Tropical skies and a fading windswell greeted competitors and spectators alike on day 3 at the WSL World Junior Championship. Scenic Bombo Beach in Kiama, NSW, Australia, served up small A-frame peaks with light winds for the women's Round Two. It was a day for "cognitive surfing," as described by WSL analyst Kaipo Guerrero, with tricky conditions forcing the world's best women's junior competitors to draw deeply upon their tactical games.
In the morning's first heat, highly-touted Aussie Lucy Callister overcame a difficult draw to advance to Round Three. The young Gold Coaster from Burleigh Heads banked a solid score early on and never looked back in her heat against Japan's Minami Nonaka. "I was really nervous about that heat," Callister told the WSL. "I have been watching Minami in the freesurfs and she has been ripping so I knew it would be tough, especially in these smaller conditions."
However, it was California's Alyssa Spencer who was the outstanding performer of the day. The 13-year-old San Diego local drew upon her experience surfing drained-out lefts at her home break. A spritely goofyfooter, Spencer spanked the tops off multiple lefts to easily drop both the best single wave and highest total heat score of the day in Heat 2.
"It was slow out there but when they came they were really fun," Spencer said. "I was really lucky to get that 7.67 early because there were only a few decent set waves coming through."
Japanese surfer Minori Kawai capped the day with a strong performance in the dying conditions. The stylish regularfooter strung together a series of forehand snaps on her opening ride, posted the second-best total heat score of the day and went on to win over Argentinian Josefina Ane.