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The 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was officially declared open at Okuragahama Beach in Hyuga, Japan on Saturday with the South African team joining a record breaking 41 nations in the stirring Parade of Nations and Sands of the World ceremonies.

After the 309 athletes had marched through the streets of Hyuga in their team uniforms they were treated to a demonstration of traditional Japanese ‘Hyottoko’ dance before pouring sand from their home beaches into a special receptacle and heard speeches from the dignitaries present.

‘Welcome to all teams coming from all corners of the world to the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in the beautiful city of Hyuga,’ said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre.

‘This is the largest junior surfing competition in the world and the only one where you compete not for money, but for the honour of representing your countries. For the first time ever surfing is an Olympic sport and in less than three years from now we will be surfing the Olympic wave in Tokyo.’

Competition got underway at midnight South African time on Sunday morning and will use a dual-podium format competition with the first 30 heats in the Boys U-18 and U-16 Divisions set to be completed on Day 1.

Picture of the SA team at the opening ceremony courtesy of ISA/Evans

South Africans in action on day one
Heat 2: Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
H15: Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)
H19: Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie)
H30: Adin Masencamp (Strand)

Podium 2
H2: Eli Beukes (Kommetjie)
H15: Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
H19: Dellin Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay)
H30: Luke Slijpen (Llandudno)


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