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ERIN BROOKS WINS U-16 GOLD, FIRST JUNIOR MEDAL FOR CANADA
SURF CITY, EL SALVADOR – JUNE 5TH 2022

Nine incredible days of non-stop action in Surf City, El Salvador, featuring a record 419 athletes and 45 national teams, culminated with 14-year-old Erin Brooks (CAN), securing her first ISA Gold and a historic first ISA Junior medal for Canada.

Erin Brooks was unstoppable all week in the U-16 Girls division, by skilfully winning each of her heats in the previous 6 rounds of competition, she was not to be denied in the Championship Finals.

Bella Kenworthy (USA, Silver) started the Final well, opening with a 7.17 and backing it up with a 7.57, however it was no match for the critical progression of the Canadian. Looking to the rights of La Bocana for the first time in the competition, Brooks unleashed a series of vertical, under-the-lip backhand hooks for an 8.60, before switching back to the left and allowing her forehand to garner an 8.17. Mirai Ikeda (JPN, Bronze) and 11-year-old Tya Zebrowski (FRA, Copper) mounted impressive campaigns but found themselves outside of the conversation as the Final progressed.

“All of the coaches were telling me that no matter what I was getting the first Canadian medal,” Brooks said. “But I wanted to get Gold.”

Surf Canada Team Lead, Dom Domic said:

“Erin Brooks’ surfing is absolutely eye-popping, the speed she generates throughout her manoeuvres is a class above. In addition, Erin managed her pace and built Heat momentum, consistently dropping excellent scores throughout this 9-day marathon that is the Junior World Titles, which is proof positive that her skill acquisition over the past 2 years was the correct strategy for her. Erin’s performance curve has set a new high-bar for Junior Women’s surfing and she is undeniably on-track, targeting the ’24 Paris Olympics, at the critically dangerous, beautifully savage, tropical reef break of Teahupoo, Tahiti – Olympic Surf venue. There are still a few more major steps to achieve before qualification, and Erin Brooks is Fired-UP and fully focussed on the challenge ahead! Surf Canada functional role is to support Erin and the whole Team on their Pathway to Paris ‘24 – Believe It!”

A Massive congratulations to the ’22 Canadian Junior Team and Coaching Staff for a best ever 9th place finish (one spot better than the previous ISA World Juniors) with notable individual performances coming from all members of the National Team.

Overall, Team Results

Team ranking:

Gold – Hawaii

Silver – Australia

Bronze – USA

Copper – France

5 – Spain

6 – Japan

7 – Brazil

8 – Portugal

9 – Canada – Best Ever Team result

10 – South Africa

Canadian Girls U-16 Team: 4th 

Girls U-16 Individual Results:

1st GOLD – Erin Brooks, World Champion 

31st – Ocea Green

73rd – Chloe Platenius

Canadian Boys U-16 Team: 19th

Boys U-16 Individual Results: 

49th – Jackson Meskis

65th – Nathan Hereda

81st – Jonas Meskis 

Canadian Girls U-18 Team: 12th 

Girls U-18 Individual Results:

13th – Erin Brooks

31st – Sanoa Dempfle-Olin

61st – Jasmine Porter  

Canadian Boys U-18 Team: 7th

Boys U-18 Individual Results:

17th – Levi Young

17th – Reed Platenius

41st – Wheeler Hasburgh

Featuring a record 419 athletes and 45 national teams, the ISA World Games is the most prestigious junior competition, won preciously by names like Gabriel Medina (BRA, 2010), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW, 2014, 2013), Filipe Toledo (BRA, 2011), Tom Curren (USA, 1980), Tyler Wright (AUS, 2010, 2009), Alejo Muniz (BRA, 2008), Laura Enever (AUS, 2008), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS, 2007), Julian Wilson (AUS, 2006), Owen Wright (AUS, 2006), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS, 2005, 2004), Matt Wilkinson (AUS, 2004), Jordy Smith (RSA, 2003), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA, 2015), Brisa Hennessy (CRC, 2016), and Caroline Marks (USA, 2016).

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“As far as I am concerned, these are the best World Junior Surfing Championships in history. The best waves, the largest number of competitors, the largest number of teams and the largest amount of supporting crew that came along with the athletes.”

“This event has been a huge success in uniting the junior surfers of the world in peace, through surfing, for a better world for everybody.”

El Salvador Tourism Minister Morena Valdez said:

“All Salvadoreans will carry the energy from all of the countries that have participated in this event. Not only the winners, but everyone who has participated, because we are all winners here. We have shown what the surfing community is all about.”

“This gives us hope as a country and I want to express gratitude to President Nayib Bukelele. We will continue working and we will continue making surfing a dream for everyone. Surfing rocks. And you also rock because you are part of the worldwide surfing family.”

This Article is adapted from: https://isasurf.org/team-hawaii-wins-surf-city-el-salvador-isa-world-junior-championship/

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