Jairo Perez is rippin' it up and repping etnies Costa Rica in the World Junior ISA Championships! Here's what the FSC had to say about his stand out steez:
Hossegor, France May 29, 2008 – The surfers Jairo Pérez and Nataly Bernold, both of Jaco, advanced yesterday in the Junior male and female categories at the 2008 Quiksilver International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) in Hossegor, France. They are now two of three Hispanics remaining in the WJSC primary rounds.
Yesterday, Pérez in particular demonstrated extreme force in each of his waves. The conditions of the ocean perfectly resembled his home break of Jaco, with waves of 2-3 feet breaking hard on the beach, which allowed the Central American Junior champion to connect best with roundhouses, cutbacks and an aerial in the final sections of waves. His score was 11.77 in the 2nd round during heat 12. Jairo classified 2nd behind Nat Young of the United States, who pulled 14.73. This morning, he is surfing with the local Frenchman Marc Locamare, New Zealander Paco Divers and Brazilian.
At only 15 years of age, and already participating in the Junior Women’s division, Nataly Bernold of Jaco, passed her heat yet again. Her family recently moved from Tamarindo to Jaco, where she, too, has become familiar with the wave that is similar to Hossegor, bringing that to her advantage in France, even with the cold water barrier and the use of her wetsuit, and great names as opponents. The Limonese-raised surfer seems very relaxed in all the minutes of her heats. Yesterday, she advanced behind the Frenchwomen Marie Dejean in heat 5 with a score of 8.00, and today is opposing the New Zealander Airini Mason, the Hawaiian Leila Hurst and South African Bianca Buitendag.
The four Costa Ricans on the National Junior Team that are Less than 16 years of age—Carlos Muñz, Anthony Fillingim, Mykol Torres and Jose Calderón—were all competing in repercharge yesterday and proudly represented their country during their first round by all advancing to the next one. This morning, they will be in round 2 of the do-or-die repercharge heats 1, 2, 11 and 12.
Also today, Debbie Zec, Lupe Galluccio and Anatassia Patterson are set today in repecharge round 2, since Galluccion and Patterson dropped from the primary rounds. The surfer of Dominical Beach, Debbie Zec, advanced yesterday in her first heat of repercharge round 1.
Today, Costa Rica opens with all their surfers still in competition.