Tue, 10 January 2017
Cape Town's Jordy Maree is fifth in the world after ending his junior surfing career at the World Junior Championship (WJC), held in tricky 2-3' surf at Bombo Beach in Kiama, Australia yesterday.
The talented youngster from Kalk Bay, who now proceeds into the big leagues, was ousted by eventual winner, Australian Ethan Ewing, in the quarters, but ended equal fifth, pocketing US $3,000 (approx. R41 000). Another Aussie, Macy Callaghan, claimed the girls’ titles at the annual event, which features the world’s top 36 male and 18 female competitive surfers aged 18-and-under.
WSL Africa junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) was the next best of the seven South Africans in the event, finishing equal 13th after losing out in Round 3. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Bevan Willis (uMdloti), who received a wildcard into the event, were both eliminated in Round 2 while Sebastian Williams (Durban) could not get to the event due to visa problems.
Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), the top two girls on the WSL Africa junior rankings, were also both sidelined in Round 2 of the girls’ event, finishing equal 13th overall.
Maree opened his campaign on the final day by placing second behind Mateus Herdy (BRA) as the pair progressed to the quarterfinals by eliminating Marco Mignot (FRA) in a high-scoring Round 4 encounter. But there the Capetonian could not match top seeded Ewing’s march to the title.
The boys’ final was a showdown between the top two seeds and great friends, Ewing and Griffin Colapinto (USA), who were the standout performers throughout the event. The finale was affected by a front that blew through in the opening minutes and after Ewing found two scoring waves early, Colapinto was unable to find any waves of substance. Ewing now joins an illustrious list of World Junior Champions including Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons, Jordy Smith and Gabriel Medina, just to name a few.
When a little known Ewing took out the Burleigh Pro QS1,000 at the beginning of 2016, he grabbed the attention of the surfing world. He then went on to win the WSL Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) and finish runner up on the Qualifying Series (QS) booking himself a spot on the 2017 elite Championship Tour (CT), something the young Stradbroke Island native had never set out to do in such quick succession.
After dominating the Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), Callaghan was a clear favourite heading into the WJC. She continued her terrific form through every heat, posting some of the highest single wave scores and heat totals of the event.
This was no different in the final where the young Central Coaster found herself up against 2014 Junior World title-holder Mahina Maeda (HAW), who also finished runner-up in 2015. Callaghan locked in two solid scores early and continued to build on her score eventually putting Maeda in a combination situation (needing two scores) to win with a heat total of 15.67, the highest of the entire event.
More information on the WSL World Junior Championships go to www.WorldSurfLeague.com or the WSL App. The event was secured for Kiama by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Boys Final Result
Ethan Ewing (AUS) 11.34 def. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 1.97
Girls Final Result
Macy Callaghan (AUS) 15.67 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 4.60
Boys Semifinal Results
SF 1: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 12.70 def. Cody Young (HAW) 10.63
SF 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.60 def. Finn McGill (HAW) 8.74
Girls Semifinal Results
SSF 1: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 8.90 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 8.26
SF 2: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 13.26 def. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.13
Boys Quarterfinal Results
SQF 1: Cody Young (HAW) 12.74 def. Mateus Herdy (BRA) 11.83
QF 2: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.76 def. Jordy Maree (ZAF, Kalk Bay) 10.67
QF 3: Finn McGill (HAW) 13.53 def. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 13.00
QF 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.67 def. Che Allan (BRB) 10.84