Euro Junior 2016 was held at Anza in Morocco in December.
The longboarders got things underway on podium 1 and soon got to work in the perfect surf. Jack Unsworth (ENG) was undoubtedly the standout: the Skindog Surfboards protege posted massive scores with some nimble footwork and classic traditional surfing, solidifying his tag as one of Europe’s finest youngsters on 9ft boards.
The competition then moved onto P2 of the longboards. Jack Unsworth (ENG) was again outstanding, gaining three scores in the eight point range, mixing both progressive and traditional longboarding styles to move into the grand final, putting his opponents in a combination situation. The longboard was not without surprise however, Joao Gama of Portugal, after surfing very well in his first round heat will now surf in the repercharge rounds if he is to reach the grand final. He was edged by Gus Brewer of the Channel Islands and Oihan Aizpuru representing Spain, who’s surfing both deserved the high totals they received.
In the semi finals we again saw Jack Unsworth (ENG) continue to impress. As the competition moves towards the sharp end of competition it is clear his confidence is rising rapidly, racking up 8 point waves and even pulling in on his last wave, much to the delight of the spectators on the beach. His style complimenting the right handers at Anza perfectly.
The longboard U18 provided spectators with an excellent spectacle. Joao Gama (POR) started brightly, putting the rest of the field; Jack Unsworth (ENG), Gus Brewer (CHI) and Oihan Aizpuru (SPN) in a combination situation within ten minutes. But Unsworth fought back with aplomb, nailing down two massive scores in the 9 point range to return the favour, put everyone into combination and run away with it finishing with a total score of 18.90, which was the highest heat total of the whole event. A deserved winner and new EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPION.