Who's representing your country?
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 16 Girls
Indi-lee Ruddell
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 16 Boys
Benji Lowen
  • Age / 14
  • Born / Sumner
  • Resides in / Sumner
  • Favorite surf break / Black Rock, NSW, Australia
  • Board / JS 5'7 Monsta 10
  • Sponsors / Coopers Boardstore
  • Biggest Achievement / 1st New Zealand Nationals U16 and getting a place on the NZ team to compete at Worlds
  • Hobbies / Surfing, diving, fishing, snowboarding, skateboarding
Was born in New Zealand and lived there until I was 11 in a place called Sumner. A little seaside surf village.

We moved to Emerald Beach in northen NSW Australia when I was 11. 

I went back to New Zealand at the start of the year and competed in the New Zealand National Champs which I won and secured a place on the NZ Team. 

I surf eveyday there is surf which is most days where I live. I surf mostly with my mates Tom and George and my parents and all the Coffs Harbour Boardrider crew.

When Im back in New Zealand for holidays I like catching up with my family, surf friends and going on missions with my dad to find pumping waves. Mostly head to Dunedin or the West Coast on the hunt for barrels. 

Like to thank all the people that have supported my surfing journey and helping get to El Salvador. Family, friends, Point Surf Team in NZ and Coffs Harbour Boardriders in Australia, and all the people that have supported my Pizza business raising money for my surfing, Flagstaff Pizzeria.
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 18 Boys
Spencer Rowson
  • Age / 17
  • Born / New Plymouth, Taranaki
  • Resides in / New Plymouth, Taranaki
  • Favorite surf break / Stent Road and The Groyne
  • Board / T.Patterson A5
  • Sponsors / T.Patterson Surfboards, Crystal Cylinder, Sun Bum, Nixon, Critical Slide, Sticky Johnson Surf Wax, CMK Accounting, Metalcraft Roofing, Harcourts Team Green, Smoothstar New Zealand, Bay Shapers
  • Biggest Achievement / Being selected for the New Zealand ISA team in 2022, 2023 and 2024
  • Hobbies / Surfing, Fly fishing, Foiling.
I am 17 years old and live in New Plymouth, Taranaki in New Zealand. This is a small coastal city on the west coast of the North Island.  We have a variety of reef breaks, point breaks and beach breaks along the coastline.  My favourite places to surf are Stent Road and The Groyne which is in walking distance from my house.  The people I surf with the most is my dad Kane, Pauly T and Søren.  I love to fly fish in my spare time.  I also like to foil with dad when the surf is flat.  
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 16 Boys
Alexis Owen
  • Age / 16
  • Born / Dunedin
  • Resides in / Dunedin
  • Favorite surf break / Murdering Bay
  • Board / Lost Mayhem Driver 2.0
  • Sponsors / O'Neill, SunZapper, Lost, Hydrosurf , FCS, Sticky Johnson Wax
  • Biggest Achievement / New Zealand National Champ U16
  • Hobbies / Surfing
Possibly the southern most based competitor competing at ISA Junior Worlds - Alexis is from Dunedin, New Zealand, located 46 degrees south, Alexis often surfs with Sea Lions, Leopard Seals, Penguins, Dolphins and Orcas. Water temperature range of 7 degrees in winter to a maximum of 18 degrees in summer
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 16 Girls
Alani Morse
  • Age / 13
  • Born / Raglan
  • Resides in / Raglan
  • Favorite surf break / Manu Bay Raglan
  • Board / CI FEVER and Lou Atkins
  • Sponsors / Roxy, Avasol, Pipemasters Ltd Waikato, Raglan Chiro, Refinery Whangaroa
  • Biggest Achievement / NZ National Title u16 girls
  • Hobbies / Surfing Skating Golf Boxing
13 year old grom based in Raglan New Zealand. Always frothing and ready to give anything a go. Enjoy competing and make new friends in and out of the water. Growing up on a left hand point break and surfing Manu bay and other spots around Raglan and sniffing out rights so im not just surfing on my back hand.  I love a roadie to hunt out knew spots and fun waves around New Zealand especially the South Island around Dunedin where its freezing but the waves are on. I have a really supportive surfing family and a amazing communitie in Raglan who get behind me a encourage me so much.
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 16 Girls
Lola Groube
  • Age / 13
  • Born / Pauanui
  • Resides in / Pauanui
  • Favorite surf break / Whanga Bar
  • Board / 5'2
  • Sponsors / Billabong Australia, Sticky Johnson, Vans , Anderson Surfboards, LIIVE
  • Biggest Achievement / 19th at Junior Worlds 2023 in Brazil, 2nd in the Occy in Australia, Youngest female in NZ to win an Open Women's event and only female to ever win 3 divisions at a single National event.
  • Hobbies / Surfing, Skating, Baking, Traveling
13 year old surfer from small beachside town of Pauanui (pronounce 'Pow-a-new -ee') in the Coromandel, New Zealand. 2nd year competing at the ISA World Junior Championships (got 19th in Brazil last year). Started surfing at 3 years old when my dad took me out on a foamie. Love to surf with my Family: Matt (Dad, Kiwi), Amber (Mom, American) and sister Chloe, and dog 'Homie' (he likes to surf and skate with me). Goes to school in Whangamata and is part of the Whangamata Surf Academy (shout out to Dylan Care and Rangi Ormand who coach me at the academy) NZ Fav waves: Love surfing locally at Whanga Bar or Raglan. Overseas Fav Waves: Barra De La Cruz in Mexico or Dbah in Australia.  Career Goal: To represent NZ at the Olympics one day and to be on the WSL tour.
