Location: Kiama, NSW, Australia
Event: World Junior Championship
Conditions: Shifty 2 Foot
Bombo Beach Kiama, NSW/AUS (Friday, January 6, 2017) – Australian duo Ethan Ewing and Macy Callaghan have capped off their stellar competitive seasons, taking out the World Junior Championship (WJC) in Kiama, NSW. Conditions were not ideal but the world’s best put on an incredible show in the clean 2-foot peaks that were on offer at the stunning Bombo Beach.
After dominating the Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), Callaghan was a clear favourite heading into the WJC. She continued her terrorising form through every heat, posting some of the highest single wave scores and heat totals of the event.
This was no different in the final where the young Central Coaster found herself up against former Junior World titleholder Mahina Maeda (HAW) who also finished runner-up in 2015. Callaghan locked in two solid scores early and had Maeda on the ropes. Once she was comfortable she continued to build on her score with an aggressive show of backhand surfing. She eventually put Maeda in a combination situation (needing two scores) to win with a heat total of 15.67, the highest of the entire event.
“I’m so excited, this is the biggest event I have ever been in so to win is amazing,” Callaghan said. “That heat was really tricky, there wasn’t a huge amount of waves so you really had to pick the good ones. Once I got the 8.17 I knew I was in a good position and could just keep building on it, then my confidence just kept building. 2016 was so amazing for me so to start off this year like this is just a dream, I can’t wait for what lies ahead.”
Being her third WJC final in a row, Mahina Maeda knew exactly what she had to do. Unfortunately for her, Macy Callaghan came out of the gates racing and Maeda was never able to catch up. The young Hawaiian was disappointed not to go one better in what will be her last WJC appearance but was gallant in defeat and proud of what she has achieved so far in her young career.
“I’m pretty disappointed in my performance today but it is good to be here at the WJC,” Maeda said. “I feel I didn’t have the best opportunity to perform as I would have liked but I am really happy for Macy, she has a really bright future ahead of her. This is my last junior event so now it’s time to focus on the QS and try and make the CT.”
Women’s Final Result
Macy Callaghan (AUS) 15.67 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 4.60
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