Thomas Debierre: he won the Boys Under 16 division for France | Photo: Rezendes/ISA

France has claimed the gold medal at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, in Azores, Portugal.

French surfers have reasons to rejoice - they've just won their first ever team gold medal in the World Junior Surfing Championship run by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

With splendid offshore conditions at Praia do Monte Verde, Thomas Debierre won the Boys Under 16 division, and "Les Bleus" resisted the attacks from the Australian team.

"I came here to win the title, and that's what I did. I am stoked that I won. This is a big step for me, for my surfing and for getting to the Olympics," revealed an ecstatic Debierre.

France continued collecting medals, but it Weslley Dantas, from Brazil, who celebrated gold in the Boys Under 18 competition. He nearly lost it to Alonso Correa, who found a last-minute gem.

"It's great to have won here in the Azores. This tells all Brazilians that there can be many more world champions from Brazil. I think that I can be an Olympic surfer one day as well as many of the competitors that participated in this event," added Dantas.

Team France: gold medal at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship | Photo: Rezendes/ISA

But the Americans also had reasons to celebrate. In the Girls Under 16 division, Caroline Marks managed to defeat her opponents. Hawaiian talent Brisa Hennessy prevailed in the Girls Under 18 competition.

"A record-breaking 39 nations came together from around the world to surf in this history-making event. These surfers will forever be the very first ISA Junior gold medalists in the Olympic surfing era. They have burst into the spotlight and could be the first Olympic surfers ever at Tokyo 2020," concluded Fernando Aguerre, president of the ISA.

2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship | Champions

Boys U-18: Weslley Dantas (BRA)
Boys U-16: Thomas Debierre (FRA)
Girls U-18: Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Girls U-16: Caroline Marks (USA)

Team Standings

1. France (6725)
2. Australia (6595)
3. Hawaii (5925)
4. Japan (5468)
5. USA (5450)
6. Brazil (4988)
7. Costa Rica (4567)
8. Tahiti (4512)
9. South Africa (4305)
10. New Zealand (4296)
11. Peru (4178)
12. Spain (4116)
13. Great Britain (3965)
14. Portugal (3528)
15. Argentina (3261)
16. Chile (2873)
17. Mexico (2850)
18. Morocco (2804)
19. Uruguay (2706)
20. Puerto Rico (2518)
21. Canada (2503)
22. Israel (2487)
23. Barbados (2470)
24. Germany (2164)
25. Belgium (2092)
26. Italy (1726)
27. Scotland (1464)
28. Wales (1463)
29. Ecuador (1450)
30. Nicaragua (1440)
31. Russia (1097)
32. Panama (1059)
33. Sweden (704)
34. Norway (378)
35. Sao Tome e Principe (322)
36. Poland (194)
37. Austria (160)
38. Colombia (91)
39. Denmark (91)

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