Ichinomiya, Chosei, Chiba (Saturday, August 1st, 2015)
2015 WSL JAPAN TOUR EVENT #1 "GoPro JUNIOR GAMES" will be held today AUG.1st (SAT) and tomorrow AUG. 2nd (SUN) at Tsurigasaki Beach (AKA Shida Shita Point), Ichinomiya, Chosei, Chiba.
Today the event is on schedule for the opening rounds Cadet U16 round of 32 and Junior men's round of 48.
The conditions at Tsurigasaki Beach this morning were 2 ft. plus with clear summer weather.
In fine contestable surf on offer this morning, Event promoter called the surfers this morning at the first call to get in action for the opening rounds.
Today's highest score maker was Junior Men's round 48 heat 5 Takumi Yasui (JPN) scored 9.00.
And the highest combination heat point maker was round of 48 heat 4 Yuji Mori (JPN) 16:00.
WSL Japan Tour official wave forecaster is "Namidensetsu" http://www.namidensetsu.com/
Mid summer vacation season and red hot summer weather along with the typhoons in sight create the top surfing season here in Japan.
2015 WSL Japan Junior events will be consisted of this coming event and the 2nd and next junior event at Minami Boso City also in Chiba Prefecture in September.
The annual WJC will be held in November, and these 2 coming events will determine the qualifiers for the WJC along with the qualifiers from the top ranked 20 years and under surfers in the top QS ranking who belong to the Japan Branch.
The coming event will be the key point to qualify for the WJC. As the world standards changes, in 2015 the juniors age will be consisted of 19 years and under and in 2016 it will be 18 years and under. The juniors will be more focused to the younger generation. These statements were announced from the WSL Commissioner Office officially.
Grade 1 event "GoPro JUNIOR GAMES" will be consisted of the U-16 cadets along with the U-20 Pro Juniors.
The surfers were not blessed with waves at the men's 3 star event last week and some surfers from Hawaii and Australia are still here in Japan and will join the event to make a total of 48 for the men's.
The event will be composed by 2 classes of, U-20 Junior Men's and Junior Girls.
5 Men's (maximum 6) and 2 Women (maximum 3) will be invited to the WJC from WSL Japan Tour. Event venue Shida Point boasts its high quality surf to decide the invitees.
"GoPro JUNIOR GAMES" will be broadcasted via internet throughout the event:
"GoPro JUNIOR GAMES" is proudly supported by the following sponsors:
ãƒ»GoPro ãƒ»ASAHI SOFT DRINKS ãƒ»Namidensetsu ãƒ»G-SHOCK ãƒ»SYNDICATE ãƒ»Dove Wetsuits
ãƒ»WSL JAPAN Tour
ãƒ»Ichinomiya Town ãƒ»Ichinomiya Surfing Union ãƒ»NSA East Chiba Branch