Team Hawaii Wins El Salvador ISA World Junior Championship

Tom Vaughan

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Updated 29d ago

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The kids are alright…

The ISA wrapped up nine days of grom-ripping action on June 5, as Team Hawaii walked away with the win from the World Junior Championships in El Salvador.

Team Australia.

Team Australia.

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Nicaragua played host to the games for yet another year, and 45 national teams entered their prime, talented surfing youth in a bid to bring home a medal from Surf City.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre was pretty stoked on the success of this year’s competition. 

“What an amazing competition. It’s been wonderful to see the best junior surfers ripping the waves of El Salvador, this wonderful destination that has become one of the prime surfing spots in the world.

“As far as I am concerned, these are the best World Junior Surfing Championships in history. The best waves, the largest amount of competitors, the largest amount of teams and the largest amount of supporting crew that came along with the athletes.

“This event has been a huge success in uniting the junior surfers of the world in peace, through surfing, for a better world for everybody.”

Hawaiian warrior Eweleiula Wong.

Hawaiian warrior Eweleiula Wong.

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Team Hawaii took four individual golds in order to take a somewhat commanding lead of the team standings and ultimately claim the comps ultimate prize.

“I feel like all my hard work has paid off. I think it all goes to Team Hawaii coaches, Shane Dorian and Chris Martin.” - A humble Eweleiula Wong explains after laying claim to the Girls U-18 top step.

In the equivalent boys classification, fellow Hawaiian Luke Swanson connected some mighty air performances to turn his gold comp shirt into a medal of the same colour.

“I knew these guys were so good that it would take all my effort and the best of my surfing,” Swanson said. “I just can’t believe I won. It was my goal, I wrote it down, but the fact that I actually achieved that, I don’t know what to say. I guess it’s just a testament to believing in yourself.”

Erin Brooks mid-turn.

Erin Brooks mid-turn.

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According to the ISA “It was almost a foregone conclusion that Erin Brooks (CAN) would find herself draped in Gold. Despite little competitive experience, the 14-year-old looked unstoppable all week in the Girls U-16 division.”

“All of the coaches were telling me that no matter what I was getting the first Canadian medal,” Brooks said. “But I wanted to get Gold.”

Englishman Samuel Hearn.

Englishman Samuel Hearn.

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As for the rest of the results, they looked a little something like this.

Team ranking:
Gold – Hawaii
Silver – Australia
Bronze – USA
Copper – France
5 – Spain
6 – Japan
7 – Brazil
8 – Portugal
9 – Canada
10 – South Africa

Erin Brooks embracing her comrades.

Erin Brooks embracing her comrades.

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Boys U-16:
Gold – Willis Droomer
Silver – Inigo Madina
Bronze – Luke Tema
Copper – Hans Odriozola
 
Girls U-16:
Gold – Erin Brooks
Silver – Bella Kenworthy
Bronze – Mirai Ikeda
Copper – Tya Zebrowski
 

Team France.

Team France.

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Boys U-18:
Gold – Luke Swanson
Silver – Shion Crawford
Bronze – Luke Thompson
Copper – Kobi Clements
 
Girls U-18:
Gold – Eweleiula Wong
Silver – Lucia Machado
Bronze – Hina-Maria Conradi
Copper – Zoe Benedetto

Willis Droomer flying high.

Willis Droomer flying high.

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