Macedo places second at worlds
Young bows out in quarterfinals after interference call
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.
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.