Jordy Maree was the standout performer for Team SA when he delivered another stellar performance on Day 5 of the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong in Nicaragua yesterday.
Maree is now the only South Africa remaining in the qualifying stream of the four age categories after Benji Brand and Diran Zakarian both dropped to the U18 Boys repecharge rounds. That trio, along with Matt McGillivray in the U16 Boys repos, carry SA’s medal hopes going into the final three days of the event.
Benji Brand flies blasts off the top of a wave – Photo by ISA / Rommel Gonzales
Although Team SA held on to sixth place in the provisional standings, the elimination of captain Dylan Lightfoot, Steff Burrows, Shane Sykes, Nicole Pallet and Chanelle Botha, all of whom finished either third or fourth in the repercharge heats, has left the team more than 4 000 points behind the USA who currently occupy the copper medal winning fourth place in the rankings.
Maree has won three of his four heats against the world’s best 16-and-under competitors in the event to date and was again dominant in the perfectly groomed one metre offshore waves at Jiquiliste Beach yesterday to move into the last eight in the U16 Boys qualifying rounds.
He producing the two highest scores of the 20-minute encounter – 6.67 and 5.93 – and advanced along with Imaikalani DeVault (HAW) to within two heats of the division’s Grand Final. The pair sent Kaulana Apo (HAW) and Kai Hing (AUS ) to the repercharge rounds.
Both Zakarian and Brand came within fractions of a point of maintaining their U18 Boys qualifying stream status. Zakarian, needing 4.34 points to move into an advancing second place, was awarded 4.30 on his final ride, just four-hundredths of a point short while Brand was 0.67 of a point behind second placed Luke Hynd (AUS) in his qualifying stream Round 4 encounter.
Diran Zakarian takes to the air at Jiquiliste Beach – Photo by ISA / Tweddle
McGillivray, the SA U15 Boys champion, won his U16 Boys repercharge Round 4 heat and then went on to hold onto second place in Round 5 which sees him join Maree amongst the last 24 in the division.
Matt McGillivray bottom turns on a hollow wave while progressing to the next round in the U16 Boys repercharge stream – Photo by ISA / Tweddle
Defending ISA World Junior team champions Hawaii, who have yet to have a single surfer eliminated, head the team standings going into Day 6 of the eight-day event. Australia, with one surfer out, is in second place with France (two out) in third, USA (four out) in fourth and Peru (seven out) just four points ahead of South Africa (eight out).
All the action at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Billabong can be watched live at www.isawjsc.com starting at 15:40 (SA Time) with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst and Mateo Rojas.
The schedule for today sees the four remaining SA surfers in action with those in the repercharge rounds hoping to complete two successful heats.
Day 5 Video Highlights
DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Program – Day 6 – Friday
2 Heats Qualify 5 Boys U-18
2 Heats Qualify 5 Boys U-16 – (Jordy Maree-Heat 2)
2 Heats Qualify 4 Girls U-16
2 Heats Qualify 4 Girls U-18
3 Heats Repercharge 6 Boys U-18 – (Diran Zakarian-H1, Benji Brand-H3 )
4 Heats Repercharge 6 Boys U-16 – (Matt McGillivray-H4)
2 Heats Repercharge 5 Girls U-16
2 Heats Repercharge 5 Girls U-18
2 Heats Repercharge 7 Boys U-16 – (TBA)
2 Heats Repercharge 7 Boys U-18 – (TBA)