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The twelve New Zealand representatives are located beach front at Playa Venao and have been making the most of the clean surf conditions in the build up to the event.
"The waves are a fun 2 - 3ft most days" said team captain Ben Poulter. "The waves are very tidal and change a lot with the different tides so our team have working hard on understanding the break as best possible and the different conditions we are likely to face" he added.
When the event starts, over 300 surfers from 30 nations will compete for medals in the Under 18 Boys and Girls and Under 16 Girls. Each team will also vie for overall team placings with the top eight nations contesting the Aloha Cup tag team style event.
New Zealand Team Manager Tony Baker commented that the team is settling well after the arduous 65 hours of travel to get to their destination at Playa Venao, a journey that Poulter also described as "crazy."
"The team have been dominating the free surfing sessions at the event site and there are good waves immediately out the front of our accommodation which the team have been taking advantage of as well" said Baker.
Today marks the first day of scheduled activities with team registrations and that will be followed by the annual challenge against South Africa for the SANZ Trophy. The challenge takes place on Saturday (NZT). South Africa currently holds the trophy after winning the challenge at Peru in 2011.
The Olympic-style Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday with competition to follow on Monday (NZT). The draw for the event will be released once all team registrations have been completed. You can check out the live event website for up to date information, images, video and live action once the event commences.
You can also follow the progress of the team through the eyes of team coach Jason Ruddell and his blog.
The Rip Curl New Zealand Junior Surfing Team is as follows:
Under 18 Boys
Ben Poulter (Rag)
Mackenzie Christie (Mnt)
Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata)
Tane Wallis (Piha)
Under 18 Girls
Alethea Lock (Chch)
Ella Williams (WGM)
Jasmine Smith (Gis)
Jayda Martin-Fitzharris (Gis)
Under 16 Boys
Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha)
Harrison Whiteside (Chch)
Jordan Griffin (Mnt)
Korbin Hutchings (Gis)
Team Manager: Tony Baker (Mangawhai)
Team Coach: Jason Ruddell (Whangarei)
Team Assistant Manager/Coach: Warren Asplin (Hamilton)
The World Junior Surfing Championship is an annual event having been held since 2003. New Zealand has competed at the event since its inception as well as competing at the World Grommet Titles as it was formerly known since 1989. In 2011 the New Zealand team placed tenth at the event when it was held in Peru.