Mahina Maeda Wins World Junior Championships in Portugal
Mahina Maeda concluded a very successful Portuguese campaign with the ASP World Junior Title today, after consistently posting great scores to advance in first in all her matchups. At only 16 years-old, Maeda stamped her authority on the Junior talent pool and will look to take her act to the next level against the World’s Best on the QS tour next season.
“I can’t believe it, I’m so stoked and beyond,” Maeda said. “Watching Ella (Williams) win last year, it gave me some confidence and the urge to win. I felt like I had the potential, but came here and surfed it heat by heat. Having everybody out there supporting me was just amazing.”
Along with the prestigious title, Maeda will also receive a wildcard spot in the highest seeded rounds of all the major QS events in 2015, potentially easing her campaign for a Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour qualification.
Guadeloupe’s Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 17, whom also won the ASP European Junior series this season, lead the regional contingent with a firm grip on the competition but unfortunately couldn’t compose with the tricky conditions in the final. Runner-up to Maeda at Ribeira D’Ilhas, Thyssen however nets an excellent result for her first participation in the World Junior Championships.
“Overall I feel amazing cause this event’s been great for me, but I’m a little bit disappointed about that final obviously,” Thyssen admitted. “Congrats Mahina, she’s been on fire here and really deserves the win. I think I’ll go bother her in Hawaii this winter and surf good waves. I put a little too much pressure on myself in the final and the conditions weren’t easy, but that’s okay. I’ll focus on the QS next year I think, I really want to go further and keep improving.”
Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s FINALIST RESULTS:
1 – Mahina Maeda (HAW) 13.56
2 – Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.17
(Words and Images by ASPworldtour.com)