• Finn for the Win! Congrats to Finn McGill, the 2017 World Junior Champion

Finn for the Win! Congrats to Finn McGill, the 2017 World Junior Champion

“I can barely talk right now it hasn’t really sunk in just yet,” said Hawaii’s Finn McGill after claiming the 2017-18 World Junior Championship at Kiama’s Bombo Beach in Australia.

While battling through an ankle injury and some incoming flight errors prior to the start of the event, the smiley 17-year-old, Finn McGill, managed to rise above the adversity on his way to taking home the coveted World Junior title.

“After coming off an injury I wasn’t expecting too much of a result at this event,” McGill said. “I was never feeling in much of a rhythm and seemed to just be sneaking through heats. It all changed in my Quarterfinal and all of a sudden I began to build and feel the flow. Then once I was in the Final I knew I had just one more heat to surf, so I knew I just had to wait for the good ones and surf them well.”

In addition to Finn’s huge win, the Billabong team swept the World Junior Championship finals for the second straight year. Japan’s Joh Azuchi surfed out of his mind for a majority of the event, and will leave Bombo with his head held high, becoming the first ever Japanese competitor in a WSL World Junior Championship Final.

Our team’s continued success in this event is a true testament to the effectiveness of Billabong's Bloodlines program. We are all flying high at the moment, and couldn't be more stoked for this epic start to 2018.

All photos via the World Surf League