The World Junior Championships start this coming January in Kiama, New South Wales, and 18-year-old Ethan Ewing can hardly wait. It will be his first time competing in the event, which he has followed in past years with great interest in the winners’ future careers.
Ewing is currently second in the QS ranks, which was unexpected at the start of the year. He finished 2015 with a QS series of 257, and while his potential was acknowledged, his age led many to think it would take several more years to mature.
Ethan surprised in 2016 with four straight wins in the Australasian Junior Tour, followed by a QS3000, and a spot in the Ballito Pro quarterfinals. In the US Open, he finished as runner-up. But the young surfer wasn’t done impressing. After a great showing at Haleiwa and Sunset, he nabbed a Triple Crown Rookie of the Year Award and shot up the QS ranking to his present spot.
People will likely be expecting great things in the Championships from the young man Mick Fanning and Jack Freestone have called “the real deal.”
Among Ewing’s competition will be Triple Crown notables Griffin Colapinto and Finn McGill.
Colapinto made his own great leap this year in the QS rankings, from 147 in 2015 to his current 32nd spot. Standout performances in The US Open, Brazil and Haleiwa let him achieve his aim of making top 50 by the end of the season.
Hawaii’s Finn McGill drew huge recognition this December by winning the Pipe Invitational at the ripe age of 16.
WSL fans can view the World Junior Championships live from Kiama, New South Wales starting January 4.