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England selection for Masterman (16)

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ISLAND junior Will Masterman will represent England in California later this year, after being selected to compete at the 2018 ISA World Junior Surf Championships.

Teenager Will Masterman will compete for England at the World Junior Championships Picture: DAVID FERGUSON

The 16-year-old has been named in a 12-strong team for the global event at Huntington Beach in October following a number of impressive displays on national and international stages, including at the U16 English Championships earlier this year, where he claimed gold.

‘I’m stoked to have been called to represent England,’ said the Victoria College student.

‘The English team recently gained fourth place at the European Junior Surf Championships which unfortunately I was unable to be part of due to rulings. I’m really looking forward to my first experience at the Worlds with such a strong team of surfers and staff and want to do well.’

Masterman, who was ranked joint-47th in Europe last year, is currently returning from injury ahead of the final Rip Curl GromSearch event in Cornwall.

He added: ‘Unfortunately another surfer’s fin cut my ankle open a few weeks ago prior to my heat at the WSL Pro Junior event in Sopelana, so I couldn’t compete. It’s almost healed now, so I’m hoping to make up for the loss at the final event in Spain.’

Victory at the GromSearch finale would hand Masterman the opportunity to compete at the world finals – at a location not yet disclosed by event organisers.

Jason Fox

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