Macedo places second at worlds

Young bows out in quarterfinals after interference call

Summer Macedo of Maui competes during the third round of the Jeep World Junior Championship today at Kiama, Australia. Macedo won the heat and went on to make the final, where she lost to Tahiti’s Vahine Fierro. World Surf League / Matt Dunbar photos

The Maui News

Lahaina’s Summer Macedo posted a runner-up finish at the World Surf League Jeep World Junior Championship today, falling to Tahiti’s Vahine Fierro in the junior women’s final in Kiama, Australia.

Macedo couldn’t get a solid ride in the final, posting waves scores of 3.43 and 2.93 for a total of 6.36. Fierro claimed the crown with an opening ride of 7.50 and closing with a 5.33.

In a long day of competition, Macedo (12.50) started off with a third-round win over Japan’s Minori Kawai (10.84) and California’s Alyssa Spencer (8.33). She then defeated Oahu’s Zoe McDougall 13.74-9.33 in the quarterfinals before beating Kawai again in the semifinals, 9.17-7.53.

In the junior men’s competition, Maui’s Cody Young was eliminated in the quarterfinals after being called for interference during his heat against Japan’s Yuji Nishi. That call meant Young, a semifinalist last year and this year’s top seed, had to take a 0.00 score on one of his two waves, and Nishi won the heat 9.67-6.83 — had his second-highest wave counted, Young would have had a total of 11.00.

Maui’s Cody Young heads to a fourth-round win today before being eliminated in the quarterfinals

Earlier in the day, Young won his fourth-round heat with a score of 15.07, beating out Japan’s Joh Azuchi (14.23) and Australia’s Sandon Whittaker (13.73).

In the third round, Ocean Macedo was ousted by eventual winner Finn McGill of Oahu, 11.00-10.20.