Droomer Wins Gold & The Junior Irukandjis Supported By Woolworths Bag Silver At Surf City El Salvador ISA World Junior Championship

Published on 07/06/2022

Nine incredible days of non-stop action in Surf City, El Salvador, featuring a record 419 athletes and 45 national teams, culminated with Hawaii securing themselves an impressive lead to win their first Team Gold since 2014. It is the fourth time Hawaii has claimed this honor.

Team Hawaii, the 2019 Silver Medalists, found their way back to Gold on the back of a highly impressive squad, who claimed four individual medals. Australia followed up with Silver, USA won Bronze, and France collected Copper.

It was a much closer affair in the Boys U-18 Final, with two Hawaiians battling it out. Luke Swanson (HAW) finally found the air sections he’d been hoping for all week, taking Gold on the strength of two backhand tail-high air reverses, while fellow Shion Crawford (HAW, Silver) was hot on his heels with exceptional railwork. Luke Thompson (RSA, Bronze) and Kobi Clements(AUS, Copper) were unable to find the form that saw them through the rest of the competition.

“I knew these guys were so good that it would take all my effort and the best of my surfing,” Swanson said. “I just can’t believe I won. It was my goal, I wrote it down, but the fact that I actually achieved that, I don’t know what to say. I guess it’s just a testament to believing in yourself.”

Throughout the entire event Hans Odriozola (ESP, Copper) appeared to be the surfer to beat in Boys U-16. It was no different as the Final got underway and Odriozola quickly put two scores on the board for the lead. Willis Droomer (AUS, Gold) turned a forehand three-turn combo into a 7.83, while a single air drop out of a big forehand crack resulted in a 7.27 for Inigo Madina(FRA, Silver). Luke Tema (HAW, Bronze) found mid-range 6’s but was unable to truly unleash. As the Final progressed Odriozola looked entirely out of sorts and Droomer closed it out with a 7.67 and the win.

“It’s the best event I’ve ever been to and I’m just so happy to bring Gold home not only for myself but for Australia and the Irukandjis.” Droomer siad. “It’s a big name to live up to and a lot of pressure, but I’m stoked to come out on top.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“What an amazing competition. It’s been wonderful to see the best junior surfers ripping the waves of El Salvador, this wonderful destination that has become one of the prime surfing spots in the world.”

“As far as I am concerned, these are the best World Junior Surfing Championships in history. The best waves, the largest amount of competitors, the largest amount 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.”


Team ranking:

Gold – Hawaii

Silver – Australia

Bronze – USA

Copper – France

5 – Spain

6 – Japan

7 – Brazil

8 – Portugal

9 – Canada

10 – South Africa

Boys U-16:

Gold – Willis Droomer

Silver – Inigo Madina

Bronze – Luke Tema

Copper – Hans Odriozola

Girls U-16:

Gold – Erin Brooks

Silver – Bella Kenworthy

Bronze – Mirai Ikeda

Copper – Tya Zebrowski

Boys U-18:

Gold – Luke Swanson

Silver – Shion Crawford

Bronze – Luke Thompson

Copper – Kobi Clements

Girls U-18:

Gold – Eweleiula Wong

Silver – Lucia Machado

Bronze – Hina-Maria Conradi

Copper – Zoe Benedetto

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