Young earns spot in final; Macedo still in contention
The Maui News – Cody Young of Wailuku reached the International Surfing Association World Junior Championships boys 18 final today, winning his sixth-round heat after a second-place finish in the fifth round in Hyuga, Japan.
In the girls 18 division, a win and two runner-up finishes put Lahaina’s Summer Macedo in the final repechage heat.
Young had a score of 16.20 in the sixth round, giving him his fifth heat win. He was the runner-up to California’s Cole Houshmand in the fifth round.
Young, who last month won the U.S. Open junior title and was an ISA junior semifinalist last year, will be grouped with Australia’s Dylan Moffat and two competitors to be determined in the final.
Macedo — who won the girls 16 title two years ago and this summer claimed National Scholastic Surfing Association and USA Surfing titles — placed second in a fifth-round repechage heat, won her sixth-round elimination heat and finished behind Hawaii teammate Brisa Hennessy in the seventh repechage round.
In her second heat of the day, Macedo had a 16.00 — she and Hennessy have combined to post four of the division’s top six scores.
Macedo won her fourth-round elimination heat Thursday.
Macedo will next face Hennessy, France’s Neis Lartigue and Japan’s Minori Kawai — the top two in that group will reach the final, joining California’s Kirra Pinkerton and Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle.
Also on Thursday, Haiku’s Tanner Hendrickson was eliminated from the EDP Billabong Pro Cascais in Portugal — he finished third in his third-round heat at the World Surf League qualifying series event.