The 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

21 May 2008 0

The 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

The Aussie Junior Representatives

The Aussie Junior Representatives

From 24 May, the world’s top junior surfing stars are set to gather on France’s southwest coast, where they will compete for the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

Organised by the French Surfing Federation (FFS) with the support of the French Ministry of Sport, Youth and Health and sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA), this major meeting on the surfing calendar is returning to France for the first time since 1992 (when it was held in Lacanau, and won by Chad Edser).

The ISA World Junior Surfing Championships is uniquely imbued with the Olympic spirit, as it is officially recognised by the IOC. Unlike the formats commonly adopted for professional surfing competitions, the almost 300 competitors will be grouped into national teams, and will surf in official representation of their countries. In addition to the individual World Junior Champions titles, they will also be competing together for the title Junior Team World Champion. The winners will be awarded the ISA World Junior Team Champion. The current World Team champion is Australia, who won it last year in Costa de Caparica, Portugal.

There will be a distinct Olympic feel to proceedings as well. Highlights are set to include the grand Parade of Nations in Hossegor on May 24th, and the procession will end with the now traditional Sands of the World Ceremony.

The Australian Team

Surfing Australia has announced the 12 surfer team to represent Australia at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in France, May 2008.

Leading the charge will be former under 16 ISA World Junior Champion, Owen Wright who gained automatic selection after taking out the under 18 National Championships. He will be joined by Mitch Crews, Chris Salisbury and Chris Friend in the under 18 division.

16 year old Laura Enever will lead the under 18 girls along with Kirstie Jones, Tiana McNeven and Tyler Wright (Owen Wright’s sister).

In the under 16 boys, wearing the green and gold of Australia for the first time will be Max Ayshford, Jake Sylvester, Khai Adams and Thomas Woods.

Surfing Australia CEO Mark Lane is excited about the team and its prospects in France. “We have some team members who have a profile and a record to go with it, and we are very happy about the depth of talent in our team and every person has well and truly earnt their position.”

“A major change to the team will be the absence of Sasha Stocker from his role of Head Coach, a role he has held since 2003. While it was disappointing to lose Sasha from the role, I don’t expect that to change the team dynamics as our team formula and culture remains constant. If anything, it opens the door of opportunity for others and the depth of experienced coaches in this country also matches the surfer talent pool.”

The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships were first contested in 2003 after it was decided by the International Surfing Association (ISA) to have a stand alone event each year to assist the development of junior surfing worldwide. Since 2003, Australian surfers have won 3 of the 5 team’s titles and 10 of the 15 individual titles.

Previous Australian individual champions and team titles

2003 Durban, South Africa
Under 18 Boys - Benn Dunn, Australia
Under 18 Girls - Jessie Miley Dyer, Australia

2004 Papenoo, Tahiti
Under 18 Boys - James Wood, Australia
Under 16 Boys - Matt Wilkinson, Australia
Under 18 Girls - Stephanie Gilmore, Australia
ISA Nations Cup - Australia
Champion Team – Australia

2005 Huntington Beach, CA
Under 18 Girls - Stephanie Gilmore, Australia

2006 Maresias, Brazil
Under 18 Boys - Julian Wilson, Australia
Under 16 Boys - Owen Wright, Australia
Champion Team – Australia

2007 Costa de Caparica, Portugal
Under 16 Boys - Garrett Parkes, Australia
Under 18 Girls - Sally Fitzgibbons, Australia
Champion Team - Australia

Team Australia – the Australian Junior Surfing Team program is supported by the Australian Sports Commission and the Domain Casuarina Beach Resort.

Team Australia – 2008 Australian Junior Surfing Team members
Under 18 Boys
Owen Wright - Culburra Beach, NSW
Mitch Crews - Currumbin, QLD
Chris Salisbury - Newport, NSW
Chris Friend - Alexandra Headland, QLD

Under 16 Boys
Max Ayshford - Matraville, NSW
Jake Sylvester - Bar Beach, NSW
Khai Adams - Victor Harbour, SA
Thomas Woods - Coolangatta, QLD

Under 18 Girls
Laura Enever - North Narrabeen, NSW
Tyler Wright - Culburra Beach, NSW
Kirstie Jones - Ulladulla, NSW
Tiana McNeven - Tugun, QLD

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