Wrice continues wild ride in junior title tilt
Coledale wildcard Lucas Wrice showed he’s not prepared to just make up the numbers as round two of the World Surf League junior championships wrapped up in Kiama on Friday morning.
Wrice bounced back from a round one loss to progress to the third round with a gritty heat victory in tricky conditions at Bombo Beach.
The 17-year-old’s two wave score of 11.60 was enough to outdo St Martin ripper Titouan Boyer’s 6.90.
In small 1-2 foot waves, Wrice got off to an ideal start with a 5.33 for his opening wave of the heat.
He was never headed from that point on as the Bulli High School student added another wave of 5.10 before finishing with a classy 6.27.
Boyer could only manage top wave scores of 3.90 and 3.00.
The heat was one of two boys round two heat held on Friday after the event was put on hold on Thursday afternoon.
Wrice will meet American Griffin Colapinto in round three.
Round three of the girls titles will also continue over the weekend after the competition’s round two was completed on Friday morning.
Burleigh Heads talent Lucy Callister ensured their would be three Australian’s fighting it out in the next stage.
Callister was first cab off the rank in round two and survived a nail-biting contest with Japan’s Minami Nonaka to prevail 9.00 to 8.93.
“I was really nervous about that heat,” Callister said.
“I have been watching Minami in the free surfs and she has been ripping so I knew it would be tough, especially in these smaller conditions.
“I’ve got a good support crew here so I had good advice before the heat and knew exactly what I needed to do.”
Callister will meet red-hot Australian compatriot Macy Callaghan and Spanish rising star Ariane Ochoa.
Ochoa, of the Basque Country, also had to progress through a round two showdown against South African Kristy McGillivray.
Both active despite the small surf, but it was Ochoa who came out on top 10.04 to 7.16.
“I’m really happy to be at the World Junior Championship,” Ochoa said.
“This year has been a good one for me competitively and I have been working really hard. My Round 1 heat was not that great as I was so nervous and kept falling.
“I’m so happy that I could come out and turn it around in that heat.”
American duo Alyssa Spencer and Caroline Marks as well as Costa Rican Leilani McGonagle and Japan’s Minori Kawai all also progressed to round three which will begin on Saturday morning.