Joshe Faulkner Takes SA Challenge into Final Day of ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 08:32

Joshe Faulkner became the toast of his teammates and the South African surfing community yesterday when he mounted a gutsy comeback and advanced to today’s final day of competition at the VISSLA ISA World Surfing Championships in Ecuador.

Lying in third position behind runaway heat leader Griffin Colapinto (USA) and Matias Nobrega (URU), Faulkner caught his first wave with just nine minutes remaining in the 20 minute U16 Boys qualifying Round 5 encounter and proceeded to extract every ounce of energy from it before stepping off into ankle deep water.

Rewarded with 3.88 points (out of 10) by the judges and needing just 0.80 of a point to grab second place and a spot in the next round, the courageous youngster from the Pellsrus suburb of Jeffreys Bay made the arduous two minute paddle back to the line-up and swung into another wave that netted him 2.70, overtaking Nobrega.

Now needing 2.80 to regain second spot, the Uruguayan desperately paddled into a last wave but fell early in the ride and, to the joy of the South Africans on the beach and watching on the live webcast, the final siren sounded and Faulkner had carried his and SA’s challenge for honours through the final day of the world’s biggest junior surfing event.

Faulkner will resume his challenge for a medal in his first appearance at an ISA World Championship event in the U16 Boys qualifying stream final which takes to the surf at La FAE beach in Salinas at 3.20pm on Sunday. First or second place there will see him progress to the division’s Grand Final and guarantee him a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

If he finishes third or fourth in the qualifying final Faulkner will get another chance to reach the Grand Final when he contests the repercharge final where first or second place will see him progress and ensure the SA team brings home a medal from the event.

Faulkner’s final finishing position in the U16 Boys division is crucial in determining where the SA team will end up in the rankings. Hawaii, with five surfers still in contention, have overtaken defending champions Australia, who have three, at the top of the provisional team standings going into the final day, with USA (4) and France (2) the other likely team medallists.

Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Peru, each with one surfer remaining, are currently fourth to eighth respectively and the relative finish of each of those four competitors will determine their team’s final position. The importance of a good finish is highlighted by the fact that only the top seven nations in the rankings, plus the host nation, are invited to compete in the Aloha Cup competition at the next ISA World Junior Champs

Today’s program starts with the qualifying finals for the U18 and U16 boys and girls followed by the repercharge finals and ends with the Grand Final in each division, after which the individual and team champions will be crowned.

Follow the SA Junior Team’s progress in Ecuador and post your support at
See the full results of each division at and the current team points can be found 

The 2014 VISSLA ISA World Surfing Games resumes on Sunday 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


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