off proceedings with team captains from each country pouring sand from their local beaches into the ISA clear box, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre officiallydeclared the championships open.

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