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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 25, 2023
An action-packed opening day of the 2023 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) saw Praia da Macumba deliver consistent and fun three-to-four foot peaks on a full beach, packed with hundreds of the world’s best junior surfers.
Two podiums were held approximately 100m apart. After the first four heats of Boy’s U/16 Main Round 1 ran at Podium 1, a further 22 heats were surfed at Podium 2, while all of Girl’s U/16 Main Round 1 was completed on Podium 1.
The first excellent score of the event came in the very first heat of Girl’s U/16. After building a solid lead, Isla Huppatz (AUS) blasted through a single-turn that set her fins free above the lip to earn an 8.17. The 16-year-old, originally from Bells Beach and now residing on the Gold Coast, is excited to join The Irukandjis (Team Australia) to represent her nation for the first time.