Small worlds – Medina in silver, Conradi in bronze and France at the feet of the podium

The ISA World Junior Championships concluded Sunday in El Salvador with a victory for Team Hawaii. The French team, led by Inigo Madina, the vice world super-champion, and its captain Hina Konrady, the bronze medalist, finished fourth in the world championship, and regained its place as the first European country. Well done berries!

Third on the previous day, the “younger” blues slipped one place in the nation’s general rankings over the last day with twists and turns. However, this is the team’s best result since the 2016 title, and the fifth places it followed in 2017, 2018 and 2019 (the 2020 and 2021 editions have been canceled due to the pandemic).Inigo Madina, Vice Under-16 World Champion (above) had the best individual performance for the tricolor camp. Hendayis would have passed all the rounds up to the Grand Final, and had some of the best overalls in his class. On a body of water stirred up by strong wild winds, he leaned behind Australian Willis Drummer without being able to find the bomb likely to set his feet on the highest step. At the age of 14, his silver anyway is a huge promise for the future that allows him to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors from Bidasoa Surf Club such as Pauline Addo and Andy Krier.FRA ath Tya Zebrowski ath ph Sean Evans ph 2Zibrowski, 11, has already reached the final
In the aftermath of the first final, French clan Tya Zebrowski (above) cheered from the pebbly beach of La Bocaña. Earlier, the youngest member of the squad (11 years old) had fallen out in a rematch with Anais Blanchard. The two of the French could make it back to the Grand Final but only Zebrowski succeeded when Blanchard stopped out in the replay final, sixth overall in the key. In the delicate conditions of his petite skeleton, particularly the strong rag, and perhaps also with his 1000’s of heartbeat, Zebrowski couldn’t find waves to express himself and fell extraordinarily low in his rare attempts. The young surfer from Hoségor Surf Club was finally forced to take fourth place, at the foot of a podium dominated by Canadian phenomenon Erin Brooks, while the bronze went to Japan’s Mirai Ikeda, less than half a point ahead of Tia.Conrady ath F Mike Rodriguez PhDCaptain Conrady on the podium
In the last three colors on the track, Hina Konrady (above) entered the waters full of certainty after her impressive performance the day before in the table final. It was also destabilized by the complex expanse of water, which was very different from the previous days anyway. Vendée was never on the right waves and saw the Hawaiian Eweleiula Wong sailing relentlessly. In the fight for second place, Conrady could not compete with Spaniard Lucia Machado but held her place on the podium, which was threatened by American Zoe Benedetto.
Blanchard Ath F Sean Evans Ph.DFrance is at the foot of the podium but … the third country in the world
However, the bronze of the captain of the Blueberries is not enough for France to rise to the podium. Exceeded in money time by fifty points by the United States. However, let’s not ignore our happiness to see the French skate once again at such a venue in the most prestigious junior competition. We had to go back to 2016 to see the French in the finals (Thomas Depierre, Colin Dois, Juliette Price) and all the French players leave with a (copper) medal around their necks. Above all, France again became the number 1 country in Europe and is, finally, the third country in the world after the United States and Australia; Hawaii, the 2022 world champion with his team but the 50th US state.

Interactions

Inigo Madina (Vice World Champion):
“I am very happy to be the vice-champion. Even if I am away from the title with two fingers. He will boost me for the future. I would like to thank the whole French team, the coaches for helping me and all the friends for supporting me!”

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Hina Konrady (Bronze Medal): “I won the main final round the day before and was confident. I am frustrated that I couldn’t express myself properly in the final today (Sunday). I could do better. But I am still very happy with my bronze, it is my best result.” With the French national team (she was sixth in 2017 in Japan). I did everything to bring the most points to the team. It is an honor to be captain of this France team.”

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Tia Zibrowski (4th place):
“It was really hard for me. I haven’t spent a lot of series before. I got tired in the final. I didn’t surf well. I’m a bit frustrated. But the fourth is really good. I’m only 11 years old. I obviously want to go back to this one.” championships and to do better.”

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Serge Logarot (Team Manager): “It’s a very positive result, we’re in fourth place and a 60-point finish from third. It came down to nothing. A better place than either of our athletes would have allowed us to be third. It’s a very good result because we have big countries ahead: Hawaii.” And Australia and the USA. But also the big countries behind us: Spain, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, … We are proud to be fourth. We were fifth in the last three editions. So we are progressing. Anyway, we had a team Very strong.With three surfers in the final!It’s a beautiful course.Inigo (City) Vice World Champion, he’s awesome!We also put athletes in the top ten like Anaïs (Blanchard), Aelan (Vaast) seventh, Nicholas (Paulet) eighth. This result is the result of a French team 12+ days in El Salvador but also the result of a federation and its own training system.All these youngsters come from different clubs and federation training structures.We have athletes from Pôle France like Bronze Medalist Hina (Conradi).We had a team Big This Year: 22 people in El Salva Role with elected member of the Federation Steering Committee and DTN. We carried the very good atmosphere. It’s a great team result. All young people will remember their copper medal. I would personally like to thank Mathieu Carpentier (CTN) who did a great job on logistics. »

French results

Madina FFSURF . MedalsInigo Madina: Vice World Champion
Hina Konrady: Bronze Medal
Tia Zibrowski: 4th place
Anais Blanchard: 6th place
Ilan Fast: 7th place
Nicolas Boulet: 8th place
Noah Dupuis: 13th place
Lilia Ambert: 19th place
Nahia Melhau: 25th place
Samuel Redon: 57th place
Zan Achorina: 57th place
Axel Dominguez: 65th place

Country Ranking:
1. Hawaii 7308 points
2. Australia 6220 points
3. USA 5746 points
4. France 5686 points
5. Spain 5122 points
6. Japan 5031 points
7. Brazil 4224 points
8. Portugal 4,173 points
9- Canada 4,042 points
10- South Africa 4,033 points

16. Tahiti 3264 points
(45 countries ranked – Tahiti and Hawaii have their own ‘national’ team for the ISA World Junior Championships)

All results are here: https://bit.ly/3xmLNEp

French Choice

under 18
Nicholas Boulet (17, Hossegor Surf Club, Landes), Noa Dupouy (18 years, Hossegor Surf Club, Landes), Samuel Redon (18 years, Hossegor Surf Club, Landes)
Girls under 18 years old
Hina Conrady (18 years old, Surf St Gilles Croix de Vie, Vendée), Aélan Vaast (17 years old, Vieux Boucau Surf Club, Landes), Nahia Milhau (17 years old, Pirate Surf Club, Guadeloupe)
under 16
Inigo Madina (14 years old, Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club, Atlantic Pyrenees), Axel Dominguez (14 years old, Hossegor Surf Club), Xan Atchoarena (14 years old, BASCS, Atlantic Pyrenees)
Girls under 16 years old
Anis Blanchard (16 years old, A Joe Reefer Surf Club, St Barth), Tya Zebrowski (11 years old, Hossegor Surf Club), Lilia Ambert (15 years old, Hossegor Surf Club)
staff
Serge Logarot (team manager), Jean-Robert Finney (coach), Mathieu Carpenter (coach), Kim Vito (coach), Arnaud Draigad (coach), Thomas Moallem (coach); Thierry Durantel (doctor), Emeric DeBoin (physiotherapist); Michel Plateau (DTN); Didier Terrelli (elected)

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