Harry Maskell and Yuuka Horikoshi Win the SupFiesta’s Jr. Pro Invitational

Harry Maskell and Yuuku Horikoshi win the Jr. Pro Invitational at the 2016 Youth SupFiesta
Harry Maskell and Yuuka Horikoshi win the Jr. Pro Invitational at the 2016 Youth SupFiesta

Harry Maskell and Yuuka Horikoshi Win Jr. Pro Invitational

On a windy Mother’s Day at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Harry Maskell and Yuuka Horikoshi fended off a talented field of SUP groms to win the Quickblade Jr. Pro Invitational at the 4th annual Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity.

With heavy onshore winds making for challenging conditions, the 17-year-old from Australia impressed for the second day in a row with a dominating performance in the final round of the Jr. Pro Invitational.

“It was definitely one of the most difficult days I’ve ever surfed,” Maskell said. “I’m just really stoked to have won both the racing competition yesterday and then the surfing today.”

Maskell held off hard-charging Brazilian Felippe Gaspar, who finished runner-up for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, California kid Noa Hopper proved he’s worked on his SUP surfing with several high-scoring rides and an impressive third place finish. Rounding out the boy’s final round Aussie Nic Walker, who also turned in a strong performance.

Meanwhile on the girl’s side, the 17-year-old Japanese paddler surprised everyone with a dominate performance in the finals. Executing several massive turns, Horikoshi used the strong winds to her advantage and claimed a convincing win.

“I’m super happy to win this event and am very appreciative that my parents gave me this opportunity to compete in the United States,” Horikoshi said. “The windy conditions were very similar to my home break in Japan, so I felt like this would be my time to shine.”

Runner-up in the girl’s division was Skylar Lickle from Maui, who came out of the gate strong but was not able to hold off Horikoshi. Meanwhile, Oahu girls Mason Schremmer and Sasha Kauhane rounded out the girl’s final round.

After four years, the field was deeper than ever and it showed with tight competition all day long. Stay tuned for an in-depth recap, analysis and gallery coming later this week.

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