The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships 2009 Begin Next Week

Can we please kick some ass at this? I’ve seen US Head Coach Joey Buran putting the groms through the paces at various training stops, now it’s time to take it to ‘em! Go USA!

ISA World Junior Championships

Salinas, Ecuador (above) will be home to the 2009 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
March 28 – April 5
Playa de La FAE, Salinas, Ecuador

(Huntington Beach, CA) March 23, 2009 — The world’s best Under 18 surfers are gearing up for their biggest challenge of the year, the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Now in its seventh year, the Olympic-type event will be held from March 28 through April 5 in the waves of La FAE beach in Salinas, Ecuador. The entire competition and Opening Ceremonies Parade of Nations will be webcast live on www.isaworldjuniors.com.

Surfers from the four corners of the globe will gather together to represent their home countries on the international stage for an International Olympic Committee-recognized competition. From the remote coasts of Africa to the crowded beaches in California, and the cold waters of Ireland to the warm Brazilian Atlantic shore; every junior team member is putting time in the water and training hard to achieve the dream of becoming a World Champion.

Surfers from nearly 30 nations, including Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tahiti, United States of America, Venezuela and Ecuador, will compete for medals in the three divisions of: Under 18 Boys, Under 18 Girls and Under 16 Boys. In addition to individual medals, each competitor’s points will count towards the Overall Teams Ranking, which determines team medals and the World Champion Team.

Holding four Champion titles, Australia has proven to be the team to beat. Other past Champion nations include Brazil (Durban, South Africa 2003) and Hawaii (Huntington Beach, USA 2005). Teams from USA, South Africa, France and New Zealand are looking exceptionally strong this year and will be as hungry as ever for their first Team gold.

Top surfers confirmed to compete this year include last year’s individual gold and silver medalists Australian teammates Laura Enever and Tyler Wright, 2007 Boys Under 16 gold medalist Garrett Parkes (AUS) and 2008 bronze medalists Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Ian Fontaine (FRA). Other past medalists Matty Costa (HAW), Shaun Joubert (ZAF) and Matt Hewitt (NZL) are also going to be in Salinas, along with Nat Young (USA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Marie Dejean (FRA), Fisher Heverly (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Evan Geiselman (USA).

The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships has historically been a launch pad for the future leaders of surfing. Some past champions and medalists include ASP World Tour surfers Jordy Smith, Stephanie Gilmore, Jessie Miley-Dyer, Sally Fitzgibbons and Jeremy Flores, as well as world-renowned phenoms Julian Wilson and Clay Marzo.

Junior surfing’s cream of the crop will be on display in Ecuador. For more information on the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, live webcast, photos and on-demand video highlights, visit www.isaworldjuniors.com.