Australia takes the lead in team rankings ahead of France, Brazil, Japan and USA
Annette Extabarri (ESP) and Wheeler Hasburgh (CAN) perform when it counts
Endless excitement on day of buzzer beaters
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 28, 2023
The world’s best juniors were put to the test on day five of the 2023 ISA World Junior Championship (WJSC). A dropping swell, combined with the fact that every heat left in the event is straight elimination, placed utmost importance on every small decision. While the pressure got to some, the frontrunners didn’t lose a beat, rising to the occasion and proving exactly why they are the favorites.
Five teams started the day fully intact; Australia, USA, Japan, Brazil, and defending champions Hawaii. Within an hour each team had seen their first surfers eliminated and by the end of the day Australia had asserted themselves on top, ahead of France, Brazil, Japan and USA.
Team Australia have certainly started out strong. Keira Buckpitt earned yet another solid heat win to kick off the day in Girl’s U/18, while Sierra Kerr and Isla Huppatz both posted solid numbers yet again in Girl’s U/16. Fletcher Kelleher once again stood out in Boy’s U/16, as did Lennix Smith in Boy’s U/18.
Surprisingly 2022 U/16 Gold Medalist Willis Droomer (AUS) was the first to go down from Team Australia when Pierre Lamothe (FRA) came out firing to progress, along with Oliver Zietz (NED).