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Maree brings curtain down on junior career with fifth Down Under

South African Jordy Maree ended his glittering junior surfing career with a fine fifth place finish in the World Junior Championship (WJC) which concluded in tricky 0.6/1-metre waves at Bombo Beach in Kiama in Australia on Monday.

Australian duo Ethan Ewing and Macy Callaghan claimed the boys’ and girls’ titles at the annual event which features the world’s top 36 male and 18 female competitive surfers aged 18-and-under.

Maree opened his campaign on the final day by placing second behind Brazil’s Mateus Herdy as the pair progressed to the quarter-finals by eliminating Marco Mignot of France in a high-scoring Round 4 encounter. But there the Capetonian could not match top seeded Ewing’s march to the title and he was ousted into equal fifth place overall, but still pocketing US $3000 (approx. R41 000).

WSL Africa junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) was the next best of the seven South Africans in the event, finishing equal 13th after losing out in Round 3. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Bevan Willis (uMdloti), who received a wildcard into the event, were both eliminated in Round 2 while Sebastian Williams (Durban) could not get to the event due to visa problems.

Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), the top two girls on the WSL Africa junior rankings, were also both sidelined in Round 2 of the girls’ event, finishing equal 13th overall.

The boys’ final was a showdown between the top two seeds and great friends, Ewing and Griffin Colapinto (USA), who were the standout performers throughout the event. The finale was affected by a front that blew through in the opening minutes and after Ewing found two scoring waves early, Colapinto was unable to find any waves of substance.

Ewing now joins an illustrious list of World Junior Champions including Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons, Jordy Smith and Gabriel Medina, just to name a few.

‘This feels so amazing,’ Ewing said. ‘Coming into this event as the top seed gave me confidence from the get go and it all just kept running smoothly from the start of the week. It all just went to plan. It was funny because Griffin (Colapinto) and I talked about the chances of the two of us meeting in the final early in the week, so the fact it happened was really cool. Griffin is a great friend of mine so it is special to share this with him.’

When a little known Ewing took out the Burleigh Pro QS1,000 at the beginning of 2016, he grabbed the attention of the surfing world. He then went on to win the WSL Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) and finish runner up on the Qualifying Series (QS) booking himself a spot on the 2017 elite Championship Tour (CT), something the young Stradbroke Island native had never set out to do in such quick succession.

Picture of Maree in action courtesy of WSL/Cestari

Boys Final Result
Ethan Ewing (AUS) 11.34 def. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 1.97

Girls Final Result
Macy Callaghan (AUS) 15.67 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 4.60

Boys Semi-final Results
SF 1: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 12.70 def. Cody Young (HAW) 10.63
SF 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.60 def. Finn McGill (HAW) 8.74

Girls Semi-final Results
SF 1: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 8.90 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 8.26
SF 2: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 13.26 def. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.13

Boys Quarter-final Results
QF 1: Cody Young (HAW) 12.74 def. Mateus Herdy (BRA) 11.83
QF 2: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.76 def. Jordy Maree (ZAF, Kalk Bay) 10.67
QF 3: Finn McGill (HAW) 13.53 def. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 13.00
QF 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.67 def. Che Allan (BRB) 10.84


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