Four young surfers from Kaua‘i have been chosen to represent Hawai‘i at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships to be held in France.
Dylan Goodale, Leila Hurst, Malia Manuel and Alex Smith were selected to join the group of 12.
Starting on Sunday the worlds top junior surfing stars will gather on France’s southwest coast where they will compete in this prestigious competition. The event will see junior athletes, both girls and boys, under age 18 coming from every continent on the planet.
More than 30 countries will be represented in the competition.
It will be held in the Olympic spirit that more than 250 athletes, from the worlds top surfing countries and some less usually associated with the sport, will come together on the world famous beaches of Siegnosse, Hossegor and Capbreton to compete for both individual and team World Junior Champion titles.
Unlike standard professional events, the surfers will compete in team format. This format is unique in world surfing.
The surfers will be competing for the honor of receiving a gold, silver bronze or copper medal and representing their nation.
This year Hawai‘i has a very strong team of four girls and eight boys hand picked by coach Rainos Hayes of O‘ahu and has an good chance of bringing home the gold.
This will be the second time on the Hawai‘i’s team for all surfers. Goodale and Hurst went last year when the event was held in Portugal.
Manuel and Smith went the year before when it was in Brazil.
Hawai‘i won the event in 2005, and finished third in 2006 and last year.
The Hawai‘i team also won the ISA Aloha Cup tag team contest.