Australia wins teams championship
CULBURRA Beach brother and sister Owen and Tyler Wright have both won individual silver medals at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in France and gold medals with the Australian team, which took out the Junior World Championship.
The Australian team won the most prestigious tournament on the planet for surfers under the age of 18, for the third consecutive time.
This historic deed was achieved in the perfect waves of Le Penon Beach, in fact the best conditions of the entire event, with large and perfect four to six foot faces.
The gold in the under 18 boys was won by the Brazilian, Alejo Muniz, who downed Owen Wright narrowly, while fellow Aussie Laura Enever won the under 18 girls also just pipping out Tyler.
In the 2006 Quiksilver ISA Junior event in Brazil, Muniz, competing at home in the under 16 division, was defeated by Wright - in 2008 he reversed the result, downing Wright along with Hawaiian, Tyler Newton, and French local Marc Lacomare.
Muniz started the heat with a low scoring 3.2, while Wright notched up an 8.5 on a left that was packed with manoeuvres.
The Brazilian then responded to this with a 9.2 and took the lead.
However, the Australian did not give up and caught a peeling right, which he capitalised on to score a 7.14.
Meanwhile, the two other surfers in the final could not quite enter the fray.
Halfway through the heat, the Brazilian caught a good right, on which he pulled off two huge cutbacks, a powerful off-the-lip and then continued working it to the shore to score an 8.18, giving him a total of 17.38 and leaving Wright needing an 8.89.
He almost achieved this when, with eight minutes remaining, he caught another left on which he scored a 7.78.
The ocean did not deliver many more good waves after that and when the final horn sounded, the Brazilian was on top, and became the new ISA World Champion.
Muniz said it was a difficult heat against three really strong surfers.
“I had already lost to Owen twice in the competition and two years ago in the final in Brazil, so today it was my time to get back...”
The last final of the day included Australians Laura Enever and Tyler Wright, New Zealander Airini Mason and American Courtney Conlogue.
Three countries were still in contention to win the Team Gold medal: Australia, Brazil and the USA.
The result was depending on the girls’ final
Enever and Wright fiercely battled in the heat, not letting the other girls ever get close enough.
Enever scored 13.76 and Wright 13.56, leaving Conlogue third and Mason fourth.
And those results assured Australia of the Team World Championship, its fourth crown and its third back-to-back World Junior Title, confirming their domination of junior surfing.
World Junior Champions
Gold: Australia; Silver: Brazil; Bronze: Hawaii;
Results Boys Under 18
Gold: Alejo Muniz (BRA) Silver: Owen Wright (AUS)
Bronze: Tyler Newton (HAW) Copper: Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Results Girls’ Under 18
Gold: Laura Enever (AUS) Silver: Tyler Wright (AUS)
Bronze: Courtney Conlogue (USA) Copper: Airini Mason (NZ)
Results Boys Under 16
Gold: Tamaroa McComb (TAH) Silver: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) Bronze: Matty Costa (HAW) Copper: Ian Fontaine (FRA)
Gold: New Zealand; Silver: Australia; Bronze: France;
Copper: South Africa