Valley Isle surfers advance at ISA World Juniors

Kai Paula of Hana competes during the second round of the Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship on Tuesday in Huntington Beach, Calif. ISA / Sean Evans photo

The Maui News

Five Maui surfers are representing Team Hawaii at the Vissla ISA (International Surfing Association) World Junior Championship, and all five have gotten off to strong starts.

Through the first three days of competition at Huntington Beach, Calif., all of the Valley Isle surfers remain in the main-event rounds.

Jackson Bunch and Kai Paula both won their second-round heats Tuesday in the boys under-16 division. Bunch posted a 12.04 and Paula an 11.20 to advance.

In the boys under-18 event, Ocean Macedo and Levi Young also moved on to the third round. Macedo won his second-round heat with a score of 13.00, while Young advanced with a second-place score of 9.10.

Savanna Stone picked up a second-round victory in the girls U18 division, posting a total of 7.47.

Over at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, several Maui surfers are still in contention at the Vans Pro, a World Surf League Qualifying Series 3,000 event.

Among those through to the fourth round are Billy Kemper, Ian Walsh and Ian Gentil, while Tanner Hendrickson is set to compete in one of the last two heats of the third round when competition continues.

In the third, Kemper placed second in his heat with a strong 14.73. Walsh won his heat with a 11.36 and Gentil placed second in his grouping with a 10.30.

Meanwhile at Hookipa, the ocean conditions were too rough and the wind too light for the Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic to get much action in.

A couple of heats were run before conditions were deemed too dangerous to continue. Maui’s Zane Schweitzer suffered a dislocated knee in the last heat before competition was suspended — the 26-year-old still advanced, however, with a second-place finish in his heat.

The Aloha Classic is set to resume today, conditions permitting.


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