June 11, 2013



Nicaragua’s offshore winds were in full force allowing for incredible conditions all day long. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong Heats Up as the First Surfers Drop Out

Amazing surfing continued during Day 3 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong as Nicaragua’s offshore wind prevailed all day long.

Competition intensified as the first Repechage Rounds took place today. This is a do-or-die round, if a surfer gets 3rd or 4th place, the athlete is out of the contest.

“The competition is reaching its critical stages, when athletes can’t afford to lose or they will go home,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The camaraderie between all the National Teams and the local Nicaraguans has created a great vibe amongst the surfing tribe. The waves are amazing; Nicaragua is truly a surfer’s paradise. Stay tuned all week and don’t miss a minute of the live webcast.”

Today showcased Qualifying and Repechage rounds of the world’s best under-18 and under-16 Boys and Girls with great waves in the 3-5ft range with occasional bigger sets.

Australia’s Stephanie Single and Kristen Ogden led the Girls Under-18. Single earned 15.90, followed by her teammate Ogden with 14.67, the highest total heat scores of the Round.

Single defeated Keshia Eyre (POR, 7.83), Camila Kemp (POR, 6.33) and Paula Duarte (CRC, 0.77). Ogden followed in her teammate’s footsteps dominating her heat defeating Hinako Kurokawa (JPN, 7.07), Leilani McGonagle (CRC, 5.36) and Iliana Aguirre (ECU, 2.23).

In the Girl’s Under-16, the stand out of the day was Holly Wawn from Australia, posting a total heat score of 16.00 against her teammate Isabella Nichols (AUS, 13.16), Jodie de Armas Tracy (GER, 3.10) and Teresa Bonvalot (POR, 2.97).

At the same time, the first Repechage Rounds of the Boys Under-18 and Under-16 was taking place at the second podium.

Germany’s Arne Bergwinkl was the best performer in the Boys under-18 Repechage 1. He posted a total of 13.00 points defeating Irons Burgos (ECU, 6.33), Giancarlo Marin (VEN, 6.06) and the local surfer Yuber Martínez (NIC, 5.24). Bergwinkl surfed again in Repechage 2 and is still in the competition after advancing in second place.

In the Boys under-18, Colin Moran from Team USA, earned 16.06 defeating Sean Kettle (NZL, 11.40), Jose Luis Ramos (SAL, 7.57), Jorge Soto (CHI, 3.33).


Despite a solid effort in a very close heat, Ireland’s lone competitor, Gearold McDaid, lost out of the competition today. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

With the day’s highest total heat score, France’s Nomme Mignot earned 17.83 dominating Jorge Alejandro Rivas (SAL, 6.27), Malakai Martinez (CRI, 6.10), and Sebastian Oliva (CHI, 4.67).

For a full list of today’s results, click here-

The 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship resumes Wednesday at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst, and with guests from Team Germany and Team Japan.

Following that, the competition will feature:
Main Podium:
6 Heats Qualify 3 Boys U-18
8 Heats Qualify 2 Boys U-16
3 Heats Qualify 3 Girls U-18
3 Heats Qualify 3 Girls U-16
6 Heats Repechage 4 Boys U-18

Second Podium:
6 Heats Repechage 3 Boys U-18
8 Heats Repechage 2 Boys U-16
6 Heats Repechage 2 Girls U-18
6 Heats Repechage 2 Girls U-16
3 Heats Repechage 3 Girls U-16
3 Heats Repechage 3 Girls U-18

The live webcast of the entire 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is available on

Here is the scheduled for Day 3:
Wednesday, 7:40am Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua
Wednesday, 5:40am West Coast USA
Wednesday, 2:40pm Western Europe
Wednesday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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