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South Africa takes sixth place as Australia wins team gold at DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

June 17th, 2013
Diran Zakarian  was one of South Africa’s top performers at the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys division of the event which ended in Nicaragua on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Diran Zakarian was one of South Africa’s top performers at the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys division of the event which ended in Nicaragua on Sunday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African junior surfing team has finished in sixth place amongst the 30 nations competing in the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong which ended at Jiquiliste Beach in Nicaragua on Sunday.

Team Australia was crowned the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Gold Medal Team when they overtook defending team champions Hawaii with the USA taking third place, France fourth and Peru fifth.

In the individual divisions, Hawaiians clinched three of the four gold medals on offer with Josh Moniz winning the Boys U18 division, Tatiana Weston-Webb the Girls U18’s and Mahina Maeda the Girls U16’s. Australia’s Jacob Wilcox won the Boys U16 division.

Team SA’s sixth place finish was three places better than their ninth place in Panama last year and ensures that the country will receive a better seeding in next year’s event as well as earning a spot amongst the eight teams that will contest the ISA Aloha Cup competition, which was won for the first time by Japan in Nicaragua.

Diran Zakarian and Jordy Maree were Team SA’s top performers, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys and U16 Boys respectively. Nicole Pallet and Chanelle Botha were the best of the South African girls, ending equal 16th in the U18 and U16 Girls respectively.

The world’s largest junior surfing event featured nearly 30 surfers from 30 countries and was brought to a close by ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

“This is the end of an amazing World Championship. It’s a happy and sad end. We are very happy because it was a very successful event, but it’s sad because it means we have to leave Nicaragua,” Aguerre said.

“We have confirmed what we discovered last year, a surfing paradise. It was in our dreams, a small nation in Central America full of waves, offshore winds, good people and very accessible. Nicaragua has been so good, that all of us, the 500 people that came for the event, will continue to come back here and tell the rest of the world about it.”
DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Official Results:

Overall Team Results:
1. Australia- 24,256 points, Gold Medal plus ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy
2. Hawaii- 23,828, Silver Medal
3. USA- 18,870, Bronze Medal
4. France- 18,212, Copper Medal
5. Japan- 16,322
6. South Africa- 15,652
7. Peru- 15,316
8. Brazil- 15,300
9. New England- 12,532
10. Portugal- 12,310
11. Costa Rica- 12,232
12. Venezuela- 10,388
13. Germany- 10,312
14. UK- 9,580
15. Argentina- 9,578
16. Tahiti- 8,700
17. Uruguay- 8,408
18. Puerto Rico- 8,276
19. Ecuador- 8,108
20. Nicaragua- 7,648
21. Panama- 7,168
22. Chile- 6,764
23. El Salvador- 5,184
24. Switzerland- 4,180
25. Italy- 3,440
26. Jamaica- 3,328
27. Mexico- 2,320
28. Barbados- 1,340
29. Ireland- 960
30. Russia- 640

Boys Under-18:
Josh Moniz (HAW), Gold Medal
Soli Bailey (AUS), Silver Medal
Andy Criere (FRA), Bronze Medal
Luke Hynd (AUS), Copper Medal

=11. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=13. Benji Brand (Kommetjie)
=19. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=31. Josh Smit (Warner Beach)

Girls Under-18:
Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal
Stephanie Single (AUS), Silver Medal
Nikki Veisins (USA), Bronze Medal
Chelsea Tuach (BAR), Copper Medal

=16. Nicole Pallet (Durban)
=19. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay)

Boys Under-16:
Jacob Wilcox (AUS), Gold Medal
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Silver Medal
Jake Marshall (USA), Bronze Medal
Reo Inaba (JPN), Copper Medal

=11. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
=21. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
=33. Steff Burrows (Strand)
=33. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)

Girls Under-16:
Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal
Karelle Poppke (TAH), Silver Medal
Dax McGill (HAW), Bronze Medal
Frankie Harrer (USA), Copper Medal

=16. Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach)
=31. Anoush Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)

ISA Aloha Cup:
Japan- 63.77, Gold Medal
USA- 60.73, Silver Medal
Peru- 51.55, Bronze Medal
Australia- 49.08, Copper Medal

For full event coverage including all results, daily videos and photo galleries visit http://www.isawjsc.com/

Team SA’s progress through the event can be found at www.facebook.com/surfing.sa and via www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The 2013 South African Junior Team has been provided with kit by Billabong and Skullcandy. The team’s travel arrangements were made by All Aboard Travel

ENDS

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