ISA World Junior Championships

The wild weather continued at the pinnacle junior event for surfers under 18 years, with day three of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship being completed at Piha in New Zealand today.

Rising to somewhat calmer conditions, contest organizers decided to push through with the qualifying round two Under 16 Boys followed by repercharge one Under 18 Boys heats on the tournament's main event podium.

Although small in stature, the under 16's tore into the stormy 5-7 foot (2.0m) faces beach break waves on offer.

The Tahitian pairing of Mataiea Hiquily and Tefaafana Arihoe set the performance bar for the day's action in heat three of the morning. Hiquily, who only rode two waves in the 25-minute exchange, made the most of his waves, netting a 7.00 and 8.25 to claim the morning's highest two-wave combined total of a 15.25 (out of a possible 20).

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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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