Richards arrives in time for World Championship, shreds competition

Garden City Beach’s Cam Richards arrived just in time for his first round heat in the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC), presented by Billabong.

After participating in some local events around the Myrtle Beach area, Richards returned home to Los Angeles to find his truck broken into and nearly all his travel belongings missing, including his passport. Richards was expecting to quickly fly out to represent the United States in Nicaragua for the opening ceremonies of the International event.

Working from the East Coast, Richards father, Kelly Richards of Village Surf Shoppe was able to arrange for a rush passport to be picked up at the LA Embassy. Meanwhile Richards’ surfboard sponsor, AJW Surfboards out of North Carolina quickly readied a couple of replacement boards, and Richards was able to catch a late flight that put him in Nicaragua just in time for his first heat on Sunday.

Surfing in the Under-18 Boys division, Richards posted one of the highest scores of the day on a brand new board with a 14.67. South Africa’s Josh Smit finished second in the heat with a score of 10.67.

Richards moves into the second round to face competitors from France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. That heat is scheduled for today at 5pm eastern time.

The World Junior Surfing Championship is the world’s largest and most important Junior competition. It takes place in Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaraqua.

This is the second year of the competition for Richards. In 2012, he attended as an alternate and after a surf-off, was called upon to compete. For the 2013 competition, Richards qualified by competing in the East Coast Prime Events and the US Surfing Championships, where he placed 2nd at Trestles in July of last year.

Richards is representing the United States in the Under-18 Boys division along with Parker Coffin, Colin Moran, and Kevin Schulz.  Over 30 countries from all corners of the planet, and over 300 under-18, and under-16, boys and girls surfers will compete as well. The competition runs through Sunday, June 16th.

To keep up with Richards and team USA, visit the event website at http://isawjsc.com/.  Click on the Live tab to watch the event streamed live.

Photo Credit:Michael Tweddle / TweddleFoto.com

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