National Junior Surf Team Unites For Three Day Training In Playa Jaco September 05 2017

In less than three weeks, the National Junior Surf Team (La Sele de Surf Junior) will be competing in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan. This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the majority of the team came together for an intensive training session with Coach Jim Hogan. The Select Team, along with members of the Training Team, spent mornings warming up and surfing waves in Playa Hermosa in front of Bowies Point. Afternoons consisted of doing relays and technique work in Playa Jaco in front of Beach Break Resort. Federation of Surf Costa Rica (FSC) President Randall Chaves was present for the entire training and will lead the team with Coach Hogan in Japan. 

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Coral Wiggins hitting the lip. Coral will represent for Sub 16 Girls. Photo: Surfing Republica

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Coach Jim Hogan advising the Junior surfers at Beach Break Resort 

Jim Hogan, form San Clemente, California is a former professional surfer with years of experience on the World Tour. He has been running surf camps in Playa Hermosa for years ; he also works as a private coach for both professional surfers and those competing in the Qualifying Series (QS) events. He has coached Costa Rica's Carlos Muñoz in many events, including the recent prestigious U.S.Open event in which Carlos (Cali) reached the quarter finals. Jim is excited to work with surfers of all levels and the Federation is excited to have his experience and coaching talent on board. 

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Oscar Urbina from Puerto Viejo will represent Sub 16 Boys. Photo Surfing Republica  

Here are the members of the National Select Junior Surf Team, chosen by Coach Jim Hogan:

Sub 18 Boys

Andre Chacon

Francisco Coronado

Joseph Mendez

Aldo Chirinos 

Sub 18 Girls 

Leilani McGonagle

Zulay Martinez

Sub 16 Boys  

Malakai Martinez 

Oscar Urbina 

Gabriel Cordoba 

Sub 16 Girls 

Coral Wiggins 

Eva Woodland 

Eva Woodland at training this past weekend. She will represent in Sub 16 Girls. 

FSC President Randall Chaves making sure the team stays hydrated during training

The Team has plans to leave for Japan from Costa Rica on September 18th. All competitors consist of former champions/ sub-champions on The National Surfing Circuit (CNS) or have finished in the top four in their respective categories consistently. Leilani McGonagle will lead the girls; Leilani has been actively competing in QS all year and recently returned from Spain where she competed in the Pantin Bull and Bear Classic. Just this past May, Leilani finished second place in the ISA World Championship in France. 

The competition will run from September 23 through October 1st. We wish the National Select Surfing Juniors a very safe and successful run in Hyuga, Japan. Here in Costa Rica we will be cheering the team on. Vamos Ticos! 

Photo Credits given to Surfing Republic (gracias Nestor Rago).

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