Maui surfers compete at junior world championships
Summer Macedo (first photo) of Lahaina heads to a win in the opening heat of the World Junior Surfing Championships girls 18 competition today in Hyuga, Japan. Macedo, who won a junior world title in 2015, had a score of 13.66, third-best in the round, sending the Team Hawaii competitor to a matchup with Italy’s Giada Legati, Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle and Mexico’s Kirra Silver. The event began Sunday, with two Maui competitors — Cody Young (second photo) of Wailuku and Haiku’s Logan Bediamol (third photo) — winning boys 18 heats. Young, who was a semifinalist at the contest last year, posted a score of 14.77, advancing to a heat in which he will face Panama’s Luis Carlos Lopez, Costa Rica’s Aldo Chirinos and Canada’s Kalum Bruhwiler Temple. Bediamol had a score of 8.00 in the first round, then finished fourth in his second-round heat today with an 8.73, behind Belgium’s Dean Vandewalle, (13.17) Australia’s Samson Coulter (12.83) and Peru’s Jhonny Guerrero (11.90), moving into the elimination bracket. Lahaina’s Dante Silva (fourth photo) finished third in his heat Sunday and was sent to the elimination bracket. Silva had a score of 5.53, finishing behind Guatemala’s Lester Hernandez (9.27) and Israel’s Zur Arkin (6.87), and will next be grouped with Russia’s Nikita Avdeev, Samoa’s Christopher Martin and Germany’s David Wenzel.