Young advances at junior worlds

Cody Young of Maui competes during the first round of the Jeep World Junior Championship today in Kiama, Australia. Young won his heat with a score of 14.97 to advance through to the third round. World Surf League / Ethan Smith photos

The Maui News

Maui’s Cody Young won his first-round heat at the Jeep World Junior Championship today, earning a spot in the third round of the World Surf League junior tour event in Kiama, Australia.

Young, who made the semifinals last year, started his quest for the title with a strong showing. He posted a two-wave score of 14.97, the second-highest total of the day, to defeat Australia’s Lucas Wrice (11.83) and France’s Kauli Vaast (8.96).

All other Maui surfers were sent to the elimination second round.

Ocean Macedo (9.33) and Eli Hanneman (7.44) placed third in their heats. In the second round, Macedo will face Australia’s Reef Heazlewood and Hanneman will take on California’s Tyler Gunter.

Barron Mamiya of Oahu competes in the first round Wednesday. Mamiya won his heat with a score of 13.60.

In the junior women’s first round, Summer Macedo put up a solid 13.40, but was outdone by Australia’s Sophia Fulton (15.54) and was sent to the second round, where she will face Great Britain’s Ellie Turner for spot in the third round.

The holding period for the event runs through Jan. 12.