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World Junior Championship Off To Flying Start in Taiwan

Once the QS3,000 event had wrapped, the WSL World Junior Championships got underway at Jinzun Harbour with the opening round of the men's being run in the afternoon. The top juniors in the world went to town in the Taiwanese peaks, throwing huge airs and burying rail to demonstrate that the future of surfing is in safe hands.

Crosby Colapinto of The United States advances to Round 3 of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing World Junior Championships after winning Heat 4 of Round 1 at Jinzun Harbour on November 26, 2019 in Taitung County, Taiwan (Photo by Tim Hain/WSL via Getty Image Crosby Colapinto posting a near-perfect 9.70. WSL / Tim Hain

Round 1 saw a number of incredible performance and excellent scores dropped by the world's best up and comers including a near-perfect 9.70 (out of a possible 10) from San Clemente's Crosby Colapinto. Colapinto's travel buddy and hometown friend Kade Matson was another top performer, posting a two-wave combination of 16.93 (out of a possible 20) for his epic backhand attack.

Not long after his breakthrough performance at the Tahiti Pro Teahupoo', Kauli Vaast is returning to Taiwan for his second WSL World Junior Championships with newfound confidence. Vaast launched his assault on the 2019 title with a Round 1 heat win and was looking sharp on his forehand at Jiunzun Harbour.

"I've been here for a week getting ready so it was nice to get my first heat in the World Juniors out of the way," Vaast said. "It's good to be back in Taiwan, there are always waves here and there always fun, even with the wind. Competing in a CT event was such an incredible experience for me. I learned a lot from the top guys and I'm keen to bring it here. It will be awesome to apply it here and go deep into the event."

Kauli Vaast of France advances to Round 3 of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing World Junior Championships after winning Heat 1 of Round 1 at Jinzun Harbour on November 26, 2019 in Taitung County, Taiwan (Photo by Tim Hain/WSL via Getty Images) Kauli Vaast through to Rpund 3 oin Taiwan. WSL / Tim Hain

Be sure to check in tomorrow as competition is likely to continue at The Taiwan Open of Surfing WSL World Junior Championships are likely to continue with either Women's Round 1 or Men's Round 2.

The Taiwan Open World Junior Championship runs from November 26 - December 1.

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