The Australian surfing team has won the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship for the third consecutive time in the perfect waves of Le Penon beach.
The round to determine surfers for the grand finals was held in the best conditions of the entire event, with perfect 4-6 foot faces. The gold in the Under-18 Boys was won by Brazilian Alejo Muniz; in the Under-16 Boys Tamaroa McComb of Tahiti took the top podium spot; Laura Enever of Australia clinched the girl's gold medal to round out the individual ISA World Junior Champions.
By the last final of the day, three countries were still in contention to win the Team Gold medal: Australia, Brazil and the USA. The result was depending on the girls final outcome.
Enever and Wright fiercely battled in the heat, with Enever scoring 13.76 to Wright's 13.56. Clearly delighted, Enever said, “I am so happy! Having finished second last year, I wanted to come here and better my result and to have done it is a dream come true!”
Completing the sixth edition of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Australia now have their fourth and third back to back World Junior Title, confirming their domination of junior surfing.
The President of the ISA, Fernando Aguerre, spoke about the championships and his hopes for Ecuador in 2009: “What a great week! Surfing is so alive and full of energy. The day after tomorrow, during Sports Accord and International Olympic Committee meeting in Athens, I will continue on my campaign to get surfing into the Olympic Games. It is only a matter of time. The next ISA World Juniors will be in March, 2009 in Ecuador, but first we will convene for the ISA World Surfing Games in Portugal in October of this year.”
World Junior Champions
Results Boys Under 18
Gold: Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Silver: Owen Wright (AUS)
Bronze: Tyler Newton (HAW)
Copper: Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Results Girls’ Under 18
Gold: Laura Enever (AUS)
Silver: Tyler Wright (AUS)
Bronze: Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Copper: Airini Mason (NZ)
Results Boys Under 16
Gold: Tamaroa McComb (TAH)
Silver: Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Bronze: Matty Costa (HAW)
Copper: Ian Fontaine (FRA)