Finn McGill and Vahine Fierro crowned 2017 WSL World Junior Champions

January 10, 2018 | Surfing
Finn McGill: the 2017 WSL World Junior Champions

Finn McGill and Vahine Fierro claimed the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championship at Bombo Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

The final day of competition got underway in wind-affected three-to-four-foot surf and crowned two new future stars of the sport.

In the Men's final, McGill put an end to a less favorable cycle marked by injuries and flight booking mistakes, by smashing Japanese sensation Joh Azuchi in the decisive heat.

"I can barely talk right now it hasn't really sunk in just yet. After coming off an injury, I wasn't expecting too much of a result at this event. I was never feeling in much of a rhythm and seemed just to be sneaking through heats," explained Finn McGill.

"It all changed in my quarterfinal and all of a sudden I began to build and feel the flow. Then once I was in the final, I knew I had just one more heat to surf, so I knew I just had to wait for the good ones and surf them well."

On the Women's side, Fierro imposed her skills in a heat where Summer Macedo was never able to lock in a solid score. Fierro is the first ever WSL world champion from Tahiti.

"This is such an amazing way to end my Junior career and kick off my 2018 season. This is the first time I have been to the World Junior Championship and to win is so special, especially when I was so close to missing out on the event," added Vahine Fierro.

"Today was crazy with a lot of heats to surf, but after a few lay days we were all so excited to surf which made it easier. That was my third final with Summer which is so cool as we are great friends. I'm really speechless at the moment; I just can't believe it."

2018 WSL World Junior Championship | Finals

Finn McGill (HAW) 16.90 def. Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.00

Vahine Fierro (PYF) 13.83 def. Summer Macedo (HAW) 6.36

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