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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

NICHOLS AND SILVEIRA CROWNED WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONS

The best junior surfers in the world competed in Ribeira d'Ilhas, Ericeira, Portugal.

 



Isabella Nichols (AUS), 18, and Lucas Silveira (BRA), 19, have won the Ericeira World Junior Championships today, claiming the World Junior Champion titles in clean three-to-four foot waves at the pristine Ribeira d’Ilhas pointbreak. Competition resumed at dawn with the men’s quarterfinals and culminated with the finals in beautiful surfing conditions around lunchtime.

 

Silveira was the undisputed form surfer of the whole event, netting incredible scores in all conditions, culminating with the only perfect 10 point ride of the event yesterday and another few excellent scores on his way to a World Junior Champion title. The Brazilian completed his campaign with a solid start in the final and stayed very active all throughout the 35-minute bout to eventually claim the win.

 

“I’m trembling right now, it’s been a long two weeks here, a lot of waiting and then finally the waves were firing yesterday and today,” an ecstatic Silveira stated. “The final was really slow, I started good and thankfully I finished well too. I’ve had a crazy event here, my lowest heat was a 15 something it’s incredible.”

 

Isabella Nichols (AUS) started building early in her final with an excellent 8.93 to apply pressure on her opponent and quickly backed it up. The young Australian kept building momentum and dropped an incredible 9.37 for her polished aggressive forehand attack on the long Ribeira walls. With a solid 18.30 combined heat total, Nichols’ claimed the win over reigning World Junior Champion Maeda.

 

“I’m so happy, I don’t even know what to say I’m speechless,” an emotional Nichols said. “I was lucky to get those two waves, I didn’t know what was happening cause we couldn’t hear any scores. When I heard I had a good lead I started to calm down a bit and nothing really came through after that. It was the longest heat of my life for sure.”

 

Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), 16, claimed the highest result for a Portuguese surfer in this year’s Ericeira World Junior Championships with an equal third place finish, unable to overcome reigning World Junior Champion Maeda in their semifinal clash. The young Portuguese will have another opportunity to battle at the World Junior Championships in 2017 as she can still compete under the new age rule.

 

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:

1 - Lucas Silveira (BRA) 16.17

2 - Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.74

 

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:

1 - Isabella Nichols (AUS) 18.30

2 - Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.16

 

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 15.70 def. Soli Bailey (AUS) 14.76

SF 2: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 17.10 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 14.54

 

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 16.50 def. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 12.20

SF 2: Isabella Nichols (AUS) 16.26 def. Holly Wawn (AUS) 11.60

 

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1: Soli Bailey (AUS) 13.16 def. Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 8.80

QF 2: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 16.50 def. Mihimana Braye (PYF) 14.83

QF 3: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.90 def. O'Neill Massin (PYF) 13.14

QF 4: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 17.60 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 16.17

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