|Jinzun Harbour, Taitung/Taiwan (Saturday, December 3, 2018) – The 2018 Taiwan Open World Junior Championships have been called on at Jinzun Harbour. competitors in Men’s and women’s Round 1 will be treated to clean 2-to-4 foot waves on Day 1 of competition.
“After an incredible week of Longboards, it’s time for the best juniors in the world to take centre stage at the Taiwan Open of Surfing,” said WSL Event Director Will Hayden-Smith. “We have more, clean 2-to-3 foot waves with the odd bigger set at Jinzun Harbour so will get Women’s Round 1 off to a start at 7:00 am.”
The opening heat of the day will see Shino Matsuda (JPN) take on Samantha Sibley (USA) and Zoe Steyn (ZAF).
One of the events favourites Alyssa Spencer (USA) will hit the water in Heat 4 of Round 1 where she will do battle with Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) and Catalina Mercere.
On the men’s side, Heat 3 will be one to watch when Brazilian dynamo Samuel Pupo (BRA) takes on Crosby Colapinto (USA) and Kai Tandler (AUS)
The 2018 WSL World Junior Championships will run in conjunction with the Taiwan Open of Surfing from December 1 – 9. Watch all of the action LIVE at worldsurfleague.com and on the free WSL App. Head here for more information, images, highlights and results.
Taiwan Open World Junior Championships Women’s Rounds Round 1 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Samantha Sibley (USA) vs. Shino Matsuda (JPN) vs. Zoë Steyn (ZAF)
Heat 2: Gabriela Bryan (HAW) vs. Alyssa Lock (AUS) vs. Sol Aguirre (PER)
Heat 3: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) vs. Kailani Johnson (IDN) vs. Pan Mei-Hsin ()
Heat 4: Alyssa Spencer (USA) vs. Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) vs. Catalina Mercere (ARG) Heat 5: Zahli Kelly (AUS) vs. Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) vs. Anat Lelior (ISR)
Heat 6: Minami Nonaka (JPN) vs. Sara Wakita (JPN) vs. Kai Woolf (ZAF)
Taiwan Open World Junior Championships Men’s Rounds Round 1 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Tyler Gunter (USA) vs. Luke Slijpen (ZAF) vs. Kalani Rivero (HAW)
Heat 2: Eithan Osborne (USA) vs. Jhonny Guerrero (PER) vs. Roi Kanazawa (JPN)
Heat 3: Samuel Pupo (BRA) vs. Crosby Colapinto (USA) vs. Kai Tandler (AUS)
Heat 4: Mateus Herdy (BRA) vs. Makana Pang (HAW) vs. Mathis Crozon (FRA)
Heat 5: Yuji Nishi (JPN) vs. Eli Beukes (ZAF) vs. Raul Dañino (PER)
Heat 6: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Tiago Carrique (FRA) vs. Pan Hai Hsin (TWN)
Heat 7: Rio Waida (IDN) vs. Cole Alves (HAW) vs. Toy Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 8: Cole Houshmand (USA) vs. Max Elkington (ZAF) vs. Marco Mignot (FRA)
Heat 9: Kauli Vaast (FRA) vs. Justin Becret (FRA) vs. Dextar Muskens (AUS)
Heat 10: I Ketut Aditya (IDN) vs. Caleb Tancred (AUS) vs. Lenni Jensen (DEU)
Heat 11: Callum Robson (AUS) vs. Eduardo Motta (BRA) vs. Luke Thompson (ZAF)
Heat 12: Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) vs. Kade Matson (USA) vs. Eli Hanneman (HAW)