Joshe Faulkner Carries SA's Hopes on Penultimate Day of ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

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Sun, 13/04/2014 - 10:19

The entire South African junior surfing team and all their supporters back home will be urging Joshe Faulkner on when he takes to the surf on the penultimate day of the VISSLA ISA World Surfing Championships in Ecuador at approximately 4pm this afternoon (Saturday).

The teenager from Jeffreys Bay is the sole remaining SA surfer in contention for honours at the world’s biggest junior surfing event and has performed exceptionally well to  advance through four tightly contested rounds to reach the last six in the qualifying stream of the U16 Boys division.

Up against competitors from Uruguay and the USA today, Faulkner will progress to tomorrow’s final day of competition if he finishes first or second in the Round 5 encounter. If he finishes third Faulkner drops into the repercharge stream where he needs to place first or second in two further heats to maintain his hopes of a medal in his first foray into international competition.

Despite not securing a place in the final of the Aloha Cup when they finished fourth in their semi-final behind Hawaii, the USA and Peru, the South African team received a boost yesterday when they moved up into seventh place in the provisional team standings as the nations above them saw several team members eliminated in the cutthroat, do-or-die repercharge rounds.

Defending team champions Australia took the lead in the standings and still have three of their eight boys and all four girls still in the event. Last year’s runners up Hawaii moved ito second, also with seven team members in contention while France slipped to third ahead of USA, both of whom have five surfers still accumulating team points.

Brazil is fifth followed by Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Peru, all of whom are within 350 points of each other and depending on the results of their last representative. With the top seven national teams qualifying for the following year’s Aloha Cup, the whole of the South African surfing community will be pinning their hopes on Faulkner advancing today and grabbing a medal tomorrow.

Today’s program starts with the qualifying rounds for the U18 and U16 boys and girls followed by the repercharge rounds and ends with the final of the Aloha Cup featuring defending champions Japan, USA. Hawaii and Australia.

Follow the SA Junior Team’s progress in Ecuador and post your support at www.facebook.com/pages/Surfing-South-Africa-Junior-Team/250021071844395
See the full results of each division at http://isawjsc.com/results/ and the program and team points can be found at http://isawjsc.com/inc/pdfs/SCHEDULE—DAY-7—ECUADOR.pdf

The 2014 VISSLA ISA World Surfing Games resumes on Saturday at 8am local time (3pm SA time). The live webcast of the event starts with the Morning Show at 2.40pm and is available at www.isawjsc.com

 

 

 

 

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