2005 Quiksilver ISA Junior World Champs Final Results

Surf: 2-3 ft, chunky, windblown peaks
Events Held: Girls Under 18 Qualifying and Repercharge Semis and Final, Boys Under 16 Qualifying and Repercharge Semis and Final, Boys Under 18 Qualifying and Repercharge Semis and Final, Team FinalNine days, 28 countries, {{{300}}} surfers, almost 5,000 waves...and it's finally over. This week the World Junior Games gave the rest of the world a glimpse of just how good surfing's future looks. The usual powerhouse countries like Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Hawaii and the US came complete with full team, alternates, several coaches, and maybe even a translator. But other less able or unlikely countries were stoked to be there at all. The UK finished 9th overall, in front of most Caribbean and South American countries-and better than they've ever done before. Landlocked Germany had only one team member . No, he doesn't train on the Rhine. His dad is originally from San Diego and he actually lives and surfs in Portugal, but still; he finished above the Dominican Republic's only surfer, and he lives on an island. "It's the first time I've ever been to Cali and it was so cool, we met so many nice people," said Jamaica's Alex Marley. His team lost early but they were still amped to make it to the beach together, flag in hand and in uniform, every day 'til the end. "It's so different from home, we weren't used to it. Jamaica's all reef and the waves are more powerful. Here you have to hop and create your own speed. Home, it's all about havin' to control your speed." But obviously the best teams had the most versatile surfers who can excel in all conditions. "Hawaii's got it just about wrapped up," head judge Midget Smith said after Saturday's competition. It wasn't over yet, but he seemed pretty convinced, and he was right. Brazil and the US had looked good, but between Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Lani Hunter, Clay Marzo, Tonino Benson, Dusty Payne, and Mason Ho, they were just too strong. "We're fortunate to have some kids who have basically grown up with each other their whole lives, and being the good friends they all are, they're a cohesive little unit," said Hawaii's coach, Rainos Hayes. In '96 Rainos was the Assistant Coach for Hawaii and in '98 he became the head coach. This year-aside from Brazil's coach, Marcus Conde-Rainos definitely appeared to be one of the most hands on coaches with his team members, and the most positive. He gave pep talk after pep talk and sent each team member out to the water with a solid hug and good words. "My specialty is support," he said. "I look at myself as their friend and a support vehicle that's outside their parents, 'cause adolescents have a hard time listening to their parents. They listen to me." It had been raining and Carissa and Lani were getting ready for their final under the dry shelter of the Hawaii team tent. "Go check in," he said. Strict and a little gnarly-but warm and very positive. "Better early than late. That first wave could win the heat, so you better be ready for it."
Carissa and Lani didn't win their final, though. They couldn't overtake Steph Gilmore, last year's champ, who not only seemed to be on every set wave, but even managed to connect a few all the way to the inside when the other girls were having trouble getting over the hump. Karina managed to squeak into 2nd with her usual powerful and fluid style, edging the Hawaiians out. "She would've gotten an 8 or 9 if she would've linked it all the way through," PT said in the last minutes. It's what she needed to land 1st but she'd have to settle for second in the world, for the second year in a row.Besides individual surfing, though, strategy and teamwork played a huge part in almost every heat. In the Boys Under 18 Repercharge Final, Jordy Smith managed to secure 2nd place with a 9.67, even after an interference on Brazilian surfer Thomas Hermes. With less than 10 minutes left Jordy sat on Dusty Payne to make sure he wouldn't catch another wave. Dusty somehow managed to get a small one all the way in, though, and then ran down the beach away from his competitors, but Jordy immediately paddled over to meet him and sit on him again. "The girls are gnarly, too," said Dane Gudauskas, USA's Tanner Gudauskas' older brother, after the drama had settled. By now, even throughout the on and off rain and cold sideshore wind, the crowd on the beach had only grown. (Both Tanner's older brothers had been there to support him every day of the week, along with Courtney Conlogue and Erica Hosseini's moms.) Connie Arias lost on Friday in her Repercharge Heat round 7, when Australia's Lori Kelly sat on her after she overtook Connie's second place. "I wasn't mad," Connie said. "I was just smiling at her the whole time."
"Yeah, but that's probably because I sat on one of their girls earlier," said Courtney. "I was trying to block to protect Connie." The final heat of the day, Boys Under 18, started out slow, with very few set waves, but by the last half, it was neck and neck between Jferson and Tanner. Tanner briefly took the lead with several powerful backside snaps, only to paddle back out to see Jferson catch one of the best lefts of the day and connect it all the way through on his backhand. Brazilians have been stereotyped as being loud...and sometimes they are. But they're hungry. Both Tanner's team and Jferson's team had walked to the water's edge, not knowing who would take the heat. Jferson came in right after that left, knowing he'd won, and the Brazilians drowned out any other noises on the beach. "The dream is not over," their coach had stated, determined, earlier that morning. It's probably one of the only things he'd said in English all week, but he had to have been the most positive, animated and enthusiastic character on the beach, as well. Brazil ended up second overall behind Hawaii, but the dream isn't over for the US, who ended in 3rd with bronze, or Australia, who unexpectedly placed 4th, or anyone else for that matter. Next year the ISA World Junior Championships will be held in Brazil, and every team will be frothing to take the gold medal away from them.