HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After nine days of world-class competition in São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal, at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, the Hawai'i Surf Team is bringing home two gold medals, one bronze medal, and an impressive preview of their commitment to push our states most endearing sport to Olympic Surfing in Tokyo 2020.
Hawai'i Surf Team won Gold Medal in the Aloha Cup team competition, Bronze Medal in overall team standings, and Brisa Hennessy (Girls U-18) was crowned individual Gold Medalist, the first individual World Junior Champion in the era of Olympic Surfing.
"A record-breaking 39 nations came together from around the world to surf in this history-making VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, for a phenomenal week of surfing and national pride," said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. "Since 1980, the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship has been the premiere stage for developing the future stars of our sport and this year is no exception. These Gold Medalists have burst into the spotlight and could be the first Olympic surfers ever at Tokyo 2020."
Brisa Hennessey, the girls U-18 gold medalist, commended her teammates and coaches. "But one thing for sure is nothing is ever accomplished alone. The best coaches and team-mates I could ever ask for and an experience I am forever grateful that has changed my life forever. Whether you lost or won everyone stood strong together. So happy to get the individual Gold and our team bringing home the Bronze overall for Hawai'i and the Gold in the Aloha Cup."
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