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.
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.
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.