Published on October 12th, 2015 | by pacificmedia0
New Zealand team departs for ISA World Juniors in the USA
Kiwis Depart for California and the World Junior Champs
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 October, 2015 - Twelve of New Zealand’s top young surfers have departed for California, USA today (Thursday 8th October) where they will tackle the biggest international surfing event of their careers.
The team will compete at the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) Vissla World Junior Surfing Championship to be held at Oceanside Beach from 11th – 18th October 2015. With the move out of South America to California, the pinnacle junior surfing event has attracted a record 37 nations and over 320 competitors under the age of 18.
Half of the New Zealand Team is fresh off competing at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships held at Gisborne last week. Raglan surfer Taylor Hutchison, a first-time New Zealand team member won the Under 18 Boys Division last week while two-time New Zealand representative Daniel Farr (Tara) won the Under 16 Boys Division.
Last week, surfers competed for their own regional teams but will now combine with those that were not at the event in a bid to reach the podium in California. The New Zealand Team finished tenth at the 2014 ISA World Championship held in Ecuador with the Hawaiians taking the gold medal over France in second and Australia in third.
Kehu Butler (Mnt) was the top performing New Zealand surfer finishing seventh in the Under 16 Boys Division and he will be back again this year to compete in the same division as one of the favourite surfers to make the podium.
Also performing well in 2014 was Jasmine Smith (Gis) who finished ninth in the Under 18 Girls Division. It is Smith’s last year in the team before she moves on to the senior ranks. Smith has already represented New Zealand once this year as a Prone Paddler at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Mexico where she placed fourth.
Smith has spent much of winter based in Australia training for both this event as well as her surf lifesaving exploits only recently returning to her hometown of Gisborne before heading off overseas again today.
The youngest surfer in the team is Australian based fourteen-year-old Kaya Horne who met up with the team today before departure. Horne will compete in the Under 16 Boys Division against surfers up to two years his senior. The slight statured grom originally hailing from Mount Maunganui will use his light weight frame as an advantage in beach break conditions of Oceanside Beach.
The Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony commence on Monday morning New Zealand time with the first rounds of surfing starting on Tuesday morning.
The 2015 New Zealand Junior Surfing Team is as follows:
Under 18 Boys
Callum Chuter (Mnt)
Harrison Whiteside (Chch)
Manu Scott – Arrieta (Sandy Bay)
Taylor Hutchison (Rag)
Under 18 Girls
Britt Kindred (Muriwai)
Jasmine Smith (Gis)
Under 16 Boys
Daniel Farr (Tara)
Jonas Tawharu (Mnt)
Kaya Horne (Mnt/Queensland)
Kehu Butler (Mnt)
Under 16 Girls
Elin Tawharu (Mnt)
Raiha Ensor (Mnt)
Team Manager: Kahn Butler (Mnt)
Team Coach: Matt Scorringe (Whangamata)
The World Junior Surfing Championships is an annual event having been held since 2003. New Zealand has competed at the event since its inception as well as competing at the World Grommet Titles as it was formerly known since 1989.
Prior to the main event the team will meet South Africa to contest the annually run ‘SANZ’ Trophy held between the two teams. South Africa regained the trophy from New Zealand in 2014. The two teams will fine tune their competitive strategies only days out from the main event. The unique trophy that is up for grabs is made out of a solid pounamu base with paua inlay and a surfboard made out of South African hardwood.