Channel Islands surfers head to California for World Junior Championship

Three surfers from Jersey will go head-to-head with some of the best young athletes on the planet in their sport at this week's World Junior Championship in California.

Seventeen-year-old Will Masterman - who represents England - finished 13th in Huntington Beach last year, but steps up to the boys under-18 division this time.

His performance in 2018 was the best ever for England by a male junior at the ISA event.

Meanwhile, Kitty Brewer, 18, and Claudia Cosgrove, 15, make up the two-strong team representing the Channel Islands Surfing Federation.

Kitty Brewer also surfed for Great Britain at last month's world senior championship in Japan. Credit: WSG/Jimenez

Brewer is fresh from flying the flag for Great Britain at the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan, where she finished 64th out of the top 110 women in the world.

Cosgrove is the current under-16 CI champion and finished third in the British Cup event, held in Jersey earlier this year.

Guernsey's Tom Hook also met the criteria for selection for the World Junior Championship but was not able to travel because of school commitments.

In total 343 surfers from 44 nations will compete across four divisions in Huntington Beach, among them two athletes who have already earned provisional qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

  • Watch: CI Surf Team pair Kitty Brewer and Claudia Cosgrove