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Top 10 Finish for Adin Masencamp at Jeep World Junior Surfing Championship in Australia - Finn McGill (HAW) and Vahine Fierro (PYF) Crowned 2017 WSL World Junior Champions


Adin Masencamp (Strand) delivered the best result of the seven South Africans in the world’s premier event for surfers aged 18-and-under when he finished ninth at the Jeep World Junior Championship which ended in wind affected one metre waves at Bombo Beach in Kiama, NSW, Australia on Wednesday.


After opening his account with a third place finish in his opening heat, Masencamp went on to blitz Kehu Butler (NZL) in Round 2 before causing one of the biggest upsets of the event by eliminating Brazilian standout Mateus Herdy in Round 3.


Up against Indonesian Rio Waida and Yuji Nishi (JPN) in Round 4 on the final day of competition, the South African narrowly missed out in the tricky conditions that made wave selection a lottery as the top two in the heat progressed to the quarter-finals.


The men’s title was won by Finn McGill (HAW) who dominated the final against Japanese prodigy Joh Azuchi (JPN), putting together an electric performance to post two excellent wave scores, an 8.00 and an 8.90 to bring his accumulative total to 16.90. The Hawaiian linked together a chain of giant backside turns in the final heat, which saw Azuchi requiring a combination of two-scores to overtake McGill’s lead.


“I can barely talk right now, it hasn’t really sunk in just yet,” McGill said. “After coming off an injury I wasn’t expecting too much of a result at this event. I was never feeling in much of a rhythm and seemed to just be sneaking through heats. It all changed in my quarter-final and all of a sudden I began to build and feel the flow. Then once I was in the final I knew I had just one more heat to surf, so I just had to wait for the good ones and surf them well.”


The women’s event was won by Vahine Fierro (PYF) who was awarded a wildcard into the WJC after missing out on qualifying. The young Tahitian built on her performances through each round and saved her best performance until the final where she met good friend Summer Macedo (HAW).


Fierro took a commanding lead early with a 12.83 heat total awarded for a silky smooth approach in the trying conditions. Macedo failed to find a rhythm leaving Fierro to become the first ever WSL World Champion to come from Tahiti.

“This is such an amazing way to end my junior career and kick off my 2018 season,” Fierro said. “This is the first time I have been to the World Junior Championship and to win is so special, especially when I was so close to missing out on the event. Today was crazy with a lot of heats to surf but after a few lay days we were all so excited to surf which made it easier. That was my third Final with Summer which is so cool as we are great friends. I’m really speechless at the moment, I just can’t believe it.”


The results of the WSL Africa squad that participated in the Jeep World Junior Championship were:



=9. Adin Masencamp (Strand)

=13. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie)

=13. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)

=25. Max Elkington (Kommetjie)

=25. Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)



=13. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)

=13. Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)


The 2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championship was held from January 4 - 10, 2018. For more information, highlights and images, head to or check out the WSL App.


Jeep World Junior Championship Men's Final Results:

1: Finn McGill (HAW) 16.90

2: Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.00


Jeep World Junior Championship Women's Final Result

1: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 13.83

2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 6.36


Jeep World Junior Championship Men's Semifinal Results:

H1: Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.50 def. Yuji Nishi (JPN) 5.00 (interference)

H2: Finn McGill (HAW) 11.17 def. Joao Chianca (BRA) 11.00


Jeep World Junior Championship Women's Semifinal Results:

H1: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 11.67 def Taina Hinckel (BRA) 9.00

H2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 9.17 def Minori Kawai (JPN) 7.53



Pictured: Adin Masencamp (Strand) posted the best result by a South African when he finished 9th in the Jeep World Junior Championship in Australia on Wednesday

Photo: WSL / Dunbar


NOTE: High resolution images available on request for media outlets


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