Ethan Ewing and Macy Callaghan win the 2016 World Junior Championship

January 9, 2017 | Surfing
Ethan Ewing: WSL's 2016 World Junior Championship winner | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Australian surfer Ethan Ewing and Macy Callaghan have claimed the 2016 World Junior Championship (WJC) in Kiama, New South Wales.

The event organized by the World Surf League (WSL) concluded in Bombo Beach with shifty two-foot waves. Despite the small surf, the finalists were able to put out a great performance.

Ewing defeated his friend Griffin Colapinto, who just couldn't find his rhythm in the challenging ocean conditions. The Australian will be one of the fresh new faces on the upcoming 2017 Championship Tour (CT).

"This feels so amazing. Coming into this event as the top seed gave me confidence from the get go and it all just kept running smoothly from the start of the week. It all just went to plan," explained Ethan Ewing.

"It was funny because Griffin and I talked about the chances of the two of us meeting in the final early in the week, so the fact it happened was really cool. Griffin is a great friend of mine, so it is special to share this with him."

On the women's competition, Macy Callaghan defeated Mahina Maeda with a solid display of backhand surfing, and also put her opponent in a combination situation.

"This is the biggest event I have ever been in so to win is amazing. That heat was really tricky, there wasn't a huge amount of waves, so you had to pick the good ones," added the Australian.

"Once I got the 8.17 I knew I was in a good position and could just keep building on it, then my confidence just kept building. 2016 was so amazing for me so to start off this year like this is just a dream, I can't wait for what lies ahead."

2016 World Junior Championship | Finals

Ethan Ewing (AUS) 11.34 def. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 1.97

Macy Callaghan (AUS) 15.67 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 4.60

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