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 18 Girls
Poppy Arkle
  • Age / 14
  • Born / Piha
  • Resides in / Piha
  • Favorite surf break / Shipwreck bay or Ragaln
  • Board / 5.9 Morris
  • Sponsors / Perrier and Piha surf
  • Biggest Achievement / Winning under 14 scholastics
  • Hobbies / surfing, skating, tennis, snowboarding
Poppys 14 year old grom from piha New Zealand competeing in the under 18s. She lives 100 yards away from south piha beach and surfs everynight when she gets off the school bus.
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 18 Boys
Taimana Reid-bennett
  • Age / 16
  • Born / Arataki
  • Resides in / Arataki
  • Favorite surf break / Matakana
  • Board / CI Fever
  • Sponsors / Channel Island surfboards via Paul Barron, Vissla, FCS, Sticky Johnson, Lower, Mitchells
  • Biggest Achievement / NZ under 18 national title
  • Hobbies / Boxing, martial arts, basketball, acting, stunts
I started surfing around age 9 and I've been on & off since. I was the least keen to surf but my parents, sisters and most of my family surf so I eventually ended up doing it. I only recently entered my first ever surf comp in January 2024 where I won the NZ national under 18 title. I had no comp experience ever so the experience and win was pretty special. My family & friends were buzzing. That put me in the NZ team and now I'm in my second comp ever. My dad repped the NZ open mens at the very first ISA World Champs at Huntington beach in 1996 so it's pretty cool to be doing the same thing. My uncle Paul was in the NZ team in the 80s, my uncle Khan (now 1 of the team coaches) & uncle Clint repped the NZ schoolastics and my cousin Kehu Butler has done some ISA world champs and is a bit of a pro.
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 18 Boys
Tai Murphy
  • Age / 18
  • Born / Ohope
  • Resides in / Ohope
  • Favorite surf break / Raglan, New Zealand
  • Board / 5'9
  • Sponsors / Saltair Surf Co, Sol Sunscreen, Fu Wax
  • Biggest Achievement / Top ranking for U18 NZ 2024
  • Hobbies / Surfing
 I've been competing in New Zealand for quite a while, and I want to travel and compete in as many places around the world as possible and see where surfing takes me. This is a great opportunity to meet people and experience different waves and cultures.
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 18 Girls
Ariana Walker
  • Age / 16
  • Born / Mount Maunganui
  • Resides in / Mount Maunganui
  • Favorite surf break / Whanga beach
  • Board / Baby buggy
  • Sponsors / Salt Gypsy
  • Biggest Achievement / Representing New Zealand overseas
  • Hobbies / Surfing and hanging out and adventuring with my friends
I feel like i'm constantly in the water and I love it so much! I'm in the ocean before and after school whether it's shortboarding or longboarding with my friends or surf coaching. I'm a surf coach and it's the best job ever, I work for a company called Average Joes and I love watching the kids progress and getting to teach them what others have taught me about surfing. Most of my after school activities involve surfing aswell, I have surf training with school and I also have Christian Surfers where we hangout and surf. 
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 18 Girls
Sophia Brock
  • Age / 17
  • Born / Mount Maunganui
  • Resides in / Mount Maunganui
  • Favorite surf break / Matakana Island - Mount Maunganui + Snapper Rocks - Australia
  • Board / 5'7 Anderson PU
  • Sponsors / Anderson Surfboards, Smoothstar, FCS, Sex Wax, Otis Eyewear, Hydroflask, Almighty Drinks, Mount Surfshop
  • Biggest Achievement / Making the 2024 NZ Junior Team
  • Hobbies / Travel, Gym, Hockey
My name is Sophia Brock, and I am 17 years old. I grew up in Mount Maunganui which is a coastal town on the east coast of the North Island in New Zealand. In my hometown, I have grown up surfing predominantly beach breaks, but have been lucky enough to travel to Indonesia, Mentawais, Sri Lanka and Australia scoring different types of waves.

I have been the reserve for the NZ Junior Surfing Team for both 2022 & 2023 so I am so stoked to finally be representing my country on the world stage!
New Zealand
DIVISION: Under 16 Boys
Harrison Biddle
  • Age / 15
  • Born / Whangamata
  • Resides in / Whangamata
  • Favorite surf break / Whangamata Bar
  • Board / Pete Anderson 5'6 1/2 Squash - PU blank with Epoxy Resin
  • Sponsors / Anderson Surfboards, Body Work Gym
  • Biggest Achievement / 1st NZ Maori U16 Titles
  • Hobbies / Guitar, Volleyball, Mountain Biking, Going to the Gym
15 years old from Whangamata NZ.

Attends the Whangamata Surf Academy, coached by Rangi Ormond.

Love playing the guitar which I learnt when I seriously broke my leg two years ago. 

Enjoy keeping fit by going to the gym, running, mountain biking, and playing on the school volleyball team. 
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