• Travel Diary: Quiksilver ISA World Junior Champs in Piha, New Zealand

Competing at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships was going to be a unique experience, a jewel in the crown of competitions that I hadn’t come across before. Really, the fact that I was surfing for Australia was amazing and I will never forget it for as long as I live.

We arrived in New Zealand on the 18th of January and were picked up from the airport by Martin Dunn the girl’s team coach and Ellie Harrison who was looking after the girls. We had about a 40 minute drive to our accommodation at Piha were the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships were going to be held.  This was my first trip to New Zealand and my first impression was how pretty it was. Massive hills and rivers and wild flowers everywhere and the country side was tropical looking in Piha, but the temperature was cool at times.

The house where we were staying was really old and must have been there for a long time judging by the rifles that were inside and all of the old photos stacked on the walls. It was a cute house though and it had a really good veggie patch and was only a five minute walk to the beach and cafes.

We were there a few days prior to the event and Team Australia spent that time training and adjusting to the power and different speed of the waves, eating well and working extremely well as a team. The first day of the event came around and it was the opening ceremony.

The team winning gold at the ISA World Juniors was a memory I will have for the rest of my life