Favorites Show Their Stuff on Day One of the WSL World Junior Championship

With the start of the year, beautiful Kiama in New South Wales welcomed the best junior surfers in the world to its shores. On the first day of a 10-day waiting period, the World Junior Championship kicked off at Bombo Beach with two-to-three foot surf.

Top seeds Ethan Ewing and Griffin Colapinto did not disappoint in the first round of the event. Ethan was off to a slow start in Heat 6 against Marco Mignot and Arran Strong, but finally made the most of the smaller waves he got to win the heat with an 11.26.

Ethan Ewing

Ethan Ewing | Photo credit: WSL / Kelly Cestari

Despite entering the event as a wildcard, Colapinto had high expectations on him and performed right on track. The wave conditions were ones he was well-accustomed to, and he strung together a nice solid heat that took him easily to the next round with a score of 13.27.

Griffin Colapinto

Griffin Colapinto | Photo credit: WSL / Kelly Cestari

Weslley Dantas, Wiggolly Dantas’s younger sibling, was also a favorite in the competition and won the first heat of the day with a 13.00. The younger Dantas capitalized on powerful turns and impressed with a technically spot-on aerial as his finish.

Weslley Dantas

Weslley Dantas | Photo credit: WSL / Kelly Cestari