Ewa's Asing captures boys 16 world junior surfing title
Keanu Asing of 'Ewa won the Boys 16 division of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championship contest today.
The final day of the prestigious contest was completed today at Salinas, Ecuador.
Asing had a two-wave score of 17.54 in the final to edge Gabriel Medina's score of 17.38.
Asing lost a heat in the winners bracket earlier in the week, but qualified for the final by winning five consecutive repechage heats.
"This is the biggest thing I have ever won," said Asing, 15. "I am stoked to have pulled through the repechages. I think the loss in round four really helped me. It made me more charged up and more focused. I knew I had to get good waves because every heat could have been my last."
Hawai'i finished second in the team standings. Australia had two individual champions and won the team title for the fourth consecutive year.
In the other divisions, Dylan Goodale of Kaua'i placed fourth in Boys 18, and Alessa Quizon of Makaha placed third in Girls 18.
The contest is considered the world championship for surfers age 18 and younger.