Luke Thompson (RSA) and Luke Swanson (HAW) share mid-heat high-five
The backhand attack of Lucia Machado (ESP) consistently delivers
Samuel Hearn carries Team England into Finals Day
Surf City, El Salvador – June 4th 2022
With 40 excellent scores (8.00-10.00 range) and 11 excellent heat totals (16.00-20.00 range), anyone watching couldn’t help but agree that some of the best junior competition surfing in history was performed on Day 8 of the ISA World Juniors. Of the record 419 competitors entered on Day 1, just 24 surfers now remain in the draw to claim one of the 16 medals on offer.
The teams race was shaken up as Hawaii solidified a healthy lead ahead of Australia, with France, the United States and Japan a little closer together in points to round out the top five.
Out of many incredible moments, it was a high-five shared between Luke Thompson (RSA) and Luke Swanson (HAW) that defined the day. In the first few minutes of their heat in Boys U-18 Repechage 9, both surfers posted scores above 9 points (out of a possible 10). Unable to contain their stoke as they passed each other in the lineup, they high-fived, forgetting for a moment the high stakes of the competition.
“We both opened up with 9’s and straight after they announced mine we both just looked at each other and started smiling and had a cool moment of high-fives and a moment of emotion and not having shut down.” Thompson said. “I feel like in contests you’re always very emotionless. You don’t want your competitors to see if you’re feeling a bit down or anything like that. We both let our guards down and said let’s do this, let’s shut this heat down.”
Finding incredible consistency, Lucia Machado (ESP) kept delivering heat after heat as she powered through the U-18 Girls repechage rounds. The Canarian scored big numbers across the four heats she surfed, her huge backhand hooks a perfect fit for the rights of La Bocana.
At the end of the day Team Spain sits just outside of the Top 5 in the rankings, but Machado believes they have what it takes. “I think we have an amazing team. The boys are doing amazing and the girls too and I think we can have a really good result here.”