We’re looking at 21 teams from as far away as Argentina to Vanuatu and more than 200 competitors holed up on Piha Beach just outside of Auckland waiting for the start of the event. If you’re looking for favorites, keep an eye on the Aussies as they’ve taken five of the last seven team golds. The Americans and the Hawaiian team are also fielding some pretty big names this year with the likes of Kolohe Andino, Courtney Conlogue, Keanu Asing and Malia Manuel repping for their respective flags.
Looking to garner two world titles in a single month, the Reunion Island’s own Maxime Huscenot—Maxime recently took the crown at the World Junior Championships in Australia—will be surfing in this event under the French flag.
“It’s been a big week for me,” said Huscenot in an interview to the New Zealand press. “I just hope I can keep my form into this event. I really love surfing in the ISA events. You don’t feel like you’re surfing for yourself. You’re a part of a team as well. That’s what I like.”
The Under 18 and Under 16 boys heats are scheduled to hit the water in the morning to the tune of a building swell.
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