Lucas Owston (USA) reconnects with early event form
Hans Odriozola (ESP), consistently scoring in the excellent range
Embodying the spirit of Hawaii, Puamakamae Desoto breezes through heats
Surf City, El Salvador – June 2nd 2022
Dramatic moments defined the sixth day of competition in Surf City, El Salvador, with tensions rising as the ISA World Juniors moves ever-closer to the podium. Round 4 was held for all divisions in the Main Event, with Repechage Round 3 also completing across the board.
After delivering the high point on Day 5, Team USA captain Ryan Huckabee was knocked out in a nailbiter in Boys U-18 Repechage Round 3. Romeo Chavez (COL) continued his string of wins, advancing along with Finn Vette (NZL) in second place, leaving Huckabee scratching for a score he couldn’t find.
Sneaking through on a well-timed single turn that garnered her a 6.75, Aelan Vaast (FRA) is feeling the weight of performing for her team.
“It was a really difficult heat,” Vaast said. “I surfed with so much pressure, but I made it through so I’m happy.”
Lucas Owston (USA) reconnected with the form that found him success early in the event in Boys U-18 Repechage Round 3. His super-sharp backhand attack provided the high mark of the division for the day, finding an 8.83 combined with a 7.07 for a 15.90 heat total.
Huge end section turns are proving to be the successful formula for Hans Odriozola (ESP), who has scored waves in the excellent range (8.00-10.00) in every heat he has surfed so far in Boys U-16.
“The trainer told me before to take rights because they were cleaner. So I stayed there and I waited for it and I took it and had one good carve and then a finish and I got the score,” Odriozola said. “It was an important heat against tough competitors.”