Women’s Top Seeds Rule Round 2 of the WSL World Junior Championship

Smaller waves with light winds made for challenging conditions in the women’s Round Two of of the WSL World Junior Championship. The young competitors needed to strategize well to make it into the next round.

Queenslander Lucy Callister kicked off the first heat with a good starting score of 6.00 and stayed busy throughout the heat, building up to a total score of 9.00 that moved her on to Round Three. She later expressed having had some nervousness, observing opponent Minami Nonaka’s skill in the smaller surf. Indeed, it was a close competition, with Minami scoring a heat total of 8.93.

Lucy Callister

Lucy Callister | Photo credit: Kelly Cestari

Alyssa Spencer from San Diego was the one to watch, having surfed similar conditions in California. Her opening effort only earned her a 1.00, but two strong turns and good distance on her second wave replaced it with a 7.67, the best single wave score of the day. She finished the heat with the highest score as well of the day, 13.00, a good solid lead over opponent Maddie Peterson.

Alyssa Spencer

Alyssa Spencer | Photo credit: Kelly Cestari

Second-best total heat score of the day went to Japan’s Minori Kawai in the final heat of the day. Minori made the most of the declining wave conditions to finish with a 10.50, winning the heat against Argentina’s Josefina Ane.

Minori Kawai

Minori Kawai | Photo credit: Kelly Cestari