South African remained in medal contention at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship when all six competitors in action on Wednesday posted first or second place results to progress to the next round of their respective divisions at Oceanside in California.
Adin Masencamp got the team off to a great start by winning his Under-16 boys’ Round 2 match-up, delivering an assured performance that earned a heat tally of 14.0 points and relegated opening day stand-out Logan Bediamol of Hawaii into second place as they both moved through to the last 32 in the division’s Main Event stream.
That was followed by Sophie Bell racking up 9.50 points and grabbing second place in her U16 girls’ Round 1 clash behind Emily Gussoni from Costa Rica. Plucky nine-year-old Candelaria Resano, who is competing in both the U16 and U18 girls’ divisions for Nicaragua, placed third with 6.50 points
Bell was back in the water on the South side of the Oceanside Pier just over two hours later but in similar fashion to her female teammates on Tuesday, she struggled to find the waves offering high scoring potential and placed third to drop into the Repercharge Rounds in the double elimination format.
The rest of the day’s action consisted of Repercharge Rounds where the competitors who do not make the top two in their Main Event heats get a second chance to stay in the competition. Those finishing outside the top two in repercharge heats are eliminated from the event.
Joshe Faulkner, SA’s only repercharge casualty on the opening day of competition, got his campaign back on track with a solid 12.94 heat winning tally to advance to U16 boys’ Repercharge Round 2 where he faces opponents from Chile, Ecuador and Panama later on Thursday.
Teal Hogg secured a comfortable heat win in the U18 girls’ division, as did Chanelle Botha, with both girls progressing to Repercharge Round 2.
And Richard Kidd finished a close second behind Esnaider Parrales from Ecuador to ensure that all 12 South African surfers are still in contention at the event.
South Africa join defending team champions Hawaii, hosts USA, France, Japan, Peru and Costa Rica as one of just seven out of the 36 national teams participating in the world’s biggest junior surfing event who have not had any members eliminated after three days of competition.
Picture of SA skipper Sean Sykes in action, courtesy of Isaac February